Back to the turntable

The best record player can have a huge impact on how you listen to music. That is because all of the top record players of 2022 are worlds away from the clunky old turntables you might have stored away collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere.

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By Techno Crat

The best record player can have a huge impact on how you listen to music. That is because all of the top record players of 2022 are worlds away from the clunky old turntables you might have stored away collecting dust in a cupboard somewhere. There is a huge difference, and though what they do is the same as before, they do it with finesse and with a great deal of technology behind it.

This technological support is what is bringing listeners back to the turntable in this highly digitised age.

Many of them also work with the best wireless speakers and the best headphones, making them super convenient, suitable to connect up to your other smart home devices, and capable of high-end audio performance that’ll transform your favourite music.

Turntables in India
German-born US inventor Emile Berliner patented the very first vinyl record player – the Turntable. When you talk about the best record player turntables in India, not everyone has the budget to experiment. So when you want something that can work adequately, but would be light on your pocket, the Vinyl Music On is a good option.

VINYL MUSIC ON
It has the most basic functions you would want in a turntable without any unique defining qualities. There are the headphone and RCA outputs to listen to music or connect to external speakers, which are recommended as with other turntables. It can play the usual vinyl records and has an excellent briefcase to contain it.

The fact is that in the price range, it covers all necessary departments and is a good option for amateurs trying to give vinyl records a try.

Price: Rs 12,999

  • 3-speed belt driven turntable: Play 33 1/3, 45 or 78 RPM records. Every player is hand-tuned by the company’s audio expert to ensure the best possible performance.
  • Stereo dual speakers: Built-in full range stereo speakers project full and live analog audio sounds. You can also connect external devices via the AUX port provided to utilize the built-in speakers.
  • Record player with two output options: RCA audio output helps you connect to the bigger external amplifier or other surround sound speakers whereas the Headphone jack allows for private listening.
  • Portable suitcase turntable: Vintage suitcase design vinyl turntable with easy carry handle, solid chrome plated hardware and secure lock catch.

Technical Details

  • Product Dimensions: 35 x 25.5 x 11.5 cm; 3.04 Kilograms
  • Item model number –         Retro Suitcase Turntable
  • Colour –                           Brown
  • Signal Format –              Analog
  • Material –                     Plastic
  • Speaker Count –              ‎2
  • Item Weight –                 ‎3 kg 40 g
  • Manufacturer –            VINYL MUSIC ON

VICTROLA VINTAGE
Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers (Camden, New Jersey, USA).

The Victrola portable suitcase turntable is an absolute classic and loaded with features. Includes built-in Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device, 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM), built-in speakers, 3.5mm aux-in jack for playing music from any non-Bluetooth device, RCA jack and headphone jack. Portable design and carry handle allows for tunes wherever you may go.

  • Wireless Bluetooth Capability
  • Streams music wirelessly up to 33 feet away. Listen to your music from your Bluetooth compatible device with ease. Just connect and play!
  • Price: Rs 9,999
  • Product Dimensions-                13.9 x 10.1 x 5 inches
  • Item Weight –                          2.69 pounds
  • Manufacturer –                      Innovative Technology
  • ASIN –                                 B00UMVW4VA

WORLDWIDE
Turntable In Worldwide:
Pro-ject Turntable:
Pro-Ject Audio Systems is a manufacturer of audiophile equipment, founded in 1991 by Heinz Lichtenegger  and located in Mistelbach, Austria. Pro-Ject Audio Systems designs the products in Austria and produces them in Europe.

Pro-Ject’s retro turntables look exactly like you’d imagine the quintessential 1950s or ’60s turntable to look – a simple and elegant aesthetic that wouldn’t look out of place in the most contemporary of lounges or offices. Available in three tasteful matte finishes, The Classic features, among numerous other things, belt drive with manual speed control at 33 or 45 rpm and a nine-inch tonearm crafted from carbon and aluminium. The result is a retro-looking system that delivers gloriously full and warm tones, especially when combined with Pro-Ject’s various other ultra-stylish hi-fi components.

 Suspension:
Improved motor suspension
The Debut Carbon EVO features our new designed motor suspension. We have improved the old design to consistently reduce the vibrations better than before.

Metal Feet:
Damped & height adjustable
The new Debut Carbon Evo stands on three height adjustable damped aluminium feet to guarantee the perfect stand.
Heavy steel and TPE damped Added a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) ring on the inside of the platter. The result is an even quieter and noiseless operation with less wow and flutter.

The Evolution
The Debut Carbon EVO focuses on the core aspects that make a turntable sound great. Technically correct design – expert craftsmanship – handmade in the EU. This turntable is built to last you a lifetime!

Controlled playback speeds
Besides being able to effortlessly change replay speeds with the push of a button, the playback speed is electronically controlled with the utmost precision, which results in the most accurate and stable speeds.

TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) technology now helps to damp the resonance completely and also increases the weight to 1,7 kg. Because the TPE is mounted to the inside of the platter‘s rim, the moving energy will also create a flywheel effect. The result is an even quieter and noiseless operation with less wow and flutter.

Ortofon 2M Red: Moving-Magnet Cartridge
2M Red is an all-purpose cartridge that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth. (*US Version comes with Sumiko Rainier)

Output-Gold plated sockets
You can always change your RCA output cable and upgrade it with your preferred one. The gold plated connectors will always provide the best connection.

Price:  $199-$1099
Technical Specifcations:

Nominal speeds –              33/45 r.p.m.. *** 78 r.p.m. optional

Speed variance –               33: ±0.50% 45: ±0.60%

Wow and flutter –             33: ±0.17% 45: ±0.15%

Signal to noise –                 68dB

Effective tonearm length –         8.6 ” ( 218.5 mm)

Overhang –                                18,5 mm

Power consumption –               4 W/ 0 W in Stand-By

Outboard power supply –      15V / 0 – 0.8 mA DC (set at 0.5 mA),
universal power supply

Dimensions (W x H x D) –     415 x 118 x 320 mm, dust cover open 415 x
365 x 405mm

Weight –        5,6 kg

Dimensions packaging (W x H x D) –         488 x 235 x 393 mm

Weight incl. packaging –                8.0kg

Frequency range –                 20-22.000Hz

Channel separation –              22dB/1kHz

Output voltage –                       5.5mV

Recommended load impedance –          47kohms/amplifier connection – MM-input

Recommended tracking force –             17.5mN

Weight –                                                 7.2g

Does vinyl really sound better?
Vinyl vs CD sound:
The difference between the loudest and softest sounds an LP can play is about 70 decibels (dB). CDs can handle over 90 dB. In practical terms, this means that CDs have more than 10 times the dynamic range of LPs.

CDs reflect exactly what the artists recorded in the studio. Vinyl distorts it. Some listeners honestly feel that the defects vinyl introduces somehow make it more attractive or “warmer.” But from any objective standpoint, there’s no justification in calling the sound of vinyl records “better.”

However, there are inconsistencies. Not just the wear and tear of vinyl that will degrade playback quality over time, but the physical limitations. For example, a longer album will require slimmer grooves, creating a quieter sound and more noise as the needle moves through them.

An album is also likely to sound worse at the end than at the beginning as the needle speed changes to compensate for the change in circumference. And that’s before you account for poor pressings and the fact that many modern vinyl records are actually cut from digital masters anyway – so they are no longer a pure analogue signal at all. Will they all of a sudden sound better for being on vinyl? Of course not. But they will sound more ‘vinyl’.

A SMALL HISTORY

The first version of the turntable was created by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville. He created the phonautograph in France way back in 1857. Yet this device could not play sound back. Rather, it inscribed airborne noise onto paper for visual study. The phonautograph was mainly used in lab settings.

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877 and thus was known for who invented the record player. This device recorded sound and also played sound. It inscribed audio to tinfoil wrapped along a cardboard cylinder for subsequent playback. Alexander Graham Bell added wax to Edison’s phonograph design in order to record waves of sound. The result was referred to as the graphophone.

Record players became extremely popular in the 60s and 70s when Dual released the first turntables to provide stereo playback. High-fidelity sound reproduction hit the scene and motivated countless people to add a record player to their home. The automatic high-fidelity turntable was an immediate hit in the early 60s. This was the golden age of record players. It was during this era that Electrohome released its famous space-aged Apollo Record Player alongside their classic wooden stereo consoles.

After years of the vinyl industry being sustained by hardcore enthusiasts and niche music audiences, vinyl has come back into the mainstream. Now being sold at major department stores, grocery stores and even giving rise to the birth of new independent record stores.

Most major artists are now releasing their latest albums as LPs allowing generations young and old to experience this 100 year old technology in their homes today.