With vinyl records enjoying a renaissance, newer users might be figuring out the hard way that vintage records can accumulate a ton of dust, gunk, and debris over the years. Thankfully, hi-fi company Pro-ject is releasing two new vinyl record cleaning machines.
Being a truly analog medium comes with its share of advantages and disadvantages, and unfortunately debris that makes its way into the grooves of a record can greatly impact sound quality, or keep the record from being playable at all. Pro-ject’s two new devices, the VC-E2 and VC-S3, both feature a magnetic clamp that holds the record while protecting the label, and rotate the record through two cleaning cycles. During these cycles, a vacuum arm removes the alcohol-free cleaning fluid and debris, leaving behind no residue.
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The main differences between the two models are their size and suction power. The VC-E2 is the smaller of the two, and measures 12.2 x 10.4 x 8.2 inches at a weight of 14.3 lbs with a 0.5 liter tank. The VC-S3 measures 6.3 x 12.7 x 10.8 inches at a weight of 17.6 lbs with a hefty 2-liter tank. The VC-S3 compliments its size and weight with a more powerful suction, while the VC-E2 sacrifices a slight amount of power for a more compact size.
Both models will be available later this month, with the VC-E2 retailing at $480, and the VC-S3 at $745.