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Mike Mettler  |  Nov 08, 2022  |  4 comments

Who’d want to stream vinyl playback to other rooms? Well, if you’re in a living situation where multiple listeners are constantly involved in the decisions behind what’s being played and where, it’s something you have to consider, regardless of your own individual sweet-spot-only listening proclivities. Juke Audio understands the inclusionary inclinations for modern multiple-member household scenarios, which is why the burgeoning company is now offering the Juke-6, a multiroom streaming amplifier as a possible gateway device to get other listeners involved, and interested, in what we analog lovers listen to. We peek under the hood of Juke Audio’s philosophy to find out if the Juke-6 is something you can apply to your own home listening setup in order to get and/or entice other household listeners into enjoying the benefits of our preferred aural playback choices. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 01, 2022  |  8 comments

Considering how well the original Andover Audio SpinBase all-in-one turntable system fared in our hands-on review, we figured the company’s updated SpinBase MAX was worthy of bringing to your attention. Read on to learn more about this updated all-in-one playback system that becomes available in mid-November. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 24, 2022  |  6 comments

When it comes to making elite MMCs, Ortofon knows a thing or two about coming up with an elite thing or two. To wit: the company’s new Concorde Elite is a premium moving-magnet cartridge based on the legacy of the well-respected Ortofon Concorde MkII series — and the Concorde Elite sports an SRP of $439 to boot. Read on to find out more about the Concorde Elite MMC and what it can do for you and your turntable. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 12, 2022  |  4 comments

Yesterday, I spoke at length on the phone with Robert Hagemann of Acoustic Signature, the notable German manufacturer of top-tier turntables, tonearms, cartridges, phono preamps, record clamps, and other related accessories. Read on to learn more about the ins and outs regarding the scope of and philosophy behind all the NEO series entries in Acoustic Signature’s turntable and tonearm product offerings, and which of the company’s ’tables we’re likely to review next. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 04, 2022  |  10 comments

Admirers of Hagerman Audio Labs’ Bugle series of phono preamps have plenty to trumpet about these days, as the company’s fourth-generation Bugle MC is now available. What’s changed, and what’s been upgraded in this 4th-gen unit? Read on to find out what’s what. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 27, 2022  |  0 comments

Bowers & Wilkins has just served up eight new speakers that caught our immediate attention. To wit: The company’s new 700 series offers three floorstanding models, three stand-mounts, and two center channels all worth perusing. Read on to find out about all the 700 series speaker specs and pricing accordingly. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 23, 2022  |  5 comments

Luxman has just announced a pair of new products that we find very much of interest — and we think you will too. To wit, the PD-151 MkII turntable offers an upgraded tonearm, while the L-507Z Class AB integrated amplifier is the flagship entry in the company’s new Z series. Read on to find out more about both pieces of intriguing gear. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 19, 2022  |  3 comments

If you love Lyra MC phono cartridges like we do, then you’ll relish the following: Lyra has selected MIBS Distro to be its official U.S. and Canadian distributor. Read on to see what cartridges will be available, and at what price levels. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 13, 2022  |  5 comments

Our man about town, Ken Micallef, attended the New York Audio Show 2022 last week, and he was ever-so-gracious enough to share the following video footage with us, which shows some of the coolest gear he saw and heard at the show. Read on to see what he saw. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 06, 2022  |  0 comments

Andover Audio is pleased to announce a price reduction for its SpinDeck belt-drive turntable, and we’re equally pleased to share it with you. Not only that, but Andover has also partnered with Vinyl Moon to offer a free month option in their subscription series for anyone who purchases a SpinDeck and/or other Spin series gear between now and December 1. Read on to find out more about the lower price point, and the free month sub tie-in. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 31, 2022  |  4 comments
U-Turn Audio has just announced the September launch of the Orbit Theory Turntable, the next-gen upgrade in the company’s popular Orbit series of ’tables. Read on to see why the Orbit Theory is worthy of our attention. . .
Mike Mettler  |  Aug 16, 2022  |  20 comments

Show of hands: How many of you had, or still have, a Technics turntable in your gear arsenal? Technics has just announced the U.S. market debut of its Premium Class SL-100C direct drive turntable, which was initially released in the EU/UK last year and is considered to be the burgeoning sibling of its vaunted class brethren, the Technics SL-1500C. Read on to see if it’s right for you, and/or someone you know. . .

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jul 26, 2022  |  16 comments

There is never a bad time for a roundup of current turntable offerings, so today’s the day! We’ve compiled ten new and notable ’tables that span a range of MSRPs, from the instantly affordable to the champagne-budget compatible. There’s something here for everyone in our ever-expanding Analog Planet universe, so read on, and spin on. . .

Michael Fremer  |  May 03, 2022  |  4 comments
MISTELBACH, AUSTRIA (May 3, 2022) - Sumiko and Pro-Ject USA today announced the new E1 budget-priced turntable line designed and produced in Europe. The E1 turntable is available in three versions: the E1 ($349) the E1 SB with with built in switchable phono preamplifier ($399) and the E1 BT ($499) featuring both built-in switchable phono preamp and a Bluetooth wireless transmitter to connect wirelessly to soundbars and powered speakers.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 20, 2022  |  1 comments
Pro-Jet just announced the new X-8 turntable that utilizes features found in the more costly Extension 9 and 10 models. In Europe the X-8 costs € 1,999 (incl. VAT). With Ortofon Quintet Blue € 2,299 (incl. VAT). In America the X-8 with Sumiko Rainier standard costs $2499. Read on!

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