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Michael Fremer  |  Jul 16, 2013  |  2 comments
Best known for playing the traditional jazz it was founded to preserve fifty years ago, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band here celebrates its next fifty with a forward looking program of audacious, often raucous and sometimes mischievous new originals mostly written by 41 year old Ben Jaffe, son of the hall's founders Allan and Sandra and current Creative Director
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 15, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  6 comments
Mikey assembles an RB3000 tonearm—pray it won't be yours!

Politics and audio don't mix! Keep your pinko ideas to yourself. I cancel my subscription!"

How many times have we read that in Stereophile, shortly after a writer has injected a few cubic centimeters of ideology into a review or column? No doubt all of the offended parties dashed off equally angry letters to ultra-partisan House majority whip Tom (the bug exterminator) DeLay, who threw a hissy fit back in October when he found out that the EIA (Electronic Industries Alliance, the parent organization of CEMA, which runs the Consumer Electronics Show, etc.) had the gall, the nerve, to hire former Oklahoma Democratic representative Dave McCurdy as the group's president and industry spokesperson.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 13, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  97 comments
Don't speak ill of the dead is commonly accepted wisdom to which I almost always subscribe. However, an Amar Bose obituary in today's New York Times by Glenn Rifkin that read more like an advertisement than an obit forces my hand.

The obit writer claims the Bose Corporation "..became synonymous with high quality audio systems..." and that "His speakers, though expensive, earned a reputation for bringing concert-hall quality audio into the home." Really?

Ariel Bitran  |  Jul 13, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
"It sounds awesome," says Matt G, the winner of the Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge Sweepstakes from Music Direct. Another audiophile from North Carolina, the state which has dominated these Home Tech Network Sweepstakes.
Jon Iverson  |  Jul 11, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  184 comments
Register to win a Ortofon DS-1 Stylus Force Gauge from Needle Doctor (MSRP $159.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

The DS-1 is manufactured in Japan, and is among the most accurate stylus force gauges available today.  Offering a reading up to 0.1, the DS-1 allows the user to carefully dial in the designated tracking force for any phono cartridge.  Safe to use with either MM or MC type cartridges, the DS-1 is as versatile as it comes.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 10, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  39 comments
Imports crowd the $1500 turntable price-point with entries from Rega, Pro-Ject, Music Hall, Clearaudio, JA Michell, Marantz (made by Clearaudio), Acoustic Signature and some others.

Until VPI surprised the turntable world last year with the Traveler, the only American-made ‘table manufactured at this price that I can think of is the SOTA Comet, which comes with an OEM Rega tonearm.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  30 comments
Most of us are convinced that the media regularly underreports record sales. It seems that Nielsen/Soundscan's numbers can't possible be correct, nor does it seem likely they have the ability to dig deeply into the sales portals where much of the vinyl activity occurs.
Ariel Bitran  |  Jul 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  3 comments
Raising your kids right requires teaching them good habits at a young age. On their path to adulthood, they learn the importance of routine and instill those good habits that just grazed over their heads in their younger years. It seems John R. Comstock of Loxley, Alabama is doing it right.
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 08, 2013  |  4 comments
By the time the "classic" Dave Brubeck Quartet arrived at Carnegie Hall on February 22nd, 1963 it had "practiced, practiced, practiced" as the old joke goes. The quartet of Brubeck, drummer Joe Morello, bassist Eugene Wright and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond was a well-oiled music making machine.

It was also the world's most popular and well-known jazz ensemble, having toured the world for the State Department and released numerous big selling albums such as Time Out, which sold well in excess of a million copies.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 05, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  6 comments
It was 9am as the plane touched down at Heathrow, but my brain screamed "4am! Go back to sleep!''—as if the eight hours of slouched-over dozing interrupted by cattle-prodding flight attendants could be called "sleep." Yes, the red-eye is considered by many travelers to be the most efficient way to jet to London, and Virgin tries hard to please, even in the cramped steerage section—but wedged into a middle seat and being a naturally fidgety sort, I found the transoceanic flight a form of water torture I can live without.

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