Removing Record Static with the Milty Zerostat

Marc HenshallRecord Maintenance, Reviews2 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

Project Essential II Review

Marc HenshallReviews3 Comments

Hi-FI audio is a notoriously expensive, and often slightly elitist, hobby. Enthusiasts with the spare cash and space will think nothing of spending eye-watering amounts of cash on high-end audio equipment, which can often leave more casual listeners wondering, “are they hearing something I’m not!?” At Sound Matters, it’s our belief that it doesn’t have to cost the earth to … Read More

Holiday Gift Ideas for Vinyl Record Lovers

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Updated for 2018 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 … Read More

Upgrades You Should Make to Your Project Essential II Turntable

Marc HenshallReviews1 Comment

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m a huge fan of Projects Essential II for its low-cost, minimalistic approach that gets all the basics right. They don’t have any fancy features, but they sound great and won’t ruin your precious vinyl records. For $300 (£209) you can’t go wrong on a budget. One of the great things about project turntables is … Read More

Best Budget Turntables with Low Record Wear

Marc HenshallReviews3 Comments

Vinyl record sales continue to grow year on year. Increasing numbers of music consumers are embracing the physical medium in a surprising twist that could see vinyl outlive CD if the current trend continues. Just a fad? I hear you ask. Well, it certainly doesn’t seem that way, and according to Forbes “2015 marked the tenth consecutive year that vinyl sales … Read More

5 Things You Need to Get Started with Vinyl Today

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Reviews6 Comments

So, you’ve decided to start collecting vinyl. At this stage, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the resurgence in vinyl records. You might even have heard about the increased dynamic range with which many records are mastered when compared to their digital counterparts. But most of all, the chances are you’re hooked on the allure of vinyl as a … Read More