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Cambridge Audio’s “Duo” Phono Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Outperforms Its Low Price

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Cambridge Audio’s Duo is a compact, attractive, lightweight (2.1 Lbs) low priced phono preamplifier that will surprise you with its solid sonic performance as well as its low price. It certainly surprised me! It also features a headphone amplifier so it makes for a great desktop or dorm room accessory.

At CES 2019 Technics Introduces Elegant SL-1500C Coreless Direct Drive Turntable

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

At CES 2019 Technics expanded its turntable line with the introduction of the SL-1500C “complete” turntable with built-in MM phono preamplifier as well as a new SL-1200MK7—the company’s first new standard DJ turntable in approximately 9 years.

Watch John Atkinson Give Michael Fremer the Founder’s Award at the L.A. & Orange Co. Audio Society’s 25th Annual GALA!

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Here’s the first in a series of videos Ben Williams produced and edited over the weekend’s festivities last November 30th through December 2nd as the L.A. & Orange County Audio Society celebrated its 25th anniversary and presented its Founder’s Award to AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer.

Blue Note Launches Joe Harley Curated Tone Poet Series AAA Vinyl Releases

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Blue Note Records just announced a new “Tone Poet” Series of all analog vinyl jazz reissues curated by Joe Harley, who co-produces with Ron Rambach the Music Matters Blue Note vinyl reissue series. These records will be produced the way those are: mastered cut directly from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and plated and pressed at RTI and deluxe gatefold packaged.

The Raconteurs Return With New 7″ Single!

By | January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

On August 11 of last year, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Jack White and his band at their Portland, Oregon concert after the publication of my Boarding House Reach review. White read my review, loved it, and through his tour manager and a few other connections, invited my family backstage. We got to stand right behind the sound engineers and lighting controllers, and I even got to view the show from the side of the stage next to White’s guitar technician.
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“Gary Burton Take Another Look A Career Retrospective” 5 LP Mack Avenue Box Set

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

This recently released 5 LP Mack Avenue Records box set celebrates Gary Burton’s incredible six decades of outstanding music making, organized chronologically and by label, beginning with his earliest and arguably best sounding recordings on the RCA Victor label where he began recording, first as a sideman, during the summer between high school and his enrollment at The Berklee College of Music. The Indiana native was first “discovered” by “Yakety” saxophonist Boots Randolph at an Evansville, Indiana club and made his way to RCA through Chet Atkins and fellow guitarist Hank Garland.
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Two Weeks With ZVOX’s VB20 VoiceBud

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

An elderly gentleman wearing a pair of high tech digital hearing aids accompanied his wife to a kennel club meeting at my home a few years ago. He had little interest in the dog doings upstairs so I invited him downstairs into my listening room. It allowed me to conduct an experiment of sorts. Did he like music? Yes. Had he ever heard or seen a big high performance audio rig? No, he hadn’t. Would he like to hear some music on it?
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Gearbox’s Vinyl “Compact Disc” Player

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

U.K. based Gearbox, best known for its restored vintage all-tubed Westrex mastering system (Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter) and eclectic all-analog vinyl record catalog recently entered the hardware business with this cool “compact disc” player it calls “The Gearbox Automatic” though it’s a manual player.

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A UHQM (Ultra High Quality Message) to Chad Kassem

By | December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Last Sunday while back on the east coast AnalogPlanet’s Malachi Lui paid a visit. We hadn’t seen each other since late July so it was great catching up in person. We spent much of the time together comparing multiple copies of Axis: Bold As Love including a preliminary pressing of the upcoming Analogue Productions UHQR 200 gram vinyl edition in both mono and stereo mixes housed in a not quite finalized version of the exquisite packaging. I shot an impromptu video of the opinionated Mr.
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Joan Baez’s Debut Album Still A Wonder

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Joan Baez recorded this Vanguard debut in 1960 at age 19. With her impossibly high and pure quavering voice and matching pristine finger picking guitar, she and this album created a sensation that helped shift the “folk-revival” back to authenticity from the commerciality into which it had drifted. Though while she sounded like a barefoot waif recently arrived from the Appalachian mountains, she was born on Staten Island. Her Mexico-born father who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of a minister, was a Stanford PhD credited with co-inventing the X-ray microscope.
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