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My name is Tom. I am the founder and writer of Vinyl Restart. Forty-one years old, music lover, electronics engineer and home audio geek since my early teens.

Best Powered Speakers for Audio-Technica AT-LP120

In this article, I have poured my heart and soul into finding the best powered speakers for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable. As an AT-LP120 owner and an electronics engineer that used to design consumer electronics and a Hi-Fi enthusiast for 25+ years, this is the kind of stuff I like to spend my free time […]

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  • Tom
  • September 1, 2019

Best Turntable Mat for Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Upgrading the turntable mat is one of the most popular upgrades for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120. The vinyl community and AT-LP120 enthusiasts seems to agree that the sound quality of the turntable can be noticeable improved with an aftermarket mat. So in this article, I will test and compare the AT-LP120 standard felt mat against two […]

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  • Tom
  • August 25, 2019

Best Phono Preamps for Ortofon 2M Red/Blue/Bronze/Black

In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best preamp options for the Ortofon 2M cartridge range. The Ortofon 2M Red, Blue, Bronze and Black. We’ll look at phono preamps that are not only industry leaders by themselves but also great matches for the characteristics of the Ortofon 2M cartridge range. Phono preamps that balance out […]

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  • Tom
  • July 2, 2019

AT-LP120 Review with Standard and Upgraded Cartridge

In this article, I will review my Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable and compare how it performs with the standard AT95E cartridge to how it performs with the more expensive VM540ML cartridge upgrade. So, you will see how the LP120 performs as it comes as standard out of the box. And what kind of increase in sonic […]

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  • Tom
  • July 1, 2019

MM vs MC Phono Preamps Explained

If you are browsing for a new phono preamp (or phono stage) to use with your turntable, then you have likely seen that there are three different kinds of phono preamps. MM, MC and MM/MC. Some phono preamps are MM compatible only Other phono preamps are MC compatible only Some phono preamps can switch between […]

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  • Tom
  • June 29, 2019

Best Cartridge Upgrade for Rega Planar 2

Not too long ago I decided to upgrade the cartridge on my Rega Planar 2. A decision that I am extremely happy with. The Rega Planar 2 was already a very good turntable. But with the cartridge upgrade, it reached another level of sonic performance. When I started my research to find the best cartridge […]

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  • Tom
  • June 9, 2019