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January 16th, 2023

Kuzma Safir 9 Tonearm Review Preview

full review upcoming in The Absolute Sound

By: Michael Fremer

I'm about to submit to TAS a full review of the new Kuzma Safir 9 tonearm. I thought it useful to post on YouTube an arm overview along with a visual explanation the workings of the unique 4 Point bearing system. It's all in this short video. Read More

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January 13th, 2023

Hilary Hahn Returns to the Stage with "Eclipse"

Hahn's first recording after nearly two years away features two war horses and a challenging hidden gem

By: Michael Johnson

In 2019, Hilary Hahn, one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos, announced she would be taking a one-year performing sabbatical. Little did she know, that period of time would see a prolongment of several months due to factors outside of her control. Her triumphant return to the concert hall in the spring of 2021 was an emotional experience for her, and from those first few concert programs back, we now have a new double LP set of recordings, her latest release on... Read More

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January 13th, 2023

ECM Moving Cautiously Back Into Vinyl Today Announces Six New Titles

the label has been issuing a few older titles over time

By: Tracking Angle

ECM today announced six new titles available now or coming soon on vinyl. The titles are: Avishai Cohen: Naked Truth (pictured above), Mark Turner: Return from the Stars (available March 25th)—Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening—John Scofield: John Scofield—Oded Tzur: Isabela—Enrico Rava & Fred Hersch: The Song is You—Within the press release: There is a searching, yearning quality to Naked Truth, and a raw beauty and vulnerability in Avishai Cohen’s trumpet sound on his... Read More

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January 13th, 2023

How a Small Norwegian Hi-fi Brand Ended Up With Credits on Michael Jackson's Album Covers

Per Abrahamsen (1944-2022) was the soul of Electrocompaniet.

By: Jan Omdahl

The legendary recording engineer and Michael Jackson/Quincy Jones right hand man, Bruce Swedien, loved Norwegian Electrocompaniet amps so much that they were credited on Michael Jackson's album covers. The company's founder, Per Abrahamsen, passed away before Christmas.

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January 12th, 2023

The Fixed Coils In Soundsmith's Paua Mk II Phono Cartridge Will Move You

a cartridge caught in the electrical twilight zone between MM and MC

By: Michael Fremer

Moving Iron is the Rodney Dangerfield of cartridge technology. It gets no respect. Analog enthusiasts regularly debate “moving coil or moving magnet?” but rarely is moving iron part of the discussion. It’s true that “moving iron” is a type of moving magnet cartridge, but companies that manufacturer them, (Grado, Goldring and Soundsmith are today’s main players, though in the past ADC, Sonus, B&O and probably others did as well) make it a point to distinguish their... Read More

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January 12th, 2023

Blue Note Announces New 2023 "Tone Poet" Series Line-Up

acclaimed all-analog mastered from original tape 180g series produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray

By: Tracking Angle

Blue Note Records just announced the upcoming 2023 line-up for the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, produced by "Tone Poet" Joe Harley and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. RTI manufactures the records, which are packaged in deluxe gatefold tip-on jackets. Once again, Harley handpicked the titles, which include include acknowledged treasures from the Blue Note catalog as well as underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from... Read More

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