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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 30, 2014  |  37 comments
The second batch of $19.95 digitally sourced Blue Notes has arrived and it's going to take time to go through all of them but there were a few surprises, the most pleasant of which is that aside from side two of the iconic Something Else (BN1595) looking like "cake icing", visually these records appear to be extremely well-pressed.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 19, 2014  |  74 comments
How was your RSD? Mine was ruined by a grumpy old man at my local record store, Music Merchants in Westwood, New Jersey.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 07, 2014  |  6 comments
Aleph Records will release its first ever vinyl soundtrack on RSD 2014.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 05, 2014  |  5 comments
Okay, this is way out in left field…...
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 05, 2014  |  8 comments
Following up on his success with the Bugle2 solid state phono preamplifier, Hagerman Audio's Jim Hagerman recently commenced a Kickstarter campaign for the Cornet3 a new "third generation" vacuum tube based DIY phono preamp.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 01, 2014  |  25 comments
Worldwide distributors, key retailers, representatives of Fine Sounds Group-associated companies McIntosh and Audio Research as well members of the audio press gathered at Sonus Faber’s Vicenza Italy factory March 26th throu the 29th to celebrate in grand Italian style the speaker company’s 30th anniversary.

The celebration’s focal point was the all new X3ma loudspeaker, which was developed over the past year and a half by Sonus Faber’s design team using as its inspiration the original 1991 Extrema, a legendary stand mounted design that extracted maximum and at the time seemingly impossibly performance from a two-way loudspeaker.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 31, 2014  |  103 comments
The press release says "remastered from the original analog tapes by Jimmy Page and pressed at Pallas" but of course we know that Page did not cut the lacquers. Not a problem. But when it says "remastered from the original analog tapes" does that mean "to digital" for CD and LP reissue? Or does that mean the lacquers were cut from the original analog tapes?

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 23, 2014  |  3 comments
VPI demoed its new Nomad headphone-based turntable last Saturday, March 22nd at the Doylestown, PA headquarters of online vendor On hand were the Soundstagedirect folks of course, including company numero uno Seth Franks as well as VPI president Matt Weisfeld and a crew too humorous to mention. Members of the press and public were also in attendance.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 21, 2014  |  15 comments
ECM recently announced the reissue on 180g vinyl of seven adventurous titles from the label's vast catalog.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 18, 2014  |  12 comments
We like the idea of Pono and of course we love Neil. We like HDTracks too as well as Super HiRez.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 15, 2014  |  32 comments
Neil Young's previously announced 4 LP box set due to arrive on Record Store Day, April 19th will definitely be issued AAA from the original master tapes.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  16 comments
Upon landing at LAX I got in the rental car and drove directly to Capitol Records where I met up with the great Al Schmitt. Al took a short time away from a mixing session to give me a tour of famed Studios A and B where Frank, Nat, Judy, Dean and so many others recorded some of the greatest records ever.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 10, 2014  |  94 comments
Here's Bob Ludwig's statement regarding the engineering and mastering of Beck's new album Morning Phase:

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 06, 2014  |  7 comments
Yesterday I visited my friend and veteran disc jockey/on-air personality Paul Cavalconte to hang out and to "tweak" the Simon Yorke turntable he bought from me back in 2006 (story forthcoming). These days he's producing from his home a radio show that streams on The Progressive Radio Network (it's not a political show).

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 04, 2014  |  4 comments
Chanteuse extraordinaire Lyn Stanley was at New York's Avatar Studios (formerly The Power Station) recording songs for her next album Potions, which will consist of '50s era covers. Most distinguished recording engineer/producer Al Schmitt was at the board and yes, the big Studer 24 track you see in the picture was rolling.