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Michael Fremer  |  Feb 22, 2017  |  8 comments
The orchestra rehearses downstairs while upstairs the mastering room engineers record and play back a test lacquer.

Finally, it's time for a recorded take of the "Carmen" excerpts with Mezzo-Soprano Rosie Middleton. The tension is palpable in both the control room and upstairs. It's quickly clear that the free-spirited rehearsal has given way to a darker, more constrained performance that satisfies no one, especially Ms. Middleton.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 21, 2017  |  4 comments
Chasing the Dragon record producer Mike Valentine’s business is underwater but he’s not complaining.

The reknowned underwater cinematographer’s work can be seen in James Bond movies like “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as well as in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and dozens of other movies, television series and music videos.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 18, 2017  |  27 comments
What goes into a Rega drive belt? What does Rega have planned for the new Planar 6? What about the Naiad— upcoming "ultimate Rega" turntable? What does it look like?

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  12 comments
In this "episode" you will see that Rega's dedication to quality control extends from the top of the line P10 to the very bottom P1.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  5 comments
In this segment we see electronics being "soak tested", see tone arm wiring looms being produced and watch how even the least expensive P1 arm is carefully hand-assembled.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 15, 2017  |  3 comments
Here's Part 2 of the Rega Research tour conducted February 6th and 7th 2017.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 14, 2017  |  9 comments
More than 20 years have passed since analogPlanet.com editor Michael Fremer first visited Rega Research. Back then the company had just moved into its recently completed, spacious new factory and there was room to spare.

Michael Fremer  |  Feb 01, 2017  |  67 comments
The outstanding and thoughtful responses to the SL-1200G/Continuum Caliburn comparison both here and on the YouTube channel prompted a second one using, as requested, a female vocal track. Unidentified 96/24 links now provided below YouTube widget.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  73 comments
The Sl-1200G review will post shortly. Meantime, here's a comparison between it and the Continuum Caliburn fitted with the SAT arm, both fitted with a Lyra Etna cartridge.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 29, 2017  |  42 comments
After posting the story "Three Percussion Records You Should Own Bob Ludwig emailed that I should get Percussion Music (Nonesuch H-71291). I emailed back that I had it and that prompted the decision to produce an all-percussion show for tomorrow’s WFDU HD2 AnalogPlanet radio show.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 28, 2016  |  15 comments
My visit to Wilson Audio Specialties in Provo, Utah this past December 13th to hear Dave Wilson's just announced WAMM Master Chronosonic Loudspeaker took a quick detour to the factory, where I was given an unexpected official tour by Wilson's Director of Marketing, John Giolas.

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 27, 2016  |  11 comments
After receiving a tip and covering the modular, stackable and reasonably priced record storage racks from Tony's Woodshop I bit and bought a dozen.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  72 comments
You don’t have to be Phil Spector or Brian Wilson to appreciate mono sound, as anyone who’s purchased the recent mono Beatles box can attest. When these records were originally produced, they were meant to be heard in mono both because they were played on the AM radio, which was mono and because the young people buying the music mostly had monophonic record players. Plus that is how The Rolling Stones wanted to be heard, which is the most important reason of all.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  First Published: Jun 11, 2016  |  45 comments
Compare an original forty three year old UK "pink rim" Island pressing of "Baby's On Fire" from "Here Come the Warm Jets" (ILPS 9268), Brian Eno's debut solo album, with the 2004 DSD remaster using the original tape played back on an Ampex ATR deck with custom ARIA electronics.
Michael Fremer  |  May 30, 2016  |  6 comments
Yes, this is a bit “off topic”, but I do a lot of sitting in my job.

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