The 5 Best Portable Vinyl Players
Although iPods are the norm, and digital distribution is here to stay – with vinyl sales increasing each year what is certain is that vinyl is never going to disappear. It was international record store day on the 18th of May – so we thought we’d do a vinyl related post.
The best way to listen to a vinyl would be on a proper vintage hi-fi setup, however not everyone has the space for a second hi-fi setup as it’s not easy to work a turntable into a home theatre setup these days.
So the next best option a quality portable vinyl player. Not one of those horrible ones you find for 29.95 at a discount store. You need a quality bit of kit from a reputable turntable manufacturer. A vintage Columbia one would be really cool – but they are hard to come by these days.
Here are some of our favourite that are available now.
Vestax handy trax USB
The long selling all-in-one portable turntable from Japanese company Vestax, the handy trax has been upgraded with a USB connection and now enables listeners to transfer vinyl to your computer. Recapturing the freedom of music, the handy trax USB, with its anytime, anywhere portability allows vinyl enthusiasts to leisurely pursue their interest in analog purity with the confidence of Vestax quality.
Where other turntables take up space, this one dances around a desk without ado. Perfect for travelling, the battery-powered Crosley turntable, the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer, and the first with a modern, rubberized finish for on-the-go use. Users can tote this two-speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps or to a friend’s house. Also has a USB hookup for easy analog-to-digital transfer.
Designed to look like a suitcase from travel’s glamour days, Crosley’s smart-looking Echo finally allows the freedom to enjoy long-lost tunes anywhere. Plus, with easy USB/SD encoding and a USB port, users have two options for converting their vinyl to digital files however they prefer. The Echo also features an AM/FM radio and universal iPod dock.
Numark PT01 Portable Turntable
This lightweight, battery–powered turntable (with included 12V adapter) is an essential for vinyl enthusiasts. The PT01 is equipped with its own monitor speaker and headphone outputs. Solidly built, good for travelling – comes with it’s own protective cover. There is also a ION version of these (ION is now owned by Numark)
Razy Works Vinyl Killer Mini Clubman Model
The name is a mouthful but this is just too cute. The Vinyl Killer is a portable record player made in Japan, and was a unlicensed VW Combi Van in a previous incarnation. Now it’s back, officially licensed by BMW AG in Germany. This doesn’t need a turntable, doesnt even need to spin the record. The car costs on the surface of the vinyl, gliding the needle along the groove and playing the music through it’s built in speaker. More of a novelty but a lovely little thing.