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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.

Steepletone SRP1R-11 £117

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This is identical to the Union Jack model earlier, but comes without the patriotic top. Amazon



Gadgets

Pyle’s stylish new turntable in a briefcase – the PVTT2U

By Stefano on February 14th, 2013

pyle turntableYou might not have heard of Pyle – they are a US based company whose products sell in the UK mainly through Amazon - but if your a vinyl nut you are sure going to like the look of this turntable.

To underline the point that the record player in a briefcase is back – see also here and here - the company has just unveiled the PVTT2U Retro Belt-Drive, USB equipped Turntable that comes in a stylish briefcase.

It also comes with a pair of anti-magnetic speakers built in and a USB port for hooking the deck to your PC and creating MP3 files from your vinyl.

It is powered either by the main or using its battery that is recharged the USB lead to a computer by plugging into a wall outlet using the included AC-USB adapter.

There’s no definite UK launch date, but most of Pyle’s products make it over the Pond, and hopefull that $188.99 price tag will be more £160.

“We pride ourselves on providing the most unique music technologies. We found a way to reach our retro lovers and bring them to the best of the modern age and technology that the music world has to offer,” says Abe Brach president of Pyle Audio.

Specs below

Pyle’s Retro Belt-Drive Turntable Features Include:

• Three Turntable Speeds: 33, 45, 78 RPM
• Belt-Driven Automatic Turntable
• Ceramic Stereo Cartridge
• 45 RPM Adapter
• Two Built-in Stereo Anti-Magnetic Speakers
• USB Port For Connection to PC to Convert Vinyl to MP3
• Stereo RCA Output
• Rechargeable Battery
• Free Audacity Software Included For Vinyl-to-MP3 Conversion
• Dimensions: 10.63” x 13.78” x 4.33”



News

Asos Untitled: Adidas Superstar, Jean Pierre Braganza and more

By admin on October 13th, 2008

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Asos are launching their “Untitled” collection this week, a selection of limited edition products consisting of sunglasses, vinyl and trainers all traditional collectables for men along with a New Designers selection.

The jewel in the Untitled crown is an exclusive pair of Adidas’ 35th Anniversary Superstar trainers which will be on sale for a whopping £4000! If spending a year’s rent on a pair of shoes isn’t your bag jump through to see which designers Modern Menswear author Hywel Davies has picked for the collection.

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Luggage

Fred Perry travel bag

By admin on August 19th, 2008

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Now is the best time for a late summer break before autumn really kicks in and Fred Perry’s vintage style bag is just the right size for a quick getaway. Whether you’re off to Hastings or Barcelona the retro good looks will help you cut a smart figure as you dash for the train or plane.
It’s made from brown vinyl and features the Fred Perry logo on the zips and subtly written across the bottom. It’s available from End Clothing and will set you back £65.




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