Turntables: The Return Of Vinyl Records

Turntables: The Return Of Vinyl Records

Joel Pirela
Oct 15, 2010

The nostalgia of playing records; with their rich and warm sounds filling the space. That's something that no iTunes playlist can match or achieve. There is a re-birth happening right now on the old vinyl playing decks. Maybe in part because they are beautiful to look at, or because the quality of the sound they reproduce.

Now with the technology of playing them directly to a USB connection, it's easier than ever! Let's see some conventional and USB kits available now!

Thorens TD 309
The eye catching design of this turntable have more underneath than what the eye can see. Employing a sprung suspension and a separately decoupled motor, this two speed deck also comes complete with Thorens' own TP92 tonearm and MM pickup cartridge. It is ready within minutes of unpacking and offers more than a glimpse into the world of the glorious vinyl sound.

Crosley Revolution CR6002A
The Crosley's Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. Doesn't take any space at all, it's portable, you can move it around, it effortlessly pairs with any FM radio for cordless, clear sound. It is the first battery-powered Crosley turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a wireless transmitter for cord-free enjoyment. Users can tote this two-speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps or to a friend's house. Featuring a USB hookup for easy analog-to-digital transfer, the Crosley Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices. This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, passive audio out, and a dynamic full range speaker.

The Pro-Ject III Phono USB turntable
Austrian audio manufacturer, Pro-Ject, have unveiled a new turntable that comes equipped with an integrated USB interface. The Pro-Ject III Phono USB turntable converts classic vinyl records to today's digital formats for modern ease and convenience. The turntable features an Ortofon OM5E head, 33 or 45 RPM speeds, and a metal chassis with rubber feet. The Pro-Ject Phono USB turntable should be available soon for around $550. Now all you need to do is convince yourself that your vinyl collection will sound just as good after it has been converted and transcoded into MP3's.

For the DIY's out there, you can try one of the kits from Inspire Hi-Fi, specially, the Vivid kit for Linn LP12 Turntables, not only is beautiful but the sound quality is great!

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