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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 27, 2015 Published: Apr 26, 2015 2 comments
Artisan Fidelity restores and re-imagines vintage turntables from Lenco, Garrard and Garrard/Loricraft. The room featured one of each as you'll see on the video.

A Lenco motor-based 'table equipped with a Kuzma 4 Point fitted with a Lyra Kleos was the source. A David Berning vacuum tube based preamp and OTL mono block amplifiers were the electronics. The speaker was a spectacularly finished, single coaxial driver design from LaHave Audio.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 27, 2015 Published: Apr 26, 2015 1 comments
Tour the AXPONA 2015 Marketplace. AXPONA 2015 has turned into a regional powerhouse of a show: well run, well attended (though Sunday was off, somewhat) and now, well-established. More coverage coming up soon.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 25, 2015 15 comments
At AXPONA 2014's Thomas Mulready interviewed me following a turntable set-up seminar. This year he returned and asked me to conduct an on-camera CD vs. vinyl "shootout" using Roxy Music's Avalon as the test subject.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 25, 2015 4 comments
True, there were no seats so everyone had to stand, but Patricia Barber and her accompanying trio played to an appreciative, but foot-weary full house in the O'Hare Westin ballroom Friday evening.

Barber, whose overexposure (like that of Diana Krall and a few others) has produced an unfair backlash among some audio enthusiasts, demonstrated that she is an artist worthy of serious consideration and not a flash-in-the-audiophile-community-pan.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 24, 2015 Published: Apr 23, 2015 23 comments
AXPONA Audio Con is NOT WELCOME in Chicago and the city is not glad the show is here. What other conclusion can one draw upon landing at O'Hare and waiting to pick up one's luggage only to be confronted by the sign you see at the top of this story?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 23, 2015 Published: Apr 22, 2015 28 comments
In this You Tube video, analogplanet editor Michael Fremer takes a look and limited listen to Universal Music's new 8 LP Roxy Music box set and finds some sonic surprises.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 22, 2015 Published: Apr 21, 2015 1 comments
AXPONA 2015 presents "AudioCon" Friday April 24th through Sunday April 26th at Chicago's Westin O'Hare Hotel. Analogplanet will be covering the show here and presenting seminars as well as tweeting (@analogplanet) breaking news.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 21, 2015 6 comments
Many readers are well-acquainted with Eric Leefe's story. For those who are not, I first read about Eric in an inspirational piece by music journalist Jim Beckerman published last summer inThe Bergen Record.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 20, 2015 Published: Apr 19, 2015 41 comments
I missed Record Store Day this year. As some of you know, I was banned last year from my local record store for good behavior. I did nothing wrong. The owner's brother started lecturing me rather angrily on how to remove a record from a jacket and it escalated out of control from there.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 16, 2015 Published: Apr 15, 2015 24 comments
Here are some RSD 2015 offerings from Sony/Legacy and Rhino. Other labels have plenty too, but only these two bothered to send their titles. Have fun!


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