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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 29, 2016 Published: Oct 28, 2016 62 comments
You don’t have to be Phil Spector or Brian Wilson to appreciate mono sound, as anyone who’s purchased the recent mono Beatles box can attest. When these records were originally produced, they were meant to be heard in mono both because they were played on the AM radio, which was mono and because the young people buying the music mostly had monophonic record players. Plus that is how The Rolling Stones wanted to be heard, which is the most important reason of all.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 11, 2016 44 comments
Compare an original forty three year old UK "pink rim" Island pressing of "Baby's On Fire" from "Here Come the Warm Jets" (ILPS 9268), Brian Eno's debut solo album, with the 2004 DSD remaster using the original tape played back on an Ampex ATR deck with custom ARIA electronics.
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 31, 2016 Published: May 30, 2016 6 comments
Yes, this is a bit “off topic”, but I do a lot of sitting in my job.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 02, 2016 Published: May 01, 2016 15 comments
While visiting Audio Research in Minneapolis prepping for an upcoming Stereophile review my hosts took me to Mill City Records in nearby Hopkins. Wow!

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 25, 2016 14 comments
This is a story you will like! About a decade ago former punk and jazz drummer Darrel Sheinman decided to start a new record label and release previously unreleased live recordings.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 03, 2016 Published: Jan 02, 2016 10 comments
Bluetooth devices are not my beat but when a company making one brings it to a high performance audio show I pay attention.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 24, 2015 Published: Jul 23, 2015 27 comments
Finally, here's the second part of the Roxy Music box set review. Read Part One here.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 12, 2015 Published: Jul 11, 2015 62 comments
The July, 2015 Stereophile included a review of the $28,000 Swedish Audio Technologies pick up arm. Yes, the price is outrageous but it's difficult to manufacture and doesn't come off an assembly line.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 05, 2015 Published: Jun 04, 2015 31 comments
Analogue Productions recently announced the reissue of 25 titles from the musically rich and superbly recorded Contemporary Jazz catalogue.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 29, 2015 4 comments
Our final stops in the mini tour.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 29, 2015 Published: May 28, 2015 4 comments
Here's a study in record store contrasts.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 29, 2015 Published: May 28, 2015 5 comments
Here's Part 2 of the L.A. Area Record Stores "Mini Tour": Wombleton Records.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 28, 2015 Published: May 27, 2015 7 comments
Leading up to the Newport Beach show this weekend, I took a day to travel around the L.A. area with Record Collector News publisher Jim Kaplan.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 13, 2015 Published: Feb 12, 2015 12 comments
Stoughton Press located in California's City of Industry, recently installed a $2.8 million dollar state-of-the-art Heidelberg printing press in order to keep up with the demand for the "vinyl fad".

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 03, 2015 Published: Feb 02, 2015 60 comments
While many of us seem to hear wider dynamic range coming from vinyl, the numbers would seem to point in the opposite direction. Or do they?

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