Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 30, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 30, 2021  |  10 comments
Classic Records Founder Mike Hobson and Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions/QRP Founder Chad Kassem reminisce about the "old days", and the beginnings of Classic Records, which in 1993 when almost no one was making vinyl, decided to manufacture great records—and maybe even sell a few.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  26 comments
The beating heart of this remarkable collaboration between electronic musician/composer Sam Shepherd, better known as Floating Points, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra is a repeated series of ethereal drops of glistening arpeggiated sonic dew Shepherd plays on synthesizer, piano and what sounds like a harpsichord over which Pharoah Sanders delicately flutters and dances—only occasionally producing the voluminous blasts heard in his late ‘60s and early ‘70s albums.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 29, 2021  |  9 comments
Italy-based Gold Note announced today its new PH-1000 phono preamplifier, which the company calls "the best phono stage we have ever created." It is among the most flexible phono preamplifiers ever, that is for sure.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 25, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 25, 2021  |  26 comments
Here's what Bob wrote in the email he sends to all of his readers and fans:

"Michael Fremer is the king of vinyl, he believed in its comeback when everybody else was selling their LPs. We discuss the availability of presses, demand, sound... Also, Michael is Senior Contributing Editor of "Stereophile" and thus we discuss audio equipment, what you should buy, how much you have to spend for good sound, turntable set-up... Fremer is a giant in his field, you want to listen to what he has to say".

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 24, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 24, 2021  |  36 comments
Audio Technica's new AT-LP60XBT-USB (SRP: $179) is a fully automatic belt drive turntable that supports wireless Qualcomm Bluetooth aptX codec, plus USB and standard analog connectivity. It also includes an Audio-Technica cartridge and built in phono preamp.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 24, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 24, 2021  |  46 comments
Los Angeles, CA (March 17, 2021)—Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the second title in its one-step series, Small Batch: Yusef Lateef’s 1961 classic, Eastern Sounds. Originally released on Moodsville (an imprint of the legendary jazz label, Prestige Records), the upcoming Small Batch pressing of this groundbreaking album will be limited to 1,000 copies and released exclusively through CraftRecordings.com on April 23rd. The public pre-sale launches this Friday (March 26th) at 2:00 pm PST/5 pm EST.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 23, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 23, 2021  |  49 comments
A reader who manufacturers this Reliable Corporation Uberlight™ Flex Task Light sent a few for me to check out. One night he took one home and placed it next to his turntable. He found, among other things, that it let him easily read the inner groove area information on his records and he thought that perhaps I'd also find it useful.

Michael Fremer  |  Mar 22, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 22, 2021  |  18 comments
Who are we to laugh? "First time ever" cassette-only release include Sturgill Simpson, Major Laser, Maren Morris, Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis and The Mavericks. The cassettes are accompanied by RecordingTheMasters' B-1000 Portable Cassette Player.

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Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 19, 2021  |  29 comments
While the name "shaknspin" may sound like a child's toy, the device is anything but, though it does make child's play of measuring turntable speed, calculating wow and flutter, jitter and more, graphically representing speed variations as histograms by frequency and speed distribution and even mo
Michael Fremer  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  First Published: Mar 19, 2021  |  25 comments
DÉJÀ VU: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on May 14 for $99.98. Presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, the collection comes illustrated with rarely seen photos from the era and annotated by writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose revealing liner notes recount the making of the album through stories told by the people who were there, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.

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