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Michael Fremer  |  May 13, 2016  |  7 comments
The Tone Tool Sprocket turntable was up and running on set-up day but the complex tangential tracker was still in the box.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 24, 2017  |  8 comments
Pro-Ject recently announced the availability of the George Harrison turntable shown at the recent C.E.S..

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 13, 2018  |  41 comments
In a July 2nd story, we announced four new costly arms from SAT(Swedish Analog Technologies): two models each available in 9" and 12" versions. The least expensive of the four, the LM-09 was reviewed in the just shipped October, 2018 Stereophile.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  23 comments
As usual Pro-Ject introduced many new analog products at The Consumer Electronics Show, including the wall-mountable turntables shown in the photo. There's one for right handed vinyl fans and one of "lefties".

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  1 comments
+Audio introduced its +Record Player at High End Munich 2017. Now the company has initiated a Kickstarter project to self-fund the +Record Player "Kickstarter Edition.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 10, 2018  |  23 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  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  0 comments
Acoustic Signature's new Challenger Mk3 turntable, like all Acoustic Signature 'tables, is all about the mass.

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2016  |  4 comments
Nishikawasan explains the significant upgrades to his Air Force One turntable that resulted in a new "Premium" version costing approximately $40,000 more than the standard $100,000 Air Force One (shown with SAT tone arm).

Michael Fremer  |  Dec 11, 2016  |  9 comments
We started lobbying Allsop to bring back the Orbitrac almost as soon as its demise was announced. We got no response so started a campaign on musicangle.com to no avail.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2016  |  3 comments
Channel D, purveyor of Pure Vinyl vinyl ripping software (actually the program does far more) also manufactures a line of phono preamplifiers. At AXPONA 2016 Channel D introduced the Seta Supreme, the company's most ambitious and costly phono preamplifier.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  3 comments
In 2017 most consumers know Mark Levinson as a car audio brand. Audiophiles know it as a luxury home audio brand and older audiophiles know Mark Levinson the man.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  1 comments
VTL's Luke Manley describes the design of the new TP 2.5i Phono Preamp, which costs $3750 including custom wound MC step-up transformers.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  4 comments
Music Hall's always cheerful Roy Hall introduced a new budget-priced $299 three-speed belt-drive turntable that includes among its many features electronic speed control, a built-in switchable MM phono preamp, a dustcover, as well as an Audio-Technica AT3600L cartridge.

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