Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Jul 16, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 16, 2018  |  8 comments
Last spring while in San Francisco to speak to the S.F. Audio Society, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer had the opportunity to speak on camera with Siegfried Linkwitz, whose name will be familiar to many audio enthusiasts as the co-inventor of the Linkwitz-Riley crossover network.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 10, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 10, 2018  |  5 comments
The unidentified file comparisons posted in the Rolling Stones Studio Album Collection review are revealed here.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 06, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 01, 2002  |  11 comments
Jonathan Carr (above) sat on the edge of an Ekornes Stressless chair, polishing the blades of my system's AC cords with an almost sexual fervor and intensity. Carr, the talented designer of the Lyra phono cartridges, was on a mission. First we played "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio," from an original white-label pressing of Joni Mitchell's For the Roses (Asylum/Atlantic SD 5057). After the polishing—almost an hour's worth—we played it again. The difference was not subtle but enormous—as if we'd changed an expensive component. The increase in clarity and focus and the diminution of grunge and hash were easily noticeable, as was the overall richer, warmer sound.
Michael Fremer  |  Jul 03, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 03, 2018  |  26 comments
A friend of AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer texted a few weeks ago "There's a kid on WFMU who sounds like you! He's talking about vinyl and different pressings and mastering engineers". Fremer responded "cool". Then came another text: "He just name checked you!"

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 02, 2018  |  18 comments
(Gothenburg Sweden, 6-25-2018)— SAT (Swedish Analog Technologies) last week announced that it's begun shipping its next-gen series of pickup arms, the LM-09 and LM-12 and the CF1-09 and CF1-12, both of which went into production last April.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 02, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 02, 2018  |  1 comments
Switzerland-based HiFiction AG best known for its line of Thales turntables and tangential tracking pivoted pickup arms, announced today that it has assumed control of EMT Tontechnik and is now manufacturing in Switzerland the full line of EMT cartridges.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 29, 2018  |  30 comments
The irony wasn't lost on Stones fans when ABKCO and Universal simultaneously issued Rolling Stones vinyl box sets back in 2010. ABKCO, which owned the group's British Decca-era catalog, hired legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig to handle mastering of its catalog while Universal, which controlled the group's own label, released a box set with no mastering credits.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2018  |  First Published: Jun 26, 2018  |  41 comments
And this is how you do it correctly!: Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 ¼” stereo safety master tape in 2018.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 25, 2018  |  First Published: Sep 01, 2002  |  2 comments
VPI's Harry Weisfeld shows off the aluminum platter for the TNT HR-X turntable at Home Entertainment 2002.

Was I spoiled by the proliferation of analog gear at the High End 2002 show in Frankfurt, Germany? Nah. Home Entertainment 2002 just wasn't a very analog show. Some new and exciting gear appeared, and there were plenty of turntables playing vinyl. But the agenda of HE2002 was multichannel sound and home theater. That's what the organizers wanted, and, at least on the surface, that's what they got. They also got almost 15,000 attendees—a major increase over last year's turnout at the same venue, the New York Hilton.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 23, 2018  |  First Published: Jun 23, 2018  |  2 comments
Angie's Audio Corner owner Angela Lisi throws an annual party for friends, customers, manufacturers and the press around the time of the summer solstice, this year to celebrate her store's 40th anniversary. She also runs a successful distribution business. There was live music and food trucks

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