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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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Xi Audio Formula S Review

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality9.5
Build Quality9.2
Functionality8.5
Matchability9.5
9.2
Our Score
$3499

Disclaimer: The Xi Audio Formula S sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned.

Thank you to Xi Audio for giving us this opportunity.

The birth of the Formula S solid-state amplifier, and I guess the birth of Xi Audio is a complex story. I would suspect “audiophiles” might be aware of the names and brands involved.… Read the full article

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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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