Have a question about setting up, listening to, or taking care of your equipment? It’s likely the Audiogon community has already answered it. Take a look at our How-To’s for easy step-by-step solutions to the most common issues.

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Dipping into Digital

On August 6, 2013

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Audiogon Forum stalwart, Bifwynne, has been wondering how he can dip his toes into the digital waters without drowning.  Normally, when someone says they’re thinking about starting down a new audio path, like vinyl for example, the joking response is “Run!” But the good news here is that with digital music’s high degree of saliency, […]

How To Clean Anodized Aluminium

On June 24, 2013

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Anodized aluminum is used for most faceplates on high end audio equipment.  You can avoid stripping or scuffing the finish by avoiding alcohol and/or ammonia based cleaners.  Here are some ideas to help you keep your faceplate finishes  shining like new. Cleaning If you CAN entirely remove the anodized portion, e.g. faceplate, a quick soak […]

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DIY Coasters for Speaker Feet

On June 4, 2013

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Audiogon member, Invenio78, wanted to protect his hardwood floors from the spikes on his Martin Logan Vantage speakers with Mapleshade Threaded Brass Heaveyfeet.  So he came up with a cool Do-It-Yourself project and created his own coasters to put underneath his components. Invenio78 said, “I don’t know if they really improve the sound, but they […]

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How To Coil Your Cables

On May 16, 2013

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Frustrated by tangled headphones and other cords?  Follow this simple method we found on Popular Mechanics to learn the best way to coil your wires. Picture by: Martin Laksman Step 1: Over Loop Holding the plug end in your left hand, grab the slack of the cable and make an overhand loop that falls to […]

Top 5 Vinyl DO’s

On April 24, 2013

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1. DO know how to start and stop them. Use the cue lever on your turntable to raise and lower the needle. Your hands are never truly steady, and it’s easy to slip up and gouge the grooves of a record or even break the needle on your cartridge. The needle should slowly drop in.  Also, […]

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How To Describe Sound

On March 26, 2013

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New to audio or just want a refresher on the terms?  We found this handy guide on how to describe different sounds thanks to the Bay Area Audiophile Society.  Is your system sweet, detailed, and clear?  How about well-bodied and textured?  Use this chart to find out!     Are there any other terms you’d […]

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How To Insure Your Vinyl Collection

On March 5, 2013

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For the average person, a simple Homeowners Insurance policy will cover against any theft or damage that befalls his records.  Vinyl aficionados, on the other hand, have likely spent years and thousands of dollars securing a grand collection, filling up several bookcases, even rooms, and Homeowners policies might  not be enough.  Here are some steps […]

How To Grade Your Vinyl

On March 1, 2013

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Whether you’re looking to sell vinyl or become better informed as you add to your LP collection, here is a guide to grading vinyl.  Both the standard UK Record Collectors marks as well as Audiogon’s 1-10 rating system are displayed for clarity. First, turn on a really bright light, break out a magnifier if your […]

How To Clean Mirror Finishes

On February 27, 2013

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Mirror or ultra high gloss finishes on your audio components look fantastic, but they can be magnets for fingerprints and dust. Keep these tips in mind when cleaning.  First of all, you want to avoid anything that has abrasive materials, like chrome cleaners or other products meant for cars.  They can scratch and/or dull the […]

How To Repair a Rubber Surround

On February 15, 2013

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User Stereo5 wrote in to the Audiogon Forum asking for help with a damaged rubber surround.  He was looking for a quick method to tide him over until he decided to invest in replacing the surrounds. He posted, “Our cat cut a slice that looks like a number 7 into the rubber surround of one […]

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