Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler  |  May 20, 2024  |  First Published: May 20, 2024  |  7 comments

So many companies, so little time. The AP team didn’t get to spend as much time with everybody at High End Munich 2024 as we would have liked to, so we’ve been doing some post-show follow-ups to cover as many analog bases as we can. The company we’re highlighting today is Benny Audio, founded in 2017 and based in Gliwice, Poland. Their new Odyssey turntable, which was a prototype in 2023, was on display at the show, and is now officially in production. Read on to learn all about the Odyssey’s features and specs. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 16, 2024  |  First Published: May 16, 2024  |  6 comments

We’ve still got plenty to report about what we saw and heard at High End Munich 2024, so let’s continue on that tract. Today, we’re going to delve into the TechDAS Air Force V Premium turntable, which was part of an impressive demo system put together by Swedish amplifier designer Engstrom. Read on to see all the specs and features of one of the top-shelf tables from TechDAS. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 15, 2024  |  7 comments

Gaucho is the fifth entry in Analogue Productions' comprehensive 200g 45rpm 2LP Steely Dan UHQR reissue series, and this one has been sourced from a 1980 analog tape copy originally EQ'd by Bob Ludwig, who also mastered the original album itself. Read AP editor Mike Mettler’s in-depth review to find out if the new Gaucho UHQR improves upon the original release’s Grammy-winning sonics. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 13, 2024  |  First Published: May 13, 2024  |  3 comments

High End Munich 2024 is officially in the books, but our coverage continues onward. Today, we take a look at Luphonic’s R2 turntable. The R2 is the German manufacturer’s just-introduced, more affordable alternative to their top-tier R3 model. Read on to glean the R2’s feature set and SRP options. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 09, 2024  |  First Published: May 09, 2024  |  5 comments

High End Munich 2024 is in full swing, and we’re all over it. Today, we’re taking a look at a stunningly cool collaboration between Technics and Lamborghini that’s resulted in the SL-1200M7B limited edition turntable. Read on to see how these two iconic international brands came together to create such a striking table, as well as what the cool extras that come with it are. . .

Mike Mettler  |  May 08, 2024  |  First Published: 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  |  May 01, 2024  |  First Published: May 01, 2024  |  3 comments

Staying power. That’s UFO in a nutshell — the pioneering British hard rock band that’s been flying high on an international scale ever since their formation in London in 1968. Best known for FM favorites like “Too Hot to Handle,” “Lights Out,” “Only You Can Rock Me,” and “Doctor Doctor,” the band soldiered on throughout occasional lineup changes over the decades, with the one constant on all UFO releases being lead singer Phil Mogg. In a recent phone interview with AP editor Mike Mettler, Mogg discussed how pleased he is with Chrysalis’ recent 180g 3LP reissue of UFO’s best-selling 1977 album Lights Out, how the band changed their approach in the studio for the Lights Out recording sessions, and why his creative sensibilities meshed so well with UFO’s album-art design team at Hipgnosis.. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 29, 2024  |  First Published: 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. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 26, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 26, 2024  |  2 comments

We do love it when a pressing vinyl matter comes to fruition — or, in this case, the actual pressing of vinyl. Back in Q2 2022, we reported on the imminent opening of Fidelity Record Pressing in Oxnard, California, and we’re now happy to report that they’ve been up and running since January 2024. Read on to see how they’re doing what they do. . .

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 24, 2024  |  First Published: Apr 24, 2024  |  2 comments

His solo career is on an island no longer. Today, David Gilmour announced his new album Luck and Strange will be released on September 6, 2024 on Sony Music in multiple formats, including 1LP vinyl. Read on to see all that we currently know about this important LP release. . .

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