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Old 07-07-2019, 04:19 PM
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The D'agostino Momentum phonostage has really piqued my interest lately, it looks amazing and matches the Momentum series perfectly. Does anyone out there have any experience with this piece or has heard it? Compared to some of Dan's other offerings, there's not a whole lot of press available about it. Enjoythemusic.com has a review of it here but I'm not very familiar with their writers or site:

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio...ier_Review.htm

I'm happy with the sound of my ARC Reference phono 2SE but am curious what there would be to gain (if anything) with the solid state Momentum piece. The ARC phono stage has that great liquid tubelike sound, however, it can get just a touch noisy at higher volumes since I have to use the high gain setting. Normally this doesn't affect listening at my usual low volume listening, but if I ever do get the urge to crank it up a bit, you can hear some enhanced tube rush/noise from the phonostage. I'm also getting up there in tube hours so I'll have to replace those fairly soon as well, so something to think about also. Maybe I could run across a show demo special at RMAF perhaps.....hmmm

It's such a good looking piece of gear as well.



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Old 07-07-2019, 04:32 PM
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I have neither seen nor heard it but it also was of great interest to me at one point. I would certainly look into it if I was in the market for a phonostage of that caliber. All other D'Agostino gear I have owned has simply floored me so I have no doubt this phonostage is a serious piece worthy of a consideration.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:25 PM
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I’ve heard it a couple of times at a dealer, the last time with the Momentum pre, an upper end Clearaudio table (I think the Master Innovation), the Relentless, and Wilson speakers (don’t remember which one but Marc was there, he‘ll remember). It sounded great, but the system was unfamiliar so I don’t know what may have been contributing.

Michael Fremer reviewed it in Stereophile in February 2017 and liked it, it’s one of their “Class A” recommended components. Here’s the review, it’s on the D’Agostino website.
http://cdn.dandagostino.com/document...inaleprint.pdf
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:39 PM
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I had the ARC REF2se and the REF3. The Dag phono pre is so much more dynamic and quieter. I have a bunch of Dag gear and I think the phono pre is the “sleeper” in the bunch. It’s truly a special phono pre. Audition in your system.
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I’ve heard it a couple of times at a dealer, the last time with the Momentum pre, an upper end Clearaudio table (I think the Master Innovation), the Relentless, and Wilson speakers (don’t remember which one but Marc was there, he‘ll remember). It sounded great, but the system was unfamiliar so I don’t know what may have been contributing.

Michael Fremer reviewed it in Stereophile in February 2017 and liked it, it’s one of their “Class A” recommended components. Here’s the review, it’s on the D’Agostino website.
http://cdn.dandagostino.com/document...inaleprint.pdf
Thanks Tony, don’t know how I missed that.
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I had the ARC REF2se and the REF3. The Dag phono pre is so much more dynamic and quieter. I have a bunch of Dag gear and I think the phono pre is the “sleeper” in the bunch. It’s truly a special phono pre. Audition in your system.
Thanks for the info.....what were some of the other differences you heard in the sound? Did you have both Phono preamps on hand so you were able to compare for a period of time? I read the review that Fremer wrote and am curious if your experience matches up with what he reported. A home audition would be great but I’m not sure my dealer has ever had the Phono pre on display at his store. If he did I could get a loaner for a weekend.....I’ll have to ask next time I’m in there.

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There’s a used one on the gon right now
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I am in the camp of matching pieces, like in this case all D’Ag or another alternative like a Clear Audio Turn Table and their selection of phono amps.
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I, too, am in the synergy camp. The ARC phono pres I had were with ref5se and ref6. I prefer the sound of the Dag gear by a large margin. I loved the ARC gear, but for me, the Dag gear is a big sonic step up. IMHO
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And a big increase in cost...
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