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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  47 comments
Audio Desk Systeme and its USA agent Ultra Systems, Inc. announced at CES 2016 the Vinyl Cleaner PRO, the next generation, upgraded edition of its ultrasonic LP cleaning machine, reviewed here.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  20 comments
Sad to report that record cleaning specialist Nitty Gritty is going out of business—and not because business is poor.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  11 comments
Oswalds Mill Audio demoed yesterday (Feb. 27th) at its Brooklyn showroom the K3— a brand new, more than 3 years in the planning and manufacturing direct drive turntable that aims to define "state of the turntable art". What you see in the photo is not the final finish nor is it the 100% completed physical design.

Michael Fremer  |  May 15, 2017  |  3 comments
The mystery surrounding the April 18th visit by Ortofon's Leif Johannsen can now explained.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 18, 2020  |  13 comments
Ortofon just announced a new $999 2M moving magnet cartridge: the 2M Black LVB 250 in honor of Ludwig Von Beethoven's 250th birthday. More than just a re-badge, the 2M Black LVB 250 incorporates, among other enhancements, the nude Shibata stylus and boron cantilever found on the more costly MC Cadenza Black.

Michael Fremer  |  May 17, 2016  |  4 comments
Ortofon's Leif Johannsen Shows us two new lower priced Ortofon SPU cartridges and a new step up transformer introduced at Munich High End 2016.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 28, 2021  |  17 comments
At Making Vinyl Hollywood, 2019 Austria-based PHONOCUT demonstrated a still in development all-analog based home vinyl cutting system that uses blank vinyl (not lacquer) discs. At 4:52 in the embedded video at the above link you can watch the compact system cut a record and learn more about it.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  20 comments
Ortofon recently announced a switch from Boron to Sapphire cantilevers on all but its more expensive "Exclusive Series" (photo is of original Boron cantilevered Quintet).

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 18, 2017  |  10 comments
Ortofon's Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology Leif Johannsen and Dee Hustinova, Ortofon U.S. General Manager stopped over today to show me a brand new Ortofon cartridge the design of which Leif has just completed. I can't talk about it or show it (that's why it's in his cupped hand).

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2016  |  6 comments
See and hear described new and upgraded turntables from Thorens L'Art du Son, Mobile Fidelity, Thales, Landmesser Audio and Blackstone. A translating glitch leaves the impression that Blackstone's Pabst motors are new. They are new old stock, not newly manufactured ones.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 12, 2013  |  10 comments
Parasound today introduced the John Curl designed JC3+ phono preamplifier, an improved version of the highly regarded JC3. The original JC3 proved problematic for cartridge loading fetishists in that it offered limited fixed moving coil loading of 100ohms or "wide open" 47kOhms chosen via via custom-made NKK selector switches with gold-on-silver contacts.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 02, 2020  |  9 comments
Pro-Ject just announced the release of its newest and most sophisticated phono preamp, the RS2. The no op-amp, "hand made" design built in the E.U. is fully balanced and true dual mono. The RS2 features MM gain of 40,43,46 and 50dB and MC gain of 60,63,66 and 70dB with continuously variable MC input impedance from between 10 and 1000 ohms. Capacitance for MM can be set to values between 50 and 400pF.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  7 comments
The usually conservative (engineering-wise, don't know his politics) Ron Sutherland has thrown all electronic caution to the wind and will shortly introduce the Phono Loco, his first venture into what's commonly called a "current mode" phono preamplifier.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  6 comments
Sempersonus, a new audio company based in Lisbon, Portugal just announced its first product: a turntable based upon an idler wheel-type drive it calls "Epicyclic Drive", because the motor and pulley directly drive the platter's inner rim.

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