Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 12, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 12, 2024  |  2 comments

AXPONA Day 1 is officially in the books! We’ll have our first full in-depth report up in a day or so, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are more than a few in-the-room photos to whet your analog whistle, including cool new gear from Luxman, Thorens, Vertere, SAT, and Manley. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 10, 2024  |  5 comments

We are officially on our way to AXPONA, and we’ll be bringing you a number of firsthand reports during and/or after the course of the big show, so stay tuned!

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 09, 2024  |  14 comments

One day closer to AXPONA means we still have time for at least one more product preview, and today’s subject is the noted Lithuanian company Aidas and their Mammoth Gold Tusk Limited Edition cartridge — a.k.a., the Tusk. Read on to see more about this fine-looking and truly limited edition cart. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 08, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 08, 2024  |  2 comments

With AXPONA now only just a few days away, we’re continuing onward with our new-gear preview series, right up until we arrive at the show itself. Today, we zero in on some exciting news from the Poland-based company J.Sikora, who have announced the unveiling of the 15th Anniversary Edition of their Standard Max turntable as a “worldwide premiere” at AXPONA. Read on to see what to expect from this limited-edition anniversary table. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 04, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 04, 2024  |  5 comments

Continuing with our AXPONA gear preview, we next turn our inquiring eyes and ears toward the Belleson Brilliance phono preamp, a product the company had been developing for a number of years. Read on to see what the Greer, South Carolina-based company known for their high-performance voltage regulators have finally brought to fruition with the Brilliance . . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 03, 2024  |  7 comments

With AXPONA a little over a week away, we wanted to get an early jump on looking at some of the cool new products we expect to be checking out firsthand at the show. First up, we’re already quite intrigued by French manufacturer Analog Audio Design’s TP-1000 reel-to-reel player, which is finally making its stateside debut after being introduced in Munich last year. Read on to see all the cool features and specs of the TP-1000. . .

Mike Mettler,  |  Apr 01, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2024  |  11 comments

Every now and then, we come across a product that truly defies description — and today’s special featured piece of gear is the ever-loving, AI-living proof. Please welcome the triumphant return of the always estimable Dr. Loof Lirpa, who has given AP exclusive access to his brand-spanking-new Lirpa Labs Noah’s Arc turntable. Read on to see what the M&M team — Mettler and Micallef, that is — think of this one-of-a-kind AAA (as in, absolutely amazing analog) marvel. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 28, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 28, 2024  |  2 comments

All I need is a cinema show — that, and the radio. Okay, so we slightly butchered the opening lyrics to “Turn It On Again” there, but if you’re a Genesis acolyte and you know (what I like), then you know what we mean. The reason for the above line adjustment is that Genesis is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their October 1999 Turn It On Again: The Hits compilation by way of two separate vinyl editions via Atlantic/Rhino on May 3, 2024 — marking the 18-song career-spanning collection’s vinyl debut. Read on to see which tracks are on it, and which specific cut is making its own LP debut. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 25, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 25, 2024  |  8 comments

Cyrus Audio continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary with an update of one of their Signature (pun intended) products, which is now duly dubbed the Classic PHONO preamp. Read on to find out more about the British company’s latest anniversary gear update. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 21, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 21, 2024  |  3 comments

Eleven days ago, we lost another good one. Karl Wallinger, the visionary bandleader, singer, songwriter, composer, and all-around sonic Svengali of the alt-pop-leaning British collective known as World Party, sadly passed away on March 10, 2024, at the still young age of 66. In a recently unearthed, previously unpublished interview with AP editor Mike Mettler from 2012, Wallinger discussed the importance of how to properly sequence song cycles on LPs, why he once wanted to open his own record store, and his early proclivity for listening to progressive artists like Yes, Pink Floyd, and ELP on vinyl — plus, he shows us, on video, his unique DIY double-tracking vocal technique. . .

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