Michael Fremer  |  May 06, 2019  |  1 comments
Following opening remarks by Making Vinyl co-founder Larry Jaffee, Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz opens programming on day two of "Making Vinyl" Berlin followed by British, French, Italian and Dutch RSD organizers to give you a detailed picture of the continent's activities on this past April's Record Store Day.

Michael Fremer  |  May 05, 2019  |  12 comments
You do not want to miss the entertaining, informative and important "Making Vinyl" day two keynote address with visuals by Sony Music Entertainment International Services Co-Managing Director Gerhard Blum.

Michael Fremer  |  May 02, 2019  |  7 comments
Mastering engineer Reiner Maillard invites us into Emil Berliner studio. (Photo: Michael Fremer)
I arrived in Berlin early Wednesday morning and was picked up by a fellow named Frank Wonneberg, who I didn't really know, though I think we may have met years earlier at the High End Show when it was in Frankfurt, probably in 1996. He offered to pick me up and take me to the hotel, which was beyond kind. He also took me on a tour of Berlin. It was May 1st, which is a holiday in Germany so the streets were open though there were tourists and others at the big sights. I saw the Reichstag, and other similar touristy spots but Frank also took me to some amazing record-centric spots that few people know about including a small, run down little car repair joint that once was where the Odeon record label started in the early 20th century. It's where two sided records were born.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 30, 2019  |  20 comments
In a pre-Munich press release, SAT announced the debut in Munich of its new XD1 Record Player System that will be presented in room F214 in Atrium 4 along with Marten Audio loudspeakers.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2019  |  10 comments
Discogs founder Kevin Lewandowski at the Discogs headquarters entrance (Photo: Michael Fremer)

AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer first encountered Discogs founder Kevin Lewandowski back in 2013 at the giant Utrecht Record Fair in The Netherlands. Lewandowski was there to promote Discogs and of course to buy records.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2019  |  10 comments
The two day event "Making Vinyl" Berlin begins Thursday, May 2nd. Munich High-End 2019 begins Thursday May 9th. What to do in between?

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2019  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2005  |  0 comments
Shelter 90X
This was supposed to be my report on analog gear at Home Entertainment 2004 West. The San Francisco show was canceled because of a hotel-workers’ lockout, but my column wasn’t! Fortunately, I’d gotten an early start on what was to be next month’s column because I wanted to actually get ahead on the audio-reviewing assembly line. No such luck.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2019  |  26 comments
The cartridge featured "blind" in the recent post titled "How Much Would You Pay for This Cartridge?" pictured above is "The Vessel" A3SE, which sells for $99.00.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2019  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments
Graham Phantom tonearm

The prospect of a four-day fall break at a rustic, dog-friendly ski lodge in Vermont had me scrambling for an audio system. My Apple iPod was an obvious choice, but what about an amplifier and speakers? I considered schlepping a vintage Scott tube amp and a pair of ADC 404 loudspeakers I got at a garage sale, but that seemed like too much of a hassle.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2019  |  1 comments
At AXPONA 2019 Western Electric's Charles Whitener introduced me to Russ Hamm, president of Sonic Presence, a company that manufactures the VR15-USB Spatial Microphone™ a headphone-like in-ear microphone system that turns your head into a virtual "dummy head", which for some of us is easy! While that was interesting, it was Mr. Hamm's earlier experience as president of Gotham Audio in New York that got my interest.