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Double “Unboxing”: Analogue Productions UHQR “Axis: Bold As Love” MONO & Blue Note Review #2

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

Here’s a double dose for AnalogPlanet readers (and YouTube viewers) who like “unboxing videos”: AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer unboxes the not yet released Analogue Productions UHQR Clarity Vinyl mono issue of Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Axis: Bold As Love” and the second edition of the deluxe “Blue Note Review” box #2″—this one a tribute to jazz drummers, particularly Art Blakey.

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Rega Research’s Less Is Much More Planar 8 (Plus Exclusive Interview)

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Call it “P8” or “Planar 8” but do not call this new Rega turntable “RP8”. That was the previous 8. Despite the obvious superficial Rega similarities the new Planar 8 differs greatly from its predecessor.

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In Portland, Oregon A New Source For Per Madsen’s “Rackit” Record Racks

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

An AnalogPlanet reader let us know about a new source for Per Madsen’s “Rackit” record storage units (Per retired). Portland Oregon based woodworker Ryan Tinsel manufactures the record storage racks in his “one-man shop”.

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Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis RIP

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis (center in photo) has died at age 64 after a “short illness”. Readers unfamiliar with the group’s astonishing later albums and who lump the group in with late ’70s synth bands might not understand why this is news but Hollis’s later Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock surely do. Hollis later released a self-titled solo album recorded with two microphones that ends with two minutes of tape hiss.

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This $19 Pyle Phono Preamp Is Anything But Crap

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

An Amazon search for “phono preamp for turntable” (the last two words theirs) will yield approximately 395 results, and above most affordable Pro-Ject, Cambridge Audio, U-Turn, and Music Hall phono preamps are those of Pyle, a company that makes most every kind of easily affordable product; hifi and A/V components, pro audio products, fitness trackers, subwoofers for boats, kitchen appliances, pest controlling devices, and even security systems! Pyle makes several budget phono preamps with the same specifications, including the $18.99 (MSRP) PP444.
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Analog Corner #112

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Reviewed this month: the T+A G 10 turntable from Germany


Manufacturers of audio accessories are an odd bunch: they show up at your door, pucks, cones, platforms, or balls in hand, eager to demonstrate the enormous sonic effects their products will have on your system. After inserting their isolators, energy drains, or what have you, they sit down for a listen.


But do they even hear the $40,000/pair loudspeakers you’re reviewing? Your $15,000 turntable and $4500 cartridge? Your $7000 phono preamp or $30k worth of other electronics?

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Boulder Releases, Ships 2108 Phono Preamplifier

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado—Boulder Amplifiers announces the immediate release and shipment of its reference level phono preamplifier, the 2108, which is a substantially updated and “re-visited” version of the 2008 that shook up the phono preamplifier market with its versatility, high performance, and high cost.

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“What’s Going On” One-Step Long Ago Souled Out But….

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Mobile Fidelity’s One-Step reissue of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking album What’s Going On is long out of print but still deserving of a short review.
Primary Category: 
Category: 
Artist: 
Marvin Gaye
Album: 
What's Going On
Cred Label: 
Tamla/Mobile Fidelity UD1S 2-008 2 45rpm 180g ""One Step" "Supervinyl" LPs
Cred Prod: 
Marvin Gaye
Cred Eng: 
Various
Cred Mix: 
N/A
Cred Mast: 
Krieg Wunderlich, Assisted by Rob LoVerde At MFSL, Sebastopol, CA
Mobile Fidelity’s One-Step reissue of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking album What’s Going On is long out of print but still deserving of a short review.
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Cooking With M&M

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

A shared love of music especially when engraved in vinyl forged a friendship between Michael Fremer and Malachi Lui. Later they found out both also love to cook and the youngster has a sophisticated palate (not surprising). So they decided to cook something together when Malachi next visited, which was last week.

Here’s a one camera edited video of the two cooking, talking music, records and sound. Oh, yes, and some politics to which some may object.

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Stereolab Announce Deluxe Vinyl Reissues & Tour

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

English-French avant pop band Stereolab recently announced an extensive reissue series of seven of their albums, starting with 1993’s Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements and its 1994 follow-up Mars Audiac Quintet via Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks and Warp Records. Similar to last year’s reissues of Stereolab’s Switched On compilations, the albums are digitally remastered from the original ½” analog tapes by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering and supervised by Stereolab’s Tim Gane. These first two reissues will come out on May 2.
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