ZVOX AV30 Earbuds for $19.99, Spin-Clean Record Washer, Cambridge Evo 75 (Week 20, 2024)

Sound Advice
By Don Lindich

Week 20, 2024

Noise-canceling true wireless earbuds for $19.99: ZVOX is well known for their soundbars with AccuVoice, which makes television dialogue easier to understand. They have also made headphones and earbuds that combine active noise cancellation and AccuVoice. The headphones are in their second generation, evolving from the AV50 to AV52 model, but the AV30 earbuds are being discontinued and ZVOX will no longer be competing in the oversaturated earbud market. With this comes a great offer as you can now buy the AV30 earbuds for $19.99 with free shipping, a whopping $100 off the original $119.99 price. The earbuds are available in both black and white on Amazon and at zvox.com. The offer is in effect as long as supplies last, and represent a great buy for yourself as a primary pair, if you need an extra set of true wireless earbuds or as an affordable gift. They likely won’t last long for less than $20 so best to act quickly if interested.

New and improved Spin-Clean Record Washer for $79.99: Continuing my Record Store Day coverage is news about the Spin-Clean Record Washer. The Spin-Clean has a trough that contains a record cleaning solution, brushes in the trough that are immersed in the solution, and rollers on the edges. Put the record in the Spin-Clean and rotate it a few times. The brushes and solution clean the grooves deeply, and the dirt and grime settle on the bottom of the trough so they don’t contaminate the next record. After cleaning you dry the records by hand and place them aside to complete the drying process. For effective, cost-efficient record cleaning, the Spin-Clean is king and my most frequent recommendation. At the AXPONA audio show I met with Mark Mawhinney, President of Spin-Clean International, who went over the changes to the award-winning product. There are new snap-in rollers, a smoother, easier-to-clean trough made from a new mold, and the design has been updated so the brushes are more effective cleaning the record. New Beatles-themed models are available as well, and my eyes were drawn to the model styled after the Beatles’ Red Album, which is perhaps not surprising as it is my favorite of all my Beatles records. See the new Spin-Clean designs at spinclean.com.

Q. I’m looking to buy an integrated amp to replace my 30-year-old Adcom preamp and 60 watt power amplifier combo. I have a lot of music stored on my Apple computer using the MP3 format and would like to play it from the new amplifier, preferably using AirPlay. Do you have any recommendations for a budget under $2000.00?

-J. W., Minneapolis, MN

A. I would get a Cambridge Audio Evo 75, which currently sells for $1,799. I am testing the Evo 150 right now and it is fantastic, combining a top-notch integrated amplifier and a state-of-the-art streaming network player in a compact chassis. The difference between the Evo 75 and Evo 150 is more power in the Evo 150 and a phono input. The Evo has made me reconsider my own usage of a stack of several heavy, full-sized components when a simple, elegant solution does the same job without sonic compromise. As I tested the Evo 150 I was shocked at how very good it is, even with demanding, power-hungry speakers, and some research afterwards showed the audio press is just as enthused as I am.

The Evo 75 on sale for $1,799 right now. You can AirPlay the MP3 files from your computer using the StreamMagic app on your phone, and it makes using services like Qobuz, Spotify and internet radio fun and easy, too. cambridgeaudio.com