20 Best Vinyl Record Shops in London

With music app downloads skyrocketing over the past years, you’d think they have overtaken the music industry. And true enough, vinyl has taken quite a hit. However, against all odds, it seems that because vinyl shops offer a much more immersive musical experience, they continue to thrive despite many setbacks. Here are 20 of the…

8 Best Vinyl Record Stores in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, the music-making capital of the United States, boasts plenty of places to buy all kinds of music records — from the latest and greatest to rare, vintage finds. However, there are so many of them that it can be difficult to decide where to find a place that’ll provide consistently high-quality discs and…

Chicago

13 Best Vinyl Record Stores in Chicago

Chicago has given us a lot of great music. The city can claim Wilco, Kanye, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Warren Zevon, to name a tiny fraction of their talent. Unsurprisingly, Chicago is crawling with vinyl stores. The Windy City has a vibrant vinyl culture, rife with unusual, eclectic stores-too many to visit in one trip. …

Is Vinyl and LP the Same? Let’s Find Out!

I was born in the 70s. Growing up, I owned a lot of records, making certain to drive my parents crazy with loud music they didn’t understand. Some of these records were LP; all of them were vinyl. Vinyl and LP aren’t quite the same. Vinyl refers to the material used to make records (those…

Vinyl records in a record store

The 12 Best Places To Buy Used Vinyl Records Online

Vinyl is back. A new era of vinyl records is taking shape and for some, it’s a whole new way of listening to music. Whether you’re looking for a gift or want to upgrade your collection, there are many places on the web where you can buy used vinyl records from sellers all over the…

45 RPM adapter

What Is a 45 RPM Adapter? Let’s Find Out

If you’re interested in vinyl records, you may have encountered the term ‘45 RPM adapter’. Knowing what it is is essential because you might need to use one when playing records. So what exactly is a 45 RPM adapter? A 45 RPM adapter is a device you place in the hole of a record, so…

Why Does My Record Player Sound Distorted? Let’s Find Out

People love listening to music on vinyl because of its high-quality sound and robust listening experience. A record’s audio data is wholesome and provides arguably the most authentic listening experience. But all that can easily be undone by distortion, so you’ll want to find a solution quickly when your record player gets affected.  A record…

The 5 Best Phono Cartridges Under $500

Phono cartridges are one of the most critical parts of a record player. The mechanism transfers the sound from the needle, allowing you to listen to your vinyl records. However, they can get quite pricey! The best phono cartridge under $500 is the Audio-Technica VM540ML. It’s best for those just getting into vinyl. It provides…

How To Frame and Hang Your Vinyl Records on a Wall

Vinyl records are special to music lovers as they offer superior quality and experience of sound. For many, though, the artwork on the large sleeve covers is as valuable as the album it houses. Whether you want to preserve your records or transform a blank wall, there are many ways to display your favorite vinyl…

Do Record Players Spin Clockwise? Let’s Find Out

We all know the clock moves clockwise, hence the name. The planets and other celestial bodies revolve counterclockwise around the sun, and water drains counterclockwise in the Northern hemisphere. But which way does a record player spin? Record players spin clockwise universally. They rotate to the right if they’re working correctly. Turning a record player…