New GrooveGuard Record Sleeves Review – MoFi Killer?

Marc HenshallUncategorized2 Comments

GrooveWasher have a solid reputation for producing extremely effective record cleaning products, but do their new record sleeves live up to expectations?  I’ve been using GrooveWasher recording cleaning fluid (both G2 and G3 formulas) as my go-to formula for many years now.  Not only do I find their products to be among the most effective we’ve tested, but they’re also … Read More

Best Albums to Own On Vinyl – 30 Essential Records Every Collector Should Own

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, New to Vinyl26 Comments

Compiling a list of the best albums to own on vinyl is no small task. There’s a staggering amount of music history to consider, and at the end of the day, you could ask ten different people and get ten completely different lists. But I can conclude one thing for certain: there’s no better way own music than the beautiful canvas of … Read More

VinylBox Subscription Review – An Eclectic Service for Budding Record Enthusiasts

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Vinyl record subscription services continue to grow in popularity. They’re a fantastic way to grow your collection, discover new music, and broaden your musical horizon. At Sound Matters, we’ve reviewed a wide range of vinyl record subscription services available in North America, the UK, and the EU.  Each service offers a unique approach, with some focusing on specific genres and … Read More

Record Player Sounds Distorted? Here’s How to Fix It

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Vinyl 1011 Comment

When vinyl records are at their best, I wholeheartedly believe it’s the best way to enjoy music. As with any physical media, though, there are several reasons why they might not perform at their best. If your record player or turntable sounds distorted, there’s a good chance the reason falls into one of the following categories on this page.  So … Read More

How to Clean Old Vinyl Records – Top Tips: Bring Your Collection Back to Life

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl3 Comments

So you’ve hit the record store and come back with a hoard of classic old vinyl records. ….Or, perhaps you’ve inherited or recently received a box of records and you’re excited to dive in.  You flick through the collection, select a record, and gently place it on your turntable.  As the stylus lowers and makes contact with the groove, you’re … Read More

Nine Classic Album Covers and What Makes them Great

Marc HenshallClassic Albums, Culture & Industry16 Comments

For any vinyl collector, a considerable part of the appeal and experience is the artwork. In many cases, album covers are classic art pieces in their own right and a significant contributor to pop culture. Countless classic album covers are instantly recognizable; they transcend generational boundaries and form part of our collective identity as a society. In some case, they … Read More

10 Fun Facts About Vinyl Records For The True Vinyl Geek

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry4 Comments

Despite the convenience of digital streaming, vinyl records continue to grow in popularity.  The world of vinyl is full of interesting facts and details that even the most seasoned collector might not know. To celebrate the lasting returning success of a format once written off as obsolete, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts about vinyl records for the true … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-E Review – Is it as good as the bigger VC-S2 ALU

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl, Reviews2 Comments

Does the VC-E compact record cleaning machine from Pro-Ject match up to its bigger brother, the VC-S2 ALU? Sound Matters put the device through its paces.  When Pro-Ject upgraded its popular vacuum record cleaning machines with shiny new aluminum chassis, we quickly investigated the new VC-S2 ALU. As a direct replacement for Pro-Ject’s flagship VC-S, the new VC-S2 ALU brought … Read More