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Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the vinyl disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

Singers who make vinyl records and those selling physical storage products in the US market have had a great year of success as sales of vinyl records in 2018 increased. 8% (about US $ 419 million) – the highest level since 1988, accounting for 1/3 of the total sales of the “tangible” tape market.

While the vinyl disk continued to “grow strongly”, the business situation of the CD dropped dramatically. For the first time since 1986, CD sales have not reached the $ 1 billion figure ($ 698 million, down 34%). The form of digital music download (download) also suffered the same fate of revenue reduction, reaching only 1 billion USD, accounting for 11% of the total revenue of the whole year (2017 revenue of 1.4 billion USD, accounting for 15%).

Disks are becoming more and more popular with your music lovers

Of course, the market leader in 2018, once again, is streaming – the form of online music listening. According to a new report released by the Recording Industry Association of America, the streaming revenue increased by 30% (reaching 7.4 billion USD), contributing 75% to the total market revenue.

Daniel Glass – president of Glassnote Records – commented: “The music market is now a separate playground for streaming and vinyl, and CDs are disappearing quickly and quickly.” Jack White, musician – music producer, concurs: “I firmly believe, 10 years is still the time of streaming and vinyl records. People also stream music in the car and in the kitchen and listen to vinyl records in the living room and office.”

Disk cleaning brush dedicated

A seemingly simple accessory that is extremely useful for all enthusiasts of the Vinyl disc. The newly launched Anti-Static Brush Anti Audio Brush for only $20 is an affordable option with a highly conductive design thanks to carbon fiber brushes and gold-plated handles, increasing the likelihood Removes microscopic dust particles on disc grooves.

Block vinyl disc

This is what will help you keep the vinyl stable and secure to the platter. They are usually made of many different materials and the price difference is very clear.

If you are new, you can choose to block Clearaudio’s Clever Clamp disc with the selling price of about 30 USD. Because it is made of plastic, the disc is extremely light weight, does not add pressure to the rotating motor of the wheel.

Replace the needle tip

When you feel that something is wrong with the disc while the rest of the device is normal, it’s time to change your stylus. Some wheels now allow users to replace (if possible) without sending it back to the company’s warranty point. In case of necessity, you should consider upgrading to a better cartridge line.

Upgrade your experience with a new generation of carbon wheels

After a long time of use, it’s time to rest your disc and find another product. There are many new things when you decide to change the disc such as sound quality, features and even the connection that the product offers (some disc wheels now include Bluetooth wireless connectivity).

Adding phono pre-amp to the system

With the revival of the disc hobby, many amplifier manufacturers have introduced many preamp products with completely new technology, for better sound quality. One of the typical names for this product line is the Cambridge Audio phono pre-amp Duo.

Change new headphones or speakers

This is the biggest change in what you need to do to listen to music from vinyl better. Because this is a very broad issue, we won’t go into details. You can refer to the article on how to choose a headset or speakers to choose a product you like.

In addition, to maximize the power of headphones or speakers, you should set aside an investment to invest in specialized signal amplifiers (headamp, stereo amplifier, intergrated amplifier, etc.)

After a period of accumulation, you finally own yourself a set of vinyl discs and your favorite discs. For a better experience, here are the things to do & devices that you need to pay attention to in the future.

Balance the disc plate

Keeping your platter balanced is one of the most basic steps of setup. You can estimate with the naked eye, but you should use specialized measuring tools such as a ruler to get more accurate results. If not, it is best to go to a hardware store to buy one to use instead of “trying” with free applications for Android or iOS smartphones.

In addition, if the placement is a little precarious, you can insert additional paper or coins to keep the tray always balanced.

Clean the plate with soap and water

This is a useful and inexpensive way that you can do it at home anytime. All we need is warm water, sponges and some dishwashing liquid. Dry the disc in an open place after rinsing with clean water.

Are you afraid of losing labels? Do not worried. Audiophiliac – a veteran audiophile who proposed this way of sharing that he has not had a disc that has been stripped of labels for many years of application.

Dedicated dish washer machine

What can be done to improve the sound quality from the vinyl records?

Feeling that washing dishes by hand is still not enough, or you don’t have time? The disc washer is the savior for you.

Calibrate the cartridge

To put the cartridge in the optimal position for the disc reading process, we use an accessory called Alignment Protractor and it usually comes with the arm. If not, you can visit here for free download.

Here’s how to use Alignment Protractor.

Invest in furniture

Do you still have dishes on the floor? Don’t be frugal like that. Create a support for your beloved tray with a solid table. If there are too many vinyl discs, a cupboard is a good option for you to order both wheels and discs.

Force gauge

Normally, depending on the manufacturer or the shape of the cartridge, we need to set the tracking force for the needle. Therefore, this is an accessory that needs to be included in the priority list. Price more than 50 USD for a scale do you hesitate? Do not worry, Amazon has an accessory with the same function for only about 10 USD.