Vinyl’s Imperfections Improve the Listening Experience

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk3 Comments

It is the prerogative of each generation preceding the next to claim that their generation’s music was better. Or at least that’s how each generation typically feels… We all get there eventually; at first you’re checking out what’s new on the block musically every day, then it’s every week – or even every month. Before you know it, you haven’t … Read More

GrooveWasher SC1 Stylus Cleaning Kit Review

Marc HenshallReviews4 Comments

As the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” These words will almost certainly … Read More

Does 180g Vinyl Sound Better?

Marc HenshallTech Talk, Vinyl 1012 Comments

Most vintage vinyl records measure somewhere between 120 – 150g, and or many years, these specifications seemed to work just fine. In more recent years, however, we’re commonly sold much heavier new pressings, often labeled as “Audiophile Quality 180g”. So does 180g vinyl really make any difference to the overall listening experience? Or is it all a great swindle set … Read More

GrooveWasher G2 Vinyl Record Cleaner Review

Marc HenshallReviews3 Comments

Choosing the right record cleaning system is important but often confounding. After all, the internet is brimming with countless suggestions and methods — many of which are dubious at best. In many cases, there’s almost a pseudoscience to cleaning vinyl records, with some approaches verging on the bizarre (wood glue springs to mind). At Sound Matters, we’ve covered plenty of … Read More

Project Essential II Review

Marc HenshallReviews3 Comments

Hi-FI audio is a notoriously expensive, and often slightly elitist, hobby. Enthusiasts with the spare cash and space will think nothing of spending eye-watering amounts of cash on high-end audio equipment, which can often leave more casual listeners wondering, “are they hearing something I’m not!?” At Sound Matters, it’s our belief that it doesn’t have to cost the earth to … Read More

Seven Bad Habits That Will Destroy Your Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallRecord Care4 Comments

Getting the best possible sound from any vinyl record collection requires a significant amount of discipline. Unlike digital music, it requires lots of time and maintenance to keep the music flowing and the sound quality sharp. As vinyl collectors, we like to think we possess the patience necessary to reap the rewards – but come on, be honest, you’ve been … Read More

Top Five Turntable Upgrades

Marc HenshallRecord Care, Tech Talk2 Comments

One of the great advantages of building a hi-fi setup through separate components is the option to perform spot upgrades – almost infinitely – should your budget permit. From your turntable to your speakers, and even the listening environment itself, every last piece of the signal chain is upgradable or modifiable. Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that the … Read More

Ultrasonic Cleaning for Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallRecord Care8 Comments

We’ve covered plenty of conventional methods for cleaning vinyl records at Sound Matters – from relatively expensive vinyl cleaning machines to humble but effective manual cleaning solutions. But there’s one method we haven’t yet touched on that’s rapidly gaining popularity in the vinyl community, and that’s ultrasonic cleaning. What is Ultrasonic Cleaning? In a nutshell, Ultrasonic cleaning is a process … Read More

The Best & Worst Album Covers

Marc HenshallCulture & 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 – a … Read More

How Are Vinyl Records Made?

Marc HenshallTech Talk, Vinyl 1014 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