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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 30, 2017 12 comments
The other day, after comparing two power conditioners that produced very different sonic results in my system, and writing a Stereophile review, I decided to conduct an experiment.

Since the sound was so different, could it be recorded? And might people visiting analogPlanet’s YouTube channel hear the differences?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 26, 2017 Published: Mar 25, 2017 19 comments
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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 23, 2017 Published: Feb 22, 2017 9 comments
The orchestra rehearses downstairs while upstairs the mastering room engineers record and play back a test lacquer.

Finally, it's time for a recorded take of the "Carmen" excerpts with Mezzo-Soprano Rosie Middleton. The tension is palpable in both the control room and upstairs. It's quickly clear that the free-spirited rehearsal has given way to a darker, more constrained performance that satisfies no one, especially Ms. Middleton.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 22, 2017 Published: Feb 21, 2017 4 comments
Chasing the Dragon record producer Mike Valentine’s business is underwater but he’s not complaining.

The reknowned underwater cinematographer’s work can be seen in James Bond movies like “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as well as in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and dozens of other movies, television series and music videos.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 19, 2017 Published: Feb 18, 2017 29 comments
What goes into a Rega drive belt? What does Rega have planned for the new Planar 6? What about the Naiad— upcoming "ultimate Rega" turntable? What does it look like?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 17, 2017 Published: Feb 16, 2017 13 comments
In this "episode" you will see that Rega's dedication to quality control extends from the top of the line P10 to the very bottom P1.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 17, 2017 Published: Feb 16, 2017 11 comments
In this segment we see electronics being "soak tested", see tone arm wiring looms being produced and watch how even the least expensive P1 arm is carefully hand-assembled.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 15, 2017 8 comments
Here's Part 2 of the Rega Research tour conducted February 6th and 7th 2017.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10 comments
More than 20 years have passed since analogPlanet.com editor Michael Fremer first visited Rega Research. Back then the company had just moved into its recently completed, spacious new factory and there was room to spare.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 02, 2017 Published: Feb 01, 2017 65 comments
The outstanding and thoughtful responses to the SL-1200G/Continuum Caliburn comparison both here and on the YouTube channel prompted a second one using, as requested, a female vocal track. Unidentified 96/24 links now provided below YouTube widget.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 01, 2017 Published: Jan 31, 2017 76 comments
The Sl-1200G review will post shortly. Meantime, here's a comparison between it and the Continuum Caliburn fitted with the SAT arm, both fitted with a Lyra Etna cartridge.

Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 30, 2017 Published: Jan 29, 2017 42 comments
After posting the story "Three Percussion Records You Should Own Bob Ludwig emailed that I should get Percussion Music (Nonesuch H-71291). I emailed back that I had it and that prompted the decision to produce an all-percussion show for tomorrow’s WFDU HD2 AnalogPlanet radio show.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 29, 2016 Published: Dec 28, 2016 19 comments
My visit to Wilson Audio Specialties in Provo, Utah this past December 13th to hear Dave Wilson's just announced WAMM Master Chronosonic Loudspeaker took a quick detour to the factory, where I was given an unexpected official tour by Wilson's Director of Marketing, John Giolas.

Michael Fremer Posted: Dec 28, 2016 Published: Dec 27, 2016 16 comments
After receiving a tip and covering the modular, stackable and reasonably priced record storage racks from Tony's Woodshop I bit and bought a dozen.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Oct 29, 2016 Published: Oct 28, 2016 68 comments
You don’t have to be Phil Spector or Brian Wilson to appreciate mono sound, as anyone who’s purchased the recent mono Beatles box can attest. When these records were originally produced, they were meant to be heard in mono both because they were played on the AM radio, which was mono and because the young people buying the music mostly had monophonic record players. Plus that is how The Rolling Stones wanted to be heard, which is the most important reason of all.