Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU Vacuum Record Cleaning Machine Review

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl, Record Care, Reviews9 Comments

Sound Matters test Pro-Ject’s new and improved flagship vacuum-powered record cleaning machine: Keeping your vinyl records clean is essential if you want them to sound great for a lifetime and beyond. For this reason, vinyl record cleaning remains one of the most-read topics on Sound Matters. For those on a tight budget, you can achieve great results cleaning records by … Read More

Hate Dust? These Premium 4-Mil Inner Record Sleeves Could be Just the Ticket

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Reviews1 Comment

Canadian-based company, Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) made a big impact on the vinyl community earlier this year when their innovative take on the humble outer record sleeve began flying off the shelves. Company founder, Mike Sarazin set out to improve on existing designs by incorporating 100% North American materials, and by introducing an innovative dual pocket design. (Check out our … Read More

The Vinyl Alliance – Why Co-Founder, Bryan Ekus Wants to Unite the Record Industry

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry1 Comment

As 2019 draws to a close, Vinyl records continue to thrive. Just a couple of months ago, new figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed that vinyl sales figures could surpass CD for the first time since 1986. In our digital age, the rebirth of vinyl is nothing short of spectacular, but, for momentum to continue, … Read More

Moving Magnet Vs Moving Coil Phono Cartridges – What’s The Difference?

Marc HenshallTech Talk, Vinyl 10116 Comments

When it comes to choosing the right components for your turntable, your phono cartridge is, well, pretty important. After all, this is the device that makes direct contact with your records. In most audio systems inputs are almost certainly more important than outputs; to put it frankly—shit in, shit out.  There are two main types of phono cartridge available: moving … Read More

Fix Scratched Records Using a Toothpick

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Tech Talk1 Comment

We’ve all got those records, haven’t we? Whether we accidentally put the scratch there ourselves, or we were unlucky enough to purchase a used VG (very good) copy from a reseller that was less than honest – these records suck! They’re the otherwise perfectly listenable pieces of wax if it wasn’t for that one pesky scratch. They’re the records we’ve … Read More

Joe Henderson ‎– In Pursuit Of Blackness: Liner Notes According to Black Circle Radio

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Welcome to the first issue of “Liner Notes According to Black Circle Radio”. Each month BCR founder and host, Mitch Anderson brings you an “album of the month” as chosen by the man himself. You can expect an eclectic range of music, along with an honest write-up of each featured record. We hope you’ll discover something new as we endeavor to … Read More

Albums for Autumn – Four Cozy Records for Fall

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Reviews11 Comments

As the seasons change, so does our desire for music, food, drink, and many other pleasures that make life worth living. As spring passes to summer, and summer to autumn (or fall depending on where you live), we’re encouraged into a state of reflection that reminds us of our own humanity. Put more eloquently, in the words of Yoko Ono: … Read More

Are Vinyl Download Cards Dead?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry4 Comments

Just a few short years ago, vinyl download cards were considered fairly standard practice. They were part of the package, part of the appeal of buying vinyl – if only as a bonus. And at the time, it made sense. Digital downloads were still a mainstream format for music consumption, and a downloadable copy made the physical vinyl more appealing … Read More

Black Circle Radio Interview – Ten Years of All-Vinyl Broadcasting

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry3 Comments

Now in its tenth year, Michigan-based Black Circle Radio (BCR) is celebrating a full decade of all-vinyl programming. Their eclectic display of music and impeccable dedication to music on wax has earned them a strong reputation across the vinyl community. To mark this significant milestone, and to see what the future holds, we caught up with BCR founder and host, … Read More