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Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101.3 turntable Review

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Introduction

I can scarcely believe that it has been seven years since my introduction to the original Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101. Since that time, the 101 has not only been my reference, but has always proved to be the under-stated silent star in the sound of my analog system. It was therefore quite surprising when earlier this year I received word from co-designer and turntable legend George Merrill that he and Robert Williams had made some refinements to the R.E.A.L. 101. I was then offered the chance to review the new fruits of their labor as soon as the summer months.

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Hana EH moving-coil cartridge Review

By | October 13th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I have been using the Hana EH high output moving coil phono cartridge for the past two years, and I had a chance to meet the man responsible for the Hana cartridge distribution, Mr. Masahiro Shibazaki of Sibatech when I was in Japan last year. His company, Sibatech, was originally contracted to do worldwide export distribution for cartridge manufacturer ExcelSound Corporation, which designs and builds the Hana cartridges. The cartridge would be sold under the brand name Abis Hana. There are four moving coil models available.

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TriangleArt Maestro turntable Review

By | May 8th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

This is my third TriangleArt turntable to review. I’ve reviewed the Symphony, the Symphony SE and now the Maestro. The two Symphony turntables have been discontinued, and the Maestro has taken the place of both. All three turntables have had a few things in common. They all are eye-catching, they are all high mass designs, and they have all sounded great.

I thought the Symphony SE was one of the best turntables I had ever used, so I asked Tom Vu, the founder of TriangleArt.

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Analog Survey, Part 2: Spiral Groove Revolution turntable system Review

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

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At around 50% of the cost of the TriangleArt Master Reference system, but costly nonetheless, the Spiral Groove Revolution turntable system and Centroid tonearm is capable of high drama of a different kind.

Allen Perkins, founder and designer of Spiral Groove, began his career in the mid-80s as the chief designer for SOTA. He then co-founded Spiral Groove with an investor at the turn of the century. While the company offered a complete system solution in its early days, its main focus now is high-end turntable design and manufacturing.

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Analog Survey, Part 1: TriangleArt Master Reference turntable system Review

By | February 13th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

The digital revolution of the 1980s that spawned the digital audio compact disc was catalyzed partly by new advancements in transistor miniaturization. Integrated circuits had finally emerged and empowered innovators to fit a laser generating and reading system along with the necessary codec circuits into a small box. The promise of this revolutionary digital audio compact disc medium devoid of surface noise and the wear and tear of vinyl records fascinated the general public. This digital wave eventually ushered in the digital video and everything that made home video what it is today.

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Lyra Atlas SL 0.25mV moving coil phono cartridge Review

By | January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Lyra builds approximately 400 Etna and Atlas cartridges a year, with all final assembly and voicing done by a single individual; consequently, it is not unusual to wait for several months after placing an order before one’s cartridge is delivered. The cartridge I ordered, the Atlas SL, differs from the normal Lyra Atlas in having fewer coil windings, thus decreasing the moving mass of the system. As a result, the SL has a less robust output (0.25 mv) and lower internal impedance (1.52 ohms) than the standard version.

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Hartvig TT turntable, Ikeda tonearm and MC cartridge Review

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

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Turntable design can be as much a fashion statement as that of sports cars and watches. By far, the turntable is the only component next to the loudspeaker that offers its designer considerable freedom in exercising artistic licenses. One extremity of such creative freedom comes in the form of turntables complete in their own five-foot tall, five-hundred-pound superstructure that houses a massive turntable plinth and correspondingly massive power supplies for the motors. For the vast majority of us, physically less colossal designs are more sensible, although they can still remain rather costly.

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DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge and Preamp/Equalizer Review

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

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Back in April of 2016, I reviewed the DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge and its matching preamp/equalizer. The DS-W1 preamp/equalizer I reviewed was the first to have built-in RIAA equalization. This cartridge and preamp, when used from the RIAA output, has been in my reference system ever since that review. If you are interested in optical cartridges, it would probably be worth your while to go back and read part one of that review, which deals with the technical side of optical cartridges.

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AMG 12JT Turbo Tonearm Review

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |


I’ve been using the AMG Viela turntable and 12J2 tonearm as my personal reference for better than four years. AMG recently announced a new version of 12J2, called the 12JT (for Turbo). As a standalone arm, the 12J2 sells for $4,500 whereas the new arm comes in at $8,500. I was excited to see and hear what AMG had achieved with the new arm.

Description

Anyone familiar with the original AMG 12J2 tonearm will immediately see the family resemblance of these two tonearms.

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AMG Giro turntable and 9W2 tonearm Review

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

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In August of 2012, I reviewed the AMG Viella V12 Turntable and V12 Tonearm. After the addition of the HRS platform, I purchase this combination. Before that, I had owned the Shindo turntable and since then I have reviewed the Artisan Fidelity Garrard Statement, the wonderful little Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1, the highly innovative Thales TTT-Slim, the TriangleART Symphony, and Symphony SE. There were some exceptional turntables in that group, especially the Artisan Fidelity Garrard Statement and the Thales TTT-Slim, but I still own the AMG V12 combo.

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