Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Boulder introduced at High End Munich 2018 a new, compact phono preamplifier. The 508 is said to contain much of the circuitry of the company's 1008 phono preamp while retaining an even larger percentage of the 1008's sonic performance.

Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2018  |  11 comments
SME debuted "Synergy" at High End Munich 2018, the company's first new turntable since it introduced in 2015 the Model 15. The Synergy is also the SME's first "Integrated" turntable and its its first non-numbered product. It's also the first to be introduced under the company's new CEO Stuart McNeilis appointed after SME's purchase by The Cadence Group.

Michael Fremer  |  May 10, 2018  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  4 comments
Day one High End Munich 2018 was as new analog gear-packed as you would hope it might be. The image at the top is of a new Kuzma turntable priced at around $8000 dollars (don't hold me to that amount) that uses the same drive system as the far more expensive Stabi M that I reviewed last year in Stereophile. The differences are explained by Franc Kuzma in the approximately hour and a half video covering all of day one's coverage.

Michael Fremer  |  May 10, 2018  |  13 comments
Wilson Audio Specialties today launched TuneTot, a compact desk-top loudspeaker intended primarily for near or mid-field listening in the executive suite, boardroom or wherever space is tight. Ideally, the speaker should be placed close to a wall to get low frequency boundary reinforcement benefits.

TuneTot the company’s most compact design since the mid-‘80s launch of the original WATT (Wilson Audio Tiny Tot). Wilson’s literature says it’s designed primarily for use on bookshelves, credenzas, counters and of course desktops—and not simply because of its size.

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2018  |  2 comments
High End Munich 2018 coverage begins tomorrow May 10th, as does the show. If Internet is available in the convention center there will be tweets and Instagram photos too. Otherwise coverage will post nightly depending upon Internet speed, which for now appears to be very video upload friendly. (Photo is from High End Munich 2007).

Michael Fremer  |  May 07, 2018  |  First Published: May 01, 2002  |  5 comments
Setting tonearm geometry with Wally Malewicz's WallyTools (see later)

In his "Manufacturer's Comment" response to my writeup on the VPI Aries Extended turntable in March 2002, Harry Weisfeld wrote that, among other things, he wasn't pleased with what I'd set his 'table on. So I tried supporting the VPI with a piece of very heavy slate resting on six of those big AudioQuest Sorbothane half-spheres and made a series of recordings of LP tracks on the Alesis Masterlink's hard drive at 24-bits/96kHz.

Michael Fremer  |  May 06, 2018  |  2 comments
In this short video AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer provides a short history of Allsop's Orbitrac record cleaning device.
Michael Fremer  |  May 03, 2018  |  44 comments
This morning the Los Angeles Audio Show scheduled for June 8th-10th at the Hilton Irvine Hotel was suddenly and without warning cancelled via a somewhat bizarre email show organizer Marine de Rogez-Presson sent to participants.

Michael Fremer  |  May 03, 2018  |  6 comments
"TuneTot", is a new Wilson Audio Specialties product that will launch May 10th during High End Munich. That and the above image are all that can be said at this time about "TuneTot" other than it is not for babies, is not related to TaterTots, is not a pair of headphones, is not made in China, does not slice, dice, chop, grind or peel and will not give your children great haircuts or put a fishing rod in your pocket.

Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  11 comments
This video was shot a few weeks ago. The editing was completed today, the day SME announced it had purchased Garrard and Loricraft. Just a coincidence but a neat one! For those who don't know: Loricraft's Terry O'Sullivan is a Garrard 301/401 idler wheel drive expert who rebuilds and restores them for customers world wide.