The Best Affordable Phono Preamps

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Reviews5 Comments

If you’re buying your first vinyl setup, you’ll need to make sure you have a phono preamp somewhere in the signal chain. In straightforward terms, a phono preamp amplifies the signal up to a level suitable for the AUX input on your Hi-Fi receiver. Also, it will apply an equalization curve to inverse the standard frequency adjustment made during the … Read More

How to Store your Vinyl Record Collection

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Record Care8 Comments

Storing your vinyl records safely is essential. Whether it’s for day-to-day accessibility or the long-term in storage boxes, it’s imperative you store them correctly to ensure they last a lifetime and beyond. After all, you’ve worked hard to afford your collection, and the chances are, you’d like them to remain in great condition for as long as possible. If you’re … Read More

Automatic vs Manual Turntables

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Vinyl 1014 Comments

When choosing a new turntable, there are many factors to consider. In most cases, your final decision will come down to a balance between price, features, quality, and personal preference. One aspect that is often misunderstood is the choice between automatic and manual turntable designs. After all, if you can remove effort and work by purchasing an automatic deck, why … Read More

What’s the best turntable for beginners?

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl12 Comments

Due to the continued growth in vinyl record sales, the demand for entry-level turntables and records players is greater than ever. Increasing numbers of consumers are rediscovering physical music formats, with vinyl now outselling CD for the first time since 1986. Naturally, as demand grows, more manufacturers are offering entry-level turntables designing to appeal to new collectors. So which turntable … Read More

Direct-Drive vs Belt-Drive Turntables – What’s the Difference?

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Tech Talk, Vinyl 1013 Comments

When buying your first turntable, or even upgrading your current setup, there are many technical terms and details that cause some confusion for would-be vinyl enthusiasts. At Sound Matters, we present answers to many of these frequently asked questions in a way that cuts through the jargon, getting to the key points you need to know. Today, we tackle the … Read More

Why Do I Need a Phono Preamp for My Turntable?

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Tech Talk, Vinyl 1013 Comments

If you’re new to the world of vinyl records, it may surprise you to learn that you cannot simply plug your turntable into most sound systems, just as you might do with any other piece of audio equipment. If you’ve ever tried plugging your turntable into the input marked as “aux” or “TAPE” on your sound system, you’ll likely notice … Read More

Creative Ways to Display Your Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, New to Vinyl, Record Care1 Comment

Besides the great sounds, ritual, and process, a huge part of vinyl’s lasting appeal is undoubtedly the aesthetic. Enthusiasts hail the large format artwork and the sense of satisfaction that comes with physically owning the music you love as just part of the reason why vinyl record sales continue to grow year-on-year. Many album covers are pieces of art in … Read More

How to Set Up Your Turntable

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Tech Talk, Vinyl 1015 Comments

Setting up your turntable correctly is fundamental if you want to achieve the best possible sound from your vinyl records. Accuracy is key, and it’s easy to understand why when you consider the task at hand. The average LP has about 1,500 feet of groove on each side, and the groove in question is less than a hairline thick. The … Read More

Top Five Reasons to Buy Vinyl

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, New to Vinyl31 Comments

In a world where we can access almost any piece of music at the click of a mouse, or the tap of a screen, who would think that a physical format like vinyl would continue to endure? Far from being a nostalgia trip, vinyl records are now enjoyed by a wide range of ages by music fans searching for something … Read More

What’s Wrong with Cheap Record Players?

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Record Care, Tech Talk4 Comments

As record sales continue to grow year-on-year, so too has the market for cheap starter record players. The demand is so great, last year’s hottest Christmas seller on Amazon was the Jensen JTA-230 3-speed stereo turntable with built-in speakers. Priced at just $51.99, it’s safe to say the majority of these players were bought as starter turntables. The Jensen JTA isn’t the only … Read More