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Michael Fremer Posted: May 06, 2014 43 comments
Please download these four files, compare the sound and vote on your favorite. Then put on an audio reviewer hat and please post a comment about each file containing as much detail as you wish to contribute.

To download on a Mac, hold down the "control" key, click on the file, then select "download the file". Not sure how to do it on Windows but the files are 96/24 so if you don't download it will take quite a long time to load.

The four are the the $99 Nerve Audio PH 1.1 (MM only), the $269 Micromega MyGroov (MM/MC), the $399 iPhono (MM/MC) and the $595 Creek OBH-15 MkII (MM/MC). A future post will let you audition the latter three’s MC sections.

The record chosen for this test, used with composer’s permission, is a new big band project called what’snext (DÜNYA Records). The record is actually more of a promotional tool since it contains selections and not the entire recording. Only 1000 copies were pressed and they have all sold out. Whether or not another run will be pressed is up in the air for the moment.

The composer/arranger Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is a Turkish born pianist/composer applied to study at The Berklee College of Music at age 16 and was accepted but his parents wouldn’t let him attend.

His mentors include the late trombonist Bob Brookmeyer among others. While the opening track was “Ellington-inspired” the composer (who is a classically trained pianist and fan of Brit “prog-rock” as well a Fellow at Harvard and a faculty member at College of the Holy Cross and Emerson College) adds musical elements of his Cypriot and Turkish roots.

The turntable used was the $4180 Zorin Audio TP-S3, a belt-drive, three post “plinthless” design of polished stainless steel and aluminum alloy featuring a ceramic bearing upon which rides a massive machined aluminum 2.25 inch tall platter the underside of which is machined out concentrate mass near the periphery.

The arm is the $2280 Zorin PUS-12, a 12” inverted unipivot design featuring a patented headshell—all of which will be discussed in greater detail in an upcoming review.

The cartridge was the Shure M97xE with the Jico stylus upgrade. Good luck and may the best MM phono preamp win! The four reviews will be posted shortly.

File "A"

File "B"

File "C"

File "D"

Which MM Phono Preamp Sounds Best?
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 03, 2014 2 comments

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Michael Fremer Posted: May 01, 2014 37 comments
The second batch of $19.95 digitally sourced Blue Notes has arrived and it's going to take time to go through all of them but there were a few surprises, the most pleasant of which is that aside from side two of the iconic Something Else (BN1595) looking like "cake icing", visually these records appear to be extremely well-pressed.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 30, 2014 17 comments
gruvyawards_300.jpgThe Gruvy Awards are chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, and go to products that are found to possess a combination of high build quality, exceptional sonics and in the case of less expensive gear, provide great value for the money.

Vinyl records awarded Gruvys are musically and sonically outstanding and also well mastered and pressed. We've sorted them into two categories: New Records, and Reissued Records.

While a Gruvy indicates a product or record deemed exceptional, products that haven't been so awarded should not necessarily be considered unworthy!

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 29, 2014 38 comments
This one was really interesting! 17% of voters said the files were identical. 44% voted for "File A". 39% voted for "File B".

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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 29, 2014 5 comments
Doshi Audio's $15,995 vacuum tube based phono preamplifier features three inputs, a full complement of remote controllable loading options and even memory to store settings for each of the inputs.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 29, 2014 2 comments
I met up at AXPONA with SOTA's Kirk and Donna Bodinet. They were part owners in the company for many years, buying the company outright from Jack Shafton in 1997, when depending upon your perspective, it was vinyl's nadir, or the beginning of its resurgence.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 27, 2014 0 comments
In a successful cross-branding debut, importer Musical Surroundings demoed the new $2000 AMG Teatro MC cartridge mounted on an AMG Lorenzo tone arm, itself mounted on a Clearaudio Ovation turntable.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Apr 27, 2014 0 comments
At Munich's High End Show 2013 Franc Kuzma showed prototypes of a new cartridge line that has now been introduced at AXPONA. Mounted on a 4 Point tone arm on the Kuzma Stabi XL turntable, the new mid-line CAR-40 ($2900) sounded great playing a "TRON" test pressing.

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