Competition: Win a Copy of “Vinyl: The Art of Making Records”

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Back by popular demand! For the second time, we’re giving away one copy of the hardcover book, “Vinyl: The Art of Making Records”. This superbly presented coffee table companion is a wonderful visual celebration of the vinyl format, documenting some fascinating history while also celebrating the medium’s modern rebirth. View the book online to learn more. The book reveals some interesting … Read More

Top Five Reasons to Buy Vinyl

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, New to Vinyl52 Comments

In a world where we can access almost any piece of music at the click of a mouse, or the tap of a screen, who would think that a physical format like vinyl would continue to endure? Far from being a nostalgia trip, vinyl records are now enjoyed by a wide range of ages by music fans searching for something … Read More

How NOT to clean vinyl records

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Great vinyl records are clean vinyl records, that much is well understood. But with so much advice available on the internet, how can you determine which cleaning methods lead to vinyl nirvana, and which ones lead to frustration and regret? We’ve covered plenty of tried and tested cleaning methods at Sound Matters, but this article is different. This time, we’ll be … Read More

The Importance of Music Ownership

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry11 Comments

If you own your own home, do you not take better care of it? Do you take more pride in your surroundings, perhaps invest more money in maintaining it? If you own something, you have a stake in it. As Martin Luther King JR said, “There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of … Read More

Full Force Hi-Fi Cork Vinyl Slipmat Review

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A cork slip mat is one of the most affordable, yet effective upgrades you can make to your turntable setup. Cork has many benefits including reduced static, better isolation from motor/belt sound, and (best of all) a tighter, more focused playback sound. In my experience, the bass frequency performance, in particular, is reinforced by the addition of a good quality … Read More

Clean Vinyl Records, According to the Folks at GrooveWasher

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl, Record Care4 Comments

Great sounding vinyl records are clean vinyl records, and few know more about this topic than GrooveWasher founder, Steve Chase. We talk to Steve about his journey in building a modern record cleaning system designed to enhance the listening experience for new and veteran vinyl enthusiasts. Steve also has some expert tips for our readers to help keep your precious … Read More

Q&A: HD Vinyl – The Future of Record Manufacturing?

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HD Vinyl Pioneer, Guenter Loibl talks to Sound Matters about his ambitions to revolutionize vinyl record manufacturing using lasers. The HD-Vinyl concept first caught our attention back in 2016, when Austrian-based company, Rebeat first filed the patent for a new vinyl record production process involving lasers. Naturally, it wasn’t long before the internet was awash with speculation about the new … Read More

Mutual Appreciation Society: Music, Vinyl & Craft Beer

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Two of my interests I think pair extremely well are music (particularly on vinyl) and beer – especially craft beer. Nothing makes a great record listening experience even better like some flavour-packed suds to tickle the taste buds. At first glance, both of these topics could appear distant from one another; after all, what does the revival of vinyl records have … Read More

Competition: Win GrooveWasher Record Cleaning Bundle

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For our latest giveaway competition, we’re pleased and partner with GrooveWasher for your chance to win two world-class record cleaning products. The lucky winner will receive the GrooveWasher Walnut Record Cleaning kit and SC1 Stylus Cleaning kit bundle worth $49.40. GrooveWasher’s specially formulated record cleaning solution is by far the most effective product for cleaning vinyl by hand that we’ve … Read More

Top Five Vinyl Record Quotes

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In our increasingly digital age, there’s still a lot of love for good old-fashioned vinyl. There’s just something about the physicality of vinyl; the sound, the feel (the entire experience) that conjures up emotions in generations old and new. It’s hard to imagine the same passion for any digital format in years to come, and while we’ve seen some resurgence … Read More