For many audio enthusiasts, there is a frequent desire to upgrade their setup to achieve a greater performance. No matter how long you’ve had your turntable, there can be the constant desire to seek more sonic performance from your home audio system. Once you’ve caught the upgrade bug, the path comes in a range of […]
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The Benefits of an Acrylic Platter for Turntables
There are numerous materials used by turntable manufacturers for the construction of the turntable platter – the platter being the spinning surface your record sits on. The choice of material for the platter has numerous performance and playback ramifications. Popular materials you will see include: plastic, steel, aluminum, glass, MDF, acrylic and others. In this […]
Describing the Characteristics of Sound
Buying a new set of speakers or audio system is an exciting process, because it means that you’re about to vastly improve the enjoyment of the music and media in your home. But as fun and fascinating as it is, scouring the internet for reviews and information on the perfect speakers can be full of […]
How a Vinyl Record is Made: The Process of Getting A Record Pressed
If you’re here, you are probably like us. You cherish that moment of popping your favorite record down on your turntable. Sitting in a comfy chair and just taking in the music. But do you ever wonder how that plastic vinyl disc transports you to a place of musical bliss? How is a vinyl record made? How does the music we love get physically pressed into this wonderful physical medium. […]
What is Ferrofluid and the Benefits of Using it in Speakers
When engineering speakers, many speaker designers utilize ferrofluid in the design of the tweeters. Utilizing ferrofluid offers a few performance enhancements to improve sound quality while also increasing the longevity of that speaker component. What is Ferrofluid? Ferrofluid is known as “the magnetic liquid” which contains iron oxide particles that are suspended in an oily liquid. It comes in […]
Off Center Pressings on Vinyl LPs: What is it and how can you correct it?
What Is Off-Center Pressing? Off-center pressing is essentially when the spindle hole in the center of the album is not properly aligned to the center of the grooves. Not all records are produced to equal quality standards. Without proper alignment, the needle is unable to track in the grooves and may cause it to wobble […]
What is Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA)?
Turntable VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) is the angle in which the tonearm and stylus meet the record being played. The reason for this angle is two-fold. First, it causes less wear on the stylus by taking off the direct pressure which would occur if the VTA was incorrectly set. More importantly, the record was cut […]
What is Auto Stop and Why Choose a Turntable with this Feature?
Auto Stop Defined Auto stop, also known as auto shut off, uses a system to halt the record from spinning once it has finished playing, rather than continuing to wear at the stylus. The stylus remains in the blank lock groove at the end of the LP. Not to be confused with an auto-return, which means […]