VINYL GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
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New To Vinyl Records?
If you're just getting started with vinyl records, you're in the right place.
Through this page, we've collated the best advice, tips and how-to guides to help you get started with your new vinyl hobby. From choosing your first turntable, to buying your first records and preserving them in pristine condition, you're well on your way to building a record collection you can be proud of.
We're a community of over 50,000 monthly vinyl enthusiasts; Sound Matters has helped countless music fans discover the joy of music on vinyl, and we can't wait to get you started.
How to Handle Vinyl Records Correctly – Prevent Damage!
Collecting records is a rewarding hobby. There’s nothing quite like the tactile process of selecting a record, gently pulling it…
How to Use a Record Brush – Avoid Damage!
The humble carbon fiber record brush is an essential accessory for any turntable. If you don’t already own one, you…
Phono vs Line: What’s the Difference? – Vinyl 101
The terms “phono” and “line” are often misunderstood, particularly by new record collectors. Understandably, phono inputs can confuse music enthusiasts…
How to Balance a Tonearm & Set Turntable Tracking Force
Adjusting your tonearm tracking force is one of the most important aspects of setting up your turntable. You need to…
How Are Vinyl Records Made?
Vinyl records have a tactile quality that simply cannot be replicated in the digital realm, and for many – including…
Turntable Phono Preamps Explained – Do You Need One?
If you’re new to the world of vinyl records, it may surprise you to learn that you can’t simply plug…
How to Position Your Turntable
When setting up a HiFi system, every detail counts. Where you place your turntable in relation to the rest of…
How to Replace a Turntable Cartridge
There are several reasons you might want to replace your phono cartridge. You could be upgrading the stock model shipped…
How to Set Up Your Turntable
Setting up your turntable correctly is fundamental if you want to achieve the best possible sound from your vinyl records.…
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