Best Budget Turntables In 2024 for Superb Sound

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Reviews8 Comments

Getting set up to play vinyl records doesn’t have to break the bank.  In fact, some of the most affordable budget turntables on the market are capable of delivering Hi-Fi results for as little as $250.  Thanks to a continued resurgence in the popularity of vinyl as a medium, several manufacturers of turntables have applied their engineering prowess to produce … Read More

Best Bluetooth Turntables in 2024

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As a format that celebrates all things analog, a Bluetooth turntable or record player might seem like an odd choice. After all, doesn’t that negate some of the point in the first place? No matter what your view on Bluetooth sound quality, the fact remains, as vinyl records continue to grow in popularity, the convenience of wireless connectivity on a … Read More

Best Phono Preamps 2024: Amazing Sound at Any Budget

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Our roundup of the best phono stage options. We’ve got you covered: From budget phono preamps that kickstart your vinyl journey to high-end options designed to suit the true vinyl connoisseur. If you own a turntable, you’ll need a phono stage somewhere in your setup to boost the very low output of your turntable cartridge and apply equalization based on … Read More

Best Albums to Own On Vinyl – 50 Essential Records Every Collector Should Own

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, New to Vinyl88 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

Spartan 15 Review: Michael Fidler’s New Double Stage Phono Preamp

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Michael Fidler’s company, Classic Audio Ltd made significant waves across the vinyl community back in December 2021 with the release of his Spartan 10 model phono preamp. By favoring all through-hole original circuit technology in place of cheaper surface-mounted exotically-sourced parts, the Spartan 10 was a breath of fresh air in a world where price and production scalability often take … Read More

HumminGuru Review – Affordable Ultrasonic Record Cleaning?

Marc HenshallCleaning Vinyl25 Comments

The relatively new HumminGuru record cleaner promises to deliver ultrasonic record cleaning power at an affordable price. Its compact size and all-in-one design will undoubtedly pique the interest of record collectors far and wide. To see how the unit performs, Sound Matters put the HumminGuru through its paces.  Ultrasonic cleaning for vinyl records is an interesting concept. It works by … Read More

Win a GrooveWasher Record Cleaning Bundle this Holiday Season

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We’ve teamed up with GrooveWasher in time for the holiday season to give TWO lucky grand prize winner a chance to win a complete record cleaning kit! The lucky winner will receive the GrooveWasher Mondo Record & Stylus Care System. The grand prize is worth $100 in total! VIEW PRODUCT How to Enter: All you have to do is enter … Read More

Soundeck Platter Mat PM295 Review – New & Improved?

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I reviewed an earlier incarnation of Soundeck’s unique platter mat a few years ago, and I was so impressed it became one of my go-to platter mats. Having released a new and improved model, is the Soundeck still king? On first glance, a turntable platter mat made from metal sounds like a terrible idea. After all, metal platters are notorious … Read More

Rega Planar 1 Review: Still the Budget Turntable to Beat?

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Rega Planar 1 Review

At a time when music lovers shopping for an entry-level turntable have an abundance of choice, is Rega’s Planar 1 still the one to beat? Since its initial release in 2005, Rega’s Planar 1 entry-level option has rightly earned a reputation as the benchmark by which all other affordable audiophile decks are measured. Pros Cons Easy setup Molded phono cable … Read More