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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 16, 2012  |  30 comments
As expected, Rubber Soul, sourced from George Martin's 1987 16 bit, 44.1k remix sounds like a CD. Why should it sound like anything else? That's from what it was essentially mastered.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  35 comments
I spoke today with Sean Magee about the just released Beatles LP box set. Magee's resume is impressive. He's cut both lacquers and DMM and does a great deal of AAA cutting for Pure Pleasure among other labels.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 31, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  225 comments
Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital-Audio Converter and Sydney Interconnect (MSRP $478) we are giving away.

DragonFly is an affordable and easy-to-use device that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into your computer. DragonFly is a sleek, flash drive sized Digital-Audio Converter that connects to a USB jack on a Mac or Windows PC, turning any computer into a true high- fidelity music source.

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Jon Iverson  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  680 comments
Register to win the Beatles Stereo Albums 180g 16LP Limited Edition Box Set From Music Direct (MSRP $449.99) we are giving away.

Twist and shout, shout, shout: The Beatles are at long last getting the treatment they’ve always deserved on vinyl. The most anticipated catalog reissues in music history have arrived and feature the pristine remastering that fans have craved for decades. Your wishes have come true: Every Beatles album. Every official Beatles song. Faithfully reproduced album jackets. All in this glorious box set.

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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  7 comments
To continue the discussion of whether or not using a USB microscope to set stylus rake angle is a good or bad idea, please look at the drawing accompanying this post.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 17, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  11 comments
While effective isolation from both air and ground borne vibrational energy is important throughout the audio playback chain, it is essential for vinyl playback. It can be built into a turntable in the form of spring or "O" ring suspensions but current thinking downplays that in favor of separate isolation stands rather than incorporating it into the turntable itself.

Jon Iverson  |  Sep 01, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  712 comments
Register to win a Music Hall MMF-7.1 Turntable With Cartridge Plus Set-Up Tools and Vinyl From Music Direct (MSRP $1,700) we are giving away.

All the Analog Planet readers should know Roy Hall of Music Hall Audio. His “Manufacturer’s Comments” in Stereophile are legendary. While Roy may like to give reviewers a hard time, he sure does know a few things about designing fantastic sounding turntables. The MMF-7.1 is Music Direct Best-Seller and a favorite among vinyl lovers and the high-end audio community.

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Michael Fremer  |  Aug 14, 2012  |  3 comments
Over the past few years, jazz fans have been treated to some astonishing, heretofore unreleased treasures. Unlike in the rock world, where such finds, along with “bonus tracks” usually tell you why they weren’t released in the first place (with Bob Dylan being a notable exception), these jazz releases have felt like un-mined diamonds, only occasionally in the rough.

Jon Iverson  |  Aug 01, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  379 comments
Register to win a Lyra Delos Phono Cartridge From Music Direct (MSRP $1,650) we are giving away.

The new design of the Lyra Delos allows the coils of the cartridge to stay aligned with the magnetic circuit while the tracking force is applied. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means Lyra head designer Jonathan Carr has discovered a way to keep the angles in perfect alignment at all times. This allows the Delos to track better; clearly improving sound quality, particularly low-level resolution, dynamic range, transient impact, and immediacy. It delivers all the accuracy, detail and overall musicality all analog lovers crave.

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Michael Fremer  |  Jul 19, 2012  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  24 comments
In Part 1 we explained the importance of proper azimuth setup. Now, on to how to achieve it! While using a digital oscilloscope is the most accurate method, it also requires you to spend hundreds of dollars to buy one and then you have to learn how to use it. That's not really necessary for most analog devotees, and so we're not going to go into the details here. If you insist, you'll have to buy one and figure it out using the methodology that will be described, which is generally applicable to whichever way you choose to go.

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