It’s been 11 years since Record Store Day became a 'thing' and, contrary to all expectations, there’s still no sign of this vinyl revival business slowing down. Quite the opposite, in fact.
The year started on a high: trade shows such as CES 2018 and the Bristol Show showcased brand new turntables from Rega, Pro-Ject, Mark Levinson and, of course, Technics. There's even the (possible) advent of 'high-definition' vinyl...
And the BPI just recently reported that, thanks to physical media, the music industry is generating the kind of revenue it hasn’t seen since the heyday of 90s Britpop. What’s more, revenue from vinyl records rose 24%, and vinyl sales continue to surpass digital downloads.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate all this good news than by spending a week reading brand new reviews of turntables, phono stages and cartridges, and over a dozen vinyl-related features.
(Apart from, you know, actually buying and listening to records.)
Along with guides to setting up your turntable and getting the best sound out of this beloved format, we’re going to bring you the stories behind the very first turntables made by the biggest brands in the industry.
You’ll also find team What Hi-Fi? reminiscing about their first vinyl purchases, our favourite songs that sound best on vinyl, an inside look at a vinyl subscription service and the record stores that should be on every vinyl fan’s bucket list. Read on...