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AnalogPlanet Apr 2017

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AXPONA 2017 Marketplace Walk Through
Take a walk through the AXPONA 2017 Marketplace with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer. The photo at the top is of the latest Anvil turntable. We reviewed one of the Detroit-based company's first efforts back in 2012.

At AXPONA 2017 Clearaudio Introduces New Charisma Moving Magnet Cartridge
At AXPONA 2017 Clearaudio introduced the Charisma, a new $2000 moving magnet cartridge. A Clearaudio spokesperson described the new cartridge as "the Goldfinger of moving magnet cartridges." Is this the most expensive moving magnet cartridge ever? Could be. We will get one to review as soon as possible.

Sam Records Releases Thelonious Monk's "Les liaisons dangereuses 1960" For RSD 2017
Music composed for films is by definition precisely timed and intended to mirror or at least complement the on screen action. Of course that's not always how its accomplished, especially when the hired musicians are not trained film composers.

Ortofon's Leif Johannsen Stopped By Today
Ortofon's Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology Leif Johannsen and Dee Hustinova, Ortofon U.S. General Manager stopped over today to show me a brand new Ortofon cartridge the design of which Leif has just completed. I can't talk about it or show it (that's why it's in his cupped hand).

AnalogPlanet Radio's "Island Records Special" WFDU HD2 Radio Show Streams Now
When Stereophile deadlines loom, AnalogPlanet content suffers. Nothing can be done. But the radio show must go on so this week's show is all Island Records and all from the storied label's early years.

AnalogPlanet Radio's "Motown From Original Stereo Vinyl" WFDU HD2 Radio Show Streams Now
Today's show is all-Motown sourced almost exclusively from original stereo pressings. Well, there's one curve-ball: The Clash's "Hitsville U.K.", which is sort of a Motown tribute song. And the Marvin Gaye Anthology versions of "Hitch Hike" and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" sounded better so I used those.

VPI Launches New Prime Scout Turntable
VPI recently launched a new Prime Scout turntable that refines the original Scout 'table, which has been in production for many years. In addition to incorporating the Prime's curvaceousness, the new Prime Scout features an upgraded 300 RPM motor (500 RPM overseas), in a machined aluminum housing.

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AnalogPlanet Radio's "Motown From Original Stereo Vinyl" WFDU HD2 Radio Show Streams Now
Today's show is all-Motown sourced almost exclusively from original stereo pressings. Well, there's one curve-ball: The Clash's "Hitsville U.K.", which is sort of a Motown tribute song. And the Marvin Gaye Anthology versions of "Hitch Hike" and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" sounded better so I used those.

VPI Launches New Prime Scout Turntable
VPI recently launched a new Prime Scout turntable that refines the original Scout 'table, which has been in production for many years. In addition to incorporating the Prime's curvaceousness, the new Prime Scout features an upgraded 300 RPM motor (500 RPM overseas), in a machined aluminum housing.

Rhino's 29 Title Record Store Day Drop!
Here's a complete listing of Rhino's extensive Record Store Day April 2017 offerings including singles and picture discs.. The company has obviously been very busy preparing. Probably as busy as were (are) the pressing plants and printing presses churning out this stuff!

Legacy's Vault-Opening Tenth Anniversary Record Store Day Swag
Legacy recently announced its swag for the April 22nd 2017 tenth Record Store Day, proving cynics wrong who claim Record Store Day is "so yesterday." For RSD 2017, Legacy offers an extraordinary range of 7" and 12" titles from a variety of artists including Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, Andre 3000, Robert Johnson, Coheed and Cambria, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Santana...

"Larry Young In Paris" From Resonance Records A Must Have
Over the past decade or so vinyl-loving jazz enthusiasts have been treated to a series of previously unreleased but significant recordings discovered under beds, in closets and in the vaults of European radio stations. Some were never before heard. Others were bootlegged from radio broadcasts.

Throw Away Your Old AudioQuest Carbon Fiber Brush!
AudioQuest's carbon fiber brush, in production for thirty five years, has been the industry "standard" dry record brush. If you have the one pictured above, please throw it out or donate it to a really needy record collector. You should replace it with AudioQuest's new carbon fiber brush pictured below.

68 Years Later, McIntosh Launches Its First Stand-Alone Phono Preamplifier
Some may find it difficult to believe, but the new $2000 solid-state McIntosh MP100 phono preamplifier is the sixty eight year old company's first stand-alone phono preamplifier.

AnalogPlanet Tours L.A. Area Recording and Mastering Studios
At the end of February analogPlanet editor Michael Fremer went on a whirlwind two day tour of fabled Los Angeles area recording studios Village Recorder, East-West, Groove Masters, and up in Malibu, Rick Rubin's Shangri-La, escorted by Transaudio Group's Brad Lunde and Zach Winterfeld. Can you guess which speaker brand they sell in the pro audio world (and the pro audio world obviously likes)?

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