While there's a lot of buzz around at the moment regarding a 'vinyl revival' and an increase in interest to turntables and the analogue format, many hifi enthusiasts and audiophiles will be quick to say that vinyl records never truly went away. Quality turntables had continued to remain on the market and see development throughout the surge of CD and MP3 music as a beloved listening format, that many enthusiasts argue sounds better and more true to the original source than that of digital alternatives.
An insight to the vinyl vs digital discussion can be read on our blog. A wide range of manufacturers have continued to design, develop and release premium turntables, many of which have continued to claim accolades and awards and do so today. The tonearm is the name given for the arm that holds the phono cartridge above the grooves of a vinyl record. As with most things hifi, these can vary in quality and in sonic capability and are often an upgradeable element of the turntable.