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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.

10 Best Phono Preamps from $10 to $500

A phono preamp, or phono stage if you will, connects between your turntable and amplifier. Its job is to increase the signal output from the turntable’s cartridge to a standard LINE level signal and provide necessary RIAA equalization. You absolutely need a preamp if there isn’t one built into your turntable or amplifier. Or you […]

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  • Tom
  • April 20, 2020

Best Cartridge Upgrade for Fluance RT81

In this article, I’ll review my top 5 cartridge upgrades for the Fluance RT81. Then I will pick the one that stands out as the very best one to replace the stock AT95E cartridge on the Fluance RT81 turntable. Vinyl enthusiasts often ask me how I would go about upgrading the cartridge on the Fluance […]

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  • Tom
  • March 30, 2020

How to Make a Home Stereo Bluetooth Wireless?

Today, many stereo receivers, CD players, turntables, and other home stereo components come with Bluetooth wireless built-in. But what if you have an older home stereo where some or all of the components don’t have Bluetooth capability? Is it possible to make the whole system Bluetooth wireless? Yes it is. It is quite simple and […]

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  • Tom
  • March 28, 2020

Tube Phono Preamp for AT-LP120

For the longest time, I’ve been wondering if a tube phono preamp could add a touch of warmth and magic to the sound of my AT-LP120. Without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super high-end tube phono preamp. I’ve been close to ordering a tube preamp several times, but never pulled the trigger. […]

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  • Tom
  • March 22, 2020

What do I Need with My Turntable? (Ultimate Guide)

In this article, I will guide you through different turntable setups and show you exactly what you will need for each setup. For the simplest setup, you will only need a pair of powered speakers that connects directly to the turntable. A popular beginner combo is the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X turntable and the Edifier R1280DB powered […]

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  • Tom
  • February 8, 2020

Do Powered Speakers Need an Amplifier?

Powered speakers, also known as active speakers, are compact speakers commonly used for music listening at home, as monitors in music studios, and as PC speakers. Do powered speakers need an amplifier? Powered speakers have an amplifier built into the cabinet and do not need a separate amplifier. Powered speakers can be connected to music […]

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  • February 4, 2020