Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 28, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 28, 2023  |  1 comments

The hunt for Rocktober vinyl is officially underway. Rhino is once again set to commence their annual Rocktober vinyl campaign, this time with a full slate of 27 limited edition LPs that will be spread across each Friday of the month ahead, starting on October 6. Read on to find out what comprises the complete Rocktober 2023 slate, which Friday each of those 27LPs will be coming out on respectively, if they’re coming in black and/or color LP options, and for how much apiece. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 27, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 27, 2023  |  8 comments

Rega does it yet again here in Year 50. The British company’s new Naia turntable builds upon the design legacy of their Naiad test-bed ’table from a few years back — which in turn means we now have a market-ready Naia ’table available for one and all looking to get in on having that special Rega experience firsthand. Read on to glean more about the British company’s latest and greatest, the Naia turntable. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 26, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 26, 2023  |  9 comments

A great turntable just got that much better. The ever-venerable Thorens TD 1601 turntable now features the company’s TP 160 tonearm, which was developed by the always innovative designer Helmut Thiele. Read on to see what the TP 160 arm adds to the feature set of the TD 1601 ’table, and when it’s expected to be available (and for how much). . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 22, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 22, 2023  |  3 comments

Musical Fidelity’s latest offering, the M8xTT turntable, continues to uphold the British company’s decades-long rep for making great analog gear. Read on to find out more about the M8xTT’s impressive feature set, plus when this new ’table will become available — and for how much. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 20, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 20, 2023  |  3 comments

Technics has just announced the next generation of their direct-drive turntables — namely, the new Grand Class SL-1200GR2 (in silver) and SL-1210GR2 (in black), both of which are meant to replace their notable SL-1200 and SL-1210GR predecessors. Read on to see what’s what with the tech updates for these two new GR2 marvels, and when they’ll be available. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 18, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 18, 2023  |  5 comments

We have so many vibrant discussions about our turntables, personal listening systems, and the music we listen to that we here at AP decided it was time to see and hear about them in much more detail. Read on to see how you can get your turntable and personal listening system featured in a new section on AP called Table Toppers. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 13, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 13, 2023  |  11 comments

The diamond jubilee for Atlantic Records is officially in full vinyl swing. To celebrate accordingly, Atlantic has teamed up with Rhino Entertainment for a year-long 75th anniversary celebration that will feature 90 special LP releases, including 180g 45rpm LPs pressed at QRP by Acoustic Sounds and a first-ever label collection for VMP’s November Record of the Month. Read on to glean more about which Atlantic titles — including some albums that have never been on vinyl before, plus vintage classics and modern classics alike — are out now, as well as which LPs will be available next here in 2023. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 12, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 12, 2023  |  6 comments

It’s been just over a decade since noted specialist Japanese manufacturer Aurorasound first introduced their flagship VIDA phono preamp into the marketplace, and the current iteration, the VIDA MkII, is what’s going under the AP microscope today. Read on to get all the VIDA MkII phono preamp specs and feature details. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 07, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 07, 2023  |  0 comments

In a sign of the times, one of our favorite turntable companies, Pro-Ject, has just introduced their first Wi-Fi-capable ’table, the T2 W — a ’table that also meets the build-quality standards of one of its T Line predecessors: the no-plastic, zero-resonance T1. Read on to find out all the features and specs for the T2 W, as well as see Pro-Ject’s explanation for why the integrity of this turntable’s analog output remains true. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Sep 05, 2023  |  First Published: Sep 05, 2023  |  11 comments

Has it really been 75 years since Columbia Records released what’s generally agreed to as being the first commercially available 12-inch long-playing record — or LP — in June 1948? Indeed it has — and a new 192-page hardcover book, titled In the Groove: The Vinyl Record and Turntable Revolution, is set to be published October 17. In the Groove covers our favorite format’s history from the first LP needle drop to the ongoing vinyl resurgence of today — and it also includes a chapter penned by a noted AnalogPlanet contributor to boot. Read on to find out more about , and how to pre-order your own copy today. . .

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