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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 14, 2016  |  14 comments
Analog was well-represented at CES 2016. It was at "The Zoo" as we "affectionately" call the main convention center and of course at The Venetian where high performance audio resides.

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Michael Fremer  |  Dec 03, 2020  |  9 comments
Channel D's long in production (10+ years) high performance Seta L ultra-wide bandwidth, fully balanced, battery powered voltage amplification-based phono preamp (Stereophile "Class A" rated) now features a transimpedance (current amplification) option, switchable via circuit board jumpers.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 17, 2019  |  5 comments
The Huei is based on Chord Electronics’ high-end, award-winning Symphonic MC phono stage. While the Symphonic offered MC compatibility only, the Huei offers both MC and MM compatibility, opening the world of Chord high end analog playback to everyone listening to vinyl.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 19, 2016  |  38 comments
Cleanervinyl.com's cavitation-based record cleaning system consists of the One single LP powered cleaning device ($189), the Pro ($389), which allows you to simultaneously clean up to a dozen records, and the $129 Dry, fan-based record dryer. You also need to get a PS-30A Ultrasonic Cleaner, which sells on EBay for around $150 or $169 through Cleanervinyl.com.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  5 comments
Clearaudio introduced the new Innovation Basic turntable in importer Musical Surroundings' room at CES.

The new 'table features an aluminum Panzerholz wood sandwich plinth, custom optically controlled DC motor system, POM platter and magnetically levitated ceramic ball-based bearing system. Cost is $6000 without arm.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  2 comments
Clearaudio manufactures an unusually wide range of turntable and tone arm models. In all the years I've attended C.E.S. or Munich for that matter, no one lays it all out (at the very least the lines imported to America by Musical Surroundings) so clearly and precisely as does Musical Surroundings' Customer Service Manager Michael Fajen in this video.
Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2016  |  7 comments
The original iPhono priced at $399 was an incredibly well-designed, versatile and fine sounding phono preamp.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  4 comments
At CES 2016 Australian brand Continuum Audio Labs debuted and demoed the Obsidian, its first new turntable in more than a half decade.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 29, 2016  |  30 comments
News at this past year’s International Consumer Electronics Show that “novelty” turntable manufacturer Crosley was introducing a pair of quality turntables built for the company by Pro-Ject drew me to the “ZOO” to check them out.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  First Published: Jan 06, 2017  |  4 comments
Japan-based DS Audio introduced at CES 2017 its latest optical cartridge design, the DS002 at an attractive $5000 price point. The DS002 places the optical sensor in front of the elastomer suspension, which should produce faster response analogous to Audio-Technica's ART1000 cartridge that puts the coils on top of the stylus (not that there's really an comparison to be made between a coil and magnet based generator and one that uses an LED and optical shutter to generate a voltage).

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 29, 2018  |  22 comments
At CES 2018 optical cartridge maker DS Audio introduced the ST-50 an elegant-looking "pad" type stylus cleaner that uses a transparent urethane pad developed for semi-conductor "clean room" air scrubbing.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 26, 2019  |  17 comments
E.A.T. (European Audio Team) importer VANA Ltd. just introduced to the North American market the new Prelude turntable. The Prelude features a new 9 inch A-Note tonearm said to be lightweight, ultra-stiff and resonance-free, fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red MM cartridge as well as a "heavy" aluminum platter spinning on a low tolerance (0.01%) polished stainless steel spindle in a soft bronze bushing.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  1 comments
EAT's American importer VANA Ltd. announced a series of price drops on EAT turntables.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 04, 2016  |  First Published: Jun 05, 2016  |  3 comments
The extensive Edwards Audio turntable line uses some O.E.M. Rega parts plus many Edwards manufactures.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 30, 2018  |  139 comments
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show, Technics CTO/Chief Engineer Tetsuya (Tony) Itan, Yoshiyuki Sumida, Assistant Manager Technics Team, and Technics Business Development Manager Bill Voss brought over and installed the new Technics SL-1000R turntable and tone arm for a week's stay. While this was a pre-production sample and not suitable for a full review, I thought you would be interested in first impressions that is not a review.

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