do you like listening to records?This simple, sound-enhancing gadget is a must-have

The DT-50 case does a great job of protecting the gel pads inside.

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i am an audiophile.i listen record Every day I am in my office. In fact, I’m listening to Orbital’s new release, Optical Delusion, on my Rega P8 turntable as I type.

One thing that’s practically universal to all audiophiles is that we’re always chasing audio. perfect soundThere is no end because that pursuit is never accomplished. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent adjusting the tonearm cartridges and tweaking different aspects of the system.

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But there are certain areas where you don’t have to think about it that much. Keep your stylus clean. For those unfamiliar with “vinyl talk”, the stylus is a “needle” and gets dirty. The stylus picks up everything: dust, hair, cat fur. If you can land on the record, you can pick it up with the stylus.

Turntables can lose fidelity over time. Worse, it could undo the wear and tear on your album. you don’t want that Just google “dirty stylus” and look at the images you see. not.

As more and more dust accumulates on the stylus, it becomes impossible to pick up the original music. Not only will you miss the highs and lows, they may also be easier to skip. Therefore, it is necessary to periodically clean the “needle”.

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When I was younger, I thought that was enough to blow away the need to remove dust and other debris. Unfortunately, this had two specific consequences he had (which I didn’t know).

  • The stylus didn’t get much cleaner.
  • In fact, there may be more debris that collects on the “needles” (including saliva).

It might be tempting to blast your stylus with hot lung air, but that’s not what you want. Instead, you should consider one of the many cleaning gel stylus gadgets available.

I have tried several of these gadgets and none of them can beat this DS Audio ST-50 Drop-In Micro-Dust/Cleaning-Gel Stylus CleanerA bit more expensive than some other options ( Onzo Zero Dust).

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With this gadget, all you have to do is carefully lower the stylus onto the gel pad, wait 3 seconds and lift it up. He does this three times before playing all the records. I know my stylus doesn’t collect all the unwanted material found on the record (I clean it after each use) unless I remember to do this before every record.

DT-50 stylus cleaner in action.

Cleaning the Rega Apheta 3 stylus with DT-50.

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The DS Audio DT-50 costs about $79.99 at Amazon And worth every penny. I’ve been using mine for about 5 years now and it’s working as effectively as the first day I received it.

The trick is to keep your vacuum cleaner clean. To do so, simply wipe the gel pad with your finger under running cold water. After cleaning, let it dry naturally before using.

The DT-50 Gel Pad is a urethane resin micro-dust gel designed for laboratory cleanroom applications. The gel is quite sticky, so you don’t want to press it with your finger to prevent oil and fingerprints from sticking to the surface. If so, clean it and let it air dry again for about 30 minutes.

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The DT-50 also includes a handy case (nickel-treated aluminum) with a leather bottom to keep the stylus from slipping out when cleaning.

I cannot say enough good things about this simple gadget. If you’re just getting started with vinyl or have been spinning records for a while, pick up one of these handy tools to keep your stylus clean and your albums sounding great.

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