CES 2013

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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  10 comments
At CES ten years ago you'd have to search to find a turntable and vinyl playback. The diehards were there and labels like Classic Records supplied some promos but that was about it.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  0 comments
I thought you might find interesting the AMG arm's unique bearing. At the very top you can see two cylindrical vertical posts. The protrusions atop them fit into the top of the tonearm housing and are secured to it.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  4 comments
Canadian firm Tri-Art Audio introduced the "Bam Bam" turntable and tonearm, to be distributed in America by Avatar Acoustics.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  0 comments
My Sonic Labs distributor A.J. Conti showed me the box containing the brand new My Sonic Labs Signature Gold, the latest from Mr. Matsudira who also produces cartridges for Air-Tight and Kubotek.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  12 comments
Analogue Productions will commence pressing UHQR records this year beginning with two classic Bill Evans titles: Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debby.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  16 comments
Analogue Productions will soon reissue on double LP and SACD Roger Waters' epic, didactic Amused to Death, first released in 1992 in a very limited double LP edition. Anyone looking to purchase an original of the very limited first release could not have been amused by the going price of around $300 last time I checked.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  3 comments
Analogue Productions and Acoustic Sounds chief Chad Kassem showed me an early edition of the deluxe Doors box he's readying for production. The box will hold the entire set of double 45rpm LPs mastered by Doug Sax from the original master tapes and pressed at Kassem's Quality Record Productions.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2013  |  0 comments
The superbly built and ultra-quiet Hannl line of record cleaning machines will once again be available in America, according to Advanced Multimedia France, representatives of which attended T.H.E. Show at the Flamingo Hotel.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  2 comments
I enjoyed a memorable evening last Thursday, having dinner at Mario Batali's Carnevino with EveAnna Manley and her husband mastering engineer Dave Collins, record producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin, former MOG CEO David Hyman and CEO of Tune-Up, Gabriel Adiv.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  0 comments
Franc Kuzma's new Stabi M turntable, shown with his 4 Point tonearm, continues the designer's descent into blackness, physically and, it's assumed sonically. With the exception of his handsome Stabi XL and perhaps the smaller "pipe bomb" Stabi S turntable, both of which are finished in brass, the Slovenia-based designer has kept things dark and pebbly.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  0 comments
Bob Graham and Franc Kuzma, friendly competitors in the "arms war" share a light moment (of inertia).
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  0 comments
Basis Audio's A.J. Conti introduced at CES his new, impressive-looking Superarm 9 tonearm. The massive, sleek tonearm is a dual pivot design too clever to describe with words here.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  0 comments
The new EAT E-glo phono preamp resembles a reel-to-reel tape recorder, don't you think? It features an outboard power supply and uses high quality parts including Mundorf caps. Tubes are the "usual suspect" dual triodes.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  1 comments
VTL's new 2.5 phono preamp is chock full of good parts and built beautifully within a solid chassis. It's a hybrid design with a J-FET solid state MC input and a tubed MM section.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  1 comments
I don't yet know how it sounds, but Pro-Ject's new Phono Box DS+ MM/MC phono preamp is among the handiest little phono preamps.