Michael Fremer  |  Mar 18, 2018  |  4 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  |  0 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 12, 2018  |  6 comments
I always wondered what motel in the real world had a room big enough to produce the spectacularly spacious sound on the ATCO original (ATCO SD-33-358) released in 1971. This is a live, spontaneous white gospel album featuring D&B plus Leon Russell, Gram Parsons, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Keltner, Dave Mason, Duane Allman and many others. The concept was to give listeners the touring musicians' post concert informal jam session experience—whether in a motel, airport, or even onboard the airplane.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 12, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2002  |  1 comments
Every fall and spring, Groovy Productions runs a giant record convention at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey. In 2001, despite September 11 and an unusually warm, sunny day that saw temperatures close to 80°, vinyl fanatics turned out in gratifying numbers. And while attendance was down compared to last year, according to Groovy's organizers, those who came were in a buying mood. I was among them.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2018  |  10 comments
What a voice, what a loss. Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Irish group The Cranberries died suddenly in London January 15th, 2018 at age 46. She was in town for a recording session.

O'Riordan wrote lyrics and on some of the group's songs, the music as well, including three on this, the group's 1993 debut album. She also wrote music and lyrics on probably the group's best known song "Zombie"—her reaction to terrorist bombings by the Irish Republican Army—which is not on this album.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 11, 2018  |  23 comments
In a recent issue of Stereophile, Analog Corner covered a number of products including two very expensive cartridges: the Transfiguration Proteus D ($10,500) and the Kuzma CAR-60 ($12,995). Both feature diamond cantilevers but that doesn't mean they sound at all alike.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 10, 2018  |  7 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 10, 2018  |  1 comments
Power has been restored. Thanks to all for your "warm" thoughts under the previous story. A reader and Oxfam volunteer in the UK sent a link to the Oxfam Online Shop's vinyl store. To access the vinyl store click on the "Entertainment" header.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 09, 2018  |  10 comments
A nasty winter storm on Wednesday knocked out power at AnalogPlanet headquarters and we are still waiting for its return.
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 07, 2018  |  21 comments
Let's get directly to the point: the packaging of this almost $100 set is inversely proportional to the sound quality. The packaging is deluxe.