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Monoprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark Review

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

The Monprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark is a compact transportable headphone amplifier developed by Alex Cavalli for Monoprice. Disclaimer: The Monprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark sent to us for this review is a paid-for sample. We thank the team at Monoprice for giving us this opportunity. To read more about portable and transportable amps we have reviewed […]

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Hifiman Jade II Review

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Hifiman Jade II was sent to us as a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Hifiman for this opportunity. To learn more about Hifiman product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. Before there was Hifiman, there was HE Audio and the original Jade. Now the original Jade was more of a […]

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EMM Labs PRE stereo preamplifier Review

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

About this time last year, I received what EMM Labs referred to as the Reference PRE. The only identification that appears on the preamp are the letters PRE, which I find a bit confusing, given that the earlier design was called the PRE2. While I really did not expect drastic improvements from the PRE over the PRE2, I hooked it up in my system and almost immediately realized that the PRE was a stunning leap forward. The remainder of this review focuses on the differences and how those differences contribute to a more lifelike recreation of the recorded event.

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Cambridge Audio launches AX series of Hi-Fi separates

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Today Cambridge Audio introduces the AX series, a brand new range of hi-fi separates. Designed and engineered in the UK, AX has something to offer every music lover, hitting the perfect balance between performance and affordability.

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Consisting of a CD player, an integrated amplifier and two stereo receivers, the AX range takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio’s CX and Edge hi-fi ranges. Like those award-winning products, it uses the company’s 50-plus years of audio engineering expertise to deliver what Cambridge Audio has dubbed its “Great British Sound”, a pure, unfiltered audio experience reflecting the artist’s intentions – nothing added, nothing taken away.

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Hifiman Jade II – First Contact

By | March 29th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

$2499HifimanDisclaimer: The Hifiman Jade II was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Hifiman for this opportunity. To learn more about Hifiman product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. We have an influx of electrostatic (stats for short) product reviews in the coming months and some, or all […]

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Schiit Mani phono preamp

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

An Antenna No More!

This past year numerous readers and followers of mine on Twitter and Facebook continually asked me to recommend a budget phono stage, and to this end I had acquired the following phono stages:

  1. Parasound ZPhono
  2. Cambridge Audio Duo
  3. NAD PP2e
  4. Musical Fidelity V90-LPS
  5. Rega Fono Mini
  6. Pro-Ject Audio Phono Box DC

That’s a lot of budget phono stages and, with six turntables and five separate systems here, I am just the staffer at Dagogo to pull this off.

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Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems announces the New Momentum HD Preamplifier

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

CAVE CREEK, ARIZONA, MARCH 14, 2019— Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems today announced the Momentum HD Preamplifier, a major upgrade  to the Momentum Preamplifier. The Momentum HD Preamplifier builds on the award-winning platform of the Momentum Preamplifier. The new HD status represents the high dynamic and high definition improvements that have been achieved in this substantial upgrade. The new Momentum HD Preamplifier incorporates advancements in the power supply, audio circuitry, and control sections.

Housed in a separate chassis for maximum isolation, the Momentum HD main power transformer is 33% larger as compared to the original Momentum Preamplifier.

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Design Notes 2: Pass Laboratories XA60.8 monoblock amplifier

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

Publisher’s note: ‘Design Notes” is created to feature the informative and well written documentary inside the User Manuals of products to the readership, to offer knowledge and viewpoints that we believe will benefit and even entertain us.

Every product comes with an Owner’s Manuals to familiarize the customer with its operations. These documents 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.

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Parasound ZPhono, ZPhono XRM, JC3 Jr. Review

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

Parasound maintains a relatively long history in Hi-Fi. The brand has been around for decades and while still going strong, reliably and dependably, it manages to do so without a great deal of fanfare. Workmanlike is a word that has been used to describe their products; rugged and sturdy, they soldier on. I joined the Parasound Owners Group on Facebook to learn that a good number of them are loath to part with their gear and, from the build and quality of the products, I can see why.

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Bricasti Design Launches Model 25 Dual Mono Power Amplifier

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

“The Bricasti M25 delivers a power-to-size advantage for the discerning listener.”

Shirley, MA: The M25 stereo amplifier finds a special place in the Bricasti family of amplifiers through its dual mono transformer design, essentially creating a hybrid of the single transformer Bricasti M15 stereo amplifier and its larger M28 mono-block brethren.

Like the entire line of Bricasti amplifiers, the M25’s fully differential balanced design delivers a fast, low distortion, open and harmonically accurate musical experience. Paired with any of the Bricasti line of fully differential digital to analog converters, a truly balanced system can be enjoyed.

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