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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments
The SMARTractor appears to be among the most precise devices available to set overhang and zenith angle. The designer even provides a variety of spindle insert to insure a snug fit.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
Spotted in the Wes Bender Audio room the new (Jim) Hagerman Trumpet Reference MC/MM phono preamplifier. Uses 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes. Features both MC and MM inputs with a wired remote control for all adjustment functions also available on front panel.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  1 comments
Transfiguration's new Proteus MC cartridge replaces the highly regarded and well-reviewed Orpheus L that went out of production last year.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 15, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  5 comments
Symbol Audio displayed and demoed at the New York Audio Show it's ultra- cool '50s retro all-in-one Modern Record Console—an homage to the '50s era consoles manufactured by companies like Churchill that incorporated high quality components from companies like Fisher, Scott, Harman Kardon into stylish wood cabinets.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 04, 2013  |  12 comments
Greatest Hits albums from the '60s are a crap shoot: how many were made from original tapes strung together to produce reels for lacquer cutting? A few but not most. Instead the originals (hopefully) were pulled and tape copies of the hits were made and those were strung together for the hits package.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2013  |  4 comments
Note: The pressing issue I encountered with the copy I bought was corroborated by some readers but not all. The producer's QC copy was fine, so we exchanged copies. The replacement I was sent (autographed by Bryan Ferry, thank you!) sounded fine throughout.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  14 comments
I've got this friend Shirley. Married with two kids, she appears to be your typical suburban middle-aged housewife—but somehow her music genes got short-circuited. While most of her neighbors have become Yanni-fied (if they pay attention to music at all), Shirley is a Rolling Stones fanatic.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 01, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  7 comments
This is no April Fool's Day trick: a fire last night destroyed the Pallas Pressing Plant's CD/DVD duplication facility. Fortunately there were no injuries.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 29, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  0 comments
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Omnivore Recordings will release limited-pressing vinyl collectibles that are musts: The soundtrack to the long-awaited feature-length Big Star film documentary "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" will be available in a special, limited edition (4,000 worldwide) 180-gram, two-LP translucent yellow vinyl pressing ahead of its standard release configurations
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 26, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
One of Mikey's best sounds at CES: the Hales Transcendence 5 speakers powered by Balanced Audio Technology amplification. All photos by John Atkinson

Call it a convention, call it a trade exhibition, call it CES, call it "Bernie''—no matter how you laser-slice it, it's a show. And for a show to succeed, it needs an audience. For an audience to show up, it needs stars, it needs a good book, and it needs some decent tunes or compelling drama.

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