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Ariel Bitran  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  23 comments
Congratulations to Nick Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina on winning his brand new Beatles LP box set from our friends at Music Direct. This box set includes all sixteen Beatles albums remastered to vinyl, many of which have already been picked apart by Mikey on this website.
Jon Iverson  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  82 comments
Register to win one of two Donald Fagen Sunken Condos Vinyl LPs (MSRP $39.99/each) we are giving away between now and Thursday night.

Our friends at Warner Brothers/Reprise Records offered us two copies to give away of this double 180g pressed on clear RTI vinyl gatefold set mastered for vinyl (we trust from high resolution files) by Scott Hull at Masterdisk.

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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 16, 2012  |  30 comments
As expected, Rubber Soul, sourced from George Martin's 1987 16 bit, 44.1k remix sounds like a CD. Why should it sound like anything else? That's from what it was essentially mastered.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  41 comments
I spoke today with Sean Magee about the just released Beatles LP box set. Magee's resume is impressive. He's cut both lacquers and DMM and does a great deal of AAA cutting for Pure Pleasure among other labels.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 31, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  225 comments
Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital-Audio Converter and Sydney Interconnect (MSRP $478) we are giving away.

DragonFly is an affordable and easy-to-use device that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into your computer. DragonFly is a sleek, flash drive sized Digital-Audio Converter that connects to a USB jack on a Mac or Windows PC, turning any computer into a true high- fidelity music source.

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Jon Iverson  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  681 comments
Register to win the Beatles Stereo Albums 180g 16LP Limited Edition Box Set From Music Direct (MSRP $449.99) we are giving away.

Twist and shout, shout, shout: The Beatles are at long last getting the treatment they’ve always deserved on vinyl. The most anticipated catalog reissues in music history have arrived and feature the pristine remastering that fans have craved for decades. Your wishes have come true: Every Beatles album. Every official Beatles song. Faithfully reproduced album jackets. All in this glorious box set.

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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 17, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  11 comments
While effective isolation from both air and ground borne vibrational energy is important throughout the audio playback chain, it is essential for vinyl playback. It can be built into a turntable in the form of spring or "O" ring suspensions but current thinking downplays that in favor of separate isolation stands rather than incorporating it into the turntable itself.

Jon Iverson  |  Sep 01, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  713 comments
Register to win a Music Hall MMF-7.1 Turntable With Cartridge Plus Set-Up Tools and Vinyl From Music Direct (MSRP $1,700) we are giving away.

All the Analog Planet readers should know Roy Hall of Music Hall Audio. His “Manufacturer’s Comments” in Stereophile are legendary. While Roy may like to give reviewers a hard time, he sure does know a few things about designing fantastic sounding turntables. The MMF-7.1 is Music Direct Best-Seller and a favorite among vinyl lovers and the high-end audio community.

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Michael Fremer  |  Aug 14, 2012  |  2 comments
Over the past few years, jazz fans have been treated to some astonishing, heretofore unreleased treasures. Unlike in the rock world, where such finds, along with “bonus tracks” usually tell you why they weren’t released in the first place (with Bob Dylan being a notable exception), these jazz releases have felt like un-mined diamonds, only occasionally in the rough.

Jon Iverson  |  Aug 01, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  379 comments
Register to win a Lyra Delos Phono Cartridge From Music Direct (MSRP $1,650) we are giving away.

The new design of the Lyra Delos allows the coils of the cartridge to stay aligned with the magnetic circuit while the tracking force is applied. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means Lyra head designer Jonathan Carr has discovered a way to keep the angles in perfect alignment at all times. This allows the Delos to track better; clearly improving sound quality, particularly low-level resolution, dynamic range, transient impact, and immediacy. It delivers all the accuracy, detail and overall musicality all analog lovers crave.

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