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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 07, 2014 Published: Jun 06, 2014 1 comments
Thanks to an reader's excellent suggestion, the blind mat test will include the original 96/24 file from which the Chasing the Dragon LP was cut. Recording engineer and label owner Mike Valentine was kind enough to send the original file of the Vivaldi "Concerto For Two Mandolins" that was used for the mat recordings.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 05, 2014 Published: Jun 04, 2014 49 comments
There's still a great deal of news to post from both the Munich High End and T.H.E. Show Newport Beach and that will be coming shortly. Meanwhile, are you ready for a mat test?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 05, 2014 1 comments
This 1957 Norman Granz-produced jazz version of the George and Ira Gershwin opera (with libretto and key lyrical contributions by DuBose Heyward) starring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong backed by a string enriched orchestra is a treat for so many reasons.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 04, 2014 9 comments
With most artists, by the time you get to the third greatest hits album you're scraping the bottom of the barrel but not with Elvis Presley. In fact, it could easily be argued that Volume 3 was the "sweet spot" among the original RCA Elvis's greatest hits releases. It's also the first from Elvis's stereo era.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 03, 2014 14 comments
North Conway, New Hampshire-based LKV Research introduced at T.H.E. Show Newport 2014 the Veros One, a brand new "upscale" phono preamplifier that uses premium parts, greater user friendliness and improved power supply regulation and filtering among a host of upgrades to the already excellent Phono 2-SB.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 01, 2014 11 comments
PBN's Peter Noerbaek has long purchased VPI components, particularly the company's stand-alone dual motor/flywheel pods with which he's built sculpted wood turntables.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 01, 2014 11 comments
Back in the late 1970s and '80s, which wasn't long after vacuum type record cleaning machines were first introduced, a chemical engineer and solid rocket fuel designer named Toy Shigekawa introduced a record cleaning fluid he called TM-7, which later was improved and called TM-7XH.

Michael Fremer Posted: May 31, 2014 Published: May 30, 2014 0 comments
Still posting stories from Munich show but meanwhile T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2014 opened this morning with the usual ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the usual gang.
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 30, 2014 Published: May 29, 2014 4 comments
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Michael Fremer Posted: May 29, 2014 Published: May 28, 2014 4 comments
The big problem with "Turn Up The Radio!" Harvey Kubernik's latest book about the L.A. music scene's "golden age" is that as you turn the pages it's almost impossible to not just want to look at the pictures.


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