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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 16, 2015 Published: Jul 15, 2015 14 comments
Legendary mastering and recording engineer Stan Ricker passed away today. That is all I know at this time. As I learn more I will update this news item.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 12, 2015 Published: Jul 11, 2015 62 comments
The July, 2015 Stereophile included a review of the $28,000 Swedish Audio Technologies pick up arm. Yes, the price is outrageous but it's difficult to manufacture and doesn't come off an assembly line.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 08, 2015 60 comments
Schiit's $129 phono preamp includes both MM and MC capabilities. U-Turn's $89 phono preamp is MM-only. Analogplanet's reviews of both of these inexpensive, made in the USA phono preamplifiers will soon be posted but in the meantime, here are two files: "File A" and "File B".

Files "A" and "B" were both made using Onkyo's CP-1050 Direct Drive turntable fitted with a Shure M97xE cartridge ( it comes with an Audio Technica AT 3600) with the output digitized using a Lynx HiLo A/D, D/A converter.

Both files were AudioLeak normalized to -.1dB. The music is an approximately one minute excerpt of "My Return" from The Twilight Hour's Stereo Night LP reviewed here a few years ago.

Listen to both and then choose your preference. Or, if you think they sound sufficiently similar or identical, choose "sound the same or too close to call".

File "A"

File "B"

For more on the U-Turn Pluto go here

For more on the Schiit Mani (currently out of stock) go here

U-Turn Pluto Versus Schiit Mani: Which Sounds Better (level matched)?
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 02, 2015 7 comments
This minor musical and major sonic gem features the great vibraphonist Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck Quartet drummer Joe Morello (reference only in case you just arrived from outer space) and veteran bassist Joe Benjamin on a jazz session headed by the great Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 30, 2015 23 comments
Jerome Sabbagh's The Turn puts his long-running jazz quartet in New York's famed Sear Sound with veteran engineer James Farber at the board. The musicians managed to record to two-track analog tape the more than an hour's worth of music spread over the four sides of this double 180g LP set. That's getting you money's worth from a single studio session.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 30, 2015 Published: Jun 29, 2015 25 comments
First released in 2002 on CD and double LP, this collection of familiar Nirvana tunes plus the then previously unreleased "You Know You're Right" is again being reissued with some new production twists.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 30, 2015 Published: Jun 29, 2015 4 comments
Wax Stacks is a new company just "Kickstarted" by a Kimber Kable employee.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 30, 2015 Published: Jun 29, 2015 13 comments
Capitol/UMe Records recently announced an 8 LP "The Band" The Capitol Albums !968-1977".The good news here is that the 9 LP box set containing 8 albums (Rock of Ages is a double LP) was pressed at QRP, on 180g vinyl, features "faithfully replicated album art and packaging" costs $150.00

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 29, 2015 27 comments
Taylor Swift’s 1989 released in October of 2014, sold 1.27 million albums in its first week and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. By the end of the year it had sold 3,660,000 copies, remaining at the top of the chart for most of that time.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 26, 2015 Published: Jun 25, 2015 12 comments
If you want to hear the Thai radio show I was on, you can hear it here:


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