For quite some time, I have wanted to write a good article to help people in the search for the best vintage record player or turntable. What a better way to accomplish this than to ask an expert! I asked my friend Anthony if he could write and article about “What to look for when buying a vintage turntable” or something of that sort. He agreed to write the article for Musehelix. Anthony, repairs and refurbishes turntables and sells them through PhonoNuts, a retail store in GA. I’m very excited to share with you his invaluable information. Thanks Anthony! [Read more…]
“How to clean vinyl records?” is one of question often asked by vinyl aficionados. There are tons of articles and videos about this subject on the internet. They go from the “cheap” methods consisting of carelessly using whatever you can find at home to clean your records, to the “elite” ones suggesting to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on record cleaning machines and cleaning fluids.
Many vinyl lovers agree that the best way to clean vinyl records is by applying a record cleaning solution and then removing the dirty liquid with a vacuum record cleaning machine. The problem is that record cleaning machines are expensive. Don’t kill yourself if you cannot afford expensive equipment. The important thing is to clean your record the best you can and enjoy. Listening to vinyl should be fun and enjoyable. [Read more…]
I have good news! Recently, I was looking for a Bluetooth turntable and I discovered that ION Audio will soon release their new Air LP turntable. This new Bluetooth record player allows you to wirelessly stream your vinyl music to any Bluetooth speaker or headphone. As far as I know, this is the only turntable on the market that has a built-in Bluetooth transmitter at the time of writing this article. Soon you’ll be able to buy it separately or bundled with a stereo Bluetooth speaker from ION. No more cables! No more clutter and complicated setups!
That has happened to many people! You want to buy a turntable, but it turns out that you need to buy a lot of extras to make it work: pre-amps, cables, speakers, etc. You end up paying a fortune. I know, you just want to listen to your old records!
I wrote this article for those who need an easy way to play their records. A plug-and-play unit with built-in speakers. No need for complicated stuff, or buying extra components. Just sit down, relax and enjoy your favorite vinyl music.
So, you are looking for a decent turntable, but you don’t want to empty your wallet. If you have read my turntable buying guide, then you know that under $200 you can find decent turntables with magnetic cartridge, but without speakers. All-in-one units and record players with built in speakers in this price range are generally low quality.
When I was compiling a list of the best turntables under 200, I realized that we cannot compare apples to oranges. In this article I’m focusing only on manual turntables without speakers, the ones with removable cartridge, counterweight and anti-skate. If you are looking for an automatic turntable, read the article The Best Automatic Turntable Under $200. If you need a player with built in speakers, read The Best Turntable With Speakers Under $200.
My readers often ask me to recommend speakers to use with the Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB and AT-LP120 USB. Receivers are expensive and many people prefer to have few things around to avoid clutter. I thought it would be helpful to write an article for people needing a simple audio setup for their turntable. The information on this article applies to any turntable that has RCA LINE level outputs, not just the AT-LP60 USB.
During playback of a record, a force is produced that pushes the tonearm towards the center due to the friction between the stylus and the record surface. This inside force is called skating force and needs to be counteracted or balanced out. Otherwise, it may affect the sound quality and make the needle more prone to skipping. The device that prevents a turntable from skating is called anti-skate.
Imagine the following scenarios:
“Every time I pass by that box lying in the corner of the storage room, I wish I could listen to those old vinyls and revive those memories from my childhood…”
“Some of my old favorite records never came out on digital format. I wonder if there’s a way to transfer them to my mobile device…”
“My favorite band just released a new album in vinyl format. Unfortunately, I don’t have a record player …”
“I’m thinking about buying a turntable but I don’t want to go broke. I don’t want to buy a cheap turntable either because it can damage my records and I love good sound quality…”
“I need an easy to use player, don’t want to mess up with a manual turntable with complicated adjustment features. I just want to push a button and enjoy listening to my beloved LP albums…“
I frequently find reviews and comments from people that want an easy solution to transfer their vinyl records to a digital media. Many vinyl lovers don’t like messing with audio recording software. Some of the USB turntables I have reviewed like the Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB and the Jensen JTA-230 come with the audio recording software Audacity. Many users find this software difficult to use and the recording process time consuming. So, I thought it would be good to provide my readers with information about turntables that have the ability to record directly to a storage media, like a USB Flash Drive, CD, SD Card or mobile devices. [Read more…]
USB turntables are great for converting vinyl to MP3. Many of them include Audacity as a recording tool. I have read many reviews of people complaining about Audacity being too complicated.
I’m writing this guide to help those that have trouble using Audacity. I’ll take you, step by step, through the process of digitizing your vinyl records. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to convert vinyl to MP3 or other digital formats like WAV or AAC. Once your music is digitized you can transfer you vinyl music to a CD if you so desire. Audacity is really not that hard to use as you will see in this tutorial.