To a casual listener, treatment of newly pressed vinyl records seems strange and unnecessary, but a seasoned audiophile knows that new LPs tend to sound bad for a little while. So is there a way to get vinyl albums to sound good immediately? Let’s find out what’s the reason behind new records producing muddy audio and how our LP cleaning fluids can help you.
A short guide on fixing the sound on your brand new vinyl records
There’s hardly a better feeling in the world for a vinyl enthusiast than coming to a record shop to buy a new release. Just the atmosphere of being around music that was pressed into black disks is enough for some to spend hours wandering around the shop, looking at records old and new and talking to the shopkeeper. That atmosphere is a little glimpse of the past, of an era before CDs and streaming services, before MP3 players and iPhones, when music wasn’t a digital file – it was real, all in your hands, with its own shape, smell and texture.
It’s always nice to reminisce about the good old days (the grass was greener, the sun was brighter – you know the drill), but that’s not the topic of our discussion. Once your magical journey into the shop is over, it is likely you bring one or several new records home, adding more to your already impressive collection.
The desire to immediately study your new acquirements “in action”, so to speak, is irresistible, so you remove the sleeves, put the disk on the spindle, lower the needle and wait in anticipation… only for the audio to be really bad. What happened? The turntable is adjusted, everything is as it should be, so the record must be causing the problem, right? (We do recommend checking your setup for the problem first, the little adjusting mishaps might initially be unnoticeable, but their influence on the sound is very much the opposite.) But how can that be, if it’s brand new? After all, it couldn’t have gathered dust on its way from the shop to your house!
The record is clean… in that it doesn’t have any dirt or dust on it. (Well, unless you dropped it in the mud on your way home.) But it does, in fact, have something else on the surface. After the record’s been pressed, it is then covered with a special fluid – MRA (mould release agent). This coating is necessary to clean the record after pressing and preserve it during its stay in the shop, but it does affect the needle collision with the grooves, thus impacting the sound in a negative way. This is why certain audiophiles say the record needs to “break in” – after a certain amount of plays the coating comes off, and the record eventually starts sounding the way it was meant to be.
However, not everyone has the patience or, indeed, the time to play the record over and over again until it actually sounds good. We believe that you should be able to experience the music as intended by the artist immediately, which is why our set of LP cleaning fluids is the solution for your problem.
The aforementioned set deals with MRA the same way it deals with any substance standing in your way of enjoying the record to its fullest – it is quickly removed without any traces or residue. In addition to being very effective for both surface and deep cleaning, our Spray&Wipe solution is safe for any types of records, as we made sure the concentration of special chemicals used in the record cleaning fluid isn’t excessive or harmful to your LPs. Also, the included duster is free of charge and can be used both separately and in conjunction with a record cleaning fluid. Since your records will be thoroughly cleaned, you won’t have to treat them with the items from the Superset for a while, so your only remaining responsibility is using the duster to remove surface dust from time to time.
Obviously, these are the factors we can control. Your responsibility as the owner of an LP is to clean it and keep it in good condition (the same can be said about your turntable). Removing static and harmful bacteria is also advised (these features are included in the effects of our record cleaning fluids). However, imperfections of the disk itself are beyond your control and are on the record pressing plant and those operating it. Sadly, the quality of today’s vinyl LPs is all over the place, so you have to perform your own quality control by researching the vinyl pressing plants online, as audiophiles are quite vocal about flaws of LPs that are distributed by particular pressing plants.
That being said, our responsibility is to distribute the best cleaning kit for LPs on the market, which is something we take great pride in. Remember to use record cleaning fluids and the included duster in combination with each other for maximum effectiveness, and if you dedicate enough time and effort, your records, both old and new, will produce great audio that will vow your listeners with its warm and soothing tone.