As we get ready for the festive period and people are preparing their letters to Santa we thought we would share a few ideas for Christmas presents.
1. Groove Washer Record Cleaning Kits
These are a staple at CAS events around the world and don’t forget dirty records sound bad and wear out faster. Clean records sound better and last longer. You can find them on their website here.
2. Airborne Cork and Rubber Slipmats
These quality mats enable better sound quality due to suppressing the arising resonances from the turntable mechanics creating a quieter background improving the overall listening experience. Check them out here.
3. Mastersounds Weights
Simply pop a record on your turntable and place the turntable weight over the spindle to enjoy a wider, deeper sound stage with extended bass and improved sound throughout the frequency spectrum. They are available via the Mastersound website here.
4. Nagaoka Anti-Static Record Sleeves
Paper sleeves leave dust on the record and polyethylene sleeves cling to the record causing scratches. These Nagaoka sleeves are anti-static and super slippery thus leaving the record completely unharmed. A must for any audiophile! They are available online here.
5. Pure Vinyl
We all listen to music on the move and yes it’s never going to be as good as listening to tunes at home but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be as good as possible! Channel D’s ‘Pure Vinyl’ software offers a relatively inexpensive way to achieve an extremely high level of digital rips of your favourite records. Full details can be found on the Channel D website here.
6. Pro-Ject Stylus Gauge
The Pro-ject Digital Stylus Force Gauge is perfect for vinyl lovers. With this super-accurate little device you can balance your cartridge’s tracking force to within an inch of its life. In fact, to within an accuracy or +/- 0.001 gram! Available online here.
7. Spirit Level
You can have the best turntable set up in the world but it needs to be level to get the most out of it! You don’t need anything fancy, just a run-of-the-mill spirit level will do the job perfectly. Take a look online here.
8. 12″ PVC Record Sleeves
Any vinyl fan will tell you protecting the record sleeve can be as important as the actual record! These sleeves will keep your artwork looking like a million dollars. Check out the options on Panmer here.
9. Flux Hi-Fi Sonic Stylus Cleaner
This fantastic stylus cleaner has been developed to remove adhering dirt from the stylus quickly, gently and safely. It is not necessary to remove the stylus, the cleaner is easy to use and works with every turntable. Check out the full details here.
10. IKEA Kallax
It’s tried, it’s tested and it’s a classic. The Kallax is the go-to record storage solution for record lovers around the world. Check it out here.
11. VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
This one will have to be for someone special but it’s a great buy as it’s high-powered vacuum ensures quick, deep cleaning, while its newly designed vacuum pickup tube automatically adjusts to accommodate records of any thickness. Check out the full specs here.