21st Century Vinyl is a three-hour DVD designed to help you learn to set up, adjust, and maintain a vinyl record turntable. This video is hosted by Michael Fremer of Stereophile, who deliver fun, funny, and educational tips.
Michael demonstrates techniques for setting up a Pro-Ject RM-5, a Rega P5 and a VPI Scoutmaster turntable. From those, Fremer believes you can set up any turntable. The disc contains a PDF with additional setup details, including tonearm/cartridge matching and VTA adjustment. Fremer takes you as far back in the chain as the actual record cutting with interviews of George Marino, Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound in NYC.
Learn to set up and maintain your turntable. It's never been more pain-free.
"21st Century Vinyl is a helpful bridge between the first flush of analog enthusiasm and a long-term survival strategy... quit fretting. When the moment of truth comes, just set up a work table in front of your TV (or vice versa) and go through the setup process step by step with a master. The path may be winding and narrow, but your feet are stronger than you may imagine." – Mark Fleischmann, Home Theater
"…the DVD is sure to be of valuable functional service to many audio buffs just getting into vinyl playback, and to remind us with Michael's pep talk on its wonders that it really is a terrific format that has not died out by any means." – John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
"…a product that should have been around long ago. It provides easy-to-follow, practical advice for obtaining the tools and knowledge necessary to complete competent setup of most turntables…a resource that will allow many to recapture the hands-on nature of this hobby and have their record-spinners making fine music in no time." – Bill Brooks, Soundstage
"…for the LP lover who has never done so out of fear or lack of confidence, or has tried and had something go wrong, this is, in my opinion, the perfect nudge to get them past the stigma and fear. This is a must have disc for any vinyl fan at any level of accomplishment. A hearty well done, Michael." – Greg Weaver, Positive Feedback Online