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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 29, 2016 Published: Apr 28, 2016 16 comments
Soundsmith’s Peter Ledermann has been designing and building “fixed coil” cartridges for many years, beginning when he was asked by customers to “back engineer” a B&O design used in that company’s “plug in” cartridge tone arms.

Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 28, 2016 3 comments
Channel D, purveyor of Pure Vinyl vinyl ripping software (actually the program does far more) also manufactures a line of phono preamplifiers. At AXPONA 2016 Channel D introduced the Seta Supreme, the company's most ambitious and costly phono preamplifier.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 28, 2016 Published: Apr 27, 2016 17 comments
Pro-Ject's Heinz Lichtenegger couldn't wait for next week's Munich show where he will hold a twenty fifth anniversary press conference and debut this handsome new turntable. Instead he flew to New York and debuted it first at the World of McIntosh (WOMA) townhouse.

Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 30, 2016 Published: Mar 29, 2016 30 comments
News at this past year’s International Consumer Electronics Show that “novelty” turntable manufacturer Crosley was introducing a pair of quality turntables built for the company by Pro-Ject drew me to the “ZOO” to check them out.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 19, 2016 10 comments
Mark Döhmann designed the Helix 1 turntable in Australia. Frank Schröder designed the unique tone arm in Germany. Both are built by THRAX Audio in Sofia, Bulgaria. This video shows you why.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 01, 2016 Published: Feb 29, 2016 16 comments
Sarasota Florida area readers take note: Encore Home Entertainment Systems hosts a March 24th Technics SL-1200GAE turntable preview event from 7PM-9PM.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 15, 2016 Published: Jan 14, 2016 14 comments
Analog was well-represented at CES 2016. It was at "The Zoo" as we "affectionately" call the main convention center and of course at The Venetian where high performance audio resides.

Best Sound

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 6 comments
Clearaudio introduced the new Innovation Basic turntable in importer Musical Surroundings' room at CES.

The new 'table features an aluminum Panzerholz wood sandwich plinth, custom optically controlled DC motor system, POM platter and magnetically levitated ceramic ball-based bearing system. Cost is $6000 without arm.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 1 comments
EAT's American importer VANA Ltd. announced a series of price drops on EAT turntables.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 8 comments
What is an "DSD-capable" turntable? Sony's new HX500 turntable incorporates a high quality A/D converter capable of operating at 192/24 bit resolution or native DSD (5.6Mhz).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 15 comments
In the Devore Audio room I found Well Tempered's new $12,500 Royale 400 turntable complete with sixteen inch long tone arm.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
Acoustic Signature's new Challenger Mk3 turntable, like all Acoustic Signature 'tables, is all about the mass.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 13 comments
Music Hall's Roy Hall stepped away long enough from the sauce to show me the significantly updated 2016 turntable line.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 1 comments
VAC's Kevin Hayes introduced the new Renaissance phono preamplifier at CES 2016 that costs one-fifth as much as the top-of-the-line Statement, which made its debut at CES 2013.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 5 comments
Jonathan Monks demonstrated the new $2500 Keith Monks record cleaning machine— to date, the company's least expensive model, but it incorporates many of the high quality components found in the more expensive Monks machines.

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