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Looks Good Enough to E.A.T. JO Nº 5 Moving Coil Cartridge

By | August 16th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

This revolutionary cartridge comes in two flavors: plain and peanut. When the stylus wears out instead of having the cartridge re-tipped, you eat it. It melts in your mouth, not in your hands. Best for “mint” LPs, etc.

The Wonderful Sound of Female Vocals

By | August 16th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Humungous conflict of interest alert! I wrote this compilation’s liner notes and created the 22 song track order. Chad Kassem selected the female artists and the individual tracks sourced from albums he’d previously licensed and released on vinyl, SACD and high resolution download (maybe even R2R tape).

The concept was simple enough: a collection of well-recorded female vocalists revered by audio enthusiasts as well as by music lovers in general.

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Category: 
Artist: 
Various Artists
Album: 
The Wonderful Sound of Female Vocals
Cred Label: 
Analogue Productions APP 122, 2 180g LPs, 2 SACDs
Cred Prod: 
Various (Executive Producer, Chad Kassem)
Cred Eng: 
Various
Cred Mix: 
Various
Cred Mast: 
Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Humungous conflict of interest alert!
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Navigating Through Our “Shows” Dropdown Menu

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Your editor hadn’t looked in a while at the “drop down” menu under “Shows”. When he did he was kind of shocked to see how few shows were there compared to how many have been covered.

AnalogPlanet Visits Symbol Audio/Furniture in Nyack, N.Y.

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

At the New York Audio Show a few years ago visitors, especially couples, found themselves attracted to a “console stereo” featuring a tube amplifier (with Blue-Tooth functionality), a high end Pro-Ject turntable, a pair of full range speakers plus a hidden powered 300 watt subwoofer all housed in a stunning-looking solid wood cabinet.

Can You Tell Me How Master Tapes Are/Were Usually Handled Back in “the Day”?

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

A reader asks:

I was wondering if you could tell me how the master tapes are/were usually handled back in the day? The reason I ask is because there are several master tapes floating around on the internet and people are offering reel to reel copies of them for sale (photo from back in “the day”)

Get to Know “The Unknowable” (Now With Audio Track)

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

The first unknowable is the correct speed at which to play this oddly accessible 100% improvised double LP set of 13 spontaneous collaborations between saxophonist Dave Liebman and a pair of eclectic percussionists, Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani. There’s nothing written on the gatefold jacket or the labels indicating speed, but I’m pretty sure its 45rpm!
Primary Category: 
Category: 
Artist: 
Dave Liebman, Tatsuya Nakatani, Adam Rudolph
Album: 
The Unknowable
Cred Label: 
Rare Noise Records RNR 089LP 2 180g 45rpm (?) LPs
Cred Prod: 
Adam Rudolph, Dave Liebman, Tatsuya Nakatani
Cred Eng: 
James Dellatacoma
Cred Mix: 
James Dellacatoma
Cred Mast: 
James Dellacatoma (no lacquer cutting credits)
The first unknowable is the correct speed at which to play this oddly accessible 100% improvised double LP set of 13 spontaneous collaborations between saxophonist Dave Liebman and a pair of eclectic percussionists, Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani.
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Get to Know “The Unknowable”

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

The first unknowable is the correct speed at which to play this oddly accessible 100% improvised double LP set of 13 spontaneous collaborations between saxophonist Dave Liebman and a pair of eclectic percussionists, Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani. There’s nothing written on the gatefold jacket or the labels indicating speed, but I’m pretty sure its 45rpm!
Primary Category: 
Category: 
Artist: 
Dave Liebman, Tatsuya Nakatani, Adam Rudolph
Album: 
The Unknowable
Cred Label: 
Rare Noise Records RNR 089LP 2 180g 45rpm (?) LPs
Cred Prod: 
Adam Rudolph, Dave Liebman, Tatsuya Nakatani
Cred Eng: 
James Dellatacoma
Cred Mix: 
James Dellacatoma
Cred Mast: 
James Dellacatoma (no lacquer cutting credits)
The first unknowable is the correct speed at which to play this oddly accessible 100% improvised double LP set of 13 spontaneous collaborations between saxophonist Dave Liebman and a pair of eclectic percussionists, Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani.
Read the full article

Yes, You Can Replace Rotting Speaker Surrounds!

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Recently my mother-in-law’s good friend needed to sell her late husband’s audio gear and record collection so I went over to see what was there. She had a mint Denon DP-59L turntable fitted with an ADC XLM MKII cartridge, a Panasonic SA HE100 AV Control receiver and a pair of Boston Acoustics A100s, big floor stander two ways.

Analog Corner #90

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Acoustic Sounds’ Chad Kassem (right) with viola player Stephen Tees, during the recording of Stereophile‘s Mosaic CD in Blue Heaven Studios. (Photo: John Atkinson)


Back in the mid-1980s, how many guys do you figure were hauling milk crates full of used LPs around America, from record fair to record fair? Hundreds? Thousands? How many are still doing it now?


That’s how and when Acoustic Sounds’ Chad Kassem got started—in, of all places, Salina, Kansas…

Does the “Lost” Coltrane Album Live Up to The Hype?

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

(Mr. Lui’s new Rega P3 has yet arrive following the family’s west coast move so he was allowed to review the deluxe CD edition—Ed.)
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Artist: 
John Coltrane
Album: 
Both Directions At Once (The Lost Album)
Cred Label: 
Impulse 80028228-02 2 CDs (Deluxe Edition) (also on double 180g vinyl edition)
Cred Prod: 
Bob Thiele (original producer), Ken Druker and Ravi Coltrane (reissue producers)
Cred Eng: 
Rudy Van Gelder
Cred Mix: 
Rudy Van Gelder
Cred Mast: 
Kevin Reeves and Universal Music Mastering