The Best & Worst Album Covers

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry8 Comments

The large format cover art of vinyl records is one of the key draws for many music fans. There’s nothing quite like the blank canvas of a 12inch record cover for making an artistic statement that compliments your music. In the digital age, some would go as far to say we’ve lost the art of making great album covers – … Read More

How Are Vinyl Records Made?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk4 Comments

Vinyl records have a tactile quality that simply cannot be replicated in the digital realm, and for many – including myself – this tangible aspect makes up a large portion of the overall appeal. Unlike a CD – which, while a remarkable piece of technology in its own right, can hardly be called charming – a well-made vinyl record is … Read More

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry, Tech Talk10 Comments

Few debates in the audio world create such a large divide as the analog vs digital question. Vinyl vs CD/Digital is the classic battleground, where passionate enthusiasts on both sides of the argument often partake in heated exchanges with no real conclusion. The question itself is undoubtedly oversimplified  – there are far too many variables to draw a line under such a broad debate, … Read More

Measuring Vinyl Dynamic Range – It’s Complicated!

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk3 Comments

As a young(ish) person discovering vinyl for the first time, I was fascinated by the claim floating around in many of the Internet’s forums that some vinyl releases have better dynamic range than their digital or CD counterparts. This immediately seemed odd to me, as digital music – on paper at least – is capable of much greater dynamic range. See figures below: 16 … Read More

What’s Wrong with Cheap Record Players?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk3 Comments

As record sales continue to grow year-on-year, so too has the market for cheap starter record players. The demand is so great, last year’s hottest Christmas seller on Amazon was the Jensen JTA-230 3-speed stereo turntable with built-in speakers. Priced at just $51.99, it’s safe to say the majority of these players were bought as starter turntables. The Jensen JTA isn’t the only … Read More

Vinyl Stylus Shapes Explained

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk6 Comments

The hi-fi world is full of technical jargon and vinyl records are certainly no exception. In the following article, you’ll learn about the most common stylus shapes on the market designed for vinyl playback. So what exactly is a stylus? In simple terms the stylus (or needle) is the tip that tracks your vinyl record. Most styli are made from industrial diamonds … Read More

How to Store your Vinyl Record Collection

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Maintenance1 Comment

A well-kept vinyl record is a pleasure to behold; they sound great, they’re free of excessive surface noise, and the cover is a piece of art. A poorly kept record, on the other hand, is not so appealing; there’s background noise, plenty of pops and clicks, and the artwork is scuffed – it might even be unplayable due to some … Read More

Vinyl Record Inner-Groove Distortion (A Simple Explanation)

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk10 Comments

While vinyl records have plenty to offer, both sonically and from a listening experience standpoint, they also come with some trade-offs. One of the most commonly cited but also misunderstood trade-offs is a phenomenon known as inner-groove distortion (also referred to as end-of-side distortion. Inner-groove distortion is an audible deterioration in sound quality that sometimes occurs when playing tracks close … Read More

HD Vinyl Patent Proves Market Forces Can Save the Vinyl Record

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry1 Comment

For some time, independent record labels have expressed concern about Vinyl hype and the very real problems caused by the production bottleneck. According to small labels, independent artists now struggle to get their work pressed as the major labels leverage their size and budget to squeeze more and more records through a limited number of pressing plants across the globe. Due to … Read More