I used to write a blog post everyday. These days it’s harder to find the time and I apologize for being out of touch for these past few weeks. My days have been filled with producing the website and pitch video for the YARRA 3DX campaign and pushing ahead on the book and Blu-ray disc (more on that in a moment) and meeting the obligations of my professorship. Now that summer has arrived and I’m no longer heading to the studio everyday, life is a little more sane.… Read the full article
Rega’s famous Planar 2 and Planar 3 turntables are now available in a high-gloss red colour, as well as in gloss black and gloss white. ‘This new colour release will maintain Rega’s spot firmly on top of shopping lists all over Australia,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Rega in Australia. ‘This red colour option comes a year after the release of the Planar 2 and Planar 3 models, but it was always planned to be included as standard for these models, however due to incredible popularity and very high demand since release, Rega has focused on meeting that demand.’ As with all Rega products, production of the red versions is at Rega’s own factory in Southend on Sea, Essex, England.… Read the full article
There were a number of spectacular, cost-no-object components drawing stereo fans at the Los Angeles Audio Show, but the room I had the hardest time getting into featured a $350 USD rig.
Mat Weisfeld of VPI industries contacted me Thursday to announce that the company’s $900 USD turntable/tonearm/cartridge combination that I spoke about with his father Harry in Montreal several months ago – dubbed The Cliffwood – would be shipping in late July or early August. This looks to be quite an accomplishment to deliver the quality VPI is known for at such an entry-level price point. I think many in the industry will be taking notice of this salvo across the bow of other turntable manufacturers like Rega, Pro-Ject, and U-Turn who have seen great success carving up the sub-$1,000 record player market for some time.… Read the full article