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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 09, 2013 4 comments
Triplanar debuted a 12" version of its popular tonearm at CES 2013. Key to the design is a new damped carbon fiber tube that maintains the effective mass of the 9" model.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 09, 2013 1 comments
Using the experience gained designing a direct drive motor for the Brinkmann Oasis and Bardo, Helmut Brinkmann is now building his own motors for use with the belt drive models in the line. I thought you'd like to see it.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 09, 2013 5 comments
UK based Avid introduced at CES the new Ingenium line of turntables. The base price for the machined aluminum plinthed 'table is $1300. So equipped, it comes with an MDF platter and bearing used on the Avid Diva. $2300 with Project 9cc carbon fiber arm. There's a $3000 version with an SME M2-9 inch arm as well as a more expensive range that uses the Volvere's bearing and aluminum platter.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 09, 2013 2 comments
Day one of CES 2013 proved that vinyl is now a normal and welcomed part of the high performance audio mix. It wasn't always that way of course. At one point it was "controversial." Not many new CD players were introduced at the show—at least based on what I saw so far. Granted I was looking for analog and not CD players.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 07, 2013 3 comments
The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show begins Tuesday morning. I'm flying out tomorrow morning and will begin tweeting @analogplanet and blogging on this site as soon as there's stuff to report. Honestly, I still haven't posted everything worth noting from RMAF back in October and I fully intend to get those posts online here too but first, CES 2013!
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 06, 2013 17 comments
Dear Diary:

Dirty Projectors has been around for a decade. This is the group's, what? sixth album? but only the first I've heard since becoming aware of it only a few month ago. How totally clueless have I become?

When I write about Swing Lo Magellan do I fake it and write as if I've known about the group for a decade? I can't do that. So I'll have to admit how unhip and out of the loop I've become.

I know! I'll blame The Beatles and all of the reissues I have to cover. Right!

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 04, 2013 7 comments
The song "Imperial Bedroom" does not appear on E.C.'s fourth album issued back in 1982 but it does as a bonus track on Rykodisc's twofer CD. The twofer's other album Almost Blue does not include the song "Almost Blue," which is on Imperial Bedroom. Got that?
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 04, 2013 2 comments
We recently reported the curious case of Omnivore's reissue of Bert Jansch's Heartbreak LP. The 1981 recording sounded "mono" on the LP but stereo on the MP3 download. We contacted the label and today got this reply:
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 03, 2013 17 comments
Is a fine audio system a luxury or a necessity?
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 03, 2013 14 comments
The Swedish Band The Shout Out Louds released a limited edition of 10 copies of a promo single in a kit that requires the receiver to use a supplied latex mold to produce a record made of ice that actually plays

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