Your LP collection may be the coelacanth of storage mediums, but it is often a repository of tracks and titles that you simply can't get anywhere else. Here's how to digitize your wax-platter music, and finally drag the last remnants of your analog life into the 21st Century.
When it comes to audio technology, there are two unfortunate trends that are quite prevalent: listeners are ambivalent towards sound quality, and few audio products are built to last generations. In fact, audio equipment has become rather invisible in the home. Symbol Audio, a company with a background in furniture…
You probably won't be in demand on the club scene, but you can save yourself the cost of a pair of 1200s with this DIY analog turntable made from discarded technology including a cooling fan and a cassette player.
Consider this the peanut butter and marshmallow of good looking gadgets: a Pioneer CDJ-2000 buried under a shell of wonderfully constructed Lego kookiness. I wouldn't want to drop it, but damnit if it doesn't look exceedingly fun.
Personally, I think this turntable looks like a really poor attempt at making a cake look like a tree trunk candle, but apparently it's $28,400 worth of audiophilic record-playing quality. It's only Audio Consulting's entry-level model mind you—the mind boggles at the thought of what they'd price their high-end model…
As with any good analog gadget brought into the 21st century world (the Leica i9 and Slow Photography box being prime examples), this turntable iPhone dock will only encourage people to seek out ye olde hardware. I mean, we can't sit on the edges of our chairs, just waiting for these designers to bring their concepts…
If you've ever been a DJ, known a DJ, or listened to a DJ, there's a good chance you're familiar with Technics. Panasonic's analog turntables are legend among scratchers and spinners. And now they're gone. UPDATED:
This is how the Canon 5D Mark II looks inside after eating your cereal with chocolate milk and LSD. At least that's what I think Mads Peitersen does to create his stupendously freaky gadget anatomy illustrations. He sent us another:
I don't care if you want to buy a separate controller for two-player gaming or because you want to practice your DJ skillz while on the loo. Just don't play your god-awful scratchings anywhere near me.
Crosley's cool-looking portable turntable, the Revolution, is designed, oddly enough, for portable use. It runs on batteries, has a headphone jack, and is about as small as a turntable can get. Suck it, iPhone!
We take audio very, very seriously, and so in the spirit of Listening Test, we present this video of a kitten on a turntable. [YouTube]
If you still listen to music on vinyl simply because you're too lazy to update your collection, the LP2CD turntable rips your records directly onto CDs, without needing to go through a computer.