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Michael Fremer Posted: May 21, 2015 Published: May 20, 2015 8 comments
Back in 1994 my voice made a "guest appearance" on "Late Night With David Letterman". It was a running gag throughout the show. Tonight is the last show so now's the time to tell the story.

Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 29, 2015 22 comments
There's way too much death in the air lately. It's always there but it's coming now in Tsunami waves.

Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 25, 2015 Published: Feb 24, 2015 13 comments
It was twenty years ago, but not today. Close enough though. I was rummaging through some old files when I came upon a letter I'd received from Gary Shapiro, who is now President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, the group that among other things, runs the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 25, 2015 Published: Jan 24, 2015 192 comments
Mario Aguilar, a Gizmodo blogger with a history degree and little if any meaningful audio listening experience, recently posted a story on that site titled "Don't Buy What Neil Young is Selling" in which he condemns Neil Young and his Pono player.

Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 30, 2014 Published: Dec 29, 2014 22 comments
At a garage sale over the summer I found a copy of Dennis Wilson's chronically under appreciated Pacific Ocean Blue (PZ 34354) album originally released on the CBS distributed Caribou label. I reviewed the Sundazed reissue on musicangle.com

Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 11, 2014 Published: Nov 10, 2014 6 comments
Cartoon of the Day
Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 25, 2014 Published: Oct 24, 2014 8 comments
A recent comment posted under the story "Anonymous Mastering Engineer's Take on The Beatles MONO Box Set" prompted me to check out a recent post by AIX's Dr. Mark Waldrep on his site real HD Audio. I've appropriated the site's logo without permission but I can't imagine he'd object to the publicity and if he does I will take it down.

Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 05, 2014 Published: Oct 04, 2014 21 comments
A recently posted review of a phono preamp on a website that is not deserving of mention here once again makes the specious claim that curves other than the RIAA were used in the mastering of stereo records. This is simply not true.

Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10 comments
Originally written for Stereophile and handed in September, 1999 I recently found this story in a "dusty file" on my computer and thought it worth sharing.—Ed

Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 06, 2014 15 comments
I posted a comment under the story:

"3 arrested after theft of $5M Stradivarius violin"

Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 29, 2014 57 comments
Rabbi Fremer says: The Peter, Paul & Mary file comparison story has created quite an uproar. Most of you took it for what it was—an informal but reasonable comparison of two unidentified files that could have been the same or different. 79% of you thought they were different files. 21% though they were the same file posted twice.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 27, 2014 38 comments
Even if you are an infrequent TV viewer, chances are you've seen the Dell commercial that uses as a music bed a cover of the great Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman song "This Magic Moment" originally performed by Ben E. King and The Drifters and later covered by Jay and The Americans among others. The only ads running more frequently are the ones that say "your erectile dysfunction is a matter of blood flow".
Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 18, 2014 49 comments
So I'm driving back from Washington D.C. where I'd gone to install an Etna cartridge in an AMG Viella turntable for a friend. His politics are 180 degrees diametrically opposed to mine. In fact, he's a consultant to "those people". But you know what? Politics stops for me at the lead-in groove.

Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 15, 2013 44 comments
Look at this print ad for the Manila Hi-Fi Show I recently attended. It is a model of clarity, good taste and communicates effectively the event. Do you agree?

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