Acoustic Sounds

Features: Industry News

April 18th, 2023

Join TrackingAngle Editor Michael Fremer Tomorrow For This Exclusive Webinar!

the fundamentals of vinyl record care and more

By: Tracking Angle

MusicWatch sponsors tomorrow's live Vinyl Record Care Webinar moderated by Michael Fremer featuring Fine Sounds Americas Jeff Coates, Kirmuss Audio's Dr. Charles Kirmuss, and Spin-Clean International's Mark Mawhinney. It will cover record cleaning from the least costly Spin Clean solution to vacuum cleaning to cavitation based cleaning. It will not be product commercials but instead focus on the various cleaning concepts. It will also cover record care: handling, storage, etc. and stylus hygiene. It's free, so sign up by clicking on the hyperlink

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March 15th, 2023

Andover's SpinDeck 2 Adds Features, Priced Low at $299

key features simplify use, add convenience

By: Tracking Angle

Andover Audio just announced the new Spin Deck 2 turntable, budget priced at $299 complete with Audio Technica AT3600 cartridge and acrylic dustcover. The "starter" turntable now features electronic speed control and automatic end of side shut-off and arm return. The Audio-Technica 3600 comes pre-mounted for easy set-up, but can easily be upgraded.The new Spin Deck 2 also includes a by-passable built-in MM phono preamp. In addition, for greater speed... Read More

March 14th, 2023

Metallica Acquires Furnace Pressing—Yes, "That" Metallica

Alexandria, VA-based pressing plant has produced for the band 5 million+ records since 2014

By: Tracking Angle

One way to assure you don't have to wait for your records to be pressed is to buy a pressing plant. That's what the band Metallica just did, buying a majority interest in Alexandria, VA based Furnace Pressing from founder Eric Astor and his business partners.Furnace's Exterior—Photo Taken During November, 2021 VisitFrom the press release:Founded by Eric Astor in 1996, Furnace is known for making extremely high-quality records at its 70,000 square foot,... Read More

March 1st, 2023

Hana Introduces the new Umami Blue Moving Coil Cartridge

from Excel Sound's master cartridge designer Mateo Okada-san

By: Tracking Angle

Musical Surroundings today announced the new $2500 Hana-Umami Blue cartridge. From the press release: "The new cartridge follows in the Hana “Brilliant and Gorgeous” tradition of providing the listener with sublime enjoyment. Embodying the true sense of synergy, the HANA-Umami Blue combines the essential ingredients of the HANA-Umami Red with the ALNICO based generator of the HANA ML."The new cartridge incorporates the Auricle™ body design, unique and... Read More

February 28th, 2023

Parasound Adds Darren Myers to its Audio Design Team

new title is Vice President of Research and Development

By: Michael Fremer

"SAN FRANCISCO (February 28, 2023) – Early in his tenure as Parasound's new owner, David Sheriff made a commitment to the company's legendary designer, John Curl, to bring more of his new ideas to the fore. To accelerate this process, Sheriff has hired Darren Myers as Vice President of Research and Development. Myers was most recently Senior Analog Design Engineer for PS Audio, and earlier a designer for Classe Audio and B&W Loudspeakers. He is a... Read More

February 3rd, 2023

Marley Family/Tuff Gong Pressed in Jamaica Limited Edition LP Series Announced

in celebration of Bob Marley's 78th birthday

By: Tracking Angle

(Los Angeles – February 3, 2023)— The Marley Family Tuff Gong, and UMe commemorate Bob Marley’s 78th birthday....with a series of events, including a dozen limited-edition Bob Marley vinyl LPs each numbered and press exclusively at the legendary Tuff Gong International headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica featuring nine original studio an two original live albums plus Legend the world's best-selling reggae album.Interesting fact #1: The limited-edition albums were... Read More

January 30th, 2023

2023 Verve/Impulse! Acoustic Sounds Series Announced Today

12 essential jazz albums

By: Michael Fremer

This year's 12 Verve/Impulse! titles were announced today, all cut by Ryan Smith using the original master tapes. First to be released will be The Oscar Peterson Trio's Night Train.

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