Michael Fremer  |  May 28, 2018  |  11 comments
This year it took the full four days of High End Munich to cover all of the new analog gear. Even then some might have been missed. Clearly the move is to vinyl and streaming audio. Turntables were playing throughout the show's demo rooms and more were on display in the ground floor halls. Digital die-hards couldn't escape the sound and so were confronted by the reality that today's vinyl playback sounds amazing.

Michael Fremer  |  May 27, 2018  |  3 comments
There's never been an official press release about Pro-Ject's purchase of Musical Fidelity from owner Antony Michaelson so this site has held off reporting it until it could be confirmed. Last week, while at the EISA Global Press Convention in Antwerp, Belgium, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer had an opportunity to speak with Pro-Ject CEO Heinz Lichtenegger about the Musical Fidelity purchase.

Michael Fremer  |  May 22, 2018  |  55 comments
Before the start of last April's AXPONA show at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer and Music Direct's Vice President Josh Bizar drove to Chicago and to the home of online vinyl and audio dealer Music Direct.

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2018  |  1 comments
High End Munich 2018 day two began with an hour-long interview with Ortofon's Leif Johannsen that's in another video on this website. Even though the show had been open for two hours, long lines of people were still waiting to enter the halls at noon Friday morning. What a show!

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2018  |  First Published: Jun 01, 2002  |  3 comments
A recent bid on eBay won me mono copies of Nat King Cole's Love is the Thing and Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays. The descriptions said that the records had some "marks" but that they "shouldn't affect play." The rest of the wording led me to suspect that the seller knew nothing about vinyl, but since the winning bid was $3.15 ($5.65 with shipping), why not take a chance? I have some mono records that look unsalvageable but play fine—especially using the mono Helikon cartridge.
Michael Fremer  |  May 15, 2018  |  9 comments
Imagine Van and organist Joey Francesco getting together for a late night jam session with some friends and running through a set of Van tunes plus an assortment of standards. You don't have to imagine it because that's what this album sounds like and it's close to how these sessions were produced. Van and Joey clearly had great fun making this record. Van hasn't sang this freely and playfully on record in some time.

Michael Fremer  |  May 14, 2018  |  9 comments
First thing Friday morning at High End Munich 2018, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer sat down with Leif Johannsen, Ortofon's Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology, who for more than a decade has been in charge of designing the company's phono cartridges.

Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Day one's video coverage at High End Munich 2018 finally uploaded. More than an hour's worth of edited video is embedded below. This year's show was bigger, better and more crowded than ever. As you'll see, the world's high performance audio designers and manufacturers have been busy creating exciting new and innovative audio gear, especially in the analog domain and at every price point.

Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  3 comments
A treatable condition known as "IUC Syndrome" or Internet Upload Constipation Syndrome, a known and treatable condition, is hindering YouTube video uploads from High End Munich 2018.Symptoms include a choking sensation around the neck, panic, and finally despair.