Crosley Cruiser – Vintage-inspired portable turntable

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Crosley makes a line of vintage-inspired portable turntables in great colors and prints. Thanks to variable speed settings, each player can handle your perennial 78s as well as your newly pressed Hozier record. They even come fully loaded with an adapter for your Lemonheads 45s.

With built-in speakers, you need only the turntable, your album of choice, and a power outlet. If you prefer to listen to Tori Amos on full size speakers, the player also has a stereo output discreetly hidden in back.

If your spouse or partner doesn’t find the hisses and pops of vinyl recordings charming, the headphone jack allows you to immerse yourself in Paul’s Boutique while pretending you're only pending obligation is a paper on Faulkner and feminism. And because no urban hipster is complete without a little irony, your vintage-inspired record play comes equipped with an input for your MP3 player. You will have to provide your own mustache and slouchy beanie, however. – Elly Lonon

Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable
Crosley
3 speeds, 9 colors
$80 Buy a copy on Amazon

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  1. And when you get tired of the cheesiness of this low-cost plasticky item, you can get really good hi-fi record players these days that behave properly and treat your records nicely. They were made in the eighties, which was the pinnacle of audio equipment quality. Ebay, for not many dollars.

  2. I was shopping around for a cheap portable (i also have a high fi setup at home) and was disappointed to realize all of the ones currently on the market use crystal cartridges as opposed to magnetic. The sound quality is considerably better with a magnetic cartridge and that is what is in most hi fi and DJ setups. I guess if you don't mind imperfect fidelity, these portables are fine. But the hard to describe tinny-ness has always turned me off.

    There is one model of crosly portable taht has a magnetic cartidge called the "spinnerette" but weirdly it doesn't have a headphone jack so you can't listen privately or export to yourhome stereo or computer from it. But if you only plan to use the built in speakers, I'd recommend that model.

  3. I saw one today and asked the store if they could demo it. Wow, the sound on it was horrible. And not even "cheap headphones" terrible, this is honestly worse than the fisher-price portable record player I had as a tot.

  4. Orange, right? That little set had good sound!

  5. I went for a job at Garrard in the early 1970s but they folded...coincidentally and I was pretty unhappy because I had wanted to work for them for years.
    Although the 1980s may have seen the best possible vinyl reproduction parts, the prices were high. Garrard turntables of the 50s and 60s are still available, are being restored, and if you are an audio engineer rather than an "audiophile" (the distinction being similar to that between an astronomer and an astrologer) you will know that, with suitable arms, cartridges, preamps and plinths they will get as much out of the vinyl as is likely to be there.
    Of course in those days the wars, rather than between iOS and Android, were between the supporters of common-base preamps, jfet conversions and the Old Believers in a really good pair of EF86s. I have experimented with all three at different times. It was fun...and stopped being so when audio reproduction became digital and virtually perfect, but the audio material itself was so compressed and tweaked that the human input was largely lost. The writing was on the wall when the Beatles sound was created in the labs at EMI in the mid 60s.

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