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Retro gadgets: ten vintage style record players

By Stefano on February 18th, 2013

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I don’t think it is just me but these days I find that I am increasing playing more vinyl than CDs. Spotify is my main source of music, but every now and then I fancy something that isn’t on the online music service and go and get a record out.

There is something wonderful about spinning vinyl again. It demands your attention for a start. You can’t go skipping tracks (well you can but it isn’t great for your needle) and then there’s the sound which just seems warmer and more lively than colder digital sounds.

The big question for those who are thinking about getting the vinyl out of the loft and back into the living room is what are you going to play it on? Systems like Sonos and iPhone hi-fis have replaced the seperates based music systems of yore, and if that’s you spending money on a Technics deck, or aging Dual turntable when you don’t have the amp to team it up with, is a waste of time.

Which is why old vintage style record players are making a comeback. They are the consumer electronics items that bring the generations together with some being snapped up by young hipsters types who have just bought vinyl copies of the latest releases and others the preserve of aging hipsters revisiting classic vinyl from their youth.

Another reason for their popularity is that they just look great. Team them up with a suitably cool retro table and you have a really striking bit of furniture.

If you fancy one you really ought to be thinking about an original Dansette from the 50/60s. You can get them reconditioned from dealers and also from ebay - get lucky and it’ll look and sound great.

However one reason you might want a record player is to make MP3 copies of vinyl. If that’s you then there’s a new breed or vintage style record players to consider. Up until recently most of them looked pretty horrible. However US make Crosley has changed all that and its highly desirable Collegiate player was a huge hit last Christmas and sold out in that hipster paradise Urban Outfitters. You can still buy them in the UK but you might have to wait for them come in on export.

Here then is a round up of what is available in the UK now.

Inovalley Retro 03 N £129

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Personally I am not too sure about the styling of this one (you can get it in black if the red is a bit too much), but it does pack an awful lot of features for not much money. You get a record deck, a CD player, FM radio and the ability to archive vinyl as MP3 files. I have read some reader reviews which say that the turntable is quieter than the CD player. Innovalley



Accessories, Cameras, features, Gadgets

21 of the best gadgets for under £200

By Stefano on November 23rd, 2012

We talked to the gadget experts at TechDigest and Shiny Shiny as well as a few of our techy chums on Facebook and Twitter and have puled together what we think is the ultimate list of gadgets for under £200. All are on sale in the UK at the moment.

There’s no phones included, but we have plenty of tablets, gadget, audio stuff and cameras. There are also a few very cheap stocking fillers too and the brilliant gloves that control your smartphone wirelessly.

Have fun looking through them

Stockists are underneath the images

Blue Yeti USB Microphone £129

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It has been around for a few years now, but if you ever need to record anything this stylish mic is the one to plump for. It is a great performer and very versatile with it. Works with Skype too.

Stockists

Blue Yeti 

Bluetooth Gloves

Canon Powershot

Crosley Hunter

Disgo

Ego

Fitbit One

Fujifilm

iHome

Ikon

Amazon Kindle

Lomo

NAPTC

Philips

Roku

Sony

Striiv

USB snake

Vyconic

X-Mi

Dr Dre Beats

 




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