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Allo USBridge Review

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Just say Allo to Digital Audio

Motivation is a wondrous thing, as is procrastination, and if you get the timing just right, one saves you from the other. It’s at this crossroads that I find myself having to write about Allo’s USBridge device and respond to a letter forwarded to my publisher.

Let’s start with the letter, where this reader of Dagogo (dagogo.com), in his words, is being driven crazy by the terminology and seeming endless details, caveats, and stipulations made by supposed audiophile experts on the topic/subject of digital audio.

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iFi iPurifier 3.0 and Mercury 3.0 Review

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Earlier this year I wrote a piece contrasting a pair of USB devices that respectively market themselves as specialists in re-clocking, re-generating and recovering. As it happens iFi products have been making a bit of a splash and in writing up one of their portable DACs earlier this year I became more familiar with the product line learning of their entry in the above category, the iPurifier 3.0 and its accompanying Mercury 3.0 USB cable.

Necessity being the mother of invention, my intrigue and desire to explore this product came about as I grappled with the hard facts and numbers of available power sockets in my 12-port international/industrial surge protected power strip.

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Cambridge Audio CXC Transport Review

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

Finding a dedicated and reasonably priced CD transport in 2018 is no easy task. Indeed, it is difficult enough to find CD players nowadays dedicated to playing Compact Disc.  Before I continue a question that needs to be addressed, especially for younger readers as the CD is almost becoming the relic of LP, what is a CD transport and how does it differ from a CD player?

A CD player is made up of two main sections. The first being the transport and disc reader while the second is the digital to analogue converter (DAC).

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Audio News: A video tutorial – sonicTransporter and ultraRendu

By | January 21st, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Small Green Computer compiled a video tutorial on using its sonicTransporter ($795) music server and ultraRendu ($875) music player in conjunction with your own DAC to attain high-resolution audio. The main points of the video are:

1) The sonicTransporter i5 music server replaces your PC / Mac.

2)  A few of many reasons to replace your pc/mac with a dedicated music server (even if your PC is dedicated to audio):

  1. a) PCs/Macs are running operating systems that were never designed specifically for audio. 
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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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Audio News: SonicTransporter i5 CD Ripper

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

Prices:
$1,295 – 2TB spinning hard-drive
$1,455 – 4TB spinning
$1,625 – 8TB spinning
$1,495 – 2TB Solid-state drive
$1,695 – 4TB SSD
$2,195 – 8TB SSD

The sonicTransporter i5 CDR (CD Ripper) is a CD Ripping with a Hard Drive to rip and store your audio CDs. It replaces your desktop, laptop, Mac mini, etc., and acts like a NAS to store your music and other files. It uses a web-based interface and does not require separate keyboard, mouse or monitor to operate.

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Bricasti Design M21 DAC

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Massachusetts-based Bricasti Design’s claim to fame is in the design and manufacturing of professional components for recording studios, its product line comprising the Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor, the Model 7M Mainframe Stereo Reverb Processor, the Model 15 Stereo Power Amplifier and the Model 28 Monoblock Amplifier. In the consumer section, the company’s M1 dual-mono digital-to-analog converter showcases the company’s expertise.

Earlier this year, Bricasti Design released its next-generation DAC, the M21 Platinum. Retailing for $19,000, the M21 offers the following:

  • an advanced architecture that allows the selection and evaluation of digital music via three independent conversion paths: 24 bit delta sigma, 20 bit ladder dac and true 1 bit DSD for DSD.
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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.

-Supertramp

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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PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player and DirectStream DAC Review

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , |

PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player/Transport

The CD transport would make an interesting business school case study. Its market performance over the years has seemingly had relatively little to do with the product’s own identity and functionality and has instead been at the mercy of the shifting winds of how high-end audio approached digital playback. Briefly: early consumer CD playback was via CD players, which served what we later came to view as the separate transport and DAC functions. Digital output via TOSlink and S/PDIF as interface protocols were offered subsequently.

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COS Engineering D1 DAC + Pre-Amplifier Review

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Three Taiwanese connoisseurs of sound decided they need to bring some of their perspectives to the world, so they started COS, which stands for “connoisseur of sound”. Evidently they wish anonymity, considering this is the extent of information given about them on the website: “COS Engineering, founded by three close friends serious about audio entertainment, is dedicated to developing gears [sic] of the digital era that render music listening a sheer pleasure. D1, COS Engineering’s first product, made its debut in 2014.”

You know a company is not fooling around when it tucks the electronics inside a cabinet constructed from aerospace grade aluminum alloy!

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