Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  May 29, 2024  |  First Published: May 29, 2024  |  1 comments

Continuing with our Munich 2024 catch-up tour, today we’re taking a closer look at another company we weren’t able to spend enough time with at the show itself — Unitra, a Polish manufacturer that offers a pair of intriguing turntables, the GSH-630 Fryderyk and GSH-801 Edmund. Read on to see what these two tables have to offer. . .

Mike Mettler,  |  May 28, 2024  |  First Published: May 28, 2024  |  0 comments

After a restful, and quite respectful, long weekend, there’s nothing quite like returning to the analog breach by looking at a wide selection of new turntables and other cool gear shown at Munich 2024 by way of a video shot at the show by esteemed AP contributor Ken Micallef. Read on to see onsite footage of new and current tables from the likes of Garrard, Acoustic Signature, Zavfino, Kronos, Gold Note, and many, many more. . .

Mike Mettler, ,  |  May 22, 2024  |  First Published: May 22, 2024  |  0 comments

Our Munich 2024 coverage continues! In this installment, ace contributors Julie Mullins and Ken Micallef discuss their experiences in terms of the overall breadth of the show, and they also zero in on some of the high-end analog turntables and other related gear that's been "designed to be both beautiful and functional." Happy viewing. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 20, 2024  |  First Published: May 20, 2024  |  7 comments

So many companies, so little time. The AP team didn’t get to spend as much time with everybody at High End Munich 2024 as we would have liked to, so we’ve been doing some post-show follow-ups to cover as many analog bases as we can. The company we’re highlighting today is Benny Audio, founded in 2017 and based in Gliwice, Poland. Their new Odyssey turntable, which was a prototype in 2023, was on display at the show, and is now officially in production. Read on to learn all about the Odyssey’s features and specs. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 16, 2024  |  First Published: May 16, 2024  |  5 comments

We’ve still got plenty to report about what we saw and heard at High End Munich 2024, so let’s continue on that tract. Today, we’re going to delve into the TechDAS Air Force V Premium turntable, which was part of an impressive demo system put together by Swedish amplifier designer Engstrom. Read on to see all the specs and features of one of the top-shelf tables from TechDAS. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 15, 2024  |  7 comments

Gaucho is the fifth entry in Analogue Productions' comprehensive 200g 45rpm 2LP Steely Dan UHQR reissue series, and this one has been sourced from a 1980 analog tape copy originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig, who also mastered the original album itself. Read AP editor Mike Mettler’s in-depth review to find out if the new Gaucho UHQR improves upon the original release’s Grammy-winning sonics. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 13, 2024  |  First Published: May 13, 2024  |  2 comments

High End Munich 2024 is officially in the books, but our coverage continues onward. Today, we take a look at Luphonic’s R2 turntable. The R2 is the German manufacturer’s just-introduced, more affordable alternative to their top-tier R3 model. Read on to glean the R2’s feature set and SRP options. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 09, 2024  |  First Published: May 09, 2024  |  5 comments

High End Munich 2024 is in full swing, and we’re all over it. Today, we’re taking a look at a stunningly cool collaboration between Technics and Lamborghini that’s resulted in the SL-1200M7B limited edition turntable. Read on to see how these two iconic international brands came together to create such a striking table, as well as what the cool extras that come with it are. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 08, 2024  |  First Published: May 08, 2024  |  5 comments

High End Munich 2024 is officially getting underway across the Pond in just a few hours, but we have some more cool new products to look at before the doors open on the show. Today, we’re going to look at a pair of upcoming products from Gryphon — namely, their Apollo turntable and Siren phono preamp. Read on to see what you can expect from both the Apollo and the Siren. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 01, 2024  |  First Published: May 01, 2024  |  3 comments

Staying power. That’s UFO in a nutshell — the pioneering British hard rock band that’s been flying high on an international scale ever since their formation in London in 1968. Best known for FM favorites like “Too Hot to Handle,” “Lights Out,” “Only You Can Rock Me,” and “Doctor Doctor,” the band soldiered on throughout occasional lineup changes over the decades, with the one constant on all UFO releases being lead singer Phil Mogg. In a recent phone interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Mogg discussed how pleased he is with Chrysalis’ recent 180g 3LP reissue of UFO’s best-selling 1977 album Lights Out, how the band changed their approach in the studio for the Lights Out recording sessions, and why his creative sensibilities meshed so well with UFO’s album-art design team at Hipgnosis.. . .

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