Watch John Atkinson Give Michael Fremer the Founder's Award at the L.A. & Orange Co. Audio Society's 25th Annual GALA!

Here's the first in a series of videos Ben Williams produced and edited over the weekend's festivities last November 30th through December 2nd as the L.A. & Orange County Audio Society celebrated its 25th anniversary and presented its Founder's Award to AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer.

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AndreC.'s picture

... just watched the complete video - awesome.
Congratulations!
Thank you Michael :-)

Wimbo's picture

Damn I'm getting old. I remember when JA left HiFi News and Record Review.
I also never got into digital, even though I was presented by Marantz Australia with a Modified CD63 for my wedding back in 85.They were good blokes though:)
Vinyl forever.

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

Really enjoyed the video and the award was well deserved! Absolutely loved The Tracking Angle and yes it was on sale in Ireland. Did I sense a bit of emotion at one stage during the speeches?!

Watching the video brought back great memories of going to my local hi-fi dealer and being 'enticed' to switch over to the brilliant new medium which was going to wipe out vinyl!

I used to be taunted by fellow customers who called me a dinosaur and told me in no uncertain terms that I had my head stuck in the sand! Unfortunately I couldn't articulate my feelings in the way that you have done over the last 3 decades. I was one of the many who stood in the shadows and cheered you on!

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

James, Dublin, Ireland

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

I never got into digital and to this day I don't even own a CD player. In a strange way by sticking with vinyl, it sent me in a lot of different music directions I probably wouldn't have even contemplated had I switched to CD.

James, Dublin, Ireland

Elubow's picture

I particularly enjoyed John Atkinson’s speech especially the part where he commented about Michael’s sensitivity to perceived criticism. Watching Mr.Fremer’s speech and good natured and genial manner, it’s often hard to believe that he possesses this minor quirk, at least in his written responses to readers.

FvkedVpRoman's picture

A link to MF's anti-Stereophile article, anyone?

larson manor's picture

Wonderful video & love the emotion. Congratulations!!! Well deserved, it was you that made the difference in our vinyl world.

mrbig's picture

Looking the front table and crowd, this appears more like an AARP meeting.

FvkedVpRoman's picture

IIRC, Gordon Holt didn't care for the vinyl format -- he preferred tape. (This was in pre-digital era).
I also recall that he praised CD sound, after 2nd gen. players were released.

As far as JA ... he reviews digital gear all the time. But I can't recall him ever reviewing vinyl gear.

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FvkedVpRoman wrote:
I also recall that [Gordon Holt] praised CD sound, after 2nd gen. players were released.

Gordon was a fan of CD right from the start. See his review of the Sony CDP-101: www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/193/index.html. From that review: "Through the high-level inputs of the Conrad-Johnson PV-3 preamplifier (reviewed elsewhere in this issue), the sound was so opulently gorgeous it almost defied belief! It was a total incarnation of the perfectionist's wildest dreams: rich, velvety, airy, awesome, liquid, yet incredibly detailed. There were none of the analog disc's problems. No marginal mistracking, no subtle VTA-error distortions, no disc-resonance smearing, no feedback-induced low-end boom or mud, no ticks or pops or pressing grumbles even at the highest listening levels. And there was no analog-tape flutter or modulation noise or transient-rounding or print-through or hiss."

When I prepared that 1983 review for posting to the Stereophile website, I included all the followups and subsequent letters and other discussion of CD sound.

FvkedVpRoman wrote:
As far as JA ... he reviews digital gear all the time. But I can't recall him ever reviewing vinyl gear.

That's correct. I haven't reviewed analog gear in 30 years. One of my last reviews was of the Linn Ekos tonearm - see www.stereophile.com/tonearms/395/index.html - which I still use, as I slowly rip my large LP collection to 24/192 digital using the Ayre QA-9 A/D converter.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

FvkedVpRoman's picture

In a 1993 Stereophile, I recall JGH being extremely impressed with another Sony CDP (ES model?). He may have bought that model.

In 1995, Hollywood celebrity Fabio was interviewed, and his system profiled. It was comprised of top brands and models like Krell and Martin-Logan. I recall he had no vinyl.

JA: If would be good to have both those 90s-era Stereophile articles on the web site.

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FvkedVpRoman wrote:
In a 1993 Stereophile, I recall JGH being extremely impressed with another Sony CDP (ES model?). He may have bought that model.

JGH did review a second-generation Sony player in 1985: www.stereophile.com/content/sony-cdp-520es-cd-player. From that review (on p.2): "Although I was initially very impressed with many aspects of the first Sony CD player (footnote 1), the CDP-101, it has since proven to be one of the worst- sounding players ever marketed. Every player I tested since then has sounded a little better than the preceding one, despite the fact that the prices for these improved models kept getting lower rather than higher."

So you were correct in your earlier comment. But check out his later review of a Kyocera player at www.stereophile.com/content/kyocera-da-910-cd-player, where Gordon wrote "Those of our readers who are still anti-CD are going to be offended by what I am about to say. Partly because they do not want it to be true, but mainly because it is. I shall utter the heresy anyway: the Compact Disc is, right now, doing more for the cause of high-end audio than anything that has ever come along before!"

FvkedVpRoman wrote:
In 1995, Hollywood celebrity Fabio was interviewed, and his system profiled. It was comprised of top brands and models like Krell and Martin-Logan. I recall he had no vinyl.

JA: If would be good to have both those 90s-era Stereophile articles on the web site.

I will retrieve the Fabio interview from the print magazine archives.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

FvkedVpRoman's picture

The JGH review I referred to was in June 1993 (p. 153). I don't THINK it's made it online yet (???). If not, it should be ;)

JGH concludes the review by stating:
"But would I buy a Sony Sony CDP-X779ES"? You're damn right I would."

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Tom L's picture

John, if you don't mind my asking, what are you doing with your old LPs?

John Atkinson's picture
Tom L wrote:
John, if you don't mind my asking, what are you doing with your old LPs?

They are the backup of last resort :-)

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

FvkedVpRoman's picture

My fave MF reviews were not of analog gear, but digital. Perhaps Naim CD players reviews most of all.

https://www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/599naim/index.html

KFTsui's picture

Thank you for bring all the reviews on LP, I just love reading them!

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

What I like about being an old geezer, is that I have a good laugh at the people who aren't there yet!

James, Dublin, Ireland

gMRfk6LMHn's picture

And might never!

James, Dublin, Ireland

FvkedVpRoman's picture

I know MF has one LP (I Can Take a Joke) that's not avail on CD or streaming.

I think JA's 1970s'-era band records are also not avail on digital formats.

Much of my beef with vinyl is record-wear noise. But my analog rig barely qualifies as "high-end."

I suggest you guys rip your vinyl artistic opuses -- using your best gear -- and upload them to YouTube. As MF has demo'd with his sample rips on his Continuum, much quality of your respective rigs will come thru. Especially wear NOISE. You may even rip them wet (search YT for video demo of that).

jl99's picture

Fremer says in one of his videos that among his personal gear he has a pair of $18K gold cables. I thought that anyone who is bat sh*t crazy enough to pay that kind of money for something so innocuous, (and not be walking around with a keeper), must have something interesting to say. Well boys and girls, he does and I am hooked.

rodercot's picture

Way to go Michael, congratulations to you and your unending effort to keep us informed! Cheers from the Great White north! Dave...

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