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Vinyl is considered by many Hi Fi connoisseurs as the most satisfying medium for recorded music. Below you will find our expert Hi Fi Turntables Guide.
Vinyl record technology provides the best reproduction of music that has yet been devised, it may be a relatively old technology but it has never been surpassed and Listening to music is one of the most pleasurable things you can do and is extremely relaxing
Additionally, there is more joy listening to music when a good quality Hi Fi turntable is used, the musical priorities are dynamics, transient speed, definition and tonal accuracy. Definition and tonal accuracy are especially important for great imaging capability and is one of the key factors that separate the mediocre to high performance Hi Fi turntables.
Most Hi Fi Pundits agree that vinyl is still the world's most satisfying medium for the reproduction of music. It reigns supreme in terms of performance and quality - unlike CD, there seems to be no limit to the musical information that can be laid down on vinyl. In recent years, advances in turntable design have caused the gulf between CD performance and vinyl to widen even further.
Currently most Hi Fi Turntables today offer a variety of features to give you what you need to enjoy your LP collection. Below, we've outlined some common features and options that you'll come across when you are choosing, and what they mean so you can decide which ones best fit your needs.
The most basic design difference between turntables is belt drive or direct drive. From the outside both designs can look identical but looking underneath the platter will tell you. Belt driven turntables are always chosen by Hi Fi enthusiasts because they simply work best and enhance the reproduction of music. So good is to keep it simple, belt drive, good engineering and a medium priced cartridge can produce excellent reproduction and an enhanced musical experience. For the enthusiastic connoisseur the best way to move forward is to choose a turntable without tone arm and then select the optimum choice within your budget.
Turntable Cartridges are essentially designed to ensure the stylus reproduces an accurate transcription of the record groove; the cartridge must be rigidly mounted to the tone-arm, whilst simultaneously allowing the smallest possible movements of the diamond stylus to be composed. There are two main types of cartridge, moving coil and moving magnet.
There are several Turntable essentials to recommend as well, Vinyl records are not the easiest to keep clean and free from pops and crackles for example Keeping records free from static and dust is important, there are a number of products available which we have found to be literally the best combination of doing this, record sleeves such as the Goldring Exstatic Record Sleeves which come in a 25 pack, they are extremely efficient at reducing the static charge created when extracting your record from the original sleeve, also a great device for minimising static is the Milty Zerostat 3 Anti-Static Gun. Don’t forget that static attracts small particles of dust and it’s this that creates the annoying pops and crackles.