Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  May 26, 2013  |  11 comments
After visiting the U.K. after Munich's High End show, I flew to Amsterdam. Record Industry pressing plant owner Ton Vermuelen picked me up at the airport and drove me to the Haarlem-based pressing plant he owns.
Michael Fremer  |  May 26, 2013  |  0 comments
I flew into Los Angeles a week early to be HI-FI '98's media mouth. I hung at the hotel as much as possible, but there were radio stations and record stores to visit. I'd decided not to schlep records with me from back east, instead relying on what I could find in the L.A. bins.

What luck! Rockaway was having another half-price sale on used vinyl. I got unplayed "steamboat''-label Reprise pressings of the Kinks' Kink Kontroversy and You Really Got Me, and a British Apple original of the Beatles' 1962–66, for 12 bucks apiece.

Michael Fremer  |  May 25, 2013  |  6 comments
After the Munich High End Show I went to the U.K. on some other business and while there paid a visit to Electric Mastering, the parent company of reissue label The Electric Recording Co.
Michael Fremer  |  May 24, 2013  |  3 comments
The Munich High End Show is probably the world's best attended audio event and the industry's most important. It is of greater significance than even the International Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas every January.

Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
In addition to showing his almost menacing looking mega-mass Stabi M turntable we highlighted in CES 2013 coverage, Franc Kuzma introduced a line of MC phono cartridges with motors manufactured to his specs in Japan and bodies he machines in Slovenia.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
American WADAX distributor Rick Brown holding a test pressing of a new vinyl reissue of one of Todd Garfinkle's most highly regarded m-a recordings, Será Una Noche
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  1 comments
Here's one that's not brand new but I've never before seen it. The Pyon Ultima turntable weighs in at 170 pounds.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
A.J. van den hul showed me a spool of nanotube carbon conductor that's ultra-thin and flexible. It's also very expensive at this point.
Michael Fremer  |  May 23, 2013  |  1 comments
Thrax has yet to make major inroads in the American market but that will surely change as its products become better known.
Michael Fremer  |  May 22, 2013  |  10 comments
Sandwiches of thick aluminum and inlays of thick wood or other materials highlight both the Sperling's looks as well as its damping mechanism. Different species of wood are available that will affect, to some degree, the final sound.