Ten of the Best Budget to Mid-Range Turntables in 2020

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Vinyl is back! The momentum behind consumer enthusiasm for the vinyl experience shows no sign of slowing, and while streaming offers day-to-day convenience on a mass-market level, vinyl continues to appeal among the most decerning of music fans.  Hi-Fi equipment across the board has a reputation for costing a lot of money, but in truth, there are plenty of options … Read More

Pro-Ject X1 Turntable Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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For nearly 30 years, Pro-Ject has exemplified what it takes to design audiophile-quality turntables that don’t break the bank. The X1 model is the most recent incarnation of the design that started it all, the Pro-Ject 1. In the new X1, Pro-Ject has a turntable design embodying all the core principles that continue to drive the company to this day. … Read More

Clear Inner Sleeves? More Bright Ideas form Innovators, Vinyl Storage Solutions

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Canadian startup, Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) make designing innovative new record sleeves look easy, as they hit the market with yet another new product. Owner, Mike Sarazin left a lasting impression on Sound Matters last year with two great products that attempt to re-invent the record sleeve. Firstly, his dual-pocket outer sleeves, which enable you to seal the record artwork … Read More

Vinyl Wings: Record Subscription Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Every record tells a story. It could be the personal experience of each musician, a hidden message behind the cover art, or the unique production and build-up that leads to a piece of music on wax. In any case, like a snapshot in time, every record ever made is a moment captured for all future generations to enjoy. Record subscription … Read More

Wax Wash Vinyl Record Cleaner Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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As we like to say at Sound Matters, great vinyl records are clean vinyl records. I’m slightly obsessed with cleaning vinyl, and in many ways, I find the whole process strangely therapeutic. (What can I say, record collectors are strange folk).  With the aforementioned in mind, I will always welcome the opportunity to review a new method or cleaning product. … Read More

Albums for Winter – Five Fire-Side Records for the Season

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Just a couple of months ago, as the leaves turned a fiery golden red, we began a series exploring the effect seasons have on our musical palette. We listed our top cozy albums for fall/autumn, and then asked you, the readers, to share your personal favorites. With winter now upon us, and Christmas just a few days away, it’s time … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU Vacuum Record Cleaning Machine Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Sound Matters test Pro-Jects new and improved flagship vacuum-powered record cleaning machine: Keeping your vinyl records clean is essential if you want them to sound great for a lifetime and beyond. For this reason, vinyl record cleaning remains one of the most-read topics on Sound Matters. For those on a tight budget, you can achieve great results cleaning records by … Read More

Gift Ideas for Vinyl Record Enthusiasts – 2019

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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It’s that time of year again; the temperature is dropping, the nights are drawing in, and that nagging question of what to buy friends and family for the big day is becoming more significant with each passing week. If you’re buying for the vinyl record enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got suggestions to suit all budgets when … Read More

Hate Dust? These Premium 4-Mil Inner Record Sleeves Could be Just the Ticket

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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Canadian-based company, Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) made a big impact on the vinyl community earlier this year when their innovative take on the humble outer record sleeve began flying off the shelves. Company founder, Mike Sarazin set out to improve on existing designs by incorporating 100% North American materials, and by introducing an innovative dual pocket design. (Check out our … Read More

Albums for Autumn – Four Cozy Records for Fall

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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As the seasons change, so does our desire for music, food, drink, and many other pleasures that make life worth living. As spring passes to summer, and summer to autumn (or fall depending on where you live), we’re encouraged into a state of reflection that reminds us of our own humanity. Put more eloquently, in the words of Yoko Ono: … Read More