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dCS Steps Up Their Game | High End 2019

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by The LSA Group

Several sharp people told me to visit the dCS room and I finally got around to it by Sunday.  The Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers usually sound great.  D’Agostino amplifiers usually sound great.  dCS DACs usually sound great.  But put them all together and get the placement just-so, and oh boy, magic happens.

John Quick and Jesse Luna of dCS were on hand, as were a good number of the UK dCS team, some of whom I met in a great little “cabin” on the lower floor where the cabin walls served to create sound isolation for headphone listening, a showcase of what the amazing new Bartok could do.  … Read the full article

D’Agostino Releases New Progression Integrated Amplifier | High End 2019

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Dan D’Agostino continue’s to fill in their Progression line with the addition of the new Progress Integrated Amplifier in Munich at the High End 2019. 18k USD buys you that engaging D’Agostino sound, beautiful meters, single ended and balanced inputs, and a long range Bluetooth remote.  A modular design allows you to also add both MC Phono and differential Streaming DAC boards that include all of the features you have come to expect.

I had an opportunity to get a sneak peak of a partial pre-production unit that wasn’t assembled in April 2019.… Read the full article

Lee’s Best of Show | AXPONA 2019

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Let’s face it.  You need to read all the Best of Show articles to get a real sense of AXPONA.  The reason is that AXPONA has become a HUGE show.  Mere mortals cannot cover the whole show.  It’s just too big.  We can write about the best rooms but there is some chance we will miss a really good one.

But here are some items that really stood out for me…

Best of Show Sound

Wilson Alexx loudspeakers and the D’Agostino Relentless mono block amps.  … Read the full article

Wilson Audio, D’Agostino, dCS, and Clearaudio | AXPONA 2019

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

About three years ago, I attended a fabulous demo with Peter McGrath in a room with a humble T+A integrated amplifier. The speakers were the $109,000 Wilson Audio Alexx, fairly large towers. Yet the humble integrated did a great job. Peter was there with Bob Stuart and the Alexx clearly demonstrated the improvements on Peter’s classical recordings had undergone a “white glove” MQA treatment. That was a terrific demo … yet I did wonder what more power would do for these impressive Alexx towers.… Read the full article

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F1 Audio, Magico, D’Agostino, Chord, Transparent – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

F1 Audio, Magico, D’Agostino, Chord

I don’t even know where to begin. The guys from F1 Audio, Magico and D’Agostino aren’t playing a room, they are playing one of the largest open spaces on this convention center campus. There’s no practical explanation for this sounding as full and tight as it does, unless one were to point out the massive dual subwoofers, each weighing in at 575lbs. In the most absurd way, this would make one hell of a bedroom system.

Here’s the thing. F1 Audio is a high-end brick-and-mortar audio store located in Palatine for the Chicagoland area.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Teases Out A New Momentum Pre “HD”

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

D'Agostino Momentum Pre HD Amplifier

It wasn’t too long ago that we were all in a flurry about the new high end Relentless Monoblocks from famed amplifier designer Dan D’Agostino. Now stepping back into the Momentum line, a pre is on the way with a new “HD” designation.

Current owners of the Momentum Pre are allowed to upgrade, the new fancy thing does offer a main power transformer that is 33% larger than the current model along with better isolation – full breakdown after jump. It would also be hard not to mention the absolute beauty of the casework along all Dan’s work.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Relentless Listening at Alma Audio

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

It is just a quick day trip down to San Diego via the Pacific Surfliner Rail Car from Los Angeles. The good news is that the seats on the train fair much better than any general airline could muster and the weather was still massively pleasant despite the recent fire devastation in northern LA that had been reeking havoc on the air quality for over a week… which wasn’t very “quality” to begin with in the first place.

Today’s premeditated destination was Alma Music and Audio, just north of the downtown area of SD.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: A Critical Eye

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have completely bought into the music reproduction industry ever since I heard the difference between lamp cord as speaker wire and Monster brand wire oh so many years ago. Yes, I built Heathkit and Eico kits when I was a teenager in the middle 60’s, but really had no idea what was really going on.

During this time I was developing my ear for music. Big band and classical when I was alone, and rock when friends came over, as well as getting an inkling of how the music sounded different through different types of components and wire.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Lee’s Best of Show

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was really burned out from a long work week at nearby Northwestern University.  I was so looking forward to AXPONA as the medicine to my working man blues.  The only thing stopping me was insane traffic between Evanston and Schaumburg where the new hotel venue was. This was post-apocalyptic Atlanta traffic.  But finally we arrived and it was worth the hassle. AXPONA was really superb this year.  The Renaissance Center staff was friendly and the venue was beautiful.  Very spacious, it took getting used to but the second floor had lots of conversation pits and the food was generally good. 

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Totem Acoustics with Bret D’agostino – CES 2017

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

by Rafe Arnott

The sad passing of amplifier-designer Bret D’agostino (eldest son of amplifier scion Dan D’agostino) in early January made hearing his latest M5 mono-block power amplifiers, and Reference L5 stereo pre-amplifier paired with Totem Acoustics Element Metal floorstanding loudspeakers a bittersweet affair at CES this year.

Bret’s latest pre-amp design focuses on isolating the power-supply, control system, and audio circuitry sections to the point that he created three separate chassis comprised of individual machined-aluminum enclosures that are mounted on one solid-aluminum platform for the L5.… Read the full article

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