Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Oct 23, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 23, 2017  |  39 comments
This video shows you how to use a digital USB microscope to set stylus rake angle (SRA) to 92 degrees, which is considered to be the best angle to start with, followed by adjusting "by ear". Why 92 degrees? It's all explained in an article you can download as a PDF file at this analogPlanet.com link.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 20, 2017  |  58 comments
Here are two great, "reasonably" priced, superbly built cartridges that I've chosen to review together while giving you the opportunity to "hear" both!

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 17, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 17, 2017  |  16 comments
First let's all agree that these short clip tests are useful and fun but must be taken as "for entertainment purposes only."

For those joining late, we twice asked the question "Should You Buy a MM-Only Phono Preamp If You Own a MM Cartridge"?, each time offering "blind listening" and voting. The first time was way back in May of 2017 where you could listen and vote for one of eight phono preamps, some MM-only and some MM/MC running in MM.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 16, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2017  |  7 comments
Swedish Analog Technologies today announced two new pickup arms to be introduced "...in the first quarter of 2018". The photo accompanying this news item is of the original SAT Pickup Arm because no photos of the new arms were provided at this time. In fact, this photo taken from the company's website is of an earlier version than the one currently in production.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  11 comments
Musical cults in the rock world can't compare to what goes on in classical music—as anyone who's perused some of the used record prices on popsike.com surely knows. That's certainly true of the late, legendary cellist Jacqueline Du Pré.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 14, 2017  |  1 comments
The 20th annual "Blues Masters at the Crossroads" blues festival happens Friday night October 27th and Saturday night October 28th in Salina, Kansas. It's much more than just a music festival, though with talent like Charlie Musselwhite, Doug MacLeod, Marquise Knox, Lucky Peterson and William Bell among others, that would be enough!

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 09, 2017  |  7 comments
The turbulent and tragic Judee Sill story provides the ingredients from which musical cult followings are made: two critically acclaimed Asylum albums (she was the first artist David Geffen signed to the label) that despite great expectations sold poorly, a fight with Geffen over lack of support after which the label dropped her, a return to heroin addiction, and a drug overdose death in 1979 at age 35.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 07, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 07, 2017  |  12 comments
My Bloody Valentine albums Isn't Anything and Loveless, originally released in 1988 and 1991 on Creation Records, are being reissued all-analog under the supervision of founding member/producer Kevin Shields through his own label.

Michael Fremer  |  Oct 06, 2017  |  First Published: Oct 06, 2017  |  6 comments
Phono specialist/electronics designer Jim Hagerman of Hagerman Audio Labs recently published a PDF file containing really useful tips for reducing and hopefully removing from your system hum and other forms of phono playback noise pollution.

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