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"The Beatles" Re-mixed by Giles Martin: Any Good?
If you want to quickly know if you're going to like Giles Martin's The Beatles remixes start with "Long, Long, Long". If you don't like that one, you're probably not going to like the rest, but for me, that remix in particular is far superior to the one on the two original "Top Loader" U.K. pressings I have: more transparent and more spacious, with a holographic George front, center and three-dimensional as he's not presented on the original.

Music Box Designs AMP BOX Stores Records In Fender Guitar Amp Style
The new AMP BOX from Music Box Designs, reminiscent of a Fender Tweed Amplifier is constructed of "...the finest finger jointed oak wood, Deep Oxblood Amplifier Grill Cloth, a thin layer of black MDF ( to simulate a speaker port), and a push button door."

From the Archives: Analog Corner #98
Every edition of Primedia's annual Home Entertainment show (formerly known as Stereophile's Hi-Fi Show) takes on a life of its own, even if the venue, the participants, and the products are mostly familiar. It has to do with a confluence of factors--the paying customers, the weather, current events, whatever seems to be the hot industry trend, and just "the ether."

VPI Debuts New $15,000 HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable
October 21st, 2018, Matawan, N.J.--VPI Industries today debuted a brand new $15,000 HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable at an event held at its Matawan, N.J. "VPI House" headquarters to help celebrate the company's 40th anniversary.

Intervention's New Gene Clark "White Light" Reissue Is Like "No Other"
If you do a "Gene Clark" search on this website you'll find plenty to read and to listen to--including an AnalogPlanet Radio show dedicated to the late musician and former member of The Byrds. Please also read here the many record, book and documentary reviews covering Gene Clark's life and recorded output. The cult of Clark will live on.

Gwenifer Raymond's "You Never Were Much of a Dancer" Is Finger-Picking Good!
In an era where virtuosity is seemingly shunned, here comes 32 year old Welsh-born finger picking Gwenifer Raymond who, listening to this album, you'd swear must have been born on the Appalachian trail somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line.

"Vinyl Mastering & Cutting Intricacies" Panel at Making Vinyl 2018
On Monday afternoon at Making Vinyl 2018 AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer moderated a vinyl mastering panel featuring some well-known lacquer cutting engineers: Scott Hull--Masterdisk, Clint Holley--Well Made Music, and Jeff Powell--Take Out Vinyl (MIA Mandy Parnell--Black Lagoon Studios, who was forced to remain in the UK so she could finish up a Bjork project).

SAT Pickup Arm Comparison Reveal
Here's the "reveal" for the five file SAT pick up arm comparison featuring the Ortofon MC Century. Thanks to all who participated and expressed their opinions. The yet to be published CF1-09 review will be in the next Stereophile.

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Pro-Ject's New "Juke Box E" System Is A Decent Entry Into Analog (Manufacturer's Response Added)
The all-in-one turntable market has one gargantuan issue looming over it: the Crosley Cruiser. With everything an analog neophyte thinks he or she needs, these $70 "turntables" sell by the boatload, only to seriously damage records after but a few plays with their five grams of tracking force. Why are they so popular then?

Rega Debuts New Planar 8 and Neo PSU
Here's the poop directly from Rega: The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of 'Naiad' at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.

Making Vinyl 2018 "New Vinyl Pressing Plants Fire Up the Presses"
The second edition of "Making Vinyl" was an even greater success than last year's, which was plenty good. Following Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz's panel "Record Store Day 11 Years Later", editor Michael Fremer ran "New Vinyl Plants Fire Up the Presses", which you can watch here.

Ortofon Celebrates 100 Years
Ortofon celebrated its 100th anniversary September 28th and 29th, inviting approximately 60 of its sales and technology partners from around the world to a hotel in Maribo, Denmark and to its factory in nearby Nakskov.

Giles Martin at The Power Station Berklee Introduces "The White Album" Remix, Outtakes and Demos
November 9, November 9, November 9: On November 9, Apple Corps/UMe will release multiple deluxe editions of The Beatles, the seminal self-titled double album affectionately known, due to its stark packaging, as "The White Album."

From the Archives: Analog Corner #96
When I came upon Giuseppe Viola's handiwork at the 2000 Top Audio Show in Milan, Italy, I said to myself, "Here's a guy with a fabulous machine shop and too much time on his hands." Most designers are satisfied to introduce a turntable. Not Viola.

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings Announces Bob Dylan "More Blood, More Tracks-The Bootleg Series Vol. 14"

The Blood on the Tracks story is familiar to Dylan fans: the album was recorded in New York City in four days, September, 1974. It was mastered and review copies circulated. Months later (late December) Dylan decided the approach was wrong and re-recorded five tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios. Bootleggers circulated outtakes from the New York sessions but they've never been available legitimately until now.

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