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Mike Mettler  |  Sep 13, 2022  |  6 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  |  21 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  |  14 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  |  5 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!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 20, 2022  |  8 comments
Hagerman Audio Labs just announced the new $1,189.00 Archiver JFET Equalization Phonostage.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 29, 2022  |  21 comments
SME debuted a new "Flagship" turntable at an event held March 25th, 2022 at the company's Steyning, West Sussex U.K. headquarters and in the legendary listening room of the company's founder, the late Alastair Robertson-Aikman. When I asked CEO Stuart McNeilis if yet another factory tour was necessary, he said "you be the judge". The answer was "yes" as new owner Ajay Shirke has made considerable investments in SME including new CNC machines, a brand new state of the art plating facility and a new tolerance measuring system that produces even greater machining tolerances than the already legendary SME precision.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 18, 2022  |  15 comments
When SME purchased Garrard it also bought the Loricraft brand of "string type" record cleaning machines. SME then upgraded both models. This video shows how they work and accompany a write-up in the April 2022 issue of Stereophile magazine that will shortly be available on newsstands, mailed to subscribers and available as part of a digital subscription.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 17, 2022  |  24 comments
Following 5 years of R&D Franc Kuzma today introduced his latest creation, the SAFIR 9 tonearm. The conical arm tube is fabricated from sapphire— "the first implementation of the precious stone" for this application.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 10, 2022  |  46 comments
Luxman today announced the introduction of the new LMC-5 moving coil the company's first new cartridge in 40 years.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 14, 2022  |  8 comments
Sumiko today debuted the Wellfleet, a new high performance moving magnet cartridge featuring a nude elliptical stylus.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 31, 2022  |  83 comments
Toneoptic founder and graphic arts designer Fabian Geyrhalter decided "It is time to rethink how we store and select records". He's come up with a unique, patent pending design and hired "the best designer, engineer and advisors (from Frank Gehry Partners, Boeing Aircraft and Cambridge Audio amongst others)" to execute the concept.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 31, 2022  |  18 comments
Pro-Ject today introduced the $499.00 AUTOMAT A1 its first fully automatic turntable.

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