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Turntable accessories are supplemental items and components designed to enhance the functionality, performance, and aesthetics of turntables, which are audio devices used for playing vinyl records. These accessories can improve sound quality, protect vinyl records, enhance the overall listening experience, and add convenience to the operation of a turntable.
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The cartridge is a crucial component of a turntable that holds the stylus, also known as the needle. Cartridges and stylus assemblies come in various types, such as moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC), and can significantly impact the sound quality and accuracy of playback.
A phono preamplifier, also called a phono stage or phono preamp, is required to amplify the low-level signal output from a turntable's cartridge to line level, suitable for amplification by a standard audio system. Some turntables have a built-in phono preamp, but others may require an external one for proper amplification.
Vinyl records can build up static electricity, attracting dust particles and causing crackling sounds during playback. Anti-static devices, such as anti-static brushes, help remove static charges from records, minimizing interference and improving sound quality.
Turntable weights (also known as record clamps) apply a weighted force to the record you are playing which ensures that it lies flat and stable during playback. This allows the stylus to track in the grooves of your record more accurately improving the sound quality.
It is important to get your turntable as flat and level as possible. This will ensure that the stylus tracks in the grooves of the record at the correct angle extracting more sonic performance and that the counterweight and anti-skating mechanisms built into the record player are working optimally.
The most common reason for poor turntable performance is dirty records. Consider purchasing an anti-static record cleaning brush to remove any dirt or anomalies for the top surface of the record. It is equally as common for the stylus to have been snapped or damaged so this also may need to be replaced.