Anyone that has kept their old vinyl collection might not necessarily have a device to play it on. When CDs came onto the market a lot of us ditched our records players for compact players and never thought we’d go back to vinyl.
Now the trend has done a complete 360 degree turn and music experts agree that there’s nothing like the sound of authentic vinyl to bring back memories of a nostalgic musical age.
If you have a vinyl collection and are looking for a decent modern record player to give it a new lease of life then here are our recommendations:
Crosley CR6020A-GR Revolution Portable USB Turntable – $57.00
This battery-operated turntable is available in four colours including green (shown) red and blue. It plays two speeds and features a USB hook-up, a headphone jack and a pair of ear bud headphones. The compact design makes it perfect for toting around to parties or camping trips.
PYLE-HOME PVNTTR22 Retro Belt-Drive Record Player – $58.12
A three-speed belt-drive turntable here that features an AM/FM radio. It has built-in speakers and an RCA line-out so that you can connect the record player to your home theatre system if you want a better sound quality. There’s also an aux-in port that allows you to play music from your iPod or other MP3 device.
Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Briefcase Style Vinyl Turntable – $69.26
This is an upgrade on Crosley’s most popular turntable, the Cruiser. It comes in Crosley’s traditional suitcase style case in a leatherette material, and has built-in speakers with advanced pitch control adjustments. You can also stream digital music through the speakers, listen on your own with the headphone jack or you can add your own speakers. It plays at three speeds and there’s a pitch control and the Bluetooth facility allows you to stream music. Available in several different colours.
Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System – $89.00
This record player is definitely one for those who want a decent sound quality for an affordable price. It has two speeds and can play records and CDs. It has output cables that connect to audio systems and speakers and a fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation.
Sony PSLX300USB USB Stereo Turntable – $118.00
Not only does this record player play your vinyl it also has the capacity to record all that music and store it in your computer. Just plug in the USB connecter and you can create as many MP3 files as you like and save all your old vinyl records. The software also allows you to optimize the sound.
Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable – $239.00
This record player is fully automated with a built-in phono equalizer. It weighs in at 12 pounds and comes with a dual-layered chassis with a 4mm-thick metal plate that allows for increased mass and rock-solid sound. The record player is designed to extract every last sound from the grooves of your vinyl disc.
Marantz TT42P Record Player – $359.00
This record play from Marantz features a fully automatic, high-quality turntable that comes with a DC servo belt-drive, low-coloration tone arm, and a plastic dust cover. It is all pre-installed so you don’t have to assemble anything and it also comes with a built-in preamp which is a hit with many customers.
Gramovox Floating Record Vertical Turntable – $550
This is one of our favourite record players and great for those who want to show-off and get a high-performance sound. It plays your records vertically and distributes the sound through built-in, dynamic, full-range stereo speakers. Worth the money for the novel design that doesn’t let the sound quality down.