So you want to start spinning records in your living room. Here’s a collection of the advice I’ve given n00bs just like you over the last couple of years. Getting started can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Here’s how to get going.
Are you happy now, hipsters? Instead of walking away from your fashionable fad at its peak hipness, you’ve let it linger long enough to become a consumer commodity. Not only is Urban Outfitters thriving, it’s now spawning unholy consumer electronics like this cassette-playing turntable.
If pressured, Jesse England might have a tough time justifying the existence of his unique creation—known as the Universal Record. What looks like an extra-thick piece of vinyl is actually a Bluetooth adapter for record players. But instead of transmitting sound from a turntable through a wireless speaker, it allows…
We don't need your 1200s any more, Technics—some twisted metal and plastic is all we want for a bare-bones record player. Inventor RD Silva identified the must-have components and threw away the rest, resulting in this minimal design.
It doesn't get much more raw than the Sex Pistols. Unless it's the Sex Pistols on vinyl. Or rather, the Sex Pistols on a record player powered by a homemade steam engine. Yeah, that's raw. And surprisingly squeaky!
The idea of a "portable record player" is fairly ludicrous—what's portable about having to lug around large, breakable shellac discs? These gramophones may not fit in your pocket like an iPod, but they sure do got style.
Rhea Jeong's "void" turntable concept uses what would have to be incredibly strong and precise magnet control to levitate a record above its base. That little red ball on top of the vinyl is actually the needle.
After so much gloss black and faux-brushed aluminum, it's nice to see a device that looks like something I'd drag out of my dad's garage and just marvel at. The Crosley Traveler Turntable weighs 18 pounds and can hold up to six records of any size on its amazing Stack-O-Matic. I know this is circa 1950s technology,…