Every time I have a big purchase to make, I like to do my research. I read through product reviews and blog posts. This Christmas, I wanted a record player and with my birthday right around the corner it seemed time to start my research. There have been some definite pros and cons with the switch to record life, but it has definitely been worth it.
Here was my criteria for going vinyl.
I wanted something simple and modern.
Forget the antique leather vibes or trendy colors, I wanted something that could last for years. Opting for a lacquered white, Everything on the player is absolutely essential, minimal, and perfect for what I wanted.
The preamp needed to be built in.
When I decided to purchase a record player, I wanted quality but minimal investment. I wanted to try it out and then figure out if I loved it, if I would build out a record collection, etc. Because of this, I wanted to purchase minimal components. Finding a record player with a preamp built in was essential.
Speaker quality was an issue.
As I read reviews, it seemed that speaker quality was a really big deal when it came to record players with speakers built in. While I knew that many record players came with Bluetooth availability, I didn’t want to put more strain on an already 5 year old Jambox. I opted to choose a record player that came with a set of matching speakers. The quality is great for our little townhome and I’ll probably upgrade when this record player.
Have you made the switch to vinyl? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!