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Finding the Best Phono Preamp for Your Stereo System

Finding the best phono preamp for your music setup is not necessarily difficult. It also doesn’t have to be too expensive. It’s ironic that one of the trickiest elements of dealing with phono preamps is simply deciding if you need one. The functionality can be located in several places and could simply be an element of something you already own. Click here …

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Be a Show Off: Display Tech that Makes Your Great Albums Look Great

Album cover display products, while very inexpensive, are vital to a task many vinyl aficionados feel strongly about: Displaying covers with which they have an emotional attachment. Think about it for a moment: Today, a person’s entire music universe can fit in his or her pocket. The ability to squeeze transistors so closely together that functionality fits into devices that can fit …

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Thanks for (Digitizing) the Memories: How and Why to Transfer from Analog to Digital

Perhaps you are one of the many people who are interested in the reborn world of vinyl. You  have crates of old records that you love. For many years — between the time that vinyl gave way to digital and when it made its surprising and welcome comeback — you considered throwing them all away.  But you resisted. They are not just …

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It’s All Got to Go Somewhere: 5 Choices for Best Turntable Stand

Finding the right record player stand is common sense. That’s quite a relief after dealing with tracking angles, phono stages, decibel levels, the relative merits of passive and active speakers and all the other  technical elements of an audio equipment. Click here for info on turntable stands from Crosley, Line Phono, Darla’Studio, Novogratz and Victrola That said, there are many things to …

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Have Tunes, Will Travel: Five Best Portable Record Player Candidates

Have tunes, will travel. Who would think that totally portable records player built into suitcases would be such a big thing? Well, they are. Finding the best portable record player is not focused on money. These devices are not too expansive and, in many cases, put style and looks above high fidelity. That’s a polite way of saying that these are not …

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Erasing Your Past: Five of the Best Vinyl Record Cleaners

Many folks have a pile of old records that they wish to play. It’s about the music. But it also is about the memories. It should also be about finding the best record cleaner. Vinyl (and often the equipment that plays it) is the living history of people’s lives. These records  have been dragged between parents homes, dorms, off campus houses, apartments …

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Circular Logic: 5 Candidates for Best Turntable Under $200

Turntables have a hard job: They spin a grooved record into which a stylus holding a tiny needle – usually a sliver of diamond, sometimes of sapphire – is lowered. That said, they don’t have to break the bank.  In fact, it’s possible to find what for you is the best turntable under $200. Turntables detects the tiniest of vibrations that corresponded …

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5 Candidates for the Best Record Player Under $100

Finding the best record player under $100 depends upon what you are looking for. That sounds like a tautology or a self-proving statement (a no-brainer, in other words). In this case, it isn’t quite so simple…and it’s a good place to begin. Click here to skip to capsules of  products from Victrola, uDreamer, Crosley, Wockoder, Victrola and Wrcibo Shopping for a such …

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Getting to the Point: 5 Best Record Player Needles

The end of the tonearm is a complicated place: There are cartridges, styluses (technically styli) and record player needles. What does each do? How do they literally and figuratively connect to each other?  It’s actually a bit simpler than it sounds. The apparatus at the at this delicate point–where the vinyl is touched by the equipment– are cartridges. The bit of the …

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