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Michael Fremer Posted: May 11, 2013 6 comments
Pro-Ject founder and CEO Heinz Lichtennegger has decided to go after the cheap plastic turntable market with a high quality alternative that will sell for $199 complete with an Ortofon cartridge.
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 11, 2013 0 comments
Just concluded day two of High End 2013 in Munich. The MOC Convention Center was packed. It's a large venue sort of like a somewhat smaller Javits Center in New York City. Not all of it was used for the show but much of it was, including an enormous ground level space and much of the second and third floor atrium area.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 08, 2013 15 comments
Through her early EMI recordings, among others, the late Hungarian violinist Johanna Martzy has achieved fame, notoriety and a cult following that escaped her during her lifetime.

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 08, 2013 6 comments
I'll be attending the Munich Hi-End Show Thursday through Sunday and reporting back here nightly on all things analog at the show. Stay tuned!
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 08, 2013 5 comments
What's it worth to ya?"

This quintessential American question is the hub of our capitalist society, and one that figures in two subjects that have recently been clogging my e-mail in-box. The first has to do with the Record Club of America's half-million-plus unplayed LPs, which I wrote about last fall ("Analog Corner," September 1997).

RCOA's much-delayed catalog (due out last October but not appearing until this May) has created quite a stir with many recipients, some of whom are outraged by what they see as absurdly high prices for many of the discs. You should hear them! Along with Dan Burton, they should have their mouths washed out with soap! I'll spare you those.

Most of the others are more bemused than angry. Like this guy: "Stop it, stop it. You've got to be kidding. I wonder if Mr. Fremer helped them price the classical issues, and probably [Fi's] Wayne Garcia priced the Jazz."

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 02, 2013 53 comments
This is a digital microscope shot of my Lyra Atlas. I am embarrassed.
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 01, 2013 5 comments
Woody Allen famously said "80% of success is showing up." 16 year old recording engineer/producer Ken Scott showed up at EMI Studios less than a week after writing a letter requesting a job interview. He "passed the audition" and was rewarded with a job in EMI's tape library.

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Ariel Bitran Posted: May 01, 2013 1 comments
Mark Pagan of Baltimore, Maryland is the official Analog Planet winner in our V-Moda M-80 headphone sweepstakes. While his son has had most of the pleasure of enjoying these fashionable ‘phones, Pagan now looks forward to spending time some alone time with the M-80s. Congratulations Mark and thank you for participating!
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 30, 2013 29 comments
Can a recording engineer's memoir be a "real page turner" as the book trade likes to characterize a suspenseful novel? Yes, if the engineer is Ken Scott and yes if you're a true fan of the art and science of recorded music and you revel in minutiae and historical perspective that adds depth to your appreciation of your favorite records.