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ATLANTA, GA April 27 2005 Warner Brothers records with Rhino/Reprise recently announced that they have hired Steve Hoffman, one of the world's most revered mastering engineers, to undertake the most ambitious vinyl reissue program of any major label in recent history. Steve will be mastering with cutter Kevin Gray at Kevin's AcousTech Mastering and records will be pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at RTI - all are being cut in true analog from original Warner Brothers/Reprise stereo master mixes - some of which have been untouched for 35 years.

Steve Hoffman shares, "The old "EQ Cutting Masters" had compromises built in to the sound of the tapes. In the old days the tapes were routinely EQ'd, compressed and sometimes filtered to make it easy for needles to track the groove. When I bypass those tapes the original untouched master mixes reveal a whole new scene; detailed, beautiful sounding dynamic music appears and we can cut this directly onto a phonograph record."

At Mr. Hoffman's request, Signals-SuperFi, LLC, in concert with Continuum Audio Labs of Australia, will provide a Criterion turntable and Copperhead tonearm for test-pressing evaluation. Asked why he chose Continuum for the job, Steve remarked, "I heard the Continuum Criterion turntable with the special Copperhead tonearm at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show and was impressed by the resolving sound. This system will be perfect for my evaluation of the Rhino/WB/Reprise vinyl 180 gram test pressings from RTI."

"We're terribly excited about the project," confides Chris Sommovigo, owner of Signals-SuperFi and distributor of Continuum's record players in North America. "The fact that Warner Bros./Reprise/Rhino is showing this much commitment to the vinyl format - to not just cut and release LPs from the old EQ Masters but to hire Steve to re-master the albums entirely - is really fantastic news for vinyl lovers. Continuum's analog gear will give Steve the kind of tool that no mastering engineer has had at his disposal before, and Steve will - in turn - be delivering some of the best vinyl ever set onto a turntable."

About Steve Hoffman

STEVE HOFFMAN - Award-winning Recording, Mastering and Restoration Engineer - Has compiled, mastered and released over 1,000 record albums and compact discs to critical acclaim.

He has remastered over 500 Audiophile quality Compact Discs and LP's working with such artists as: The Eagles, The Doors, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nat 'King' Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Cream, The Cars, Blondie, Jim Croce, Linda Ronstadt, Jethro Tull, The Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller Band, Elton John, Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Pepper, Rod Stewart, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Wes Montgomery and many, many, others. Visit STEVE'S WEB PAGE for more information about his activities.

About Continuum Audio Labs:

Continuum Audio Labs, PTY of Melbourne, Australia is a specialty engineering company dedicated to developing the finest in analog components via a peer-reviewed system of R&D populated by experts from diverse fields, and by utilizing supercomputers with Finite Element Analysis and Reshaping programs to analyze and refine the mechanics of LP information retrieval. Their award-winning Caliburn system has ignited the imagination of many a music lover and competitor alike. For information about these genre-redefining products, please visit: CONTINUUM WEB PAGE

About Signals-SuperFi, LLC

Based in Atlanta, GA, USA Signals-SuperFi was founded in 2005 with a focus on introducing and distributing high-end, luxury audio gear throughout North America and worldwide. Signals-SuperFi, LLC is privately held with worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The company and its employees are committed to offering products that create the most emotionally engaging musical experiences. For more information, visit SIGNALS WEB PAGE

Signals SuperFi, LLC
828 Ralph McGill Blvd.
Studio W3
Atlanta, GA 30306

(678) 528 8077 administration
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