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AnalogPlanet Dec 2022

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The Gruvy Awards Are Back! AnalogPlanet Selects the Best Reviewed Products of 2022
The Gruvy Awards are back! It's been a minute since we've given any out, but we here at AnalogPlanet felt it was time to reinstate them this year and make these awards an annual event moving forward.

AnalogPlanet's Top LPs of 2022, Part I: The Best Archival Releases
AP editor Mike Mettler's request to come up with a list of my Top 10 vinyl releases of 2022 has been harder than I imagined it would be. Paring down all the vinyl releases I've reviewed in 2022 (both here and elsewhere) into a list of just 10 choices?

Insider Report: Dum Audio Seeks to Reach Budding Audiophiles With The Turntable and The System
It's a constant internal struggle we analog audiophiles face on a daily basis, in terms of balancing our lofty hi-fi listening goals, system performance expectations, and overall playback aspirations with our concurrent desires to bring as many new converts into the analog fold as we can.

Ortofon's Concorde Elite Moving-Magnet Cartridge Delivers a Performance Worthy of Its Storied Pedigree
When is a DJ cartridge not a DJ cartridge? Danish manufacturer Ortofon seeks to bridge the DJ and hi-fi worlds with their top-of-the-line Concorde Elite moving-magnet cartridge ($439 SRP), the most expensive DJ-centric cartridge to date with a clear nod to audiophile listening. But does it hold up as a hi-fi cart?

The Beach Boys' Triumphant Sail On Sailor - 1972 180g 5LP+1EP Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set Paints a Beautiful Portrait of a Hungry Band Finding a New Voice, Both in the Studio and Onstage
Before I get to reviewing The Beach Boys' Sail On Sailor - 1972, their new, 180g 5LP+1EP box set via Brother/Capitol/UMe, some setup is essential to put this music into proper perspective -- especially for any of you who are, at best, casual Beach Boys fans.

Insider Report: Need Shelving? Pangea Audio Serves Up New Vulcan LP Storage Rack and Three-Shelf Audio Gear Rack Options, Just in Time for the Holidays
I don't know about you, but I am constantly running out of room to shelve all the new LPs and vinyl box sets I purchase at my local record shops, not to mention what arrives in the mail on a seemingly daily basis (Sundays included). I'm constantly re-prioritizing what gets shelved in my designated A-level wall-to-wall shelving units, so I could sure do with some more vinyl shelving options placed nearby my main listening room and home office area to handle all the new arrivals.

1st Edition

Ortofon's Concorde Elite Moving-Magnet Cartridge Delivers a Performance Worthy of Its Storied Pedigree
When is a DJ cartridge not a DJ cartridge? Danish manufacturer Ortofon seeks to bridge the DJ and hi-fi worlds with their top-of-the-line Concorde Elite moving-magnet cartridge ($439 SRP), one with a clear nod to audiophile listening. Does it hold up as a hi-fi cartridge? Read Ken Micallef's review to see if the Elite is indeed worthy of Ortofon's storied pedigree. . .

The Beach Boys' Triumphant Sail On Sailor - 1972 180g 5LP+1EP Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set Paints a Beautiful Portrait of a Hungry Band Finding a New Voice, Both in the Studio and Onstage
Before I get to reviewing The Beach Boys' Sail On Sailor - 1972, their new, 180g 5LP+1EP box set via Brother/Capitol/UMe, some setup is essential to put this music into proper perspective -- especially for any of you who are, at best, casual Beach Boys fans.

After the LP Shopping Rush: A Record Store Day 2022 Roundup Odyssey
At 7 a.m. sharp on Black Friday-cum-Record Store Day (a.k.a. RSD 2022) this year back on November 25, I found myself first in line at Metavinyl in Santa Cruz, California. First in line? Woo hoo! That almost never happens for me, anywhere. I got there as early as I did the last time I did RSD in Santa Cruz, remembering that they opened at 9 a.m. on that occasion.

Insider Report: German Handmade Rekkord Turntables Finally Get North American Distribution Deal With VANA
Who doesn't like German design and manufacturing when it comes to turntables? It's certainly hard to argue with the pedigree behind Rekkord turntables, which have been handcrafted in the company's factory/facility in the Black Forest for close to a half-century.

RSD 2022 Roundup Special: Louis Armstrong, Vince Guaraldi, David Bowie, Bing Crosby, and Paul Kelly All Help Usher in the Holiday LP Spinning Season
The post-Thanksgiving retail smorgasbord known as Black Friday coincides with arguably the year's biggest bi-annual celebration event for vinyl lovers like ourselves: Record Store Day!

Bryan Adams Does Everything for You Until It Hurts, and He Does It on Classic 180g Vinyl Too
Bryan Adams is a consummate and restless performer, so when the lockdown happened, he got right down to work in his home studio to keep himself busy before he could get back out on the road again.

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