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.
Crosley Keepsake Turntable £160
Crosley is a US maker that specialises in delivering quality, but not too pricey reproductions of classic audio gear. It has a lovely range of record based hi-fi systems and you can get them in the UK via Urban Outfitters. Pick of the bunch is this Crosley Keepsake Turntable UK, which is finished in teal, but you can get it in other colours too. It plays 7" and 12" records at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm with an automatic return arm featuring a diamond stylus needle with adjustable tone. It also comes with a USB connection so that you can save your vinyl tracks as MP3s should you wish. As with all Crosley gear the speakers are a reasonable standard. It will look great in a vintagey living room and Urban Outfitters also sell a cute retro table to place it on.
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