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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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Boulder launches 2108 phono preamplifier

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado – Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the immediate release and shipment of the 2108 Phono Preamplifier. The 2108 is a part of the 2100 Series and is Boulder’s reference level phono preamplifier.

The 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest-performing product line in continuous production.

The 2108 features several substantial advancements in technology and performance over the previous generation 2000-level phono preamplifier. Vast improvements have been made in sound quality through the use of better ground paths and planes, revised circuit topology, and lowering of the static noise floor.

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Gold Note PA-1175 MkII solid-state stereo amplifier Review

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I love both of the new amps by Gold Note, the PA-1175 MkII and the PA-1175 MkII. Both are solid state, 200 watts per channel. Both are bridgeable to 520 watts per channel and even have the same styling. These two amps inhabit the same chassis, but they are distinct. One switch makes them both distinct and symbiotic. The Gold Note PA-1175 MkII offers the audiophile two distinct amps in one due to its unique Damping Factor function. But, let’s not rush so quickly into the mystery of this amplifier.

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Burson Fun & Bang Review

By | December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tonality Fun8.7Tonality Bang8.6Build Quality9Functionality9Matchability8.6 8.8Score$299 – $599BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Fun & Play sent to us are samples units in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. Burson are not site advertisers on Headfonics You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. Earlier […]

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Luxman L-550AXII Integrated Amplifier Review

By | August 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luxman L-550AXII integrated amplifier

By Steve Folberg

Long before the Luxman L-550AXII ever graced my door, there was a stereo system. I bought my first real system just out of graduate school in 1985: a Systemdek turntable (with a glass platter and the worst suspension system ever slapped into a turntable), a used Linn Basik tonearm with some long forgotten Audioquest cartridge, a PS Audio Elite Plus integrated amp, and a pair of the original Vandersteen 2C loudspeakers, bi-wired with some fat, ugly, Monster Cable speaker wire scattered all over the floor.… Read the full article

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Review: First Watt SIT-3 Amplifier

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

To those who follow aviation history, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is something of a legend. In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Johnson was a chief designer for Lockheed Martin who was the brains behind such legendary aircraft as the U2 and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. These designs were so top secret that they were conceived and developed in a nebulous location known as the “Skunk Works” and eventually tested at Groom Lake in the Nevada desert, which is known more universally as Area 51.… Read the full article

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