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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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Analog Corner #104

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

If you’re looking for something completely new and/or different in a turntable design, you won’t find it in Musical Fidelity’s new $5000 M1 turntable. The M1 uses tried and true mechanical concepts, design strategies, and materials, with an emphasis on precision machining. The goal, according to MF’s press release, was “very low mechanical and electrical noise, excellent mechanical isolation, speed accuracy and stability, [and] pitch control.”

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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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Furnace Record Pressing Fires Up!

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Last year when AnalogPlanet visited Furnace Record Pressing in Alexandria Virginia last year it was an enormous, mostly empty building. The vinyl pressing plant infrastructure installation had just begun.

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Analog Corner #103

By | December 8th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

“What’s this? The new Thorens turntable? It doesn’t look like a Thorens turntable.”


That’s what I thought as I unboxed the new Thorens 850—part of the new 800 line from the rejuvenated company. Sure, I’d seen mockups at trade shows, but until I get the finished product in my hands, I really don’t pay careful attention.

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“John Wesley Harding” 3-Way Reveal!

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

AnalogPlanet recently posted 3 96/24 “John Wesley Harding” files recorded from original, Sony Legacy and Mobile Fidelity mono records and asked readers to weigh in on what they heard and which they preferred (if any).

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AnalogPlanet Editor Receives Prestigious LA&OCAS Founder’s Award

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

At the L.A. and Orange County Audiophile Society’s annual GALA last Sunday, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer was given the society’s prestigious Founder’s Award. It was also the Society’s 25th anniversary so many of the past Founders award winners were on hand including Tim DeParavicini, EveAnna Manley and Richard Vandersteen, among others along with more than 200 of the society’s 2600 members.

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Nabisco’s New Oreo Turntable Sounds Sweet! Or Tastes Sweet….

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Nabisco recently announced a turntable that plays Oreo cookies. Pop any Oreo cookie onto the platter and it will play a tune. Take a bit out of it and it plays a different tune. Apparently it’s been on the market for a few weeks and the company is sold out for now. It sells for $19.99. Sweet deal hopefully back in stock for Christmas.

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The Audio Salon Santa Monica Hosts WATT/PUPPY Family Reunion December 5th

By | December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

In 1987 Wilson Audio Specialties launched the WATT (Wilson Audio Tiny Tot), its first loudspeaker. This Wednesday evening December 5th, the entire line of “retired” WATT speakers will be on display and played at a special Audio Salon event hosted by Wilson’s Peter McGrath. The event also celebrates the introduction of the new SashaDAW (David. A. Wilson) loudspeaker that produced among the best sound at the recent Warsaw Audio Video Show.

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The Deep, Connective Tissue of Resonance’s “Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet” 3 LP Set

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Billed as “The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions”, Resonance Records’ Black Friday offering Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet is anything but one of those RSD repackaged assemblages of cast off secondary material meant for fanatical completists. The phrase “connective tissue” kept running through my head as I listened to the 3 LPs and read “mouth agape” the vital annotation that threaded together the confused recorded history.
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Artist: 
Eric Dolphy
Album: 
Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet
Cred Label: 
Resonance Records HLP-9035 2 180g LPs
Cred Prod: 
Zev Feldman and James Newton
Cred Eng: 
Bill Schwartau
Cred Mix: 
N/A (Bill Schwartau?)
Cred Mast: 
Sound Restoration: George Klabin and Fran Gala (lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman)
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