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Michael Fremer  |  Jul 29, 2014  |  7 comments
Ernst Benz founder of moving coil cartridge manufacturer Benz Micro passed away on July 5th, 2014 in his Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland home at age 82, surrounded by his family.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 21, 2014  |  42 comments
Thanks to all who downloaded and listened to the same track played using 8 different mats. That's a great deal of heavy lifting, hopefully made somewhat lighter by Mike Valentine's excellent Decca tree recording of a nimble performance of Vivaldi's "Concerto For 2 Mandolins". I hope you downloaded and enjoyed the "gift" track too.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 18, 2014  |  2 comments readers requested we post the "rebook" version of the Vivaldi Mandolin piece so there's a reference at the same sampling and bit rate as the "needle drops".

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 15, 2014  |  3 comments
Sorry, this is not a giveaway contest. However, if you have sufficiently deep pockets ($3499 if you sign up now, $3999 after August 1st) you can spend a four day, extended weekend, Thursday, November 6th through Sunday November 9th, 2014 with four of the greatest producer/engineers of our time (or any time) at the Power Station/New England Studios in Waterford, CT.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2014  |  10 comments
In the Led Zeppelin II review included two unidentified 96/24 files containing short "needle drop" excerpts, one sourced from the new 96/24 reissue and one sourced from the Classic Records reissue.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 19, 2014  |  33 comments
Jack White's new Third Man/Columbia album Lazaretto opened at #1 on Billboard's album charts, selling 138,000 copies, 40,000 of which were the "ultra" vinyl edition, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the biggest vinyl seller since the beginning in 1991 of Nielsen SoundScan's music tracking service.
Michael Fremer  |  Jun 17, 2014  |  49 comments
June 17th, 2014—Ortofon today announced the development of the 2M Mono SE cartridge intended as a "tribute" to the upcoming Beatles mono box set.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 13, 2014  |  31 comments
Where are the Led Zeppelin reviews?
Michael Fremer  |  Jun 06, 2014  |  1 comments
Thanks to an reader's excellent suggestion, the blind mat test will include the original 96/24 file from which the Chasing the Dragon LP was cut. Recording engineer and label owner Mike Valentine was kind enough to send the original file of the Vivaldi "Concerto For Two Mandolins" that was used for the mat recordings.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 04, 2014  |  48 comments
There's still a great deal of news to post from both the Munich High End and T.H.E. Show Newport Beach and that will be coming shortly. Meanwhile, are you ready for a mat test?

Michael Fremer  |  May 28, 2014  |  6 comments
It's difficult to believe that 25 years have passed since the original release of Bonnie Raitt's Nick of Time LP, an album whose title song deals with running out of time but that's how long it's been.

Michael Fremer  |  May 20, 2014  |  17 comments
During a visit to SME's factory May 19th (full photo story upcoming) company operations manager Liam Daly introduced the upcoming completely redesigned Model 10 turntable due for release some time in 2015.

Michael Fremer  |  May 08, 2014  |  8 comments
On June 28th and 29th, Mastering engineer Chris Bellman (CB in your "dead wax") and recording engineer/mixer Francis Buckley will present the two day course "Analog Mastering in a Digital World" at Bernie Grundman Mastering. It's part of a Studio Prodigy Master Class Series

Michael Fremer  |  May 08, 2014  |  18 comments
On Wednesday, May 7th, Nashville's United Record Pressing announced a major plant expansion with the planned addition of 16 additional presses. To meet demand the company currently operated 24/6 snd has been doing so for the past two years.