Must have turntable accessories
Looking to upgrade your turntable? We've put together a list of our must-have accessories for every turntable owner. Read-on to find out what you can grab to take your turnable and vinyl experience to the next level.
This is it, the two essential items when it comes to vinyl playback. It’s a simple but effective kit. A record brush, which we insist you use before any listening session on each and every record to discharge static and remove dust.
And a stylus brush, which you’re effectively using to wipe any dust that does collect on your stylus during playback. The dust that collects is relatively harmless, but if too much builds up over the course of one side of a record, you’ll start to notice some distortion in the signal.
If you’ve spent a bit of time in record stores, you may have noticed that some albums are pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl. The idea here is that a thicker record will do a better job of damping the surface on which the music resides, thus reducing resonances.
An acrylic platter takes that concept a step further and effectively thickens your record by a measure of five or six times! People that invest in an acrylic platter notice tighter bass and a more enthusiastic sound. Whatever improvements you hear, it’s a worthy upgrade.
Here at Pro-Ject we have a terrific relationship with Ortofon, who are a Danish turntable cartridge manufacturer who have been around for over a century. Every Pro-Ject turntable comes pre-fitted with an Ortofon cartridge of some sort, and all of those Ortofon cartridges have an awesome upgrade path when it comes time to replace your stylus!
As to when you should replace your stylus, it depends upon the frequency at which you listen. We’d suggest that unless you’re only listening once or twice a month, then a new stylus every 18 months or so is a good bet.
More importantly, when the time to replace your stylus comes, give some serious consideration to an upgrade. Say you’ve bought a Primary E; that comes fitted with an OM 5S Stylus, so a jump to an OM 10 Stylus or OM 20 Stylus will see a decent jump in clarity and detail. If it’s a Debut Carbon you’re rocking, then you’d likely have a 2M Red Stylus mounted on it. Time to buy a 2M Blue Stylus and marvel at the difference. For a bit more detail, check out our full range of styli.
This gear looks a lot like Play-Doh, but I’d probably keep it away from the kids. It’s an alchemical blend of substances we probably couldn’t pronounce if we tried, but we’ll be damned if it doesn’t do an absolutely terrific job of cleaning your records. It’s simply a case of patting it against the surface of your vinyl and watching as the grit and grime lifts away.
The Spin Clean requires a little bit more to set up, but it’s a very handy tool to have in your arsenal, especially if you’re buying second hand records on a semi-regular basis. It involves running your records through a pair of felt brushes that have been treated with a cleaning solution. A few rotations through and hey presto, the pesky pops and clicks that had previously plagued your purchase are gone and what’s old is new again!
Still wanting more? Check out all our full range of accessories.