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About Record Players
Vinyl record players have made a huge comeback and are now more mainstream than ever.
It’s hard to beat physically holding your favourite album in your hands, placing the vinyl record carefully on the platter, hitting the on button and gently placing the needle onto the record as your speakers spring into life.
Exploring the Features of Vinyl Record Players
Vinyl Playback: Vinyl record players are meticulously engineered to play vinyl records with precision, faithfully reproducing the analogue audio that captivates audiophiles and music enthusiasts.
Adjustable Playback Speed: Many vinyl player models offer selectable playback speeds (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM), ensuring compatibility with various types of vinyl records, including LPs, singles, and vintage 78s.
Tonearm & Cartridge: They feature a tonearm and cartridge assembly, responsible for tracking the grooves on the vinyl and translating them into sound.
Built-In Preamps: Most of our vinyl record players come with built-in preamplifiers, simplifying the connection process to powered speakers or audio systems.
Wireless: You'll also find Bluetooth turntables with wireless operation. They can link to your compatible speakers or headphones without wires, simplifying the setup process and allowing for late-night record listening.
Retro Aesthetics: Vinyl record players often feature classic and retro-inspired designs, adding a touch of vintage elegance to your audio setup.
Manual or Automatic Operation: You can choose between manual and automatic models, depending on whether you prefer hands-on control or automated convenience.
How To Choose The Right Record Player?
It can be daunting choosing the best record player, but our audio experts are on hand to help you by email, live chat and telephone.
We’ve also hand selected some of the best record players and even bundled them with the best speakers for a complete system.
If you’re looking to digitise your records onto your computer then look out for a USB turntable, these allow you to connect to your PC and record the music using free software.
If you need to place the record player in a different location to your amplifier or speakers then a Bluetooth turntable is a good choice as these can wirelessly link together.
Is A Record Player Worth It?
If you’re considering buying a record player, but you’re not completely convinced and you’re wondering if it’s worthwhile getting into vinyl then look no further.
I believe that we’ve gone full circle and whilst we now have any song from any artist just a tap away, there’s nothing quite like being able to hold your favourite album in your hands.
Whether it’s an old collection being revived or you’re starting your collection for the first time.
Record players are for people who want to take a break from the world, to sit down and purposefully enjoy every detail of their music.
So is a vinyl record player worth it? Absolutely, it’s not just a record player, it’s an experience that will last for years to come.
What Is The Difference Between A Turntable And A Record Player?
In your search for better music you’ll likely have come across the terms “turntable” and “record player” being used interchangeably and may be wondering what is the difference between a turntable and a record player?
Well, a record player usually refers to a system that can play records without requiring any additional kit i.e it has built in speakers.
For example the Lenco LS-50 is a true record player as it has a turntable with built-in speakers. You can plug it in, put a record on and you’ll hear music.
Whereas a turntable would normally need an amplifier and speakers, or active bookshelf speakers to complete your system.
The terms are used interchangeably, including by us as we sell mostly “systems” that are ready to enjoy your music such as our turntable with speaker bundles.
You can learn a bit more in our turntable buying guide available here.
How To Take Care Of Your Records
It’s important that you look after your vinyl records to ensure that they play correctly and will last for another generation to come.
We recommend that you invest in a vinyl record cleaning kit consisting of a record brush, record cloth, cleaning fluid and a stylus cleaner. This’ll keep your records and your stylus in tip-top condition.
It’s also important to store your records correctly. They should be kept upright and out of direct sunlight to avoid warping the records. We recommend that you use vinyl record sleeves to protect them and you’ll also find a range of vinyl record storage solutions.
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