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Pro-Ject launches X1 turntable

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

From Pro-Ject

X1 – Our next generation of the legendary X-Line.

X1 black high gloss

PRODUCT INFORMATION: Pro-Ject X1-EN (pdf file, 4.53MB)

Real High-End Features – True Audiophile Sound – Affordable Price n/c MSRP 699 € (incl. VAT) Pick it S2MM MSRP 799 € (incl. VAT)

  • Speed control with electronic speed switch for ultimate speed stability
  • Carefully isolated motor for less vibration and noise
  • Sub-platter with extremely low 0.001mm bearing tolerances
  • Stainless steel platter-bearing with soft brass bushing and teflon mirrors for lowest rumble and noise, and a stable, accurate speed transmission
  • Resonance free, 1.5 kg heavy acryl platter
  • 8,6” carbon/alu sandwich tonearm with best internal damping and TPE damped counterweight
  • Kardan ultra-low friction 4 pin point precision tonearm bearing
  • Ortofon Pick it S2 MM cartridge newly developed with Ortofon for highly dynamic and full sound
  • Massive and heavy, precision CNC‘d MDF chassis
  • Luxury 8 layers of painting and hand-polished finish or real-wood, satin-waxed veneer
  • Super shielded, semi-symmetrical, low-capacitance phono cables – purpose designed by Pro-Ject
  • Height adjustable, aluminium feet for massively reduced risk of acoustical feedback
  • Handmade in Europe

Real High-End Features – True Audiophile Sound – Affordable Price

We all together – especially also with your help – were able to, step by step, manage the return of the vinyl record in the last 25 years.

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Turntable technology for Millennials or everything you wanted to know but afraid to ask

By | March 15th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Where it all started

It always helps to know where it all started. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. His invention was able to record sounds onto tinfoil wrapped around a rotating cylinder. It used a steel needle attached to a resonator mounted at the end of a horn, all of which moved across the cylinder to both record and play back sound. This was a mechanical system that evolved over time to use a wax-coated cardboard cylinder and a steel stylus that moved from side to side in a zigzag groove around the record.

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Rokblok: The world’s smallest record player

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: |

Rokblok by Pink Donut

Price: $99

[Publisher’s note: Best for familiarizing the next-generation to analog record playback. Possible Risk: May present increased record wear and tear.]

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Description

Vinyl is back, baby! RokBlok is the world’s smallest wireless record player, allowing you to simply place the device on top of any record to instantly listen anywhere. This tiny block packs a huge sound, allowing you to rock out to your favorite records with the built-in speaker, or wirelessly send your music to any Bluetooth device for an even bigger sound.

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McIntosh Announces Partnership with Tokyo Record Bar

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: |

New York City, NY – An exciting new partnership between New York City’s own World of McIntosh and Tokyo Record Bar has been announced. The brands have come together to celebrate a complete McIntosh product integration within the design of Tokyo Record Bar, blending the two iconic brands into one unique and immersive dining and listening experience designed for the most discerning food and music lovers.

The collaboration includes a new offering allowing the Tokyo Record Bar to become a year-long extension of the World of McIntosh Townhouse, outfitted with the finest McIntosh products for a remarkable vinyl experience.

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Back in stock: Zu Audio ZL/DL-103 MK II

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

(2/23/2019) Ogden, Utah – A loudspeaker manufacturer, Zu Audio gained particular notoriety in 2007 when it began offering its in-housed modified Denon DL-103 moving coil cartridges in addition to speaker manufacturing. Demand quickly outstripped supply and Zu could not get its hands on sufficient quantity of the Denon cartridges via the official channel.

Today, Sean Casey, owner of Zu Audio, announced that the company’s offering of the Zu-modified cartridge is back!

The Denon DL-103 has been in continuous production since 1962 as it progressed through decades of manufacturing and material advancements.

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Sumiko Rainier and Olympia cartridges Review

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Sumiko Rainier

During the 1980s I had a Sumiko Talisman S sapphire low-output moving coil cartridge, which was a great match for my Sumiko Premier MMT tonearm. It had a beautiful midrange to go along with a rich natural sound. By the time it wore out, that model Talisman  had been continued. I did find a less expensive Talisman A (aluminum) to replace it. I was pleased as the Talisman A was close enough to the Talisman S in performance. Unfortunately, after a few years, the stylus got caught on the turntable felt mat when I was lifting the tonearm at the end of a record and was ruined.

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Pro-Ject releases the Ortofon Century

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Austria (December 8, 2018): Pro-Ject has launched the Ortofon Century Anniversary-Turntable in celebration of the 100 years jubilee of one of the company’s closest partners, Ortofon.

Built on The Classic SB, the Ortofon Century incorporates ‘a few tweaks which result in even better performance. We took the already incredible Classic SB and exchanged the sub-platter for a more sophisticated aluminium one.’ The company promises ‘stunning aesthetics’ with the piano black chassis and the ‘silver aluminium sub-chassis.’

The supplied cartridge is a limited edition Ortofon Concorde Century in celebration of the jubilee.

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Esoteric Sound Rek-O-Kut Trovatore six speed belt-drive transcription turntable

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Introduction – A bridge between two worlds for the music enthusiast

Rek-O-Kut enjoys a long and storied history in the evolution of turntables for studio, broadcast, and home use. Esoteric Sound are the owners and curators of the Rek-O-Kut brand since 2004 and have continued the tradition of serving varied industries, archivists, and hobbyists. Eight years ago this month, it was on these Dagogo pages where Philip Holmes first explored the modern Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3 and how it served as a universal turntable for all types of vinyl software.

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Analog Survey, Part 3: Audio Note UK Arm Three/II & IoI Moving-Coil Cartridge Review

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Listening to high-end vinyl playback means experiencing music recreated collectively by a turntable system and phono stage. Significant changes in the caliber and character of an analog system can very often occur by changing cartridges, as long as is the cartridges are compatible in mass to the tonearm used. To many, this constitutes the most prevalent fun factor of the hobby, and it is unique to the vinyl format, unsurpassed by any other format to this day.

Parts 3 and 4 of this survey will focus on cartridges and tonearms, starting with the 9-inch Audio Note UK Arm Three/II tonearm and IoI (Io “one”) moving-coil cartridge.

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Ortofon MC1 Turbo moving coil cartridge Review

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |


I recently retired after spending the past forty years as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Constantine Soo suggested that I try something both new and different, such as writing about audiophile gear for his Dagogo webzine. Since I do not own or have access to the super expensive gear that most reviewers have, I decided to start writing about phono cartridges that I have owned and used over the years that are still readily available. I reviewed my favorite cartridge, the Hana EH high-output moving coil, for my initial review.

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