Is Vinyl Still Relevant in the Digital Age?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry5 Comments

We live in an age of digital convenience; an age of instant gratification with the world at our fingertips. Streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music now dominate music consumption, enabling mass consumer access to a staggering volume of music spanning all manner of decades and genres. And yet, while physical music overall is in decline, one format continues … Read More

Funk Firm Achromat Review

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Controlling turntable resonance is imperative if you want to achieve the best possible sound from your vinyl records. All turntables require damping to control external and mechanical resonance, and even modest setups can receive a significant performance improvement from just a little attention in this area. Acrylic platters are revered across the hi-fi industry for helping to drastically reduce turntable … Read More

Soundeck Review – Controlling Unwanted Vibration with Sound Damped Steel

Marc HenshallReviews2 Comments

Your turntable phono cartridge is an incredibly sensitive bit of kit capable of turning even very small vibrations into an electrical signal that inevitably ends up processed as sound. Any resonance, vibrations, or mechanical noise that is processed by the cartridge will muddy the sound of your records, and in louder, more extreme circumstance, feedback can occur. Needless to say, … Read More

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

The Importance of Music Ownership

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry19 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 Care5 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?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk4 Comments

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

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry1 Comment

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