In the days of music at our finger tips with streaming services its easy to forget the lost art of sitting down and enjoying a vinyl. It reminds you that there is so much more to music; it’s a combined experience of the cover artwork, the imperfections and the rich complexity of the sonic structures that you just can’t get from a digital track.
At this point, after my rant about the magic of vinyl and the fast approaching Record Store Day, you might be thinking to yourself it’s time to get amongst the fun.
Here are two turntables we’re loving at the moment.
PRO-JECT JUKE BOX E TURNTABLE
Say hello to the ‘all-in-one Plug & Play’ turntable system with Bluetooth, line input and the easiest possible set-up, courtesy of Pro-Ject – an Austrian company that is famous for designing and manufacturing turntables of exceptional quality that are amazing value for money for their sonic performance.
The Juke Box E is a record player, phono stage, Bluetooth receiver, line pre-amplifier and power amplifier in one, requiring only a pair of speakers to make a complete system. If you thought that a starter turntable system is complicated to set up, Juke Box E proves the contrary. This good sounding belt-drive deck offers the fastest possible installation process because it comes pre-adjusted out of the box and offers superb sound quality.
Tracking force and anti-skating of the turntable section are carefully pre-set, and an acrylic dust cover is included. The “All-in-one turntable system” is available in high-gloss black, red or white colour.
Check it out via www.project-audio.com/en/product/juke-box-e/
AUDIO-TECHNICA ‘S AT-LP60X
Whether you’re just getting into records, rediscovering a record collection long since buried away or simply adding a turntable to complete your system, the AT-LP60X fully automatic belt-drive turntable is an excellent choice. This affordable, easy-to-use turntable plays both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records and, with its built-in switchable phono preamp, can be connected directly to your home stereo, powered speakers, computer and other components, whether they have a dedicated phono input or not.
An update of the popular AT-LP60, the ATLP60X features a redesigned tonearm base and headshell to improve tracking and reduce resonance. Noise is further reduced by the inclusion of an AC adapter that moves the AC/DC conversion outside of the chassis where its impact on the signal chain is limited.
The turntable comes with a detachable RCA output cable (3.5 mm male to dual RCA male), 45 RPM adapter, and a removable hinged dust cover. It is available in black (AT-LP60X-BK), gunmetal/black (AT-LP60X-GM), and red/black (AT-LP60X-RD).
Visit audio-technica.com.au for more information.