Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 01, 2021  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2021  |  15 comments
Okay, the photo has nothing to do with the text but I thought you might enjoy it and it's possibly good clickbait. This little dust up with Mike Esposito was really me doing what I've been doing since calling out the B.S. that was the compact disc revolution when the industry, both on the hardware and software side, was insisting that this new format sounded better than the old one when in fact it clearly did not, especially at that time. As Chad Kassem pointed out in the stream, we and others were subjected to major levels of abuse and told to "get with the program" and that we were just used to, and preferred distortion. You still get that today but it's easier to ignore.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 30, 2021  |  0 comments
The always defiant, sometimes bitter and often angry Charles Mingus had a habit of declaring more than a few of his records as his best, including this one. He might be correct about The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady recorded January, 1963, though Tijuana Moods and several others are definitely in the running.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 29, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 29, 2021  |  45 comments
You axed for it: tomorrow, November 30th at 4 PM on YouTube, Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem will moderate a "lively" hopefully friendly and informative discussion with "The stereo Mikes" Fremer and "The In Groove"'s Esposito. The main subject will be our two videos regarding lacquer longevity and its appropriateness as a sellable format.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 29, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 29, 2021  |  28 comments
WAM's J.R. Boisclair, who provided the microscopic images responds to some of the comments under the original story.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2021  |  4 comments
Acoustic Sounds' Chad Kassem recently hosted in Salina, Kansas an event I labeled "Y'Alta" that featured Stoughton Press's Jack Stoughton and RTI's Don MacInnis for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the vinyl record industry in 2021. Kassem asked me to moderate from home and I gladly obliged.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2021  |  48 comments
These latest microscope photos from WAM Engineering LLC (WallyTools) offer dramatic evidence that the Onzow Zerodust leaves a stubborn, difficult to remove residue on "clean" styli as well as on cantilevers. It's a troubling discovery.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 28, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 28, 2021  |  38 comments
Credit The In Groove's Mike Esposito. To his fans he can do no wrong. Clearly he's got a great record store and he usually provides in his videos useful information. To his fans, for daring to criticize him I am a "con man" (in the words of one of them) and I owe him "an apology". For what, I'm not sure, but for them he owes none to The Electric Recording Company though his seriously flawed video trashing of the company I think requires an apology.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 26, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 26, 2021  |  54 comments
How long do lacquers really last? The recent Supersense announcement that it would be releasing lacquers cut sourced from 1:1 master tape copies (the original announcement made it seem as if the company was claiming to be using actual master tapes, which made zero sense and was obviously not the case), produced a torrent of objections and outrage on this website under the original post and on the YouTube channel of record dealer The In Groove.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 24, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 24, 2021  |  22 comments
Romanel, Switzerland – Wednesday 24th November 2021—Nagra celebrates 70 years with a limited edition Reference Anniversary Turntable. According to the press release, the new turntable is the result of four year’s worth of R&D by a team of designers and engineers in the fields of applied physics, mechanical and electronic engineering and material science.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 22, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 22, 2021  |  7 comments
The demand for new under $1000 turntables remains impressively robust. There are widespread shortages in some but not all markets around the United States with wait times for some models up to 6 weeks and for some even longer.

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