RMAF 2016

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Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 27, 2016 Published: Dec 26, 2016 10 comments
The Rocky Mountain Audio Festival recently posted to YouTube this video of a panel discussion in which analogPlanet editor Michael Fremer participated. Check it out.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 16, 2016 Published: Oct 15, 2016 5 comments
Despite the hotel renovation problems that closed off most of the left side of the Denver Tech Marriott, 2016's Rocky Mountain Audio Festival went off with few technical glitches.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 12, 2016 Published: Oct 11, 2016 11 comments
At RMAF 2016 in Denver, systems costing $499, $800 and $2500 were on display and available for listening.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 12, 2016 Published: Oct 11, 2016 2 comments
U.K. based Sugden Audio has been in business for almost fifty years. The company once had a strong American presence but for some reason that eventually faded. Tone Audio now imports to America Sudden's new PA-4 phono preamplifier.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 12, 2016 Published: Oct 11, 2016 8 comments
Mobile Fidelity introduced at RMAF 2016 its first "one step" record release: Santana's Abraxas.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 11, 2016 14 comments
This short video makes the point that reel-to-reel tape has finally become a viable playback format if you have the cash to play.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 11, 2016 Published: Oct 10, 2016 5 comments
AnalogPlanet has been covering SweetVinyl's development of its SugarCube SC-2 vinyl recording platform, an easy to use vinyl to high resolution digital recorder that, among other things, pulls album art off the internet and automatically separates album tracks.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 11, 2016 Published: Oct 10, 2016 0 comments
AnalogPlanet doesn't cover headphones. For the best coverage go to our "sister" publication Innerfidelity.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 10, 2016 2 comments
Sumiko could fill more than a few hotel rooms with all of the Pro-Ject turntables in the company's extensive line that it imports to America, but chose instead to pare it down to a smart few in its own room (other models where sprinkled throughout the show).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 10, 2016 Published: Oct 09, 2016 0 comments
Watch and hear Zesto Audio's veteran designer George Counnas describe his new Andros Tessera phono preamplifier and then Band-Width Audio's young designer Matthew Beardsworth will do likewise for his new Cascode One. Both are vacuum tube-based products.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 10, 2016 Published: Oct 09, 2016 0 comments
In this video you will see a new motor controller from Pear Audio (imported by Audio Skies) that's said to improve the performance of all of Pear Audio's hand-crafted Blue turntables. The $1995 controller also lets you switch speeds at the push of a button. Also, Swiss-made Thales introduces an upgrade to the TTT-2's drive system as well as a newly machined platter that makes easier, removing a record.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 10, 2016 Published: Oct 09, 2016 1 comments
In the Musical Surroundings room at RMAF 2016, Michael Fremer learned about a significant upgrade to AMG's tone arm, saw and heard the new top of the line DS Audio Master 1 optical cartridge and electronics as well as a new Clearaudio turntable upgrade.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 09, 2016 Published: Oct 08, 2016 3 comments
Take a day one walk through the RMAF Market Place area with analog planet editor Michael Fremer
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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 09, 2016 Published: Oct 08, 2016 2 comments
With half the Denver Tech Center Marriott closed for renovations and the other half newly renovated, the audio industry approached RMAF 2016 with caution and some cancellations. Nonetheless, industry participation was strong and most were satisfied with their rooms—at least for this transitional year.