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Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2018  |  6 comments
The folks at Morrow Audio just emailed that they will be bringing to this year's AXPONA audio show in Chicago (April 13-15) at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, thousands of vintage classical and jazz albums all in mint condition, 95% of which have never been played.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  6 comments
What's inside a monoblock amplifier that costs $120,000 a pair? Sim Audio's Vice President-Customer Experience and part owner of the company (he's been there for 18 years) Costa Koulisakis removes the cast top cover and gives us a tour.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  2 comments
Vinyl World Congress is an international B2B summit dedicated to vinyl record manufacturing much like the Making Vinyl event held last November in Detroit and returning there this coming October.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 10, 2018  |  10 comments
March 9 – Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have released Jimi Hendrix’s new album Both Sides of the Sky today on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2 LP set. NPR Music recently declared, “No rock figure before or since could breathe fire like Hendrix does, on his beloved well-known albums and on the assortment that is Both Sides of the Sky.” For the occasion, director John Vondracek has created a music video for “Lover Man,” a single from the album.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 07, 2018  |  5 comments
In case you mistakenly thought Record Store Day was “petering out”, Legacy Recordings today announced that you are wrong with its “biggest ever” release for the Saturday, April 21st RSD. The 29 release collection celebrating the 11th annual Record Store Day includes 7” singles, 12” singles and LPs and even cassettes, from Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd (The Piper At the Gates of Dawn in MONO available in mono for the first time in 50 years), Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers Band, Cyprus Hill, Johnny Mathis and many, many others.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 06, 2018  |  15 comments
The amount of faux "controversy" surrounding the 10" arm Technics will supply with its upcoming SL-1000R turntable bordered on the absurd. Much of it centered on the pivot to spindle distance and effective length. It all began when the 'table arrived and the spec sheet listed the effective length as 239mm. That didn't make sense to me because that would be the effective length of a 9" arm!

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  37 comments
In the recent story about the week I spent with Technics' new SL-1000R turntable, the difference between what's commonly referred to as an arm's "effective length" and how Technics uses the term in its literature led to some confusion and a series of conceptual errors on my part for which I take full responsibility.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  13 comments
Merrill-Williams Audio LLC of Memphis, Tennesseejust introduced the latest version of its celebrated R.E.A.L. turntable, the model 101.3. The R.E.A.L. 101.3 retains the essential elements of the 101 and 101.2 models while adding fundamental improvements.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  5 comments
SAT (Swedish Analog Technologies) announced today two new pick up arms, the LM and CF1 series that replace the original SAT arm, now discontinued after a successful run of 70—an impressive number considering the arm's cost of more than $30,000.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 08, 2018  |  6 comments
Atlanta, Georgia's Evolution Home Theater unveils Sonus Faber's new flagship Aida loudspeaker at a Thursday, February 15th event beginning at 7PM, featuring Sonus Faber CEO Fillipo Fanton who's flying in from Italy for the event. Also on hand will be Sonus Faber's Will Kline, McIntosh Group's Woody Compton, Clarus Cables' Joe Perfito and Merging NADAC's David Laikind.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 27, 2018  |  29 comments
Concord's Craft Records division just released a deluxe two LP box set of Sonny Rollins' Way Out West recorded in March of 1957 in stereo and released by Contemporary Records first in mono in 1957 and then by Stereo Records (in association with Contemporary Records) in stereo probably in 1958 or perhaps later.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  5 comments
My friend musician Eric Leefe will play The Klipsch Audio Mainstage at Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this Friday January 26th at 2PM.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 22, 2018  |  31 comments
Mobile Fidelity just announced the availability for order of its Bridge Over Troubled Water reissue, produced as a limited to 7500 copies "one-step" double 45rpm release.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 26, 2017  |  8 comments
The website Reverb.com recently announced an open beta launch for Reverb LP. Backed by what it claims is "the world’s most popular music gear site", Reverb LP aims to be "the best place online to buy and sell records".
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  44 comments
50 years to the day of its original release in both mono and stereo, Analogue Productions announces tomorrow the UHQR reissues of Jimi Hendrix's epic Axis: Bold As Love, newly remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bernie Grundman. Click that hyperlink and watch Bernie at work cutting!

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