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Choosing The Best Vintage Record Player

You do care for style and thereby you love some nostalgia. With everything around you being carbon or polyester and clinically designed, you would like to stand out. Obviously you can buy a new high end Stereo system but modern electronics do not have character. A record player does have both that nostalgic look and will bring for sure character along with that. But choosing the right Vintage Record Player can be tough, so we’ve put together this resource – a-one-stop-shop, all-inclusive guide to help you find the record player that fits your room.

Types of Vintage Record Players

basic vintage turntablevintage phonographThere are many ways to divide record players in different categories. Pre amp vs power amp, belt driven vs direct drive etc. Those are more technical ways of discriminating between turntables. Most people visiting this blog are choosing between a gramophone (the one with the big brass horn) or a turntable/record player without a horn. Although these terms are not officially selecting for with/without horn, everybody understands the difference.  We are not going to get in debate which is better. They both clearly have specific benefits.

  • Drawing attention. The big shiny brass horn immediately draws attention, this can be an advantage if you do like to show the gramophone. Some people however consider it too much of a presence in their room.
  • Cleaning. With an ordinary record player being easy to clean, the horn does need some attention. In order to make is shine or at least keep it clean, you will have pledge some sweat.
  • Space. Without a horn you can close the record player and put for instance some records on it. With the horn, there is no way that you are using that space.
  • Sound. With the sound coming from the horn it does sound even more characteristic. All record players have that vinyl sound, but the horn can even add some vintage touch to that. Not all new gramophones however do really use the horn for musical output.

Why are Old Fashioned Record Players so Popular again

At the moment, vintage is hot. A beard, an old fashioned bike or retro design furniture, all are being popular at the  moment. And the same is true for musical instruments and in this case turntables. Therefore mostly not the characteristic sound but more the looks of the record player that are the reason to place a turntable in the room. And not only the vintage record player, also the vinyl albums are being seen everywhere again.

Belt Drive or Direct Drive

In every turntable, a motor is spinning the platter. This motor can be attached to the platter in two different ways. The motor can be placed next to the platter. An elastic belt is then used to connect the motor and the platter. This way of spinning the platter is called belt drive.  An advantage of this system is the belt dampens the noise (vibration) of the motor.

An other way to drive the platter is not placing the motor besides the platter, but under it. Thereby the platter can be directly attached to the motor. In this process there is no dampening of the noise, but there is a more stable speed.

Old fashioned models almost all the time have the belt driven technology. DJ’s do prefer the direct driven models. When you are planning on creating sound effects as a DJ, the direct drive is your type. But for most people that buy the instrument to listen to music, belt driven is the way to go.

Reviews of the 5 Coolest Vintage Record Players


Vintage turntable

The Pyle-Home is one of the most characteristic looking gramophones. With  the handmade high quality wood veneer cabinet and prominent horn this is one of the top selling record players on Amazon. The horn is not only there for charm and elegance, it really does amplify the sound giving it a rich sound quality that will fill your room.

Additionally this classic vinyl record player is capable of playing a wide variety of music.  You can experience your vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, or tune into AM/FM radio. On top of that, the 3.5mm aux-in port can also handle you music from Ipod or MP3 player. The USB port gives you the opportunity to connect with your pc and record music straight to you hard disk or external drive. In short this well designed and fully equipped classic vinyl player will bring both excellent style and high quality music to your room.


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