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Michael Fremer  |  Apr 17, 2018  |  13 comments
Show time! Thursday April 12th began poorly with the AnalogPlanet inbox filled with "in case you missed it, there's this big news about HD Vinyl" that this website covered a year ago and it continued poorly when, as I was getting my badge, I spied the sign in the image that leads this story. See what's missing?

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 13, 2018  |  9 comments
AXPONA show organizers moved the event this year to a new venue: the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, a large, modern hotel located within a half-hour of O'Hare International Airport designed and built with conventions and shows in mind. This is by far the largest, best-supported AXPONA show in the event's history.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 13, 2018  |  15 comments
Last May, 2017 AnalogPlanet published a story about HD Vinyl complete with an interview conducted in Vienna with the inventor of the process.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 10, 2018  |  22 comments
The longevity of Denon's 103 cartridge series, first introduced in the 1960's and still in production speaks to the design's enduring popularity. The design's weak point is its flimsy mounting system. As my colleague Art Dudley put it in the December 2007 issue of Stereophile: "The most common complaint about the DL-103 is also the truest: Its good motor is compromised by a too-flimsy mounting arrangement, with open-edge bolt channels that prevent the cartridge from being rigidly fastened to a head shell."

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 09, 2018  |  48 comments
About a dozen years ago at a used record store in San Francisco I bought a “mint” original German pressing of The Beatles (“The White Album”). It was up on the store wall at $75.00. The laminated “top loader” jacket was mint, all of the head shots the poster and the black sleeves were inside looking as if none of it had been touched and the records appeared as minty as advertised.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 06, 2018  |  28 comments
AnalogPlanet.com editor Michael Fremer describes the features of, and shows you how to use Pro-Ject's recently updated VC-S wet vacuum record cleaning machine. The usual occasional hilarity ensues. Though in the video it appears that more than 2 revolutions are required to dry a record, 2 will do it for most records.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 06, 2018  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2002  |  6 comments
It's a circular mound of semi-gelatinous goop in a box, onto which you gently lower your stylus. After a few seconds, you lift the stylus, and it's as clean and residue-free as the proverbial whistle—or baby's butt. In fact, a baby's soft skin is what manufacturer Onzow likens Zero Dust to. The dirt left on the transparent mound is testimony to the effectiveness of the process.
Michael Fremer  |  Apr 05, 2018  |  3 comments
The high drama of Elvis Presley's god-like 1950's rise, followed by his '70s era musical death and resurrection is probably second only to that of his savior (who was not Colonel Tom Parker). Sadly the only Elvis some younger music fans know is the overweight Las Vegas has-been and not the man who single-handedly created the musical template for all who followed—from the biz created wannabes like Fabian and Frankie to the next-gen real deals like Bruce Springsteen and yes, Justin Bieber.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  17 comments
Here's another interesting recording project from Berlin Philharmonic Records: a "one-point" microphone Beethoven Symphonies box set with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, on 10 180g LPs, priced reasonable at $299 (plus shipping) including a hardcover 52 page book as well as a download card for the original 192/24 bit files. It's available directly from the Orchestra's online music store.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 02, 2018  |  1 comments
Rhino Records' RSD offerings include three items David Bowie fans probably will want. They are Welcome to the Blackout (Live London 1978), "Let's Dance" (demo) and, available for the first time commercially, the rare Berlin-era U.S. promo album Bowie Now.

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