What’s the dust cover for?
When should it be closed / down?
When should it be open / up?
When you’re playing records, we recommend leaving the dust cover-up. There won’t be a significant amount of dust collecting during a listening session so don’t worry about that. If you leave it down while listening to records, you risk making the record skip upon lowering and raising the dust cover which will be harmful to both your record and your stylus. Not to mention that if your music’s cranked up loud or your turntable is close to a speaker, the dust cover being down could pick up the bass resonance and cause your tonearm to vibrate and record to skip. There’s really no benefit to leaving the dust cover closed while playing records – it’s best to open during listening sessions.