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Audio Blast: SONORE SystemOptique with Signature Rendu SE

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

For Dagogo readers still spinning discs or streaming audio through a Mac Mini or similar, this article is for you. It is also for those who have tried various power conditioning devices and found them lacking. If you find it hard to believe that an Ethernet cable can confer a particular sound to an audio system, this article is also for you.

The state of digital audio is developing at an incredible pace. It is breathtaking how much the standard of quality has risen over the past five years in terms of both file playback and streaming audio.

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Audio Blast: Umbilical Upgrade for Exogal Comet

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Readers who own the Exogal Comet have some very good options recently. I have written previously of the sensitivity of the Comet DAC and the Ion PowerDAC to power cords. Earlier today I swapped power cords on both units for an effective sea change in sound quality associated with running the Legacy Audio Whisper DSW Clarity Edition Speakers, which I used during the assessment of the HyperDrive upgrade to the Ion.

Before I make an umbilical recommendation, those who own the Ion PowerDAC are especially urged to take advantage of an extended period of reduced price on sending in the Ion for the HyperDrive upgrade for $250, including return ground shipping through Friday, July 19th!

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Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016)

When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing black diamond moguls in the Canadian Rockies. A large part of that involved blowing up, falling. I fell a lot. At one point I was frustrated and said to him, “I’m doing a lot of falling,” as I thought the falling should decrease with experience.

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Audio Blast: Linn Selekt DSM Network Music Player

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

 Also see the Linn Selekt DSM Press Release of September 18, 2018

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Gilad Tiefenbrun, Managing Director of Linn, and Jen Cassidy, Sales and Marketing Director

On September 18, 2018 Linn Products held a press conference in Chicago at the James Hotel in during which GiladTiefenbrun, the Managing Director of Linn, as well as Jen Cassidy, the Sales and Marketing Director, Mechanical Engineer Adrian Choong, and Software Engineer Peter Harrison spoke about the new Linn Selekt DSM network music player.

An introductory description article from Linn, as well as a Technical/Specifications article has been posted on Dagogo, so I will predominantly be discussing the features and experience of hearing the Select DSM.

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Audio Blast: The Schroeder Method of Interconnect Placement

By | June 18th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

Introduction

Recently I stumbled upon a method of connecting audio components I had never encountered, and it centers on the use of interconnects. I’ll not spend time discussing the efficacy of cabling; the reader will either be convinced of the merits of aftermarket cables, or will not. I do not intend to debate what I am about to discuss. It is up to the reader to draw conclusions about its efficacy. Likely responses to what I am about to share will parallel the hobbyist’s opinion about aftermarket audio cabling.

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Audio Blast: Three new cables from two cable makers

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Over the past two years my go-to cables have been from Clarity Cable and TEO Audio, makers of the Liquid Cables. I have put together literally dozens of systems using these brands, from full looms of one brand to mixtures of both. Most of the time I use them in combination to improve the performance synergy of a particular combination of electronics and speakers.

I came to each of these cable manufacturers through independent paths, yet I have learned that Chris and Melissa Owen of Clarity Cable and Taras Kowalszyszyn of TEO have great respect for each other’s cables.

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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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