Mike Mettler

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 In a recently unearthed, previously unpublished interview with AP editor Mike Mettler from 2012, Wallinger discussed the importance of how to properly sequence song cycles on LPs, why he once wanted to open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. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 19, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 19, 2024  |  13 comments

While we have indeed been focused on featuring more reasonably priced gear here on AP of late, we do still want to recognize some higher-end, high-caliber products as well — besides, we love looking at aspirational gear as much as most audiophiles do, you know? With that in mind, we turn our lens onto the Nagra Reference turntable, a truly high-end model if ever there was. Read on to see all the specs and features that make this table worthy of joining Nagra’s impressive Reference line — and, oh yeah, to also find out what its not-so-insignificant SRP happens to be. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 18, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 18, 2024  |  4 comments

While I was rereading our most recent Table Toppers feature over the weekend and saw the brief mention of a Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck turntable, I wanted to circle back and find out more about this admittedly heavy-duty table. Read on to see what the Spacedeck entails and what else this cosmically nomenclature-inclined British company has to offer. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 13, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 13, 2024  |  11 comments

As much as we truly love reviewing, admiring, reporting on, and listening to high-end turntables, we also have a duty to inform the AP audience about more affordable options for the newbies and budding audiophiles amongst us — and that leads right into today’s subject, the Majority Moto turntable. Read on to see more about the feature set of the Bluetooth-enabled Moto table, and find out how affordable it actually is. . .

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

The more vinyl the merrier, as the saying goes — or at least, that’s how it goes with us analog lovers. Relative to that, we’ve just gotten word that Metal 2000, an Italian company, is launching their new Futura vinyl record press, something that’s sure to help increase manufacturing options for a number of potential LP-pressing clients. Read on to see Metal 2000’s philosophy behind the Futura, and how it does what it does. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 10, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 10, 2024  |  0 comments

If there’s a musician who’s taking better advantage of that figurative Dorian Gray picture on their wall than singer/songwriter/guitarist Dion DiMucci, we haven’t met them. The eternal Bronx-born Wanderer is still going strong at age 84, having issued three all-new 180g 2LP sets in the past four years. The most recent of which is Girl Friends, a four-sided, 12-track affair that celebrates Dion’s collaborative spirit and spark with a plethora of female artists, and it was just released by Keeping The Blues Alive this past Friday, March 8. In a recent Zoom interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Dion discussed why he sequences his LPs like a live show, how “The Wanderer” is one of his definitive “bragging rights” songs, and why he’s considering resurrecting some of his personal favorite songs from years past on vinyl. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 07, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 07, 2024  |  5 comments

Clearaudio sure have a notable signature style when it comes to their high-end turntables, and they’ve just announced a special edition of their Concept Signature table — redubbed more simply as the Signature turntable — that has been made both specifically and exclusively for the U.S. market, and it will be distributed stateside by Musical Surroundings. Read on to see what Clearaudio’s Q2-arriving stateside Signature table has to offer. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 06, 2024  |  First Published: Mar 06, 2024  |  2 comments

Lenco and turntable expertise go hand in hand — and now, the venerable Swiss manufacturer is poised to reinforce that fact with the flagship entry in their Expertise line, the LBT-345WA turntable. Read on to see more of the specs and features for the new LBT-345WA table. . .

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

As many of you know, Rekkord turntables have been handcrafted in the company’s factory/facility in the Black Forest in Germany for the better part of a half-century. Back in November 2022, Rekkord garnered a new North American distribution deal with VANA, with the intention of making a combination of fully automatic and manual tables available over the course of the following year-plus — and now, it’s finally time for the Rekkord M600 to stake its claim in the domestic marketplace. Read on to see what’s what with the features and specs for the top-of-the-line M600. . .

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