How to buy a good record player for your home?

Hi, music lovers!

All set to buy your own, new record player? Oh, I can see that confusion. Don’t worry! Everybody faces it, and now that you have finally reached your ultimate confusion solving guide on how to buy a perfect audiophile’s record player for your home, rest your back, relax, and just read on.

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Know thy machine

Step one is about knowing the major components of a turntable, that helps it in pouring the melodious music into your ears.

The Base (Plinth) :- This is the component which supports the entire player and is responsible for stability (and hence a good playback). Stable the plinth, better will be the quality of the sound.

Platter:– This is the platform on which the record stays and spins. The heavier the platter, lesser the vibrations (and hence better the music).

Tonearm:– This is the arm that holds the needle and makes it touch the vinyl as it rotates. The tonearm must be designed in such a manner that it ensures a consistency in the speed of the needle, in the outer as well as the inner circumference of the record. Therefore, a poorly designed tonearm will result in inconsistency of the tempo.

faroe3Stylus and Cartridge:– The stylus is nothing but the needle, and a cartridge is a part that holds the needle. The needle or stylus is very important as it is the only part of the turntable that contacts the tiny sonic threads (tinier than a hair strand) of a vinyl, which makes the cartridge even more important as it is the one that houses the stylus. Therefore, the slightest error in the position or design of these two can cause substantial degradation in the quality of the sound.

Pointers to Research

Step two involves investigating and comparing the following grounds :-

Budget :- The budget will naturally affect the quality of the turntable you purchase. There will be a large range of pricing that you will find while purchasing a record player. A low budget turntable may not prove to be of satisfactory standards and keep you away from experiencing quality music. Therefore, it is recommended to spend efficiently on standard quality turntables.

Features :– Record players come with a lot of new technology features other than just a rotating vinyl. Therefore, it is very important to research well and decide upon the features that you will give priority to. For instance, whether you want a USB or a Non-USB turntable, or whether you want a Manual or Automatic turntable. Comparing the features will help you narrow down your search.

Upgradeability :- Purchasing a turntable is the task, and maintaining it in working order, is the subtask. Every turntable will require upgradation at some point or the other in future. Hence, you must look for a player that allows independent upgradation of its components, otherwise, you might get stuck with an entire useless device if one of its parts gets damaged or degraded.

The most common upgrade includes upgrading the stylus, tonearm, cartridge, and belt.

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and finally the preamp

The sound produced by a record player is PHONO output signal, which has to be converted into LINE LEVEL signal (AUX signal) so that it can work with audio gadgets such as stereo systems, computers, and speakers. The Preamp performs this conversion. A preamp could be external or built-in. All the USB turntables have a built-in preamp. If you go for a Non-USB turntable, then you can easily buy and assemble an external preamp.

Keeping all this information in your head, you can now step out and investigate on your own to find a perfect match (of the turntable of course !).

 

So best of luck buddy!

Who invented the soundbar?

 

A sound bar is an integrated box which consists of speakers, subwoofers and other supporting parts that help to produce a surround sound effect. Yes, a single box with multiple sound effects. Amazing, isn’t it? Sound bars are capturing the markets of big sized home theater sound systems swiftly. The traditional 5-in-1 or 4-in-1 would often capture a huge space at homes and do not go well with home decor. You will be truly amazed to find out the technology and history behind the invention of this well-crafted single piece of the sound system.

altec lansingIt was the year 1998, a year that gave the music lovers a marvelous gift in the form of a box called sound bar. The credit of creating this all-in-one modular sound box goes to Altec Lansing, who named this first state-of-the-art sound bar as “ Voice of the digital theater” . The first sound bar consisted of a separate subwoofer but it offered Dolby, stereo and surround sound to great effect. The invention was a breakthrough in sound systems which eliminated the complex wiring mesh and was a boon for homes with limited space. Later on, many companies like Pioneer Electronics, Philips, Yamaha, and other music giants launched their own proprietary versions of sound bars with modifications and new sound drivers.

To add the stereo effects to sound bar, some manufacturers invented the new method called soundbar hybrid to relish the benefits of both soundbar and stereo system. The manufacturer designed soundbars in such a way that left-right and center speakers are in one unit and a rear left and rear right are in the detachable unit to produce a hybrid sound effect. If you need a loud and better bass, then you can go for another version of soundbars called soundbases. They are similar shape and design but only larger in size as compared to soundbars.

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The invention of sound bars is a revolution in the music industry. They are easy to carry, less expensive than conventional sound systems, easy to install and relatively compact in size. Said that, the soundbars may not send the sound to all corners of big rooms ( this is an article where you can find soundbars for big rooms) and in such a case you find it difficult to place them to get the optimum sound effects. Considering the benefits of soundbars, all credit goes to its inventors, who have crafted this masterpiece in the form of soundbars.