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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1 comments
Air Tight introduced the newest member of its cartridge line-up, the PC-1S. The new model features even lower internal impedance than in previous models, down to 2.1 ohms.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 16 comments
The venerable Record Doctor record cleaning machine, which resembles a Nitty Gritty minus a record spinning motor has been out of production for a few years now but thanks to the vinyl resurrection (it's gone way beyond a revival don't you think?) it's being resuscitated with a hoped for price of around $200.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1 comments
ZYX introduced the new $8495 Universe II MC phono cartridge, with an output of .24mV
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 3 comments
Constellation, a consortium of designers headed up by industry veteran Peter Madnick introduced the long awaited Perseus phono preamplifier designed by the legendary John Curl who says this is his best yet phono preamplifier.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8 comments
Working with an industrial designer adept at things white prefaced in the letter "i" Music Hall has come up with this cool white ikura turntable built to spec by the Pro-Ject folks that build other Music Hall turntables. Cost is $900 with carbon fiber tonearm. Very smart looking.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2 comments
That calling the goings on in Roy Hall's Music Hall room "the real world" is indicative of just how bizarre this business can be. Along with shots of single-malt, Hall and his partner Leland Leard demoed some new reasonably priced analog gear including this $599 Creek MM/MC phono preamp that's dip-switch configurable and given Mike Creek's experience and track record, probably sounds very fine.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 0 comments
Vladimir Lamm took me through his new 3 box LP 1 Signature phono preamplifier. Each channel has its own power supply. The all-tube design uses transformers for the first MC stage. There are three inputs: two MC, one MM.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 0 comments
Zanden introduced its new Model 120 prototype phono preamp, the company's first solid-state design. The estimated price is $7500. I have no more details to report other than that it sounded good playing a Buddy Guy lacquer I brought to the show.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2 comments
McIntosh introduced a new prototype turntable built to the company's specs by Clearaudio.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2 comments
Bob Graham introduced the new Phantom Elite tonearm at CES 2013 mounted on the eye-catching $85,000 Air Force One turntable he is distributing in the United States (currently under review). The 'table is designed by legendary Micro-Seiki creator Hideaki Nishikawa, with whom I had a long and productive chat at the show about the design.

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