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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 06, 2017 17 comments
At CES 2017 Technics introduced a new SL-1200GR direct drive turntable priced at approximately half of the $4000 cost of the Sl-1200G introduced at CES 2016. It's expected to appear in stores over the coming summer

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 06, 2017 4 comments
Japan-based DS Audio introduced at CES 2017 its latest optical cartridge design, the DS002 at an attractive $5000 price point. The DS002 places the optical sensor in front of the elastomer suspension, which should produce faster response analogous to Audio-Technica's ART1000 cartridge that puts the coils on top of the stylus (not that there's really an comparison to be made between a coil and magnet based generator and one that uses an LED and optical shutter to generate a voltage).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 03, 2017 28 comments
Gearbox Records, best known as a mastering studio equipped with a vintage tube-based cutting system, announces an innovative new turntable with built-in vacuum tube-based phono preamp and auto-Bluetooth streaming.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 21, 2016 Published: Dec 20, 2016 22 comments
Do you need to see more pressing plants go online to be convinced that the vinyl resurgence is surging? How about this: Furnace Record Pressing in Fairfax Virginia will soon go "live" with ten fully rebuilt Toolex Alpha presses.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 21, 2016 Published: Dec 20, 2016 6 comments
The Vinyl Styl line of record care accessories distributed by Alliance is a throwback to the days when you'd find many of these items at the check-out counter of your favorite record store.

Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 12, 2016 Published: Dec 11, 2016 71 comments
We started lobbying Allsop to bring back the Orbitrac almost as soon as its demise was announced. We got no response so started a campaign on musicangle.com to no avail.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 26, 2016 Published: Nov 25, 2016 15 comments
Last Monday, November 21st, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer along with a few other journalists visited Shinola headquarters in Detroit.
Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 20, 2016 Published: Nov 19, 2016 35 comments
Cleanervinyl.com's cavitation-based record cleaning system consists of the One single LP powered cleaning device ($189), the Pro ($389), which allows you to simultaneously clean up to a dozen records, and the $129 Dry, fan-based record dryer. You also need to get a PS-30A Ultrasonic Cleaner, which sells on EBay for around $150 or $169 through Cleanervinyl.com.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 06, 2016 Published: Oct 05, 2016 6 comments
Audio Alchemy was one of the premier “go to” budget priced audio companies of the late 1980’s through the 1990s, at which point it went out of business for reasons having little to do with the quality of its products.

What some people forget is that aside from producing reasonably priced, high performance gear, the company also issued some truly high tech products like the Digital Transmission Interface Pro32, which included an I2S interface that produced a low jitter connection between a transport the company also made that had an I2S output and DAC.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Sep 08, 2016 20 comments
Ortofon recently announced a switch from Boron to Sapphire cantilevers on all but its more expensive "Exclusive Series" (photo is of original Boron cantilevered Quintet).

Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 25, 2016 Published: Aug 24, 2016 51 comments
VPI just announced a new, easy to accomplish modification for its full line of 3D printed arms that turns the unipivot into a dual pivot design that creates a fully stable arm that fully eliminates "wobble".

Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 06, 2016 9 comments
If there’s a better looking record cleaning machine than Pristine Vinyl’s ViVac RCS, I’ve not seen it.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 22, 2016 Published: Jul 21, 2016 13 comments
Levin Designs, the German company that manufactures a very stylish wood-handled record cleaning brush recently introduced an equally stylish stylus cleaning brush.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 17, 2016 Published: Jul 16, 2016 10 comments
During my visit to Audio-Technica in Machida City, Tokyo, Japan, I was I given a tour of the factory, which mostly produces microphones along with some headphone components. Other than the new ART1000, all of the cartridge manufacturing and assembly takes place either at another factory in Fukui, Japan or at an Audio-Technica owned factory in China.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 16, 2016 Published: Jul 15, 2016 3 comments
Analogplanet reported from Munich's High End 2016 show on Audio-Technics's "evolutionary" new ART1000 phono cartridge.

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