Despite the fact that vinyl records stopped being mass-produced sometime between the ’80s and ’90s, it’s clear that owning records is back in style. Record shops have been popping up all over the country even while many music listeners are turning to digital downloads instead of CDs. Maybe it’s the kitsch factor or maybe it’s because nothing can beat their sound; whatever the case, there’s just something magical about listening to the crackle and pop of a good old record.
To truly experience the quality and sound of a record you have to invest in not only a good sound system but also a good turntable. There are a lot of flimsy ones on the market that hope to cash in on vinyl’s rising popularity, but these four turntables encompass not only the quality you need but also great style.
AMG Viella 12
We love this first record player because it marries the simplicity of old turntables with the modern design we enjoy today. AMG released this gorgeous piece furnished with an optional cherry wood skirt or piano-black lacquer for an extra $500. The turntable was created and manufactured all in-house at AMG’s factory in Munich by a group of audio industry experts who know a thing or two about the art of vinyl and was designed by Werner Roeschlau, who has been manufacturing some of the best turntable parts for years. For more information on the product, visit amg-turntables.com.
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Crosley Echo CR6003A
If you really can’t stand the thought of spending your rainy-day fund on a turntable you may be using as artwork to tie the room together a couple of years from now, capitalize on the low price of a Crosley turntable. We don’t mean to sound like salesmen, but they really are notorious for their fair prices and quality products which combine the cool retro factor of yesteryear and new technology. With their highly anticipated Echo turntable, you can pack up your record player to bring with you everywhere, plug in your iPod or convert your beloved vinyls into digital files. For more information visit crosleyradio.com.
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“It is not really appropriate to break down a Palmer turntable to its specification in as much as they are all holistic designs,” explains the creator and owner of Palmer Audio. When using a holistic method to design a turntable, every component must consider how it interacts with another. Not only is the Palmer 2.5 a gorgeous talking piece thanks to its unique design, it is also said to be one of the greatest turntables on the market in regards to sound quality. For more information on how you can buy your own Palmer turntable go to palmeraudio.co.uk.
Price: approx. $11,000
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Linn Majik LP 12
Known for their great record players in the ’70s, Linn is still cornering the market on a product that should be a thing of the past. The Majik LP12 is the most affordable system they’ve produced, and they have done so without cutting corners on design or gadgetry inside. Like all of their products, the Majik promises to play as well as it did on day one for decades to come. What’s cool about this table is it can be upgraded with any accessory they make and can become the legendary Sondek LP12 SE if over time you’re looking for something more. For more information on this product, visit linn.co.uk.
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