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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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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

Audio-Blast-by-Doug-Schroed

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 Note UK DAC 0.1x Review

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

The Audio Note UK DAC 0.1x is part of Audio Note UK’s entry level zero system. At first glance, the DAC 0.1x can seem to be a tough sell in a 2018 marketplace with far more modern DA converters competitively priced, most of them having half a dozen inputs and outputs and impressive techno babble about their processing power and feature sets. The DAC 0.1x, on the other hand, seems to be steadfastly from a prior era.

Opening the box and taking out the smart looking DAC 0.1x, one does not exactly see a product that screams robust.

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PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier Review

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If PS Audio’s Sprout100 has all the answers, you can just imagine the questions.

I cannot tell you the number of times aspiring audiophiles and existing ones who share my penchant for travel ask me online and in person to make recommendations for them. And, what they have all in common is their particular criteria that it be something they:

  1. Can be proud of around their friends and audiophiles (I have to chuckle that the two seem to be mutually exclusive)
  2. Will not break the bank
  3. Can make their office/secondary solution
  4. Will travel well nationally and internationally

The Sprout100 ticks all the boxes and then some.

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Sonore Signature Rendu SE & Small Green Computer sonicTransporter 17 for Roon DSP Review

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I heard about the wonders of a small device by Sonore called the microRendu, a product that takes an Ethernet audio stream from a computer or server and “renders it to a perfect, ultra-low noise USB feed to one’s USB DAC.” It purportedly boosts digital playback in terms of clarity and “musicality.” One of my audiophile friends who tinkers with his system regularly bought one and made it a permanent fixture. I had been using the Salk Audio StreamPlayer III, which is a server and also does the rendering, with success and did not really have a strong reason to upset the apple cart save for the fact that I know how it is with audio components.

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Ideon 3R Renaissance and Wyred4Sound Recovery re-clockers Review

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Why So Jittery? Ah, so you haven’t re-clocked your USB signal … yet.

Computers are noisy in theory and in practice. Operational noise aside, the USB signal coming out of it is not only noisy, but unclean and read that to mean imprecise. This is where jitter enters the frame and as computers were never intended/designed to be audiophile level gear from the outset steps can be taken to further refine, re-clock the signal and lower the noise floor.  Surprisingly this can indeed be accomplished to a notice degree rather economically.

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BorderPatrol DAC SE USB + SPDIF Review

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Publisher’s note: Doug Schroeder, in conversing with Gary Dews, owner of BorderPatrol, found him “perfectly polite and technically succinct,” which inspired him to write this review in the style of notation form of the Owner’s Manual. This review is separated into two parts, namely a Q&A section, followed by the review observations. Per Doug: “Do not mistake brevity for lack of enthusiasm. Enjoy!”

Since Doug has given us a break this time by writing a sub-8,000 word Review, we’ll let him off.

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