So the vinyl revival continues with hipsters across the globe discovering that the best way to listen to music is via an old school record deck.
But while sales of vinyl albums may have gone stratospheric, it is early days for the record player revival. Specialist audio dealers and record stores are reporting a bit of an upsurge and there appears to be a good market for second hand decks.
However there isn’t a huge amount of innovation and design going on at the lower end of the marker which means that Crosley and Ion – companies with two very different types of record players seem to be cleaning up.
If you are thinking of buying a record player of some sort then here are five that I can vouch for. Prices start at under £100 for a basic deck and run through to £1,500. The more money you pay the better quality the components and build quality and ultimately better performance. If you do opt for a pricier model remember too that you’ll need an amplifier and speakers too.
Ion Live LP £70
If you don’t fancy a retro styled system and don't have quite the same budget then Ion Audio’s collection of turntables are well worth looking at. Aimed more at users who will give records the occasional spin rather than hardcore vinyl collectors they nevertheless ss deliver the goods in both sound quality and features - well for the price anyhow. The Live LP is so-named because it features a basic pair of integrated speakers - almost all the collection come with a mini-jack output so you can connect them to speakers etc. It also has a rich wood finish and RCA outputs so you can hook it up to an existing hi-fi.