RMAF 2013

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 13 comments
Atomic Audio Labs gets the RMAF "Extravagant Performance Enhancement Claims" award for the startling number of benefits said to derive from resting a Mac Mini on one of the company's' Mac Mini Platforms.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 1 comments
PS Audio's recently announced $1895 NuWave Phono Converter, combining a DSD capable A/D converter and MM/MC phono preamp was demoed at RMAF and is now in production.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 1 comments
Imported from Taiwan by Mockingbird LLC, which also imports the Jakutis turntable, the Zorin TP-S3 is an A.C. synchronous motor, belt-drive turntable with an acrylic platter riding on a polished ceramic bearing.

The $3750 'table, which weighs 29 pounds, features a polished stainless steel-aluminum alloy base incorporating the arm mount system.

The arm is the $2070 Zorin Music PUA-12, a 12" gimbaled bearing tonearm featuring a stainless steel arm tube and brass plated titanium counterweights. The patented headshell allows for overhang, zenith angle and VTA adjustability. The carbon fiber mat adds an extra $300+ to the total price.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
The $9500 Jakutis belt-driven Black Stork from Lithuania includes aluminum and acrylic sandwich platter and integral stand. The wooden-tubed unipivot tone arm costs $1755. Save 20% when bought with the 'table.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
VANA Ltd. now distributes in America Feickert turntables and accessories.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
U.K. based Sonneteer introduced a new version of the $1295 Sedley MM/MC phono preamp. The USB version with built in A/D converter sells for $1495.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
RMAF 2013 was the official audio show launch venue for Acoustic Sounds' new Super HiRez DSD and high resolution PCM digital download website.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3 comments
Lyra, now distributed domestically by Audioquest, officially launched its new Etna phono cartridge (red, lower left) at RMAF 2013.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 1 comments
Keith Monks Audio Works debuted at RMAF 2013 the Discovery One record cleaning machine, based upon a Chinese-made "replica" of a Technics SL-1200 turntable.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 1 comments
High Water Sound introduced the new TW Acustic Raven Anniversary SE turntable.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
Please forgive the blurry photo—not that the Piccola is a visual stunner— but this little box is packed with tech and is particularly useful for those using Channel D's Pure Vinyl™ digital RIAA compensation for vinyl ripping to high resolution digital.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 0 comments
Odyssey's new Suspiro MM/MC phono preamplifier is based upon two independent gain stages using wide-bandwidth FET op-amps and hand-matched to less than 0.5% in the RIAA network. Gain is switchable 40, 46, 54 and 60dB. Loading via dip switches is 50-100-1K-47kohms.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 14, 2013 9 comments
VPI introduced the production version of its new direct drive turntable. It features a three phase AC induction motor with computer controlled platter speed. The platter of aluminum weighs twenty two pounds. Speed accuracy is claimed to be 01% or "5 sigma" (a standard deviation statistical term) at both 33 1/3 and 45rpm.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 13, 2013 0 comments
San Francisco based Pelotone has been named the new American Koetsu cartridge distributor. The company will also handle all Koetsu re-tipping. Shown is the $10,950 Koetsu Azul. Mounted on a top of the Pro-Ject line Signature turntable, driving Doshi electronics and a pair of Wilson Alexia speakers, the Azul produced some of the sweetest, yet most detailed sound heard at RMAF 2013.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1 comments
Music Hall's new, striking- looking Ikura turntable is going into production. The Ikura is a split-plinth design, with the motor located on a lower platform (not shown in photo) isolated via points from the main plinth. It includes a Pro-Ject sourced alloy tone arm, the sound of which Music Hall preferred to the carbon fiber arm.

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