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 |  Jul 25, 2019  |  1 comments
How many times has the Blue Note label risen from the ashes over its 80 year history? It's been revived and resurrected more than a few times by various owners (not counting founders Alfred Lion and Max Margulis), the first of which was Liberty Records in 1965, which In turn was bought out in 1969 by United Artists Records. In 1979 EMI bought United Artists and put Blue Note out to pasture. Say what?

Malachi Lui  |  Jul 24, 2019  |  26 comments
In my review of the $359/pair < a href=https://www.analogplanet.com/content/vanatoos-transparent-zero-speakers-offer-great-convenience-satisfying-desktop-sound>Vanatoo Transparent Zero desktop speakers, I noted that while playing Kanye West’s “I Am A God,” the active speaker produced a high-pitched whistle/screech noise. After we published the review, Vanatoo co-founder Gary Gesellchen suggested that instead of the cause being a design flaw, the noise was an artifact of an air leak due to loose screws. He recommended sealing the air passages by taking off the active speaker’s handle and tightening the screws all the way in.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 22, 2019  |  5 comments
100 tables filled with vinyl records highlights the New York City Crate Diggers event to be held in Times Square at the Playstation Theater 1515 Broadway, this Saturday, July 27th starting at 10:00 AM. Admission is free! The after-party featuring Roy Ayers, Method Man + Redman and many others is a paid admission event requiring ticket pre-purchase. For details go here.
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 22, 2019  |  5 comments
Hard to believe 50 years have passed (well maybe not that hard to believe), but here we are (well, most of us anyway!). On Thursday, August 15th, theaters nationwide will bring back to movie theaters for the first time since it first opened, March, 1970. However, this will be the 3 hours and 44 minute "Director's Cut" version never before screened in theaters (there will be a single, short intermission).

Malachi Lui  |  Jul 19, 2019  |  15 comments
In my earlier review of Tyler, the Creator’s magnum opus IGOR, I note that Jack White plays with a less distorted tone than usual the guitar solo on album closer “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?”. This information comes from Tyler’s Apple Music album release concert and remains the “official” word on the subject (the album credits make no mention of White, even though Tyler announced White’s musical presence on the LP two days after its release).

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 18, 2019  |  25 comments
It looks like the 50th anniversary of Woodstock concert is off, but Craft Recordings celebrates anyway with the release on August 2nd,, finally of Live At Woodstock CCR's late Sunday evening performance at the original Woodstock, 1969.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 18, 2019  |  17 comments
If you search Stereophile's website under darTZeel founder Hervé Delétraz's name you'll find his multi-part "DIY" story posted in 2000. Since his "DIY" days, Mr. Delétraz has gone on to design and manufacture a series of sonically stunning and visually distinctive high performance darTZeel audio products.

Caleb Attaway  |  Jul 16, 2019  |  16 comments
Meet our newest reviewer, 17 year old Caleb Attaway. Caleb lives northwest of Atlanta, Georgia and is going into his senior year of high school at Living Science Home Studies, Inc., which is half home school and half private school. In the future Caleb will review records and new audio gear.

Malachi Lui  |  Jul 10, 2019  |  2 comments
Today’s budding audiophiles have more introductory options than ever. Available and (fairly) affordable are introductory turntable systems, great headphones, headphone amps, DACs, and… desktop speakers?

Enter the minds of Vanatoo, the company founded by experienced audio enthusiasts Gary Gesellchen and Rick Kernen. Gesellchen’s background includes decades of speaker designing and building, while Kernen has worked for over 35 years in micro-processing. Their speakers are aimed at those who “care about music, want something that sounds good, and also understand that they shouldn’t be forced to sacrifice convenience for quality,” Gesellchen told me in an email exchange. Vanatoo’s speakers though intended for desktops, can also be used in home theaters as well as in full room stereo systems.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 09, 2019  |  5 comments
Third Man Records will release on Friday August 2nd, previously unheard live recordings from the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. The 50th anniversary release includes live performances from Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House, B.B. King, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush and many others.

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