Our home stereo set-up combines a turntable, radio, CD player, and iPod dock. Although our collection spans a few different types and decades of tech, the common denominator we seek in all our music players is that they look and sound good. If you're a lover of timeless tech, we've rounded up a few sources (below) for turntables, radios, and speakers that unite vintage style with modern sound.
- Tivoli B-Goods Outlet Store (Online): Tivoli's outlet store offers returns, refabs or discountinued products, all at discount prices. And while it's not a huge savings (only 15% off the retail price) you can save a few bucks on a new stereo and still have the Tivoli one-year warranty.
- Hawthorne Stereo (Seattle/Online): If you want vintage audio, but don't know where to start this is a great place to check out. Plus, they ship worldwide, so you can get that special vintage component you've had your eye on if they have it in their current inventory.
- Turntable Lab (Various Locations/Online): Turntable Lab is a bi-coastal online and brick and mortar store for those of us who appreciate yesterday's vinyl sound with today's digital solutions, stocking a wide range of DJ equipment, vinyl to digital solutions, laptop/computer accessories and of course, stacks of wax.
- Dijital Fix (Brooklyn/Online): In the heart of hipster heaven is an electronics shop with an eye for good design, offering home audio speakers, turntables, mp3 systems, headphones, lighting, storage and miscellaneous tech gear all curated to look good as much as sound good.
- Audiowood Turntables (Online): These turntables are fashioned out of various woods (mostly burl, with some oak, walnut and even plywood) by Audiowood's founder, Joel Scilley. Joel says, "I build new plinths for vintage turntables and tables that use all-new parts. My all-new tables usually use the Origin Live DC motor controller and quality bearings."
- Crosley (Online): If you love old-school radios and turntables, but you don't want to sort through broken models in a thrift store, Crosley still makes the real thing, just newer. They dub the look "new-stalgic" - a mix of modern acoustics and mid-century style.
- Exeluxe (Online): Exeluxe's speakers are made to look like vintage Fender amps. The 11.5-by-12.5-by-7 inch bookshelf speakers are made in the Bay Area and are built with high-quality 5 1/4" drivers and 1" tweeters. You can choose a series of custom 'tolex' coverings and grillcloths.
- Jerry Raskin's Needle Doctor (Online): Needle Doctor is an online store that markets itself as the "world's largest selection of turntables, needles, cartridges, and more." They ship domestically and internationally, and they carry the popular and colorful Debut 111 Pro-ject Turntable.