Removing Record Static with the Milty Zerostat

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Reviews3 Comments

For vinyl collectors, statically charged records are a persistent thorn in the side. When a vinyl record becomes statically charged, it acts like a magnet for any dust lurking near its vicinity, making it near-impossible to keep the record clean. The problem is most acute in dry climates when the humidity is low; this is because the surface moisture on … Read More

Seven Bad Habits That Will Destroy Your Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record 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 HenshallMarc Henshall
Record 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 HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care6 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

What’s Wrong with Cheap Record Players?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
New 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

How to Look After Your Vinyl Records (Part Two)

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care4 Comments

In 2015, sales of vinyl records grew for the tenth consecutive year, and while millions of music fans are rediscovering the joy of music on wax, they’re also learning how maintenance comes with the territory. As we’ve already established in our first post about vinyl record care – great sounding records require care and attention. In this second edition, we’ll cover plenty more methods … Read More

Why You Should Clean New Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning5 Comments

It’s common knowledge that vinyl records need the occasional clean from time-to-time. Used record purchases, in particular, should always be cleaned before they go anywhere near your turntable and stylus. Dirty records not only sound bad, but they also exacerbate stylus wear and contaminate your turntable – spreading the muck across your precious vinyl collection. What most people don’t realise, … Read More

Why I switched my record cleaning solution from Clear Groove to Vinyl Revival

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning, Reviews10 Comments

I love vinyl records, but when it comes to keeping them clean and clear of dust, they can be a real pain in the neck. There are many ways to keep your vinyl records clean and sounding great, the most affordable of which is a good cleaning solution. Previously, I’ve recommended Clear Groove as an affordable and effective solution, but … Read More