Vinyl is the superior way to get an authentic analog audio playback experience. Whether you're a seasoned vinyl listener or just beginning your vinyl journey, it's important to be aware of the resources available to you to ensure you're maximizing your listening experience. Here at The Listening Post we've compiled a list of the best accessories you can add to your collection to enrich your audio and ensure the longevity of your vinyl.
Dust and debris that clings to your vinyl can interfere with that hi-fi quality that makes vinyl so appealing. A great anti-static record cleaning brush is an essential accessory to any vinyl enthusiasts kit. The extra thin carbon fiber bristles burrow into the grooves of your vinyl and draw out debris while also removing surface static to polish up your listening experience. Here at the Listening Post we offer two exceptional options. The Pro-Ject Brush it is a great record cleaning brush from a trusted brand that understands vinyl. This brush is a great budget option that will satisfy most listeners. For the conclusive solution we recommend the Audioquest Anti-Static Record Cleaning Brush. 624,000 carbon fiber bristles make this brush the ultimate tool for quickly removing debris from your records before playing ensuring an your listening experience.
Cleaning your records before use will reduce the build up of dust in your records, however over time your needle will eventually get a bit gunky. The Pro-Ject Clean it provides a safe way to clean your stylus and stop excessive cracking and popping from interrupting your audio experience.
Setting the tracking force is an essential part of turntable set up. A digital tracking force scale will allow you to get an accurate setting on your turntable to ensure the optimal pressure is applied to your vinyl while it's being read. The
Pro-Ject Measure It E is our recommendation being a very elegant solution focused on ease of use and accurate readings.
Another important step in turntable set up is ensuring level playback. A perfectly flat turntable is going to produce a well balanced playback and for $25 the Ortofon Libelle Bubble Level is an absolute must have for your vinyl accessories.
A record puck adds a level of stability to your turntable. The weight provided by a puck ensures your records are secured to your platter and can assist with the bass response. Record pucks also have the added effect of minimizing variations in speed and timing. There are a few options for record pucks but for entry level turntables we recommend the Pro-Ject Record Puck E. For a no nonsense puck suitable for most turntables the Pro-Ject Record Puck Pro will do the job. Finally for those seeking a premium solution the Pro-Ject Record Puck is the way to go.
A good mat will optimize the anti-slip and anti-static performance of your turntable. In store we provide the
All vinyl set ups need to be kept clean to ensure the best performance of the system. The Thorens Record Cleaning Set contains a complete array of specialised cleaning accessories. Included in this package is a stylus cleaning liquid with the application wand, stylus cleaning brush and velvet pad, anti-static cleaner spray and a carbon fiber cleaning brush.
One of the best investments towards preserving your records is the Spin Clean Record Washer MKII Package. The Spin Clean quickly and effectively cleans both sides of any record simultaneously independent of your turntable. Your vinyl will last longer and sound better than ever.
For the next level in record cleaning devices our customers should seek out the Pro-Ject VC-E Compact Vinyl Cleaner. It sucks up cleaning fluid that has been applied with a brush via a slit on the wand. This device turns the record superfast within 2 seconds per rotation, which is about 3 times faster than comparable cleaning machines. The result is a much faster and more effective cleaning process. A clamp seales the record label from cleaning fluid and avoids damage on the label. Pro-Jects eco-friendly and non-alcoholic vinyl cleaning concentrate, Wash-IT, offers very good cleaning results and reduces static charge, so record wear and stylus wear are significantly reduced. If you are looking for a compact and yet affordable record cleaning machine, the VC-E is definitely your choice.
Sub Platter Upgrade
The diamond cut Pro-Ject Debut Aluminium Subplatter Upgrade has been machined to all-new lower tolerances. It is a substantial upgrade to regular sub-platters, adding more mass to the entire platter and drive system. Resulting in additional damping of noise and resonances.
Acrylic Platter Upgrade
Pro-Ject Acryl It E is made from acrylic with satinised surface and brings a more liquid sound that leaves no space for platter resonances. Use it to upgrade your Primary E or Essential or Elemental turntable!
The change is easily made: just exchange your metal platter for Pro-Ject Acryl It E. Unlike wood platters, where you will need to place a felt met between record and platter to damp metal resonance, you can put your record directly on the acrylic surface, with nothing in between.
Pro-Ject Acryl It E is able to improve overall performance significantly!
The ideal vinyl storage solution! With an oiled timber finish and brushed aluminium front trim, the Soul to Sole Record Box looks great in any room. Each Record Box will store at least 80 albums. They are stackable, so will keep expanding collections well under control.
Outboard Phono Preamp
Many amplifiers do not have a specific phono cartridge input. Pro-Ject Phono Box E is an ideal phono preamplifier for MM cartridges and offers an audiophile music experience at an entry-level price. Pro-Ject Phono Box is the ideal phono preamplifier, accepting both MM & MC cartridges. Well-built and versatile, the phono box sounds excellent and looks inconspicuous. Finally, the Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 improves on sound even further. Phono Box S2 features incredible micro-details, dynamics and precision with a soundstage usually found in much more expensive products.
The S2 style housing is made of an aluminium/metal sandwich construction and not only offers highest aesthetics but also out-standingly protects it from unwanted electromagnetic interferences and vibrations. This guarantees for an undisturbed listening experience without worries. The switches on the bottom of the unit allow fine tuning the sound to your preferences and adjusting Phono Box S2 to any available cartridge!
The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention which enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge.
Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series. The 2M Red uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV. The 2M Red features a tipped elliptical diamond. 2M Blue is an improvement on 2M Red. It uses an improved engine, which provides an increased output of 5.5mV. The 2M Blue features a nude elliptical diamond.