Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 12, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 12, 2017  |  10 comments
The just concluded New York Audio Show 2017 was small. Really small. It was so sad for one of the world’s greatest and most musically sophisticated cities to not be able to support an appropriately sized audio exhibition.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 12, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 12, 2017  |  2 comments
AnalogPlanet visits Ovation AV in Indianapolis to speak and play records for a large and appreciative audience. Here's a tour of a well-stocked store filled with affordable two channel audio and home theater. The event featured generous product giveaways on a scale rarely seen, including turntables and big screen televisions. Good show Ovation!

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 12, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Day two of the international “Making Vinyl 2017 Detroit” event began with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ rousing keynote address in which he described growing up as a rock’n’roll fan (Beatles, Stones, Dylan, etc.) in Hollis, Queens, listening to vinyl records, and his getting drawn, along with his friend Russell Simons into the then emerging turntablist scene that evolved into rap.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 09, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 09, 2017  |  2 comments
Tompkins Square announced today the upcoming release of Sonny Clark Trio : The 1960 Time Sessions, a limited edition 2LP set available exclusively via participating independent record stores as part of Record Store Day, on Black Friday, November 24th, 2017.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 09, 2017  |  First Published: May 01, 2000  |  6 comments
Guaranted, it's no Casino Royale, but with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Sun Ra, Otis Rush, Johnny Shines, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Freddie King, and Luther Allison among the participants, the 2-LP Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 isn't half bad. The Atlantic Records original (SD 2-502) was one of my "Records To Die For" a few years ago. Unfortunately, the only copy I've ever seen is mine.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 09, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 09, 2017  |  0 comments
The international "Making Vinyl Detroit 2017 Symposium—or whatever you want to call it—was successful beyond most people's highest expectations for the first of a kind event that saw in attendance representatives from many of the world's major record pressing plants (GZ Media, Optimal, MPO, URP, QRP, RTI, Rainbo).

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 06, 2017  |  10 comments
Bryan Ekus, President and Executive Producer of Making Vinyl Detroit 2017 and Larry Jaffee, Conference Director have put together an outstanding two day Making Vinylconference comprehensively covering every aspect of modern vinyl production. It would have been a shame had weak industry participation marred the event. Fortunately, the worldwide industry responded to the call producing hundreds of attendees from throughout the industry, including pressing plant owners and executives including RTI's Don MacInnis, Rainbo's Steve Sheldon, Optimal Media's Peter Runge, MPO's Alban Pingoet and GZ Vinyl's MIchal Sterba, who were asked to discuss why they never gave up on vinyl in a panel discussion run by Third Man Pressing's Randy Cholewa. The picture is the view from the podium during the panel discussion led by analogPlanet Editor Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2000  |  3 comments
One of Mikey's highlights at the Y2K CES: the SpJ La Luce CS Centoventi turntable.

At the 1999 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I found the Alexis Park Hotel's Specialty Audio exhibit area "depressing." In the year 2000, however, it was a refreshing oasis of sanity in a desert storm of digital sand swirling around the main convention center, which promised us 500 channels of TV, PPV, WebTV, AOLTV, DSL, Geocast, Web Radio, downloadable MP3, and on and on.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 04, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 04, 2017  |  16 comments
CiAudio (better known as Channel Island Audio) is an American-manufacturer of high quality, moderately priced electronics that you can explore at the company’s website. The PEQ 1 MKII is built to an unexpectedly high standard given its $995 price tag and American heritage. The outside is a sturdy milled aluminum chassis unusual at this price point as are the highest quality panel mounted Cardas™ RCA jacks. Inside is a dual mono design with each input jack going to an identically laid out, independent mono circuit, which helps to eliminate crosstalk.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 04, 2017  |  6 comments
Pianist Jamie Saft's trio recorded a well-received, sonically superb 2014 album called New Standard. If you need a group or individual backgrounder, please hit that hyperlink.

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