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Michael Fremer  |  May 13, 2016  |  7 comments
The Tone Tool Sprocket turntable was up and running on set-up day but the complex tangential tracker was still in the box.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 18, 2019  |  2 comments
Mobile Fidelity's double 45rpm reissue of Aretha's Gold (originally issued in 1969 as Atlantic SD 8227) gets off to not such a great sonic start because though "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Do Right Woman-Do Right Man" are musical classics that belong at the head of the hits lineup, the Rick Hall engineered recordings at his Fame Record Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama pale in comparison to everything else in this molten set recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York City.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 24, 2017  |  8 comments
Pro-Ject recently announced the availability of the George Harrison turntable shown at the recent C.E.S..

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 13, 2018  |  41 comments
In a July 2nd story, we announced four new costly arms from SAT(Swedish Analog Technologies): two models each available in 9" and 12" versions. The least expensive of the four, the LM-09 was reviewed in the just shipped October, 2018 Stereophile.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  23 comments
As usual Pro-Ject introduced many new analog products at The Consumer Electronics Show, including the wall-mountable turntables shown in the photo. There's one for right handed vinyl fans and one of "lefties".

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  1 comments
+Audio introduced its +Record Player at High End Munich 2017. Now the company has initiated a Kickstarter project to self-fund the +Record Player "Kickstarter Edition.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 10, 2018  |  23 comments
The longevity of Denon's 103 cartridge series, first introduced in the 1960's and still in production speaks to the design's enduring popularity. The design's weak point is its flimsy mounting system. As my colleague Art Dudley put it in the December 2007 issue of Stereophile: "The most common complaint about the DL-103 is also the truest: Its good motor is compromised by a too-flimsy mounting arrangement, with open-edge bolt channels that prevent the cartridge from being rigidly fastened to a head shell."

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 31, 2022  |  79 comments
Toneoptic founder and graphic arts designer Fabian Geyrhalter decided "It is time to rethink how we store and select records". He's come up with a unique, patent pending design and hired "the best designer, engineer and advisors (from Frank Gehry Partners, Boeing Aircraft and Cambridge Audio amongst others)" to execute the concept.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  0 comments
Acoustic Signature's new Challenger Mk3 turntable, like all Acoustic Signature 'tables, is all about the mass.

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2016  |  4 comments
Nishikawasan explains the significant upgrades to his Air Force One turntable that resulted in a new "Premium" version costing approximately $40,000 more than the standard $100,000 Air Force One (shown with SAT tone arm).

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 11, 2016  |  9 comments
We started lobbying Allsop to bring back the Orbitrac almost as soon as its demise was announced. We got no response so started a campaign on musicangle.com to no avail.

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 06, 2022  |  0 comments

Andover Audio is pleased to announce a price reduction for its SpinDeck belt-drive turntable, and we’re equally pleased to share it with you. Not only that, but Andover has also partnered with Vinyl Moon to offer a free month option in their subscription series for anyone who purchases a SpinDeck and/or other Spin series gear between now and December 1. Read on to find out more about the lower price point, and the free month sub tie-in. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Nov 01, 2022  |  8 comments

Considering how well the original Andover Audio SpinBase all-in-one turntable system fared in our hands-on review, we figured the company’s updated SpinBase MAX was worthy of bringing to your attention. Read on to learn more about this updated all-in-one playback system that becomes available in mid-November. . .

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  3 comments
Channel D, purveyor of Pure Vinyl vinyl ripping software (actually the program does far more) also manufactures a line of phono preamplifiers. At AXPONA 2016 Channel D introduced the Seta Supreme, the company's most ambitious and costly phono preamplifier.

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