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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  1 comments
Premium headphone company Master & Dynamic showed a VPI sourced Player turntable variant fitted with a fuzzy "vegan leather" base covering. It's not for sale but rather the headphone-amp equipped 'table will be available to distributors and dealers worldwide to demonstrate the company's headphones.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  8 comments
Music Hall's always cheerful Roy Hall introduced a new budget-priced $299 three-speed belt-drive turntable that includes among its many features electronic speed control, a built-in switchable MM phono preamp, a dustcover, as well as an Audio-Technica AT3600L cartridge.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  13 comments
In 2017 most consumers know Mark Levinson as a car audio brand. Audiophiles know it as a luxury home audio brand and older audiophiles know Mark Levinson the man.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  5 comments
Clearaudio manufactures an unusually wide range of turntable and tone arm models. In all the years I've attended C.E.S. or Munich for that matter, no one lays it all out (at the very least the lines imported to America by Musical Surroundings) so clearly and precisely as does Musical Surroundings' Customer Service Manager Michael Fajen in this video.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  22 comments
Pro-Ject had two rooms at CES 2017. One included a few prototypes and special "one-off" designs, including one for the band Wilco and one for Best Buy/Magnolia currently available, produced for Ron Howard's Beatles film.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  27 comments
Mobile Fidelity, best known for its superb vinyl reissues is close to releasing two made in America turntables and a phono preamplifier.

Michael Fremer  |  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

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  First Published: 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).

Michael Fremer  |  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.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 20, 2016  |  4 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.

Michael Fremer  |  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  |  Dec 11, 2016  |  9 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.

Michael Fremer  |  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  |  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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