You may have had an old thrift store record player in college that you plugged into equally shoddy speakers to listen to a scratched copy of Jimi Hendrix. Band of gypsies. But now it’s time to seriously think about giving your vinyl hi-fi setup some upgrades. Even if you’ve ridden the wave of the vinyl resurgence and added a few decent components to your dusty old system, there are new products out there that can deliver a life-changing sound experience.
Review your system bit by bit, improving what you can, when you can. One of the first keys to building a great audio system is centering it around audiophile-grade vinyl, which is now something anyone can pick up to maximize musicality. Then invest in a nice turntable, then an amp, followed by a few gadgets to help your records. Speakers are the big spend, but these days you can get amazing deals on stunning sets no matter your budget. Each step will elevate your experience, and we’ve prepared a great start with gear that’s worth your money.
Best Vinyl Hi-Fi Upgrades to Transform Your Stereo System
1. EAT C Major Turntable
Want a world-class turntable ready to rock right out of the box? That’s it. The entry-level offering from the famed European Audio Team is the last player most enthusiasts will ever need to buy. A premium cartridge, needle and record clamp are included and, in a groovy twist, the platter set itself is made from recycled vinyl.
2. Fidelity Sound Labs Mobile UD1S Vinyl
MoFi’s UD1S, or UltraDisc One-Step, is an unprecedented vinyl pressing method, using just one step (compared to the three standards) to minimize “generational loss” and give listeners the sound closest to the original masters. This means you hear a record with the lowest possible noise outside the studio. Our choice ? Miles Davis’ breakthrough 1970 album Drink of female dogs.
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