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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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What is NAR?

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I was at a Hi-Fi show in the Fall where, as I walked down one corridor, I heard the same band, playing the same track and not wholly in sync with each other from four successive rooms. It dawned on me at that moment that there had to be more than the apparent restrictive canon of show demo music. Rectifying this situation would involve not only tracking down and listening to new albums releases across a myriad of genres, but finding a most direct and non-labor intensive means of spreading the word.

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Speaker Tech Terms

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

How Well Do You Know Speaker Tech Terms?

I was thinking that some of my readers might like to test their knowledge of speaker design and terminology. I decided to put a little test together for your enjoyment.

Back in 1972 I was working for a company called California HiFi Warehouse, which was a major audio chain back then. FYI, the year after I quit to open Northridge Audio Center, CHFW changed their name to Circuit City. At times I’ve regretted my choice to leave, as I would probably be a lot better off financially had I stayed.

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A Story of the EVGA Nu Audio Card engineered by Audio Note UK

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

Publisher’s note: Audio Note UK has graciously provided the following article detailing the conceptualization and design of the EVGA Nu Audio Card in collaboration with EVGA.

The article is authored by Andy Grove of Audio Note UK.

(The EVGA Nu Audio Card is scheduled for launch on January 16, 2019. Price is $249. See the Audio News announcement.)

Audio Note (UK) released its first integrated amplifier, the OTO PP, in 1991 and it is a testimony both to the amplifier’s design and also to the company’s longevity that it is still possible to buy the same model today, still built completely in their factory in Sussex, England, over 25 years later.

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A jungle out there?

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

It’s a jungle out there
Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who’s in charge here?
It’s a jungle out there
– Randy Newman

Prominent: standing out so as to be seen easily; conspicuous; particularly noticeable

Popular: regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general

Both prominent and popular are commonly used adjectives, so common that the two words and their respective synonyms are found confusing, hence they are innocently substituted for each other.

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Spinning round and round

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Hours, days, years were spent listening to records only to find tape cassettes more portable and Compact Discs closer to perfection. Hindsight, as it is, makes me regret so many life choices, but we’ll stick to recorded music formats. It is safer that way for everyone concerned, especially for me.

Tempted by the shiny disc, I spent less time in record/disc shops even though the frequency of my visits remained the same. There was no flipping in the bins, no intense scrutiny of album notes, just the reliance upon the words of friends and strangers.

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Nothing but a …

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Streamer, you know you are a Streamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said Streamer, you’re nothing but a Streamer
Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!
I said,  “far out, what a day, a year, a life it is!”
You know, well you know, you had it comin’ to you
Now, there’s not a lot I can do.


Having taken poetic license with the lyrics to Supertramp’s Dreamer, I find myself at a technological crossroads, the horns of a dilemma.

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Of Railway Gauges and Speaker Cables/Posts: One Size Does NOT Fit All

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

It is 2018 and the very idea of having to exit the train on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Mongolia’s Ulan Bator and China as neither country can find it in their diplomacy to coordinate their respective railway gauges is absurd. So, for just about 3 hours the bogies (wheels) have to come off and every member of the train’s staff has to pitch in to reconfigure the undercarriage so the train can proceed. C’mon, it should not have to be this way and yet this quaint practice shows little if any sign of abating.

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Room 323: Behind the Music

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Also read Capital Audio Fest 2018: Room 323 – In Through the Out Door

At this point, my Capital Audio Fest Room 323 piece has gained a certain degree of notoriety, making it simultaneously famous and infamous. For the purposes of this interview and the privacy of the interviewees: the 14-year-old daughter, SV, and the father they will heretofore be referred to by their initials and the first letter of their respective names.

There was more I wanted to know from the father and daughter duo, but the show was neither the place nor the time so to do.

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Digital Audio & Audiophiles: Convenient and Inconvenient Truths

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

Digital Audio, streaming and digital downloads, is more convenient than Analog Audio, turntables and records.

There’s a reason why I own two Denon DP-300F fully automatic turntables and am proud of it. They are my drunk turntables for when I am too far gone, tired or lazy to fully respect my VPI Prime Scout and its Soundsmith Carmen cartridge and I just have to listen to vinyl. I’m not proud of those moments as an audiophile but it happens. Now, in that state, I know that I’m pretty much good for only one side of an album, so while convenient, at best the satisfaction is short-lived.

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