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2nd Edition

Sonus Faber Launches New Lineup of Homage Tradition Loudspeakers
Sonus faber launched updated versions of the Homage Tradition line's Amati and Guarneri loudspeakers and added the new Serafino, at an all-day event at the six-story World of McIntosh townhouse in lower Manhattan. Another updated speaker, the center channel Vox was listed in the brochure but not shown during the day-long roll out.

A Vocal Recording Comparison of the Technics SL-1200G and Continuum Caliburn (AIFF Links Now Included and now IDENTIFIED) Read more at
The outstanding and thoughtful responses to the SL-1200G/Continuum Caliburn comparison both here and on the YouTube channel prompted a second one using, as requested, a female vocal track.

Behind the Scenes at a Chasing the Dragon Direct-to-Disc AIR Studios Recording Session Part 1
Chasing the Dragon record producer Mike Valentine's business is underwater but he's not complaining. The reknowned underwater cinematographer's work can be seen in James Bond movies like "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall" as well as in "Star Wars Episode 1.

AnalogPlanet Radio's WFDU HD2 "Funny Music" Radio Show Streams Now
President's Day seemed like the ideal day for a "funny music" show, so do your patriotic duty and listen and hopefully laugh at it all. All but one song is vinyl-sourced.

AnalogPlanet Visits Rega Research Finale (Part 5)
What goes into a Rega drive belt? What does Rega have planned for the new Planar 6? What about the Naiad-- the upcoming "ultimate Rega" turntable? What does it look like?

Rega Research Factory Tour Part 4
In this "episode" you will see that Rega's dedication to quality control extends from the top of the line P10 to the very bottom P1. All get similar testing. The testing quality itself has improved over the years too. Co-founder Roy Gandy also shows off bearing quality. There's a lot to watch here, and in the next "episode" as well!

Rega Research Factory Tour Part 3
In this segment we see electronics being "soak tested", see tone arm wiring looms being produced and watch how even the least expensive P1 arm is carefully hand-assembled.

Rega Research Factory Tour Part 2
Here's Part 2 of the Rega Research tour conducted February 6th and 7th 2017. Getting all of it published to YouTube will probably require four parts. Once that's done all will be posted in a single story that will include a written overview of the visit.

Rega Research Factory Tour Part 1
More than 20 years have passed since editor Michael Fremer first visited Rega Research. Back then the company had just moved into its recently completed, spacious new factory and there was room to spare.

Veteran Recording Engineer Phill Brown Interviewed by AnalogPlanet Editor Michael Fremer
A planned trip to the U.K. to attend a Chasing the Dragon Records direct-to-disk recording session at AIR Studios seemed like a good time to accomplish some other business. So in addition to covering the recording session, analogPlanet editor Michael Fremer paid a visit to Rega, where he'd not been in twenty years (factory tour video to come) and connected with veteran recording engineer Phill Brown and arranged for an interview

1st Edition

A Vocal Recording Comparison of the Technics SL-1200G and Continuum Caliburn
The outstanding and thoughtful responses to the SL-1200G/Continuum Caliburn comparison both here and on the YouTube channel prompted a second one using, as requested, a female vocal track.

Technics SL-1200G Versus Continuum Caliburn And SAT Arm
The Sl-1200G review will post shortly. Meantime, here's a comparison between it and the Continuum Caliburn fitted with the SAT arm, both fitted with a Lyra Etna cartridge. The price differential is "huge".

AnalogPlanet Radio's WFDU HD2 "Bang Your Head Against A Wall" All-Percussion Radio Show
AnalogPlanet Radio's "Bang Your Head Against a Wall" All-Percussion Radio Show can now be streamed here via the Soundcloud widget embedded at the bottom of this page.

Listen to Edgard Varese's "Ionisation" From "Percussion Music" on Nonesuch Records
After posting the story "Three Percussion Records You Should Own Bob Ludwig emailed that I should get Percussion Music (Nonesuch H-71291). I emailed back that I had it and that prompted the decision to produce an all-percussion show for tomorrow's WFDU HD2 AnalogPlanet radio show.

Three Percussion Records You Should Own
Pictured are three percussion records you should own--especially if you feel like banging your head against the wall. One is an "oldie" Living Stereo novelty that's back in print, one was originally released in 1984 thanks to a grant from The National Endowment For the Arts (today an endangered species) reissued in the 1990s and one is a current release.

Erroll Garner's "Ready Take One" Turns Heads and Taps Toes
Chances are, if there's an Errol Garner record on your shelves it's 1955's Concert By the Sea (Columbia CL833). It was a not particularly well-recorded live set saved by a fiery trio performance at a Carmel-by-the Sea venue. By 1958 a million dollar's worth had sold, which was unexpected gold for Columbia Records, which hadn't bothered to send an engineering team to record it.

Taj Mahal's "Labor of Love" Is A Field Recording Your Ears Will Like and Your Heart Will Love
We think of "field recordings" as vital ancient musical history, primitively captured. These "field recordings" dating from the 1990s were recorded using a pair of Bruel & Kjaer 4165 microphones and B&K power supply, Cello preamp, Apogee 1000 ADC and a Nagra D digital recorder given by Mark Levinson (the man) to producer Timothy Duffy.

"George Harrison" Pro-Ject Turntable Announced, Limited to 500 For America
The $499 turntable with reproduced Shepard Fairey's Harrison portrait on the chassis, is a Pro-Ject Essential III featuring a pre-installed Ortofon OM10 cartridge, diamond-cut aluminum pulley, MDF chassis, an acrylic platter (so you can better view the Abbey Road mixing board in the artwork located below the platter) and a completely redesigned built-in motor controller.

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