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"I Highly Recommend the Record Doctor V" - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com
Hear the Music You've Been Missing!
Vacuum cleaning your records with the Record Doctor V is the best way to get dirt, dust, and grime out of the grooves and let you hear the music you've been missing. The Record Doctor brings a number of benefits to LP listening. It improves the sound quality, helps your records maintain their value, and helps extend the life of your LPs.
Cleaner records sound better than dirty records. With a clean LP, your record stylus reproduces the music the way the artist intended it to sound – instead of plaguing you with clicks, pops, surface noise, and distortion.
"The Sonic Benefits Were Noticeable
"Overall, the Record Doctor performed even better than I expected it to. And the sonic benefits were also noticeable – smooth sound minus the crackles, and it was goodbye to most ticks and pops thanks to less static," reports Julie Mullins inThe Absolute Sound magazine, Issue 274, July/August 2017.
"A worthy, easy-to-use accessory, the Record Doctor V is an effective, handy, and affordably priced cleaning system for vinyl aficionados who would rather allocate more budget dollars to other hi-fi gear – and to records, too (clean ones!)," Julie Mullins concludes.
Higher Value, Longer Lasting
It just makes sense that clean, well cared for records are worth more than dirty, poor sounding discs. Protect your valuable vinyl investment with the Record Doctor. Vinyl discs can become so dirty that they are virtually unplayable. According to Gerald L. Gibson, Head of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, 1991, "Dust can become embedded permanently into the disc's grooves, causing distortion of the transmitting signal, ticks, pops, and inferior sound quality."
New Low Price, Same Great Performance!
Introducing the all new, but same as before, Record Doctor Series V. The new model offers the same great performance as the previous model but now at a much lower price! The Record Doctor III was $299. The new Record Doctor V is only $199.00.
So if you enjoy listening to vinyl, you can hardly afford not to get a Record Doctor vacuum-powered record cleaner. It not only cleans your records, but it can also help prolong their life by keeping them free of dust, dirt, and grime.
"I think this compact all-in-one box is the way to go," reports Michael Fremer in his AnalogPlanet.com review for November 27, 2013. "I highly recommend the Record Doctor V to any serious vinyl fan who's been without a vacuum machine."
Quick, Easy, and Safe to Use
Record Doctor is so quick and easy to use, it only takes a minute or so to clean both sides of an LP.
With its plush record cleaning 'brush', soft sweeper strips, and specially formulated record cleaning fluid, Record Doctor is safe for all of your LPs. And Record Doctor RxLP cleaning solution is a non-alcohol industrial-grade cleaner safe for all vinyl records.
How Often Should You Clean?
"It is recommended that discs be cleaned before – and after – each playback," notes Gerald L. Gibson, Head of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, 1991.
Clean the records you already own plus any used LPs you find. But you need to clean brand new records, too, because LPs come from the factory with dust and extraneous bits of vinyl in the grooves.
Here's How We Kept the Price So Low
We've made the Record Doctor for twelve years. During that time, three different companies provided the Record Doctor's wood cabinet for us, and the price of the wood cabinet kept going up, and up, and up. First, it went up 25%. Then 50%. Then 100%. When the last cabinet maker folded, our cost of the wood cabinet through another maker was quoted with another 120% increase.
We were about to toss in the towel on the whole thing, rather than raising the price again. Then we got a tip on a brand new source that would provide the wood cabinet at such a low price, that it resulted in a $100 savings which we pass on to you!
Turn Your Records By Hand and Save a Handful of Cash
The vacuum powered Record Doctor is the most highly recommended low-price record cleaning machine in the world. Stereophile magazine calls the Record Doctor, "the least expensive way to effectively clean records."
Record Doctor V features the same vacuum motor and vacuum cleaning strip as much more expensive machines, but it does not have the expensive motor that turns records for you. So, turn the records by hand, and save a handful of cash!
The Record Doctor V features a precision roller bearing to make records spin easily, and a handy storage tank for the easy removal of spent record cleaning fluids. The Record Doctor V comes complete with a 4 oz fluid applicator bottle, applicator brush, and illustrated cleaning instructions.
"Overall, the Record Doctor performed even better than I expected it to. And the sonic benefits were also noticeable—smooth sound minus the crackles, and it was goodbye to most ticks and pops thanks to less static. Naturally the Record Doctor V does not compete with ultra-high-end sonic or fully automated vacuum record cleaning machines—nor is it meant to. A worthy, easy-to-use accessory, the Record Doctor V is an effective, handy, and affordably priced cleaning system for vinyl aficionados who would rather allocate more budget dollars to other hi-fi gear—and to records, too (clean ones!)"
- The Absolute Sound, High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide 2017
"Setup and operation is a snap. The Record Doctor V comes with everything you need; a black leatherette dust cover is optional.”
"Overall, the Record Doctor performed even better than I expected it to. And the sonic benefits were also noticeable – smooth sound minus the crackles, and it was goodbye to most ticks and pops thanks to less static.”
"A worthy, easy-to-use accessory, the Record Doctor V is an effective, handy, and affordably priced cleaning system for vinyl aficionados who would rather allocate more budget dollars to other hi-fi gear – and to records, too (clean ones!).
"- Julie Mullins, The Absolute Sound, Issue 274, July/August 2017
"I think this compact all-in-one box is the way to go. I highly recommend the Record Doctor V to any serious vinyl fan who's been without a vacuum machine."
- Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com, November 27, 2013
Audio Advisor - How to clean a record with the Record Doctor V
Record Doctor V Vacuum Cleaning Machine
|Write Your Own Review|
|Great value, great job.|
We have over 3000 records, most were acquired used. We've had the Record Doctor V for about 2 years now and it works fantastic. Many records that vendors put in the "$1 bin" come out super quiet and as if they cost 10 times that or more. The single best improvement you can make to vinyl playback for under $200.
|- Mike K, WI|
|Cleans used and new records perfectly|
Just what the doctor ordered! 'This machine rocks - and sucks, too. Quickly and easily cleans my LPs better than any hand method I've tried. I started using to clean up used records I found at garage sales and LP stores, but now I'm using it on brand-new pressings as well. They sound better - cleaner - ha ha - with less surface noise and scratches. Recommended.
|- Analog Lover, CO|
It does what the more expensive ones do except it doesn't turn the record automatically - turn it by hand. Not difficult to use at all. I went from a Spin Clean wet cleaning unit to the Record Doctor V and glad I did. You could even clean the record on the Spin Clean and then dry it using the RD V. Together they give you a very clean record and you can hear the difference- even on a brand new record. It also keeps all the accumulated debris off your stylus, prolonging it's life. Excellent machine.
|- Connor D, MI|
|Didn't know my records could sound this great|
For two months now I have been cleaning my records with this machine and it works great! I didn't know some of them could sound this great. It removes all the surface noise I was used to and has totally eliminated any static electricity from my records.
|- Thompson K, KY|
|Lot of bang for the buck|
The Record Doctor V greatly improves playability of your vinyl collection. This machine safely removes dust and debris from the grooves. Records come off the machine looking shiny and sounding noticeably better. The included applicator spreads the cleaning solution over the surface of the record and the brush end works it into the grooves. Then you turn the record slowly by hand while the vacuum sucks all the gunk right off the record. Lot of bang for the buck here.
|- Michael, NJ|
I had been cleaning my records by hand for years but now that I have this machine I can't imagine living without it. It works just like the expensive machines - I read somewhere that it uses the exact same vacuum motor - but costs only a fraction of their price. Records that I thought were clean are now squeaky clean with little or no record surface noise. It must clean deep down into the grooves because the sound of records has also improved.
|- Nick Stanley, WA|
|Three Thumbs Up|
Two year in now and the cleaner is still doing an outstanding job keeping my collection - and my stylus - in tip top shape. Amazing how easy it is to clean up an old garage sale find that looks like records were kept in a camel cage. Very easy to setup, use, and store. 3 thumbs up! I also recommend the RxLP cleaning concentrate. After experimenting with various solutions over the past two years - from home-brew to very expensive ones - I haven't found any that clean better and most cost two to three times the price.
|- E.S., MO|
|Highly Effective Cleaning|
The vacuum cleaning process works exceedingly well. To see how this thing works, take a transparent record and watch the machine suction the cleaning solution away - it really demonstrates the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaning process. Old LPs will come to life again once cleaned; no more snap, crackle, and pop. The silent or low-volume elements of your records will be have a depth you haven't heard in years. Thanks to Record Doctor and Audio Advisor for making available this technology at a much more attainable price point!
|- John Paul, CA|
Excellent product and highly recommended. It took me a few cleanings to develop my process, but with this machines even older records with too much surface noise have been restored to like new condition. I've found that the brush side of the pad/brush applicator really gets into the grooves and then the vacuum action really cleans out all the dirt. No other cleaning system under five hundred bucks can compare!
|- Jonathan P, VA|
|Nothing Sounds Better|
Nothing sounds better than clean vinyl. Cleans all my records, new and vintage, fantastically. New LPs sound quieter and even some thrift store finds that looked like they had been buried came out shiny and silent. I highly recommend.
|- Vinyl Rules!, NC|
|Only regret I waited to long|
Dust, fingerprints, grease and grime have disappeared from my LP collection thanks to the Record Doctor! Reduces the noise from any scratches and 95% of the background noise has ... vanished. My package came with a bottle of cleaning solution I was not expecting. Great surprise. I also bought the concentrate solution as I plan to clean a lot of records over the weekend. My records sounded so good I went out and bought more records from the dollar-bin at the record store which now sound like brand new. I debated a long time before committing to this puchase. My only regret is to have waited so long. Greatly recommend.
|- Mark Star, CA|
|Don't pass this one up!!|
Bought my Record Dr new in 1993 here with a new Rega Planar 2 turntable. It's cleaned thousands of records and the results have always been stellar. For the price it's an absolute steal! Still running like a champ too and I couldn't be happier.
|- Rick Scott, IN|
|Nice record cleaner|
I have a collection of new and mostly old records, Have realized that new pressings are worse than older lp's. Bought some brand new records that were skipping and making too much groove popping. Used the Record Doctor on my new Rainbow lp, and an original Judas Priest record from 86, Wow!! Played back both albums and was very happy and tow tapping from the playability and almost no snap crackle and pops. Awesome!
|- MAX S, FL|
Best investment I have made for my record collection! This thing is the bomb. Special thanks to Alister for replacing my RDV when it developed a slight defect. He rushed my new RDV out immediately as soon as new stock arrived! If you value your record collection, run don't walk and order immediately, you wont be disappointed!
|- Bill I, TX|
|Best investment for Vinyl I ever made|
I recently took my Technics SL-1700 MK 2 out of moth balls, tuned it up, and got back into my old vinyl and started buying some used vinyl. I tried an old Discwasher I had but, while this cleaned off the surface dust, it did not get into the grooves so the old vinyl still had the snap crackle and pops. After reading positive reviews from fellow vinyl lovers I have always wanted a RCM, like a VPI, Nitty Gritty or Okki Nokki, but the cost kept putting me off. After much research I decided to finally take the plunge and bought a Record Doctor V and have to say it is the best investment I have ever made related to my record collection. I started by cleaning a couple of used LP's I bought recently which looked very clean with no scratches but both had issues. One skipped as soon as the stylus dropped on the first track and the other had so many snap crackles and pops it was hard to listen to. After a quick cleaning with the Record Doctor the skip was gone from the one LP and the majority of surface noise was greatly reduced on the other where it was now an enjoyable listen. I did deduct one star due to the cheap brush supplied with the unit and the ridiculously small supplied thrust bearing, about he size of a dime, the platter spins on. The supplied brush did a poor job applying the cleaning fluid so I purchased a Mobile Fidelity brush which worked great. For the thrust bearing I bought a larger version from KAB which eliminated the platter wobble you get with the original. While you probably can live with the originally supplied items the upgrades are well worth the $40 cost and makes for much better record cleaning experience. I cleaned 30 records so far with one session of 20 and did not find it to overheat or shutdown. The fan cover did get warm so I do recommend making sure the bottom mounted fan has adequate space to do it's job so I would not block the bottom of the unit. Also works really well using a Spin Clean followed by the Record Doctor to dry the LP's for those grungy used LP bargains. All I can say is it produced a dramatic improvement in the sound quality of the LP's I cleaned so I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes record collecting seriously.
|- JOHN T, MA|
|A very solid performe!|
This Id a great upgrade from the spin doctor which I used for many moons. it is solidly built and does all that needs to be done to really clean records perfectly.The price is uNbelievable for a vacuum machine of this type.
|Record Doctor V|
Very pleased with purchase. Should have bought one a long time ago. Staff was very helpful answering my questions. Marked difference in albums I have cleaned. I like that it vacuums from the bottom, and that all that is covered is the record label, so there is no cross contamination to the opposite side of record surface.
|- David D, ID|
|Mandatory for anyone playing vinyl.|
I finally took a chance a picked up the Record Doctor V. I am immensely glad and relieved I purchased this unit! The increase in overall detail across the board from bass to treble, channel separation, vocal smoothness and resolution, and depth of field perspective was truly, audibly improved. It literally allows my expensive phono stylus to lay substantially closer to the groove, and it sounds as if its a brand new LP. It is obvious with any age record- brand new or used. I feel like Ive been cheating myself on a required tool for vinyl playback- for years. Without question, one of the Top 5 accessories any vinyl listener should own... System: VPI HW-19 mk4 / Jelco 750d / Soundsmith Carmen / VPI SAMA / VPI Isolators Audio Intelligent Premium One Step No.6 / MoFi Record brush Points about use: Heats up... Keep to a coupla LPs every 10 minutes and let it rest when the fan gets warmish-hot! Use the good fluid and brushes mentioned above. Period. Buy extra lined pads for replacement- 50 soiled to 100 clean-ish LPs is a good range for each pad life.
|- JEFFREY G, WI|
|Cannot beat the performance per dollar|
Ive been using a Spin Clean for a year or so and after lots of listening I decided that adding a vacuum cleaner was a step that I need to take. The price of the Record Doctor vacuum was impossible to ignore. Being my first venture into this type I didnt want to spend more, at least yet. Combining a manual cleaning, then the Spin Clean bath followed by the Record Doctor cleaning and vacuuming has given me an easy process that yields great results on new and used vinyl alike. I doubt I will ever need more than this process now.
|- Val P, KY|
|Pretty darn good!|
I just got my Record Doctor V today. I took out two records to test it on: the first was my MoFi pressing of Pink Floyds DSotM that I bought in early 1980 and that got played ad nauseum through the end of my senior year in high school and all through college, and, on the other end of the time scale, my MoFi pressing of Los Lobos Kiko disk number 232 in the series if you must know!!. While it cleaned up a lot of the snaps, crackles, and pops on DSotM, it didnt get them all. I may need to give it a second spin to see if I can get out some of the deeper, smokier, more resinous dust. On Kiko, a relatively new acquisition that has only lived in a smoke-free environment, it sucked out every little crackle. Granted, there really werent many, but its spooky black and silent between the tracks, like the first time I played the LP. If you get this, get that KAB GLIDING PLATTER FOR R.D.V as the bearing that comes with this machine is laughably small. Simple to use, though, and, so far, its done a good job cleaning the two LPs Ive put on it, especially Kiko!
|- Chris W, MI|
|Definitely worth the money to get records clean|
I purchased the Record Doctor V record cleaning machine a few months ago and have cleaned hundreds of records that I started collecting in the 1970s. I grew up using a disk washer kit and never heard of a record vacuum cleaner system until I started listening to records again several months ago. The record collection had been in storage since the 1990s. Im glad that I didnt sell my collection. The records sounded dirty using the disk washer kit, so I purchased the Spin Clean system. This was an improvement, but still wasnt getting my records as clean as I thought they should be. After looking at vacuum RCMs, I decided that I didnt need a machine that spun the record for me and that I would give the Record Doctor a try. Ive upgraded the platter and now the records dont wobble at all. Ive also started using different brushes and fluids with even better results after I used up the supply that came with the machine. I highly recommend this RCM for anyone looking to get started using a vacuum record cleaning system.
|Most cost effective upgrade you can buy|
If youve been bitten by the analog bug, youd be hard pressed to find a better upgrade, especially at only 2 bills, that will have a more dramatic affect on your enjoyment of vinyl. Brushes, towels, etc. simply move the gunk around, vacuum systems suck it out of the grooves quickly and easily...although not quietly as its quite loud. After cleaning what I thought were fairly pristine records, there was a noticeable reduction in noise and pops proving there is definitely more than meets the eye when looking at your collection. On the really scary looking lps we pick up at garage sales, flea markets, etc, the Record Dr. does a fantastic job of cleaning even moldy records and saving your stylus in the process. While it wont repair scratches...what does?...it will reduce surface noise by 80-90%. Amazing. You only get out what you put in. If the source isnt good, it simply doesnt matter what kind of system youve put together. There may be better record cleaning systems, but I havent seen or heard of anything that performs this well at anything close to this price.
|- Darin K, CA|
|Great little record cleaning machine|
I have owned a nitty gritty machine for over 28 years and recently sent it back to the factory for refurnishing. The problem is the machine was going to be gone for roughly two months. I needed a cheap replacement to clean my records in the meantime. In step this wonderful player for $200 bucks. It does a super job cleaning the records and I love it. So now I will have two machine in case one goes down.
|- Al W, NC|
|Works as advertised!|
Well, having cleaned a few records last night with the Record Doctor, Im happy to report that it works as advertised! LPs come off the vacuum with a nice glossy surface and play with none of the first-play crackle that seems to be a part of the Spin-Clean experience. Im still fine-tuning my user technique, but turning the disc slowwwly over the vacuum definitely brings the best results. I have no significant issues with how easily discs spin, and I have no need to buy the upgraded KAB platter. I have yet to try it with REALLY dirty records, which is one area in which the Spin-Clean excels. If it can match the Spin-Cleans performance on thrift store records - and if I can get it to work with large hole 45s which I believe it will with some finessing, but havent yet tried - then my Spin-Clean will likely be put up for sale. In short, assuming that its built to last, I declare the Record Doctor a very worthwhile purchase.
|- Glenn S, MA|
|Scares my cat!|
Your machine really sucks! OK, I couldnt resist saying that. Kidding aside, the Record Doctor does a great job cleaning up the used records I find at secondhand stores. Some of them are really gross. But the Record Doctor cleans them beautifully. Afterward most sound really great. Just one complaint. Any time I turn the machine on it sends my cat racing from the room. Kind of fun, actually.
|- Charles v, NJ|