Whether you own a collection of records you haven’t played in a while, or you’re just hopping onto the vinyl bandwagon, this Altec Lansing turntable is a good place to start. It’s got a 3-speed belt drive, stereo speakers, and Bluetooth streaming. Save an extra 15% in The Awesomer Shop with code BFSAVE15 (expires 12/13/19)
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This desktop device aims to democratize the creation of vinyl records. The Phonocut is designed to carve grooves directly into a 10″ wax disk, allowing for the creation of custom records at home. It’s makers are hoping for a 2020 release and will start raising funds on Kickstarter 10/15/19 at 4:20pm LA time.
This truly exquisite turntable uses coils and magnets to levitate its platter above its base. Not only is the design eye-catching, but it eliminates unwanted vibrations that might be transmitted by speakers. It has a lightweight carbon fiber tonearm and a premium Ortofon cartridge. Save 10% off the MSRP in The Awesomer Shop.
Designer Xundi Li’s concept for a record player is a beautiful work of modern industrial design. It combines a turntable, speaker, and amplifier, with an off-center drive mechanism which lets the record protrude from its cabinet. We hope it goes into production.
The Omni is a portable turntable for both music lovers and scratch DJs. It has an adjustable tone arm and counterweight, a replaceable cartridge, a high-pass scratch mode, contactless faders, Bluetooth input, and a 5W speaker. It can be powered by power banks via its DC port.
Audiophile turntable maker Lenco’s unique record player comes as either 3D printable files or ready to use 3D parts, and mechanical bits that you assemble yourself. The minimal design offers modules such as Bluetooth, a speaker, and a solar power unit for customization.
Symbol Audio’s slick turntable has a built-in amplifier and speakers, which you can also use with wired and wireless sources. It also has an audio out and a concealed compartment for wireless adapters such as Sonos Connect. The optional base makes it an elegant centerpiece.
This incredibly minimal record player isn’t much bigger than a 12″ vinyl disc, concealing its tone arm, needle, and electronics underneath its platter. It even can play records while mounted vertically on a tabletop or on the wall. Has both RCA and headphone outputs.
While the proper way to play a record is with a needle, it turns out that other sharp objects will do the trick, if not quite as well. Michael Ridge puts some bird songs on his turntable, then played them with the beak from a seagull’s skull. The bird is the word.
Inside this ’60s-inspired console’s walnut body is a Debut Carbon turntable, a tweeter, a 6.5″ woofer, a 200W amplifier, a 100W subwoofer, an AirPlay receiver and two aux inputs. It also has a built-in minibar with whiskey glasses and room for 150 vinyl records.