Michael Fremer  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 07, 2015  |  6 comments
We covered the introduction at last fall's The New York Audio Show of the DS Audio DS-W1 "Nightrider" Optical Phono Cartridge and Equalizer imported to American by Musical Surroundings. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show we had an opportunity to talk with the cartridge's 27 year designer Tetsuaki Aoyagi.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 04, 2015  |  5 comments
While analogplanet doesn't regularly review loudspeakers, the recent Vanatoo Transparent One speaker giveaway prompted us to have a listen.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 04, 2015  |  4 comments
The International Consumer Electronics Show runs from Tuesday, January 6th through Friday, January 9th. Analogplanet will be there covering the show "live" and posting regularly to this site.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 01, 2015  |  82 comments
2014 was a fantastic year for vinyl. 2015 looks to be an even better one.'s editor Michael Fremer looks back on the year past and forward to next year on this "one take" video self-shot after a four day room-cleaning binge during which he discovered vinyl treasures hidden in plain sight.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 29, 2014  |  201 comments
Register to win a set of Bower’s and Wilkin’s C5 Series 2 in-ear Headphones (MSRP $179.99) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"C5 Series 2 in-ear headphones bring you amazingly natural acoustics and fit so snugly you’ll hardly be aware you’re wearing them. These headphones use a new 9.2mm dynamic driver, and have been optimized to deliver bass that’s powerful yet precisely controlled, resulting in a more natural, open and detailed sound."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 29, 2014  |  22 comments
At a garage sale over the summer I found a copy of Dennis Wilson's chronically under appreciated Pacific Ocean Blue (PZ 34354) album originally released on the CBS distributed Caribou label. I reviewed the Sundazed reissue on

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 28, 2014  |  2 comments
Back in 1999 I reviewed in Stereophile the KR Audio VT 8000 monoblock vacuum tube amplifier. I wrote in the review: "Virtually every part in the amplifier is custom-made in-house or sourced from associated facilities, including the metal fabrication, the transformers, and the circuit boards. The internal wiring is Swiss in origin. And, of course, the vacuum transducers themselves are made in-house by hand, and that includes all of the tiny internal components, which are stamped out one at a time by hand on dies custom-machined in-house. Even the glass for the tubes is turned and formed by hand. If I hadn't seen all of this with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it."

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 26, 2014  |  8 comments
Phoenix Engineering, manufacturer of the Falcon Digital Turntable PSU and Roadrunner Tachometer today announced the new High Power Eagle PSU designed to work with both VPI's higher powered motor equipped 'tables and those with dual motor/flywheels—as well as with any A.C. synchronous motor of 15 or fewer watts.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 23, 2014  |  11 comments
Second albums make or break pop artists. If the first one was a smash the second one had also better be or you risk the "one hit wonder" label. That's what happened to Christopher Cross, Marshall Crenshaw and more recently James Blunt, even though Cross and Crenshaw followed up their debuts with many good records—or at least good tunes. They just didn't produce chart hits.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 20, 2014  |  27 comments
New record presses are the big news today!