Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2013  |  0 comments
Joachim Gerhard is best known as a loudspeaker designer.
Michael Fremer  |  May 12, 2013  |  4 comments
Join my walking tour of Munich's High End Show 2013 courtesy GoPro camera mounted on my head. This is the first time I used the camera.
Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2013  |  2 comments
Reinhard Thöress's point-to-point wired hybrid JFET/vacuum tube powered phono preamp features five phono inputs, plus variable RIAA that allows you to adjust variances from the RIAA curve at the time constant "knees" of the curve.
Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2013  |  1 comments
This is a photo of Lyra's new Etna cartridge. While it may not spew lava, hopefully the name refers to its volcanic-like dynamic range.

Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2013  |  2 comments
This compact idler wheel drive turntable designed by Audio Silente's Simone Lucchitti kept me coming back to look and finally hear, though in the crowded main floor listening was next to impossible.
Michael Fremer  |  May 11, 2013  |  6 comments
Not everyone would strap a GoPro camera onto his head and walk around the High End Show in Munich. But I did. Videos will be posted as soon as they are downloaded and edited!
Michael Fremer  |  May 10, 2013  |  6 comments
Pro-Ject founder and CEO Heinz Lichtennegger has decided to go after the cheap plastic turntable market with a high quality alternative that will sell for $199 complete with an Ortofon cartridge.
Michael Fremer  |  May 10, 2013  |  0 comments
Just concluded day two of High End 2013 in Munich. The MOC Convention Center was packed. It's a large venue sort of like a somewhat smaller Javits Center in New York City. Not all of it was used for the show but much of it was, including an enormous ground level space and much of the second and third floor atrium area.

Michael Fremer  |  May 08, 2013  |  15 comments
Through her early EMI recordings, among others, the late Hungarian violinist Johanna Martzy has achieved fame, notoriety and a cult following that escaped her during her lifetime.

Michael Fremer  |  May 07, 2013  |  5 comments
What's it worth to ya?"

This quintessential American question is the hub of our capitalist society, and one that figures in two subjects that have recently been clogging my e-mail in-box. The first has to do with the Record Club of America's half-million-plus unplayed LPs, which I wrote about last fall ("Analog Corner," September 1997).

RCOA's much-delayed catalog (due out last October but not appearing until this May) has created quite a stir with many recipients, some of whom are outraged by what they see as absurdly high prices for many of the discs. You should hear them! Along with Dan Burton, they should have their mouths washed out with soap! I'll spare you those.

Most of the others are more bemused than angry. Like this guy: "Stop it, stop it. You've got to be kidding. I wonder if Mr. Fremer helped them price the classical issues, and probably [Fi's] Wayne Garcia priced the Jazz."