Archive for Turntables

Vertical Vinyl Player turns the record player on its side

Posted in Turntables by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

If you like vinyl but have no desk space, the Vertical Vinyl Player is perfect. It puts the record player on your wall. It operates the same as a standard record player, it just stays out of your way and makes a decorative statement.

Time to dig out all of that old vinyl and give this thing a try. It will handle between 33 or 45 RPM speeds and is battery powered so there are no wires messing up your wall.

USB powered Turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2011

Some people still have a love affair with vinyl. The sound of a needle over spinning vinyl is just warm and alive. Plus the album art awesome. Well if you own a bunch of records and need an easy to use turntable, Evergreen have just released a USB Record Player Turntable that goes by the model number DN-USB-TP01.

This record player connects to your computer using a USB cable and outputs the audio through your computer. The turntable also has analog audio output jacks for speakers. The DN-USB-TP0ill cost you $49.

Crosley unveils new portable CR6002A turntable

Posted in Turntables by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

I remember the old vinyl records that my parents had around the house as a kid. I had a few records when I was young too. I once left my copy of Funky Town in the sun only to find it melted and warped later. If you have a bunch of old records you want to listen to on the go or make into digital tracks Crosley has a new turntable for you.

The turntable is called the CR6002A and is a small and portable device that leaves the edges of the record uncovered. The device supports both 33 1/3 and 45-RPM records and has an integrated FM transmitter.

Denon celebrates 100th birthday with this amazing Turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Denon has debuted a line of celebratory gear, which includes this beautiful direct drive turntable. The DP-A100 uses the same high-torque motor Denon developed in 1970, in sexy glossy black and gold.

We hear ya. Yes direct-drive turntables can suffer from the motor transmitting vibrations to the record, but not to fear, Denon gets around this by applying a dampening silicon rubber to the underside of the aluminum platter.

UniSon MK II turntable for $27,800

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

A turntable for $27,800? It better come with some gold records and a diamond needle. The UniSon MK II turntable by DaVinci Audio Labs may not be decked out in gold, but it does have a seriously stable drive chassis and silent bearings, which means zero noise or vibration from the turntable itself.

We don’t have a good answer as to why it costs so much. We can only assume that DaVinci is working out of a whole different economy than we are. Maybe they just want to sell a few and then roll around in money.

Cardboard Record Package doubles as player

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

This is pretty awesome design. Sound engineering company, GGRP offers a record inside of a corrugated cardboard sleeve. That by itself is unimpressive, but when it is unfolded, the cardboard sleeve can be converted into a record player.

So you play the record by using the cardboard sleeve it came in and a pencil to turn the record. Instructions are printed on the cardboard sleeve if you need them. Awesome idea. Great promotion tool too.

Gramophone record player and recorder

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

Bah. In my day, records skipped and hissed and crackled in your ear. And that’s the way we liked it. Well, my retro-loving analog friend, check out your new non-digital player. And when I say player, I mean record player. Gakken’s Gramophone kit will take you back in time and it can play records of any size. It uses a bamboo needle to reproduce your vinyl music.

Maybe the coolest feature is that it lets you record your own music directly to vinyl, so you can make your own records. Records which won’t play in your car, on your walkman, in your CD player etc.

Briefcase USB Turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

On the way to the party it’s all business with this Briefcase USB Turntable, but once you arrive and open your briefcase, that’s when the funk has arrived. Time to party with some old school vinyl. The party is wherever you are as the Briefcase USB Turntable allows you to carry and play your favorite vinyl albums on the go.

But it isn’t just a turntable. It will also convert vinyl albums into digital formats via USB. Some other features include built-in speakers and the Audacity Software Suite for recording and editing audio.

Audio-Technica unveils lower cost USB turntable

Posted in Turntables by Shane McGlaun on December 7th, 2009

audiotechatlp2dusb-4uI was never one to really take care of the records I had when I was young. The fact that my brother always used my Funky Town single as a Frisbee didn’t help the longevity of my record collection either. If you have lots of vinyl records that you want to convert to digital files Audio-Technica has a new, and lower cost USB turntable.

The new turntable is called the AT-LP2D-USB and it connects to a computer via USB. The turntable has an aluminum platter, Dual Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus, and a tone arm with damping control.

Audio-Technica unveils new USB AT-LP120-USB turntable

Posted in Turntables by Shane McGlaun on November 13th, 2009

audiotechnicaatlp120usbI’m not even sure if you can still buy vinyl records today. I am sure there are people out there with huge record collections though that want to listen to the vinyl albums and turn their collection into digital files. Audio-Technica has unveiled its new AT-LP120-USB USB turntable system.

The player connects to a PC via USB and includes Mac and PC software that allows the tracks to be turned into digital format. The turntable supports 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm records and has a speed adjustment and speed indicator.

CROSLEY CR 40 Mini Turntable is small but powerful

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

CROSLEY CR 40 Mini Turntable is small but powerfulIf you are looking for something different in a turntable, the Crosley CR 40 Mini Turntable is compact and also powerful. It features a stylish hardwood and veneer housing that gives it that perfect retro look. Which you will likely appreciate since you like to spin vinyl.

The CR40 Mini is a 3-speed belt-driven turntable that plays 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. It’s got you covered. Discover those old albums again as if for the first time with it’s full-range stereo speakers. It also features a diamond stylus needle and an adjustable tone controller.

Denon launches USB vinyl recorder

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

Denon launches USB vinyl recorderCheck out this sexy looking automatic turntable from Denon. Available in silver or black, the DP-200USB comes equipped with a USB port and an integrated MP3 encoder that will allow you to transfer all of your vinyl collection to MP3 audio tracks without using a computer.

It’s pretty easy to use. Just need to push a button and it does the rest. The Trans Music Convertor will create MP3 files in 192kbps quality and the Gracenote metadata services will add info to your files. It will cost you about £199.99.

Montegiro’s Legno luxury wooden turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Montegiro’s Legno luxury wooden turntableIsn’t it ironic that some of the most beautiful turntables have shown up long after the days of vinyl? If only we had had such beauty back in the days of records. Germany based company, Montegiro, has a new high-end audio system in the form of the new Legno turntable.

It uses bamboo as well as high-grade steel to produce beautiful music from your old vinyl collection. The company decided to use a bamboo chassis because of the wood’s stabilizing and resonance-damping properties. There are also four adjustable and high-grade steel feet with rubber O-rings. The Montegiro’s Legno luxury wooden turntable is now available for a mind-blowing $13,240.

Amazing Angelis Labor Gabriel luxury turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008

Amazing Angelis Labor Gabriel luxury turntableThe “Gabriel” turntable from Angelis Labor resembles a starship construction yard more than a fancy record player. Four separate arms will ride the grooves of your vinyl treasures on a platter that is suspended on a magnetically levitated spindle. Mmmm. Shiny and nice. Four arms are better then one, I guess.

If you actually had a robot willing to play your old records, this is pretty much what it would look like. The price is just as mind-blowing of course “between $27k-$64k”. I know that some of you will disagree, but is the sound that you are going to get from vinyl ever worth that much money?

A hard drive hacked into a turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

A hard drive hacked into a turntableIf you’re a DJ or a wannabe DJ, you’ll want a turntable that sets you apart from the rest. You could spend some real money to get yourself a decent set-up or you can make your own if you have an old hard drive laying around. That’s what a group of students at universities in the UK, Austria, and New Zealand did.

They all worked together to come up with a digital DJ interface, and the HDD-turntable you see above sits at the center. The students fell in love with the weight of the disk and the quality of its bearings. All you need are “a few op amps, resistors and a programmable microcontroller of some kind” and you can be mixing like they do. Hit the link for instructions.