Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 31, 2017  |  16 comments
Technics will be showing at IFA 2017 (Berlin, Sept.1-6) a brand new edition of its legendary SP-10d direct drive turntable. The new SP-10R shown in the above picture is slated to debut in the summer of 2018.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 30, 2017  |  19 comments
Sad to report that record cleaning specialist Nitty Gritty is going out of business—and not because business is poor.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 29, 2017  |  24 comments
"Why buy vinyl cut from a file when you can buy the file itself?". That's easy! If you've worked to get your analog front end to sound glorious, magical and the way you want your records to sound and it sounds better to you than your unyielding, unadjustable digital box, you might have the answer.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 29, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 29, 2017  |  15 comments
It’s doubtful Pro-Ject could have produced a high performance, feature packed, beautiful to look at turntable like the Classic SB Superpack and priced it so reasonably ($1499 including $449 Blue Point No. 2 cartridge) were it not for surging turntable sales and Pro-Ject’s place at the top of the high performance turntable market (“high performance” meaning not counting the plastic mass market cheapies).

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 23, 2017  |  8 comments
Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond (Paul Emil Breitenfeld) best known for his work with Dave Brubeck made solo albums of greater musical consequence than his string-accented confection, including his duet album Two of A Mind (RCA LSP-2624) with Gerry Mulligan, also on RCA-Victor. Nonetheless, this album pleases every play.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 18, 2017  |  8 comments
The final day of the Hong Kong High End Audio Video Show began for AnalogPlanet.com editor Michael Fremer (after an evening of excessive wine and cognac consumption) with a guest spot on the "Pop Fugitives" radio show hosted by vinyl fans Paul Haswell and Carolyn Wright who extended the invitation after learning that Fremer was visiting Hong Kong to attend the audio show.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 17, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 17, 2017  |  8 comments
More coverage of the 15th annual Hong Kong show, this time emphasizing the 2nd and 4th floor rooms, though there's a revisit of the main conventional floor.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 16, 2017  |  0 comments
The Audio Salon, Santa Monica, CA and Wilson Audio Specialties invite you to another of our critical listening events. On this coming Saturday evening, August 19th between 4 and 8 PMWilson Audio Specialties' Peter McGrath and The Audio Salon's Maier Shadi with present the all new Alexia Series 2 loudspeaker. (Pictured are Maier Shadi and Peter McGrath).

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 09, 2017  |  16 comments
A heavenly pairing of Bacharach's suburban pop melodic intent and Costello's insightful lyrics that well-capture the required Bacharach late afternoon bedroom melodrama produced this 1998 gem of a soap operatic collaboration.

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 08, 2017  |  72 comments
Back in 2015 Wall Steet Journal correspondent Neil Shah wrote a curious piece called “The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records”. Curious because while the headline heralds that “the biggest music comeback of 2014” was the resurgence of vinyl records, the story itself threw a mud caked wet blanket over the entire experience, one created by Mr. Shah’s cynical and highly selective use of the information he obtained by talking to people in the industry.

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