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Record Buying Tips
Michael Fremer Apr 14, 2014 13 comments
The Princeton Record Exchange isn't what it used to be but it's still better than it once was. Of course "back in the day" the store was records and nothing but records. Then came CDs and DVDs and the emphasis shifted. After all, it's in a college town.

Cartridge Reviews
Michael Fremer Apr 10, 2014 5 comments
The $2995 Lyra Kleos Cartridge was billed back in 2010 as a replacement for the Helikon. The Kleos is a much better sounding cartridge in every way. It maintains and actually ups the Helikon’s detail resolution, while adding the more expensive Skala’s smoothness and midband warmth.

Turntable Reviews
Michael Fremer Apr 10, 2014 9 comments
Rega Research sold more turntables last year than in any of its previous forty odd years and is on target to do so again this year.

Cartridge Reviews
Michael Fremer Apr 08, 2014 30 comments
What happens when you install in a $70 M97xE a $179 Jico V15xMR stylus replacement?
Michael Fremer Apr 07, 2014 4 comments
Aleph Records will release its first ever vinyl soundtrack on RSD 2014.
Michael Fremer Apr 06, 2014 4 comments
Okay, this is way out in left field…...
Album Reviews
Michael Fremer Apr 06, 2014 7 comments
A thousand United Airlines commercials later and Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" still sounds fresh, lavish and grand. It epitomizes New York City in its golden jazz age and with every listen opens the mind's eye to yellow incandescent lit Art Deco granite skyscrapers and the general urban dazzle of pre-WWII America. I never get tired of listening to it, the later at night the better for some reason. It could only have been written in America by an American.

Michael Fremer Apr 05, 2014 10 comments
Visual designer and vinyl enthusiast Kate Koeppel offers a collection of wooden laser cut alphabetical record dividers available for both 12" and 7" records stored either vertically or horizontally.
Michael Fremer Apr 05, 2014 7 comments
Following up on his success with the Bugle2 solid state phono preamplifier, Hagerman Audio's Jim Hagerman recently commenced a Kickstarter campaign for the Cornet3 a new "third generation" vacuum tube based DIY phono preamp.

Album Reviews
Michael Fremer Apr 04, 2014 54 comments
Given a choice of great mastering and pressing or packaging true to the original, which would you choose? Yes, I know, why not produce a definitive reissue that offers great mastering and pressing and the original triple gatefold jacket and the original limited edition booklet? But clearly that wasn't in the cards for whoever was in charge in order to bring this project to market within budget so it could be sold at a particular price point, which in this case is $39.00 for the double LP set.