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October 9th, 2022

Anthony Wilson's "The Plan of Paris" Mixes Jazz, Folk, Blues and Country With Singer/Songwriter Sensitivity

a dark album made for these times

By: Michael Fremer

When Anthony Wilson is not on the road playing jazz guitar, he sometimes steps into a recording booth and exits Clark Kent-like as a sensitive ‘70s era singer/songwriter.For those more accustomed to Wilson backing Diana Krall or leading jazz ensembles on a series of Groove Note releases or providing orchestrations and/or playing on dozens of studio dates (for instance on Paul McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom”), his sumptuously packaged, sensitively drawn 2019 Songs... Read More

October 5th, 2022

Unboxing the new ABKCO Rolling Stones 7" singles 1963-1966 Box Set+ U-Turn Theory View

Nice box! And you'll see close up the just reviewed U-Turn Orbit Theory Turntable

By: Michael Fremer

We now can add embedded videos to stories so here's the latest YouTube video unboxing the Rolling Stones 7" 1963-1966 45rpm singles and EP box set plus a closer look at the new U-Turn Orbit Theory turntable reviewed elsewhere on this site. Read More

October 5th, 2022

Hagerman Audio Labs Updates Bugle MC Phono Preamp

4th gen MM/MC eliminated DIP switches, adds upgrades

By: Michael Fremer

The 4th generation Bugle MC Phono preamp from Hagerman Audio Labs eliminated DIP switches and moves gain and loading switches to the front panel. As the specs below indicate, the Bugle has plenty of gain for all but the very lowest MC cartridge. The previous iterations were encased in plastic. This new one is in an aluminum chassis, which probably makes for a better shielded enclosure. The price is a very reasonable $249.00Specifications40/52/58/64dB gain... Read More

October 5th, 2022

Pro-Ject Introduces Power Box RS2 Power Supply Upgrade For Select Turntables and Phono Preamps

fits 18-20V Pro-Ject phono stages and 15V D.C. turntables

By: Michael Fremer

Replaces "wall warts" with linear power supply that includes a large toroidal transformer. Blurb says: "A linear power supply consists of a massive toroidal transformer which disallows interference from the mains to negatively impact the performance of your audio gear. The built-in transformer has a much higher power reserve compared to the standard power adapter. It has very low output impedance and in combination with a large filtration capacity, it... Read More

October 5th, 2022

Pro-Ject Introduces New Debut PRO S Turntable

features 10" "S" shaped aluminum arm, TPE-damped die-cast aluminum platter

By: Michael Fremer

Busy Pro-Ject just announced yet another new turntable. The $1,199 Debut PRO S features a new 10" "S" shaped arm that includes a CNC-machined nickel-plated bearing block, removable headshell and adjustable VTA/SRA and azimuth. Also included is a die-cut aluminum platter and aluminum sub-platter.Platter removed to show subplatterThe minimalist-looking turntable features built-in electronic speed control and 33 1/3/45 push of a button control as well as... Read More

October 5th, 2022

Luxman America Introduces the PD-151 MkII Turntable

replaces 151A and includes new LTA-309 knife-edge bearing tonearm

By: Michael Fremer

Though it was shown at last Spring's Chicago AXPONA show and has been available overseas for awhile, Luxman America last month began distribution of its now PD-151 MKII turntable, which replaces the well-regarded 151A. The new model features a new, original LTA-309 tonearm featuring a knife-edge bearing originally developed by the classic Japanese brand SAEC. The new static-balanced arm features a machined aluminum arm base and VTA/SRA adjustability.The 3 speed... Read More