Pros and Cons of Tube Phono Preamps

I recently upgraded the phono preamp I use with my Rega Planar 2 Turntable on my home stereo. And in the process of researching and finding the best preamp for my setup that wouldn’t break the bank, I looked quite a bit into affordable vacuum tube phono preamps. Personally, I have a preference for the […]

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  • Tom
  • May 5, 2019

5 Cool Ways to Build a Record Cover Artwork Wall

One of the joys of owning vinyl records is the cool artwork that appears on the covers. Artists used to put a lot of work into the design of record covers. And when you think about album artwork there are probably a few classics that come to mind. Here are a few good ones. Pink […]

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  • Tom
  • May 3, 2019

How to Make Your Turntable Louder (Turntable Too Quiet?)

A common problem many of us run into when setting up a stereo to play vinyl records is that the sound from the turntable is too low. And sometimes, way too low. The turntable is just too quiet. Frustrating! I know. This problem comes in two flavors. And we’ll address both of them in this […]

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  • Tom
  • April 28, 2019

Connect a Turntable to a Receiver Without Phono Input

When CDs more or less replaced vinyl records in the 90’s, many home stereo manufacturers stopped including phono preamps in their receiver. As the general public stopped listening to vinyl. If you have a receiver that was new after 1995 or so, chances are that there is no phono preamp included. In recent years, as […]

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  • Tom
  • April 21, 2019

How do I Stop My Record from Skipping?

As music and vinyl lovers, little is more frustrating than when the turntable needle skips around in the record grooves and make ugly noises when we’re playing our favorite record or listen to the absolute favorite part of a track we love. It is just frustrating. But it can often be fixed. So, In this […]

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  • Tom
  • April 19, 2019

Best Cartridge Upgrade for Audio-Technica AT-LP120

In this article, I’ll review the top 5 cartridge upgrades for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB. Then I will pick the one that I think is the very best one to replace the original AT95E cartridge on my AT-LP120. Lately, I have spent many more hours than I like to admit on researching and discussing what the […]

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  • Tom
  • April 17, 2019