RMAF 2013

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 17, 2013 18 comments
Exhibitors at The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and at RMAF have been using reel to reel tape as source material. Some use Tape Project tapes, which we know are copies of copies of actual master tapes licensed by and supplied by the record labels. Yarlung is also doing this.
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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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