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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  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  19 comments
Let's say you want to both play vinyl and stream your Christmas music. If so, UMe has a swell promotion for you that combines streaming and a chance to win a vinyl copy of this Les Paul & Mary Ford Christmas album.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 30, 2020  |  3 comments
Welsh multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond makes her London debut February 19th at Shacklewell Arms. If you live nearby or are in the mood to travel, thanks to the show promoter, analogPlanet is giving away two tickets.

Malachi Lui  |  Mar 18, 2019  |  23 comments
On April 13, Record Store Day is back for its 12th year with over 500 releases only available at independent record stores. This year’s list is arguably the best one since I’ve been attending RSD starting in 2014 (at age 8!), with fewer picture disc and colored vinyl re-hashings of common material and seemingly more unique items. Here are some highlights from the list:

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  2 comments
Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab's 2002 comeback album Specialist In All Styles makes its vinyl debut 18 years after its original release and 50 years after the group's founding. The album was the group's first release since 1982's Pirates Choice said to be a "holy grail" recording for fans of African music.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 06, 2016  |  44 comments
Groove Note's Ying Tan handed me a surprise at the conclusion of my visit to Bernie Grunman's: a two sided lacquer containing selections from the upcoming Vanessa Fernandez triple 45rpm AAA LP set.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 18, 2013  |  5 comments
You may never have heard of Mike Spitz, but more than likely you've heard his work.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 23, 2013  |  23 comments
Pure Music's Rob Robinson went garage sale-ing over the weekend and hit one of those "mother loads" we can only dream about.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 04, 2014  |  25 comments
The Beatles in Mono box launches Tuesday, September 9th. UMe is sponsoring events on both coasts and you cannot sign up to possibly attend because it has already SOLD OUT.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 29, 2019  |  12 comments
Do you really need a wrist watch that looks like a record? Of course you don't! Nor do I, but for $24.95 (as I write this but no telling for how long), why not? I ordered one.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 15, 2014  |  3 comments
Sorry, this is not a giveaway contest. However, if you have sufficiently deep pockets ($3499 if you sign up now, $3999 after August 1st) you can spend a four day, extended weekend, Thursday, November 6th through Sunday November 9th, 2014 with four of the greatest producer/engineers of our time (or any time) at the Power Station/New England Studios in Waterford, CT.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2018  |  41 comments
And this is how you do it correctly!: Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 ¼” stereo safety master tape in 2018.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 08, 2021  |  103 comments
Before getting to the image above, let's reiterate some cartridge set-up facts: despite the instructions that accompany most turntables and tone arms, you can't reliably set stylus rake angle to 92 degrees by putting your tone arm parallel to the record surface. Insuring that the cantilever is perpendicular to the record surface does not mean you've correctly set azimuth. Why do the manufacturers tell you to do those things? To make set up simple, instead of telling you what you need to do to accurately set these critical parameters.

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