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LP Review: Anne Bisson “Blue Mind” remastered RTI audiophile pressing

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

33rpm 180gram vinyl HQ Pressing
Fidelio Music Inc. FALP025

45rpm 2-LP set Test Pressing
Record Technology Inc.
CAM5-4109, January 4, 2017
Remastering engineer: Bernie Grundman

Side A:

1. Little Black Lake 4:09
2. Soothing Your Soul 3:30
3. Hoping Love Will Last 4:31
4. Dragonfly 3:25
5. Do What You Please 3:09

Side B:

1. September in Montreal 4:59
2. Camilio 5:02
3. Blue Mind 4:21
4. Why Is It So 5:05

The one thing most pursued by artists in their work is originality.

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Addendum to EMM Labs TX2 and DA2 Review: V2 Firmware update

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

EMM Labs firmware update to DA2 digital to analog converter

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DA2 V2 Firmware Update Details:

More than a year in development, the DA2’s DSP engine has been completely updated. The updated DA2 now has a newly redesigned digital signal path that is built from the ground up for very high precision and accuracy in audio processing and conversion:

  • New very high-resolution up-sampling algorithms that offer vastly more sonic detail for all digital audio streams (PCM and DSD)
  • Audio filters and the delta-sigma process were significantly optimized for time and frequency response
  • Enhanced up-conversion algorithms especially for DSD, offering audibly improved ‘detail extraction’ from standard DSD audio streams.
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Pass Laboratories Xs Phono – Technical background by Wayne Colburn, Designer

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Publisher’s note: In my upcoming Pass Laboratories Xs Phono preamplifier Review, I provide brief technical description of the unit for readers’ benefit. But no writing by me or any other reviewers can surpass insights and the sense of adventure directly from the pen of the phono stage’s own designer, Wayne Colburn. Hence, instead of quoting Wayne incessantly in the Review to come, I am excited to publish what he wrote to me on the technical background of the Xs Phono here with very minimal editing.

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Arnie Nudell (1937-2017)

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

A star of the audio industry has fallen. Arnie Nudell passed away from complications of pnuemonia and his family put him to rest on Monday, November 20, 2017, according to an account by Bill Leebens on his Facebook page. Generations of burgeoning audiophiles grew up reading about Arnie’s pioneering accomplishments, from his tenure at Infinity to his own Genesis Technologies. Arnie and I chatted at the 2003 Stereophile Show in San Francisco, a name change prompted by the purchase of the company by Gary Koh in 2002.

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Stage III Concepts A.S.P. Proteus power cable Review

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

It’s not Just a PC – It’s A Component

Let’s start with some perspective. The Stage III power cords, especially the Proteus, the subject of this review, and its siblings at the top of the Stage III pantheon, are not for the faint of heart. We’re not talking about any other power cords that purport to improve over stock cords. We’re taking about power cords that compete at the very highest echelons of esoteric audiophile stock. The competition includes Nordost Odin II, Tara Labs Grand Master Evolution, Stealth Dream V16 UNI, PranaWire Avatar II and Siltech and Elrod entries; and this doesn’t even get to the “affordable” high end cords like the JPS Labs Aluminata, Synergistic Research Galileo, Silent Source Music Reference and Shunyata Sigma NR.

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Jordi Savall and the Music of Versailles

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

  • Les Grandes Eaux Musicales De Versailles, Le Concert des Nations, Alia Vox AV9842, 2004
  • L’Orchestre De Louis XIII, 1601-1643, Alia Vox AV9824, 2002
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully, L’Orchestra Du Roi Soleil, Alia Vox AV9807, 1999
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau, L’Orchestra De Louis XV, Alia Vox AVSA9882, 2011

Dagogo readers fascinated by the Versailles cable television drama series will be thrilled by Jordi Savall’s masterful realizations of music from Versailles and the Courts of the Louis kings. One can instantly grasp the sumptuous nobility of this stately and spirited music associated with the Louis Kings XIII, XIV and XV.

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Audio Blast: Ethernet Cables and XLR “Y” Adapters Survey

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

Ethernet: a family of computer networking technologies commonly used in local area networks (LAN), metropolitan area networks (MAN) and wide area networks (WAN). It was commercially introduced in 1980 and first standardized in 1983 as IEEE 802.3, and has since been refined to support higher bit rates and longer link distances. Over time, Ethernet has largely replaced competing wired LAN technologies such as token ring, FDDI and ARCNET.
The original 10BASE5 Ethernet uses coaxial cable as a shared medium, while the newer Ethernet variants use twisted pair and fiber optic links in conjunction with hubs or switches.
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McIntosh Announces MA252 Integrated Amplifier

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

McIntosh 252 hybrid amplifier

 The first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh

Binghamton, NY – November 1, 2017 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA252 Integrated Amplifier.

The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid-state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning.

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CAS7 Richard Austen Reports, Final

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

The final part of my show report reveals the final two awards nomination, namely “Best System Performance” and the “Ultimate Cost No Object Design.” Both recipients come from the same room which were in Boardroom V. Since it is difficult to separate the components here I will say that CD sounded better here than anywhere else beating other rooms with vinyl or computer audio playback then I will award the Audio Note UK CDT Five Transport ($48,350) and DAC Five Signature ($87,825) as my Ultimate Cost No Object Design and Acapella Audio Arts High Cellini ($55,200 with La Musika integrated amp ($100,000) and Audio Note CD transport/DAC) as the Best System Performance.

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Burning Amp Festival 2017

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Burning Amp Festival 2017, DIY Audio’s

Premiere International Festival Held Annually

In San Francisco, Set for November 12th

 To accommodate the increasing number of music-loving DYI
enthusiasts attending, BAF 2017 has now added Extended Hours

San Francisco, CA November 12, 12017 — Burning Amp Festival 2017 is coming to the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Sunday, November 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 PM. New This Year: BAF’s hours have been extended due to the increased interest and popularity of DIY audio amongst music-loving enthusiasts of all ages.

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