Locked Grooves – Endless Fun (Literally)

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry2 Comments

In a recent feature, we explored the weird and wonderful world of run-out groove messages. From mastering engineer signatures to hidden messages and inside-jokes, there is a whole world of interesting etchings to explore. Closely related to this topic is the world of audible locked grooves. Standard records have a locked groove at the end of each side, usually in … Read More

Wax & Stamp Record Subscription Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Reviews2 Comments

One of my key motivators for starting Sound Matters was the loss of experience and musical discovery that happens when you surrender all music ownership to the internet. The abundance of choice online is amazing, and it’s never been easier or cheaper to access more music than a person can consume in a lifetime. The trouble is, the experience just … Read More

How to Look After Your Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Maintenance23 Comments

The tactile nature of vinyl records is both what makes the format appealing, and also challenging. Well cared for records can last a lifetime, while poorly looked after records will quickly become worthless and unlistenable. For the best listening experience, consider following these key points to help look after your vinyl records and preserve them for many years to come. … Read More

How to Shop For Used Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry, Enjoy Vinyl1 Comment

Browsing the used section of your local record store is one of the best ways to expand your love of music and vinyl. Used records are a treasure trove of musical history. There are thousands of titles from across many decades just waiting to be discovered, but finding the right record at the right price can feel like searching for … Read More

Win a Copy of The Vinyl Revival Film & Book

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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COMPETITION CLOSED – Winner Announced:Huge congratulations to Neil who is our winner of the competition. Neil has been contacted via email and we’ll be getting the prize out to him very soon. Not to worry if you haven’t been lucky this time. We’re always running regular competitions here at Sound Matters, so we look forward to giving our readers another … Read More

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

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Reviews3 Comments

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?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk10 Comments

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

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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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

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Reviews3 Comments

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

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry3 Comments

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