Turntable Tonearms: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

A turntable tonearm

Turntables are complex machines. A series of highly engineered parts work together to precisely read the groove of a record and make music. One of the most important parts of the turntable is the turntable tonearm. Tonearm design can make or break your audio experience. When properly set up, they can turn vinyl playback into … Read more

The Needle Doctor: Brief History & 7 Alternatives

The Needle Doctor

If you consider yourself a strict audiophile or even an enthusiast of vinyl records, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Needle Doctor. Started by Jerry Raskin, an all-around audio enthusiast himself, vinyl records and audio equipment held a special place in his heart. That passion was shared with thousands of people throughout his … Read more

8 Great Ways to Remove Static From Records

Remove static from records

If you want to get the best sound and long-term quality out of your vinyl collection, it’ll require proper care, which entails more than you might think. Most people assume you just need to keep them covered in a sleeve, so they remain dust-free, but there are other factors that can affect them as well. … Read more

Half-Speed Mastering: What Is It and Why Is It Better?

Half-speed mastering

The final product of the record-making process requires much more skill and effort than you might think. Every step of the process requires a detailed level of precision as it’s needed to ensure the music and record perform how they should. In this article, I’m going to explore half-speed mastering, what it is, and why … Read more

10 Must-Own Rap & Hip Hop Vinyl Records

Hip Hop Vinyl Records

You can find nearly any track you want on digital formats like streaming services today, and although that may be convenient, it’s definitely missing some sonic qualities in a few areas. Vinyl records are loved for their unique sound, and many songs and albums simply sound entirely different when listening to them on a record … Read more

Best Turntables With a Built-in Preamp

Turntables with preamp

There are many different aspects of a turntable that play a part in its sound quality, and there’s a wide spectrum of built-in preamps. You can easily customize a turntable to have the specific parts you’re looking for, but built-in preamps offer an efficient approach that takes the work and additional cost off the listener. … Read more

Best Turntable Cartridges

The best turntable cartridges

It may be a small turntable component, but a cartridge’s build quality can deliver significant differences. You don’t have to be a turntable expert to hear the differences in cartridges that are made of varying materials and overall quality. There is a long list of variations that come with a turntable cartridge, and it’s important … Read more

10 Turntable Brands You Should Know

Best turntable brands

If you’re in the market for a new turntable, the number of options available can be overwhelming. You not only have new turntables available but a whole selection of vintage turntable brands as well. That’s why we’ve put together our list of the 10 best turntable brands you should consider. Marantz Marantz is a turntable … Read more

Turntable Isolation Feet 101

Turntable Isolation Feet

Picture this: you’re sitting back, listening to one of your favorite records. You’re so encapsulated by the music that you almost don’t notice your roommate coming down the stairs. Before you can warn them, it’s too late. Your roommate stomps by and you cringe as your needle bounces across your record. If this scenario or … Read more