I recently took a poll at work and asked my co-workers if they felt like vinyl was making a comeback
or if the resurgence was just a temporary fad. Trend or not, I found audiophiles almost always prefer vinyl over MP3s and even CDs. Beyond providing a wider range of sound
quality since vinyl records are an analogue recording, they also make a pleasing
addition to decor...
Here is a roundup of record players, places to buy vinyl and a few other accessories that will help you create a pleasing record player setup or spark some inspiration to get one.
Mid-Century Modern Record Player Table: I love mid-century modern furniture, which explains why this record player table caught my eye (show above). The bottom shelf is the perfect size for your vinyl record collection and the top for your player. It holds about 120 albums.
Records: Some of you may have local record shops in your neighborhood, but if
you don’t, and need to search online or a retail chain that are in most major
cities, you have a few options. Urban Outfitters locations often carry a selection of vinyl records
and a couple of player options as well. Some good places to find records online
would be Amazon, Insound, and Aural Exploits.
Crosley USB Turntable: If you want the best of both worlds – records and CDs, this turntable allows you to convert your old vinyls into CDs. It easily connects to the USB port of any computer, but you can also still listen to your records with the 3-speed turntable. I'm fond of the old-timey design, color, and portability of the Spinnerette portable turntable, making this as much of a decorative piece as a piece of audio gear.
Automatic Stereo Turntable: If you’re looking for a way to bridge between yesterday and today, Audio-Technica’s fully automatic, belt driven turntable offers USB compatibility
for would-be laptop DJs or easy transfers between an analog medium to a digital storage device, no extra drivers required for either PC or Mac users.
(Images: as linked above)