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Tips for buying a retro record player
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:32:49 Europe/London
When looking to purchase a retro record player, you have to bare a few things in mind. Below is list of potential issues and factors you might need to consider before getting your turntable:
Many “vinyl junkies” will tell you that you can sacrifice substance if you focus too much on style, this isn’t the case in truth. You can easily find a charming retro looking player that won’t harm your precious vinyl, and still make it sound as good as the day it was laid down in the studio. So, the appearance, consider how it will look and where it will be in a particular room. Enjoying a record is an experience so it’s vital that the turntable is in a prime location. If it’s to be placed on a surface with the likelihood of it being moved then a player such as the Attaché-Black will be perfect for you. On the other hand, if this is set to be a permanent feature and a true centre piece then maybe you ought to consider something such as the GPO Bermuda, available in either blue or a fetching red.
A common concern when buying a record player of any kind is that you may not be able to have access to any other form of media through that outlet. Let that be a problem no longer with the alternatives we have on offer. The GPO Empire Turntable doesn’t only allow you to listen to your favourite records, but also the ability to tune into both AM and FM radio signals through the same unit. If you’re even less willing than that to leave the modern world behind when it comes to retro record players then perhaps the Jive Turntable TC97 in White might be the choice for you. This fine looking retro player allows the vinyl lover to also have access to their CD, USB, and SD cards as well as they’re treasured records.
RPM – How many do you need?
Typically most records you purchase are either 33rpm or 45rpm, depending on the size or the pressing. However, if you’re looking to go truly retro then you might want to consider looking for a player such as the Memphis in either Red, Cream, Black, or Silver as these retro turntables allow for the more traditional RPM of 78. With this in mind if you are wanting to dig out something such as those old jazz singles, it might be worth opting for a player that allows for the 78rpm setting.