Michael Fremer  |  Feb 08, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  8 comments
Did you compare the two files? The one that most readers identified as harsher and brighter was found to be running .1% faster than the other, so Mr. Distler, slowed it down and again posted the files. I both listened and I looked at them using Audacity. So you could say I "cheated" but it doesn't matter. Forget what I heard.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 07, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  33 comments
Was the recent cable test result wherein approximately 80% of the participants heard a difference and described it consistent with my original observations due to a variable other than the cables (leaving aside that we did note the junction box variable as a possible cause)?

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 06, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  29 comments
Based on numbers publicly disclosed or provided to by most of the world's vinyl pressing plants, the total number of records pressed worldwide in 2013 was well in excess of 30,759,242.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 06, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  15 comments
I posted a comment under the story:

"3 arrested after theft of $5M Stradivarius violin"

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 05, 2014  |  2 comments
This new double LP pairs Será una Noche with the appropriately titled follow up Segunda two of M A Recordings’ most popular releases, first on CD then on XRCD and later available as high resolution files. Será una Noche was previously released on vinyl and reviewed on Naturally vinyl cut from high resolution digital sounds better than the same files decimated to 16 bits. Todd Garfinkle’s simply miked, spacious-sounding 24 bit recordings have earned him a following among audiophiles, even though most of the exotic “world” music Garfinkle prefers to record is anything but traditional audiophile fare.
Michael Fremer  |  Feb 05, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  10 comments
M A Recordings is best known for its catalog of superbly recorded "world" music. Producer/engineer Todd Garfinkle records at 176.4/24 bit using a precisely spaced pair of custom-made microphones, Cardas cables and a Fostex DV-40 DVD-RAM recorder.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 05, 2014  |  1 comments
"Mr. Ho" otherwise known as Brian O'Neill has a passion for "exotica" but it would be wrong to call him a trader in nostalgia. Yes, he's clearly a fan of Les Baxter, Martin Denny and especially of the Mexican arranger extraordinaire Esquivel. While I bet he'd be comfortable downing a Mai Tai or two at Trader Vic's, Mr. O'Neill is a thoroughly modern multi-instrumentalist.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 04, 2014  |  15 comments
The BBC did not preserve the master tapes of any of The Beatles BBC appearances. The tape was considered more valuable than the performances recorded therein. That's not exactly a secret. The audio used for the original edition of this set first issued in 1994 came from BBC Transcription Service vinyl, tape copies and radio broadcast tapes provided by fans.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 04, 2014  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  8 comments
(photo by Christopher Vetur, who is forgiven for the fingers on the grooves)

A record label, a record store, a high end headphone manufacturer a college radio station and a well-respected mastering engineer team up with recording artists to present an event touting high quality sound from vinyl records.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 03, 2014  |  16 comments
Comments following the review of the mono reissues of the American version of Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love indicated some dissatisfaction with the reissue of the U.K. version of the album, also mastered by Bernie Grundman.