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Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra now Roon Ready

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Stream Box S2 Ultra: Roon Ready & Firmware Update 1.029

The Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra is now fully Roon Ready and certified, capable of streaming audio from your Roon system without any additional installation.

Simply choose the Stream Box S2 as zone and start enjoying your music in bit-perfect streaming quality.

Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected to build a surfable digital magazine about your musical taste.

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Design Notes 1: iFi Pro iDSD

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

Publisher’s note: Every product comes with an Owner’s Manuals to familiarize the customer with its operations. These dcouments are often written in a dry style and to the point. But once in a while, we come across vast sections in Manuals that reads like a smooth presentation of ideas and juicy description of brilliant technologies, and if we’re lucky, even a story on the challenges faced by the engineers and designers in bringing the concept to fruition. ‘Design Notes” is a new series created to feature the informative and well written documentary inside those Manuals to the readership, to offer knowledge and viewpoints that we believe will benefit and even entertain us.

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Sonore introduces the opticalRendu

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

The opticalRendu is the newest in the Rendu series of network players/transports from Sonore. The opticalRendu has built on the success of the ultraRendu and microRendu but offering a significant redesign.

What makes the opticalRendu the perfect upgrade for those wanting more from their digital audio:

  • The opticalRendu utilizes an SFP fiber optic transceiver at its input to provide 100% galvanic isolation from the network and USB-audio output

  • The opticalRendu has 11 ultra low noise linear power regulators (compared to 6 and 4 in previous models)

  • Dual Femto clocking for the CPU circuit, USB Audio circuit, and for the network circuit

  • Onboard Ethernet switch

  • SFP cage for use with both Gigabit Ethernet and Optical Transceivers

  • The improved low noise data circuit

  • Ultra-low output impedance parallel linear regulators driving USB power

What this means to you: A whole new level of perfection in the network audio player/streamer marketplace.  

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Nativ Vita now supports TIDAL Masters and MQA

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Nativ Vita high-res music player now supports
TIDAL Masters and MQA.
Nativ Vita now supports TIDAL MASTERS, and the revolutionary Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology.

Here is what Lior Tibon, TIDAL’s Chief Operating Officer has to say.

“As a leader in high fidelity music streaming, TIDAL is the perfect match for Nativ,“says Lior Tibon, TIDAL COO. “Nativ’s beautiful touchscreen interface and audiophile-grade technology will allow customers to take full advantage of our extensive TIDAL Masters catalog.”

For more details please check out the official press release.
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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 (, 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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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 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


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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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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