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Mike Mettler  |  Jan 31, 2024  |  7 comments

Continuing with our mission this week to help audiophile newbies join us here in the analog-centric listening family without breaking the bank, we now turn our attention to looking at cartridge-upgrade options — and who better to do that with than Grado Labs? Read on to find out how the Brooklyn-based company’s Prestige Red3 cartridge is yet another good entry point for the budding analog-loving audiophile that also serves as a good option for the longstanding AP faithful to consider as well. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jan 04, 2024  |  6 comments

Happy 2024, everyone! We here at AnalogPlanet central hope you all had a great holiday season, and are ready to tackle a new year ahead that is sure to be met with many great gear and LP options for us all to peruse, review, discuss, and share together. In the meantime, I want to look into something that was mentioned briefly in passing in a story we posted back in December — Groovetracer subplatters. Read on to see more about Groovetracer’s way-cool subplatter options, as well as their other accessories of interest. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 08, 2024  |  5 comments

High End Munich 2024 is officially getting underway across the Pond in just a few hours, but we have some more cool new products to look at before the doors open on the show. Today, we’re going to look at a pair of upcoming products from Gryphon — namely, their Apollo turntable and Siren phono preamp. Read on to see what you can expect from both the Apollo and the Siren. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Jul 04, 2023  |  1 comments

If it’s Independence Day, it must also mean it’s independent gear news update time — and thus, we’re putting our patriotic spotlight on Hagerman Audio Labs today. To wit: The company’s fourth-generation Cornet MM phono preamp is now available. Read on to find out how the 4th-gen Cornet MM sings accordingly. . .

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 20, 2022  |  9 comments
Hagerman Audio Labs just announced the new $1,189.00 Archiver JFET Equalization Phonostage.
Michael Fremer  |  Dec 07, 2020  |  3 comments
The 3rd generation Hagerman Audio Labs Trumpet MC, according to the designer, "...maintains the superb sonic performance of the original, while cleverly cutting costs via technological advancements.

Mike Mettler  |  Jan 22, 2024  |  7 comments

Jim Hagerman is at it again. The Hagerman Audio Labs head honcho did some soul searching recently about cartridge loading — and while doing so, he in turn came up with the Piccolo Zero MC (moving cartridge) headamp. Read on to see more about Hagerman’s lightbulb moments leading up to creation of the Piccolo Zero, and what it does. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 04, 2022  |  10 comments

Admirers of Hagerman Audio Labs’ Bugle series of phono preamps have plenty to trumpet about these days, as the company’s fourth-generation Bugle MC is now available. What’s changed, and what’s been upgraded in this 4th-gen unit? Read on to find out what’s what. . .

Michael Fremer  |  Aug 04, 2020  |  14 comments
Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda-san officially coined the term "Umami" in 1908, defining it as a very pleasing or delicious flavor on the palette, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.

From the Musical Surroundings press release:

"When Hana decided to create a high-end cartridge, Master cartridge designer Masao Okada-san applied the concept of Umami combining brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering."

Mike Mettler  |  Mar 01, 2023  |  5 comments

Hana is helping to kick off the month of March in the exact right way by announcing their new Umami Blue cartridge, which follows in the fine moving-coil footsteps (so to speak) of their vaunted Umami cartridge series. Read on to see just what the new Umami Blue MC cartridge can do for you and your turntable. . .

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 13, 2021  |  10 comments
Norway-based Hegel Music Systems just announced the February 2021 release of the V10, the company's first MM/MC phono preamplifier, though chief designer Bent Holter says he's been "tinkering" with phono preamp designs since the mid 1990s.

Michael Fremer  |  Jul 26, 2020  |  11 comments
Switzerland-based HiFiction, best known for its line of Thales tangential tracking pivoted tonearms and high-performance compact turntables recently announced a new, high technology cartridge line called X-quisite (in July of 2018 HiFiction announced its acquisition of EMT’s cartridge assets).

Mike Mettler  |  May 16, 2023  |  5 comments

With High End Munich 2023 right around the corner, we’re already getting word about some of the cool new analog gear debuting at the show. One such item that’s caught our eye is Goldring’s new E4 moving magnet cartridge. Read on to see what you can expect to get with the flagship E4 MMC. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 29, 2024  |  2 comments

Origin Live has given the green light to discuss their plans for what they’ll be showing at High End Munich 2024, and we’re more than happy to share what will be what with the internationally renowned turntable and tonearm company. Read on to see what comprises their Munich system and where it will be located, as well as all the details about the “first European sighting” of their Renown tonearm. . .