Is there anything Lego can’t do? This guy builds himself an authentic old time record player using Legos and a plastic cup in under 3 minutes. Then proceeds to play himself a record, thereby proving the whole deal isn’t just the product of too much bong water. In this video we also learn that a coffee cup will improve the sound quality of a Lego turntable. Lego 8-Track anyone?
Archive for Turntables
Now that we live in the iPod era, people get nostalgic about the way things used to be while at the same time voting with their dollars and buying still more, modern plastic and lifeless products that are void of any real personality and charm. Few things however can match a beautiful old turntable.
It has substance and style. You can smell the wood and it has a an actual beautiful personality and presence while sitting sitting there. Certus Turntables aim to bring back the style and elegance of a time not very long ago. The only difference is that they come with the latest technology packed inside. The Certus motor for instance uses revolutionary applications of materials, which result in a richer music experience.
Remember that VW bus that drives around on records? Yeah, this is kinda like that. This one can go wherever it wants, wandering like a train on a track made of vinyl records.
Yuri Suzuki and collaborator Yaroslav Tencer are quick to point out that the records they used are just cheap finds from used record shops, so don’t worry, nothing rare or priceless was sacrificed. They’re creative, not nuts. Imagine what you could do with this thing. You could have it zipping around every which way, in and out of other stuff while it makes it’s music. Check out the video below.
I can only assume that this awesome looking art-deco style turntable is the direct result of Tim Burton and Beetlejuice wanting to listen to some vinyl together.(The stripes. Get it?) The design is really simple, yet awesome. Thing is, you’ll need a hefty bank account, as this thing is priced to suck up your money faster then a gold-digger needing botox.
Prices start from $47,000 upwards. That’s a ton of dough for a bunch of black circular rings with a silver aluminum backdrop. Germans being the engineering elite that they are, I’m sure it’s top notch, but we’re playing freakin records here. The Lusso features three height adjustable connected cones made from alternating layers of aluminum and black acrylic.
Grace Digital has come out recently with a number of new products to help convert vinyl to digital music, such as the Victoria Classic shown above. These new models – the Victoria Tunewriter, Victoria Classic and AVPUSB01S – price at around $300, $170 and $90, respectively.
All of these devices are designed to let you digitize your old records (LPs) and cassettes. Modes of digitizing include letting you record directly to CDs or digital music files which can be stored directly on an attached USB thumb drive. You can get the full details after the jump.
If you love old records, but don’t have the space for a turntable, then the Soundwagon Portable Record Player is for you. It’s the smallest portable record player in the world, and it’s an officially licensed Volkswagen van that will drive around the record as it plays your favorite vinyl records.
The sound is via an integrated speaker. I wouldn’t expect top notch sound, but watching an old VW drive along your old record will probably take you back in time. It will cost $90 and will give those old records another shot at life.
The Vestax Guber CM-02 USB turntable looks like it was rushed out of the factory only half completed, which is why we love it. It wasn’t overly thought out and so it doesn’t look like crap.
It’s simple, clean and sexy, and has a great super sleek, modern look. It will allow you to convert all your old favorites on vinyl into MP3 format. Prices vary from $233 in th US to $499 in Japan. If all turntables looked like this one, vinyl might never have died.
Sony today launched a solution for easily converting all of those classic vinyl records to MP3s with this PS-LX300USB turntable. The turntable connects to a computer through USB and comes with Sound Forge Audio Studio software for editing the tracks and saving them as MP3s to play on your PMP.
Sony’s record player spins at 33 and a third and 45 rpm’s with a quite belt drive system. It also has a built-in pre-amp that makes it directly compatible with A/V receivers to listen to that nostalgic static between tracks direct from the record. Now you can finally get those old obscure songs from the Animals plus your original Grease soundtrack onto your iPod without having to pay to download.
Cambridge Audio recently revealed a new turntable for those who like the touch and feel of vinyl. It is called the Cambridge Audio TT50 and you’ll find this modern take on a retro device priced at around $500.
The Cambridge Audio TT50 was designed in partnership with turntable manufacturer Pro-Ject. You won’t find any USB ports for ripping your 45s to your computer – this is a plain old turntable like your daddy used to have. It does however sport gold plated phono/RCA connections for connecting to your home A/V receiver.