Win a Copy of The Vinyl Revival Film & Book

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We are pleased to team up with Graham Jones (the author behind several books and short films about the rebirth of vinyl records) for your chance to win a copy of ‘The Vinyl Revival’ book and film. Graham’s claim to fame is the fact that he’s visited more record stores than any other person thanks to his 30+ years as … Read More

Ten of the Best Budget to Mid-Range Turntables in 2020

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Vinyl is back! The momentum behind consumer enthusiasm for the vinyl experience shows no sign of slowing, and while streaming offers day-to-day convenience on a mass-market level, vinyl continues to appeal among the most decerning of music fans.  Hi-Fi equipment across the board has a reputation for costing a lot of money, but in truth, there are plenty of options … Read More

Does Colored Vinyl Sound Worse Than Black Vinyl?

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Colored vinyl gets a bad wrap among vinyl and HiFi circles. For years, colored pressings were infamous for lousy quality. They are subsequently cast aside to this day by many as little more than a marketing gimmick. But is this really fair? Can the color of a vinyl record really make that much difference?  On face value, a debate around how color … Read More

Introducing – The Spindle Podcast

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I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new Podcast by Sound Matters called The Spindle. Having grown the Sound Matters website over the last few years to a platform attracting over 30,000 visitors a month, it is high time we diversified our content offering. Let’s face it, some folks don’t like reading—others simply don’t have the time—and while great … Read More

Pro-Ject X1 Turntable Review

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For nearly 30 years, Pro-Ject has exemplified what it takes to design audiophile-quality turntables that don’t break the bank. The X1 model is the most recent incarnation of the design that started it all, the Pro-Ject 1. In the new X1, Pro-Ject has a turntable design embodying all the core principles that continue to drive the company to this day. … Read More

Vinyl Run-Out Groove Messages – The Weird and The Wonderful

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Traditionally, the dead wax between the final grooves and the record label is a relatively benign, uninteresting space. You might find a matrix number, or perhaps a few extra digits referring to the cut or take of a particular record—or maybe, if you’re lucky, the mastering engineer or pressing plant will add their own signature. Look a little closer, though, … Read More

Clear Inner Sleeves? More Bright Ideas form Innovators, Vinyl Storage Solutions

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Canadian startup, Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) make designing innovative new record sleeves look easy, as they hit the market with yet another new product. Owner, Mike Sarazin left a lasting impression on Sound Matters last year with two great products that attempt to re-invent the record sleeve. Firstly, his dual-pocket outer sleeves, which enable you to seal the record artwork … Read More

Pro-Ject’s Founder, Heinz Lichtenegger, talks turntables, the changing vinyl market, and the importance of a ‘great analog experience’.

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For over two decades, Austrian-based company, Pro-Ject, has made a considerable impact on the turntable market. Their ability to create high-quality, minimalist turntables that deliver audiophile results without breaking the bank has won them a loyal following among the vinyl community. To learn more about the secrets behind their success, I spoke with the company’s CEO, Heinz Lichtenegger, about how … Read More

Vinyl Record Industry Shows “Commitment and Resilience” Despite COVID-19 Impact

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According to the Vinyl Alliance, a quick survey amongst their members shows the commitment and resilience of the industry. As if the vinyl record industry hadn’t suffered enough in the wake of February’s disastrous Apollo Masters fire, along comes a global pandemic. The fallout of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is hitting the entire economy hard, and the vinyl record industry is certainly … Read More

Lockdown Giveaway: Win an AudioQuest Record Brush + Booze & Vinyl Book

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Competition Closed: Winner Announced! A huge congratulations to Simon who we’ve contacted by email as the winner of our recent “Lockdown Giveaway”. Don’t worry if you’ve not been lucky this time around, we’ll be running similar initiatives in the future. Thank you to all who took part and continue to support the website – it means a whole lot! It’s … Read More