|Okki Nokki RCM-II Record Cleaning Machine|
|Home Theater Accessories Accessories|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 05 December 2016|
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Set Up & UseSetting up and using the Okki Nokki RCM-II from unpacking to plug in is a five-minute process. A good solid, stable surface is required, then simply plug in the power cord after a quick install of a few parts and you are ready to roll. The process of cleaning could not be easier. The first step is to place your record on the platter, secure it with the supplied clamp, and apply the diluted cleaning fluid concentrate that comes with the unit. At this point, all that is needed is to be familiar with the three buttons that work the magic. Two buttons spin the platter clockwise and counterclockwise, and the other works the vacuum. There is also a master power switch.
To start cleaning, have the record spin one way while you use the supplied brush to gently get the cleaning fluid deep into the grooves, then spin it the other way for a thorough job. Once clean, use the vacuum for about three rotations to dry the record, again, in both directions, then simply repeat on side two. I was impressed with how dry the record was after the vacuum. The motor is clearly robust
Does it make a difference in how records sound? Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt. The before and after on numerous LPs was dramatic. Safely removing gunk, dust, and surface oils from your vinyl will allow the stylus to extract more information pressed onto the grooves. It is hardly a stretch to come to this conclusion. The trick is to clean your records without doing more harm than good, and with efficiency.
A couple of logistical notes. First, the supplied goat hair brush is of high quality, so no need to look for alternatives. Although you can certainly use the brush of your choice. Secondly, the supplied fluid works really well, but you are free to use any formula you are happy with, the Okki Nokki RCM-II will do the rest. Lastly, be sure to never vacuum a dry record, as this can cause static build-up.
The Okki Nokki RCM-II record cleaning machine is the best I have come across. It is not cheap at $499, but it beats my Spin Clean by a good margin overall. I also had the chance to compare it briefly to the Record Doctor V, which is a very good unit too. The Record Doctor V is $300 less than the Okki Nokki, but it comes up a bit short by comparison. First, the Okki Nokki spins both ways, and the I found it’s vacuum to do a better job at drying. You also get a nice record clamp and a better brush. You pay a premium for the Okki Nokki RCM-II but I feel it is justified based on the what I note above.
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