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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 25, 2014 Published: Nov 24, 2014 9 comments
The compact, two piece VERA 20 Phono Preamplifier from MR Labs may look more like a piece of medical technology and less like high performance audio gear, but don’t let its plain looks deceive you.

It consists of two relatively small chassis, one containing the amplification and signal processing electronics and the other the power supply. The power supply chassis (which at approximately 6 pounds weighs 3 times more than the amplification chassis) is capped at one end with a beefy heat sink more typical of a power amplifier. The two chassis connect via a pair of multi-pin umbilicals.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 25, 2014 Published: Nov 24, 2014 10 comments
For those taking the time to listen to the two posted files in the Led Zeppelin III review....
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 24, 2014 19 comments
The producer Ralph Sall had an idea ten years ago or so: why not get some of the greatest musical talents of our time to pay tribute to Sir Paul McCartney by having them cover his songs? What could possibly go wrong?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 21, 2014 Published: Nov 20, 2014 30 comments
A reader forwarded a link to a story by Colette LaBouff published in The Morning News, "a magazine of essays, art, humor and culture" that I'm 100% certain you will enjoy reading. The publisher has generously granted us permission to provide the link.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 19, 2014 Published: Nov 18, 2014 86 comments
Legacy's long awaiting Bruce Springsteen vinyl box set arrived so editor Michael Fremer unboxed it with the camera rolling. Have a look:

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 18, 2014 43 comments
The third Led Zeppelin album has its heavy moments but most often the pace is faster, the groove lighter and at times it's downright celebratory.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 18, 2014 Published: Nov 17, 2014 22 comments
Here's a link to a story you probably will enjoy. Note the angry, bitter and occasionally ignorant comments from "those people".
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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 18, 2014 Published: Nov 17, 2014 11 comments
Jimmy Durante (some younger readers may need to look him up) used to say "Everybody's gotta get into the act!" and when it comes to vinyl, he was correct! It's sold at Whole Foods (which because of some of the customers I encounter there I like to call "A-Whole Foods") at Urban Outfitters (along with Crosley "groove chewers"), Target and other unlikely vinyl venues.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 15, 2014 Published: Nov 14, 2014 13 comments
For the second time in two years I was invited to participate in North Carolina retailer Audio Advice's "Music Matters" customer appreciation event. No doubt some of you have attended a similar type happening at your local audio retailer—if you're fortunate enough to have one in your area.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 14, 2014 Published: Nov 13, 2014 268 comments
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