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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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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

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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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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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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