More people are turning to vintage décor as they appreciate the style and beauty of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Considering how everything around us seems to be constantly modernizing and losing that personal, intimate touch, the emerge of this trend does not come as a surprise. A major piece of decorating your home and giving it an old-style flair is the device you use to listen to music.
Beyond doubt, you can’t style your home in this manner without taking your collection of vinyl disks and playing them. But for you to put your grandfather’s collection of vinyl to good use, you need a quality turntable first. In the following, we will list the best vintage turntables at the moment, music listening devices that perfectly combine the spectacular old-style look with modern technology.
|1. Electrohome Signature EANOS700||2. Victrola Nostalgic Aviator VTA-750B||3. Electrohome Wellington EANOS602||4. Pyle PTCD4BT||5. Victrola Nostalgic Aviator VTA-600B|
|Dimensions||17.9″ x 13.5″ x 12.1″||21″ x 15″ x 12.9″||19.3″ x 12.6″ x 9.1″||22.8″ x 15.8″ x 11″||18.2″ x 13.2″ x 10″|
|Weight||26.01 Lbs||28.45 Lbs||16.3 Lbs||18.64 Lbs||26.5 Lbs|
|Materials||Medium Density Fiberboard||Wood||Medium Density Fiberboard||Wood||Wood|
|Finish||Real Wood Veneer||Wood Veneer||Real Wood Veneer||Wood Veneer||Wood Veneer|
|Record Speeds||3 Speeds||3 Speeds||3 Speeds||3 Speeds||3 Speeds|
|Speakers||2x5W 2.6″, 2x15W 3.6″||2x5W||2x5W 3″||2-Way||1x10W|
|Power Adapter Input||120V, 60Hz||100 – 240V, 50/60 Hz||120V, 60Hz||120V, 60Hz||120V, 60Hz|
|AM Frequency Range||530 – 1710 kHz||530 – 1710 kHz||530 – 1710 kHz||530 – 1710 kHz||530 – 1710 kHz|
|FM Frequency Range||88 – 108 mHz||88 – 108 mHz||88 – 108 mHz||88 – 108 mHz||88 – 108 mHz|
|Automatic Return Arm Adjustment||N/A||N/A|
|Product Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
|Telephone Support||1-855-769-4737||(877) 483-2497||1-855-769-4737||(718) 535-1800||(877) 483-2497|
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Turntables use one of the following three drive systems to work: idler-wheel drive system, belt drive system, or direct drive system. Idler-wheel drive systems were common before the 1970s and they do not make for desirable options to go with as they develop decomposition of the wheel fast. Direct drive systems might be modern, but they lack quality in the sense that motor vibrations affect sound output. What we recommend you go for if you want to enjoy the best experience possible when listening to music are belt drive systems as they absorb motor vibrations and noise, delivering the perfect sound output.
Evidently, you have to pay attention to the construction quality of the turntable as it shows how well the device will resist as time passes. Seeing how these are vintage-style music systems, it is obvious that their construction should be made from wood. This is a durable, quality material that makes the turntables remain in a perfect shape for a long time and that adds to their retro look and feel.
Convenience is key, and the Bluetooth technology can make a vintage-style turntable your dream come true as it eliminates the annoying dependency to wires. Allowing you to wirelessly pair your smartphone or tablet to the turntable in order to stream music, Bluetooth might not be a mandatory feature for the device to have but it is one that greatly enhances convenience in use.
There are quite a few options that the turntable can put at your disposal when it comes to playback methods, and we recommend you buy a device that features as many of them as possible. Evidently, it must double as an FM/AM radio as you will enjoy this feature greatly, getting to listen to your favorite stations and music when you’re at home. For added convenience, important playback options the device must include are the possibility to play music off USB sticks, to play CDs, and to play cassettes.
The design of a vintage turntable is one of the main elements to take into consideration when analyzing it as the purpose of the device doesn’t only resume to playing music but to complementing a retro décor as well. Thus, we made sure for all of our turntables to have the right size, weight, and construction in order to suit the existing décor of your home.
Quality speakers output quality sound, so it is essential to look into element trait when ranking turntable systems. For you to enjoy nothing but the best quality regardless of the choice you make, we made sure for all of our music systems to feature great speakers. However, one model scored better than the others as it boasts a higher power and more generous dimension in its speakers, more precisely the Electrohome Signature EANOS700 that comes with two 5-watt 2.6-inch speakers and two 15-watt 3.6-inch speakers.
The presence of the Bluetooth technology makes a huge difference as it cancels your dependency on wires when you want to pair a smart device with the turntable. Additionally, it allows you to keep quite a generous distance between the smartphone or tablet and the music system without the signal being lost and the streaming session getting interrupted. The top of the line turntables we gave extra points for featuring Bluetooth technology are the Victrola Nostalgic Aviator VTA-750B, the Pyle PTCD4BT, and the Victrola Nostalgic Aviator VTA-600B.
If you want to enjoy a convenient experience when using the turntable, which you surely do, the system should come with a remote control that allows you to change settings, turn the volume up or down, and turn the device on or off without having to actually get close to it. Except for the Pyle model, all of our turntables come with this feature as we put your convenience above everything else.
Energy efficiency is important with any electronic as the more you use it, the more power it consumes. An energy efficient turntable consumes little energy when it runs, meaning you will not be faced with absurd bills at the end of the month as a consequence of playing it for the most part of the day. From this point of view, we gave the highest ratings to the Electrohome Wellington EANOS602 and the Pyle PTCD4BT music systems as both of them consume only 19 watts.
The décor you choose for your home says a lot about your personal tastes. If you went for a retro design in your house, then you need to complete the set with the addition of a vintage turntable. Instead of taking out the system your grandfather owned, combine modern technology with the cool vintage style by opting for a retro music system like the Victrola Nostalgic Aviator VTA-750B or any other product featured in our comparison table.
Combining the best of both worlds, these retro systems satisfy your need for a powerful music listening device without ruining the décor of your home. What makes them even more desirable to use are the simplistic controls as they are perfectly reminiscent of old-style systems. In a vintage setting, this is a mandatory addition rather than a caprice.