This is where the beauty of the Audio Desk resides. You pour about four liters of water and a small bottle of cleaning solution supplied by Audio Desk—it stipulates that any other solution will violate the warranty—into a central chamber in the unit. After activating the unit, four bi-directional microfiber rollers gently brush the LP as it is gradually immersed in water, which is filtered through a side sponge placed in its own, separate chamber. The cleaning process, Audio Desk says, relies on “cavitation”— generating microscopic vacuum bubbles via ultrasonic energy that implode to create liquid jets that clean the grooves. These bubbles reach into areas that are too small for even the finest bristle. Next the water and rollers recede and a rotating LP is blow-dried for several minutes. A beep is sounded and a spotless LP is ready to be extracted for play.
Sound like magic? Well, the effect is pretty darn supernatural. Your stylus will love a pristine LP and track it better. On Shelby Lynne’s Just a Little Lovin’ the bass was audibly deeper—and this was an LP that I had previously cleaned on the VPI Typhoon. So it went for LP after LP. The only real downside to the Audio Desk is that it will not clean 10" LPs or 45s.
For a long time, I hesitated about the Audio Desk. There were too many reports about irregular performance by what is a complicated piece of machinery. But importer Robert stein says that the machine has been “de-kinked.” All I can say is that after burning out on cleaning LPs, I’m back in the game. When it comes to conventional cleaners, I’ve been there and done that. The Audio Desk has reinvigorated my enthusiasm for pristine vinyl. It is the most effective cleaning machine that I have ever encountered.
SPECS & PRICING
Dimensions: 13" x 10.7" x 8"
Weight: 12 lbs.
Cleaning time: Five minutes
Warranty: Two years