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Listening to a vinyl record on a properly set-up hi-fi system unravels detail and delivers musical enjoyment that can easily be lost in digital systems. That's the main reason why vinyl records have endured and have a pivotal place in our relationship with the music we love. However, there is a key part in the vinyl system that is so oftern over-looked, to the detriment of your musical enjoyment: the vinyl record itself.
A vinyl record physically interfaces with the needle of a pick-up cartridge, so record maintenance is a crucial task to stay on top of if you want to get the best from your records. During day-to-day use records can pick up impurities from their environment, resulting in a build-up of dust and other particles inside the record groove. These impurities can easily bond to the record wall and the cartridge's stylus to introduce unwanted artefacts into the sound.
The below picture of a record groove close-up highlights how even small impurities on the record surface could affect the "shape" of the record wall - causing mis-tracking or introducing unwanted noises into the sound. However, it's not just about how this debris affects the stylus movement. Loose impurities can also bond or "burn on" to the cartridge's stylus causing a major build-up there (see the second picture). If the diamond stylus is dirty, it doesn't matter if the record is pristine, the sound will still be incomplete and you may experience mis-tracking issues. If you remove these impurities from the record groove and the diamond, you are left with a perfect platform to fully enjoy your records.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems, as an internationally recognised analogue company with a wide variety of turntables and hi-fi electronics in their range, care about every part of the signal chain; so they readily provide a variety of cleaning products to ensure that your system always sounds as good as it should.
Below, we split the various systems on offer from Pro-Ject into "Dry Cleaning", "Manual" and "Vacuum" cleaning and maintenance solutions that could elevate your vinyl listening experience to the next level.
Learn more about the correct turntable set-up process with our brand user manual.
Learn more about cartridge set-up maintenance.
View the whole Pro-Ject Audio Systems range in the Product Catalogue.
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