Thursday, December 12, 2013

5 Holiday Gifts For The Vinyl Record Lover

Yes, it's that time of year, stores are bustling and overcrowded and parking is a nightmare. And finding gifts for everyone on your Christmas list, well it just seems that you will never get it all done in time.  Here's where we can help.  Have a music lover and specifically a vinyl record lover on your list?  Here are the basics to make a vinyl lover cry happy tears:

1. Turntable - Yes, a new turntable would certainly be tops on the list.  But, there are so many to choose from with varying prices.  Where can I get a decent set up that won't break the bank account?

Audio-Technica - AT-LP120USB Turntable is our choice and at under $300, it has all the bells and whistles.  This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.

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2. Headphones - Can't keep the neighbors up all night, a good set of headphones would please even the most hard to shop for music lover.

Audio-Technica - ATH-AD700 (Open-Air Dynamic Headphone) is a great choice. With a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. The sound is smooth and relaxed, with deep resonating bass and vocal projection. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size for easy-wearing listening comfort. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included ¼" adapter.

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3. Vinyl Record Cleaning Equipment - No collector of new and used vinyl can do without an affordable machine to clean vinyl.  Sure you can spend thousands of dollars on other models, when you have an affordable option, why not try it?

What is the best way to clean vinyl records?  Spin-Clean® -- an easy, effective, and affordable way to clean your LPs, 45s, and 78 RPMs without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device.  With the Spin-Clean® Record Washer MK II record cleaning system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including your turntable, stylus (needle) and, of course, your record collection.

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4. Frames - No music room is complete without some quality, framed art.  And framing some album covers or picture discs will not break any budget, they are part of your budding collection.  We recommend the ones that are used in the Smithsonian, HGTV, Capitol, Sony and Warner Bros. Records and any more:  The Rock Art Picture Show Record Album Frame.  The patented frame DOES NOT use clips to press LP's into place, just slide your LP into our acrylic Record Album Frame to easily mat and frame your record album cover instantly.

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5. Vinyl Records - yes, that is the purpose and the vinyl record collecting world has taken off in the past few years and there are a slew of new online sites to buy vinyl.  Below, we recommend some of our favorites:

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