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Vinyl is in vogue once again and if you’re into music, we’d be willing to bet you’ve picked up a turntable and a record or two in the last few years. But if you’re not willing to get the right vinyl accessories and record player accessories to improve your listening experience, you might want to reconsider.
Sure, all you need to listen to a record is a record, a record player and some kind of headphones or speakers. But if you want to listen to a record right and have the best possible listening experience, a few vinyl accessories can go a long way.
On the storage side, make sure you invest in some racks, holders or furniture because once you hit a critical mass of records, trust us, you’re going to want a convenient way to organize everything.
On the listening side, hi-fi headphones, amplifiers and stereo receivers can all play a huge role in improving the quality of the sound. With the right gear, you’ll literally hear aspects of songs and layers of music that you’ve never heard before.
Lastly, on the care and attention side of things, you’ll definitely want a record cleaning kit to make sure your records go the distance.
We rounded up great options for all of the above so you can start improving your vinyl listening experience today. Check them out below and stop settling for decent vinyl sound.
1. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Headphones
First up, some audiophile-quality headphones, like the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Headphones. Now there’s a lot that goes into achieving great sound quality, but we’ll try and summarize the basics here with these headphones: They have excellent sound from bass to the treble, they’re closed ear to minimize ambient noise and are German-made for the long haul.
These particular headphones come with 80 ohms of electrical resistance, which just means they need more power to work well and deliver that high-quality sound you want from a record player. (If you just want to listen to your phone or computer go for the 32 ohms model.) Unfortunately, pretty much any headphones promising high-quality sound will require a headphone amplifier (or require the sound-generating hardware, like a stereo receiver, to have an amp built-in). But if you want the best sound and are willing to spend a little on an amp, these Beyerdynamic headphones make for outstanding vinyl listening.
2. LVY Headphone Amplifier
BEST HEADPHONE AMP
We said you’d need a headphone amp and the LVY Headphone Amplifier is totally solid. It can handle headphones with between 16 and 300 ohms, it’s portable and it runs for over 15 hours. Plus, it specifically works with Beyerdynamic headphones as well as hi-fi headphones from other brands like Sony and Sennheiser.
3. KAIU Wood Stand Vinyl Record Holder
BEST TABLE STAND
We’ll get into some proper record player furniture down below, but the KAIU Wood Stand Vinyl Record Holder works great for any table or counter where you want to rack up some records. It might be simple, with its plain wooden base and clear acrylic bookends, but it’ll hold up to 50 LPs without breaking a sweat.
4. MPI Marketing Pine Storage Crate for LPs
BEST VINYL CRATE
If you really want to go for that proper vinyl-lover aesthetic, there’s no other storage option than a classic record crate like this MPI Marketing Pine Storage Crate for LPs. It holds around 75-80 LPs, arrives fully assembled and can be painted or stained to your liking.
5. Smashed Banana Black Album Frame
ALBUM COVER DISPLAY FRAMES
While all records are meant to be heard, some records are also meant to be saved and put on display. For those few select records, you’ll want this Smashed Banana Black Album Frame. It’s got a perfect 12.5-inch square frame with a smooth brushed aluminum finish and a Plexi front. Just flip the tabs in the back, pop the album in, close the tabs and proudly hang your rare album with the attached hanging hardware.
6. Creative Picture Frames Record Frames
VINYL + ALBUM COVER DISPLAY FRAMES
If you’re looking more for that recording studio or high-powered recording executive look, these Creative Picture Frames Record Frames will deliver. The frame displays both the LP itself and an album cover, and it can be hung horizontally or vertically courtesy of the installed sawtooth hangers.
7. Cerpourt Vinyl Record Shelf
BEST SHELF VINYL HOLDERS
While frames are great for long-term display on the wall, this Cerpourt Vinyl Record Shelf is a lot better for short-term display because the record can easily be swapped out. You get eight of these clear, acrylic shelves for your money and they easily mount to the wall with the included mounting screws.
8. Retround Vintage Retro Vinyl Record Case
BEST VINYL TRAVEL CASE
Whether you’re moving or just taking some records on the road, you want to protect your investment with the Retround Vintage Retro Vinyl Record Case.
It holds up to 45 12-inch LPs and it’s well-constructed, so even if the case takes a few hits, your precious records will survive unscathed. Pick the case up in blue, black or red to match your style.
9. Vinyl Record Storage Solutions Vinyl Record Storage Shelf
BEST VINYL STORAGE CASE
When you want to maximize record storage, nothing tops cube organizers like this Vinyl Record Storage Solutions Vinyl Record Storage Shelf. It’s the essential vinyl storage shelf, with four cubes of shelving that can each hold between 50 and 70 LPs, nothing more and nothing less. In this case, that’s a good thing.
10. Crosley Furniture Everett Mid-Century Modern Media Console
PREMIUM RECORD PLAYER STAND
While a cube organizer is cheap, great for holding a lot of records and can hold a record player on top, it’s not exactly designed with wow factor in mind. That’s where a legit piece of furniture designed to hold records and a record player comes in.
The Crosley Furniture Everett Mid-Century Modern Media Console is guaranteed to add some classy style to any room and will give your record player and LPs a classy place to stay. We like the mahogany colorway but the acorn and matte black colors are very nice too.
Read more: Best Record Players for Beginners
Crosley Furniture Everett Mid-Century Modern Media Console
11. ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 Bookshelf Speakers
While listening to vinyl on headphones can really immerse you in the music, there’s nothing quite like blasting great tunes out of great speakers. The ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 Bookshelf Speakers are well-made and deliver clear, crisp sound.
12. Sony STRDH190 Home Stereo Receiver
BEST STEREO RECEIVER
To take your home listening experience to the next level, you need to invest in a stereo receiver like the Sony STRDH190 Home Stereo Receiver. It has a phono jack for connecting a record player and it’ll work with either our hi-fi headphones pick or the speakers. And for those days when you don’t feel like dealing with vinyl, built-in Bluetooth makes streaming music a piece of cake.
13. Big Fudge Record Cleaner Kit
BEST VINYL CLEANING KIT
Perhaps the most important of all vinyl accessories is a record cleaning kit. The Big Fudge Record Cleaner Kit has everything you need to give your records the long lives they deserve, keeping them fresh for the best quality sound over and over again.
Clean dust, dirt and fingerprints with the cleaning spray and velvet brush and use the velvet cleaning brush to clean the velvet brush and the stylus to clean the record player’s needle. Yup, when it comes to keeping vinyl clean, Big Fudge doesn’t mess around.