- 1 What’s the Most Affordable Record Player with Speakers
- 2 1. Crosley Cr42c-Pa Lancaster Musician Entertainment Center
- 3 2. The Aviator Wooden Music Center
- 4 3. Pyle Home PVNTT6UMR Vintage Turntable
What’s the Most Affordable Record Player with Speakers
If you have been browsing our site, you know that we particular do love the more retro-styled record players. That is also the main reason for reviewing this model, we could not resist the old school design. So let us start with that:
Style and design
The number one reason why one would be attracted to this item. The wooden chest is looking solid and dark, paprika red with a nice wood grain. Striking is also the big and impressive brass plate that contains the switches and analog display. With the CD player integrated with the design and the cassette player on the side, it is clear that the main purpose for this item is vinyl. This model is clearly more vintage than modern turntables and therefore not aiming for dj’s but homeowners that want to add some classis items to their room.
The speakers go nicely with the wooden cave and the display as an impressive open face grillwork, making the whole item smoothly balanced. When closed, the model is less clear recognized as a vinyl player. It is still looking vintage though and for sure worthy of a view. The rear view is not that impressive, making it wise to place the model with the back out of the side. The player is named after the Lancaster Pennsylvania, the oldest inland U.S. city. The architectural heritage of this city has been the inspiration for this model.
Sound quality and volume
- The sound is decent, quite good for an item in this price range (only one hundred bucks, making this a steal). Do notice that this model is not designed for parties and big beats.
- The job of bringing atmosphere in a room with guests or visitors is however what it can and will do. If you need more sound you can hook up external speakers (jacks) for more volume.
Recording and other features
An interesting extra feature is the MP3 function. With nowadays more and more common on turntables, this feature is a nice extra but not something exclusive anymore. It still is, however, a nice extra, giving you the ability to also listen your Ipod or MP3-player music on the Crosley player.
With the player also equipped for both CD and Cassette, this model is a whole Entertainment center. When you also take the FM Radio into account, one could say that this item is pretty all-around.
Pros: Beautiful design with solid woodwork, capable of playing CD, Cassette, USB/MP3 and FM radio. The quality of the sound is satisfying. Enough volume to fill the room.
Cons: Does sometimes stop before the end of the record is reached. No weight control on the stylus, so it is hard to balance the needle.
With which players should you compare this model
With the design being the most prominent characteristic, other retro models can be a competitor for this item. If you consider this Crosley, other models with similar price and design are the Aviater and the Nostalgia:
Yes, you would be happy with the Crosley CR42C-PA Lancaster Musician Entertainment Center if you aim for an old school and nostalgic player. The model will provide both the classic looks and the vinyl sound that such an item should supply. This model is not designed for the excellent sound experience, for the price, however, the sound is quite okay. Features as the MP3 and Radio function make this device all round and well equipped. When you aim for superb sound quality it is better to check out the Audio Technica AT LP120.
Sound and speakers
If you would like to purchase a record player, one of the main concerns is for sure the sound it will produce. Although the models are more and more style items, the basis for purchasing is still the vinyl sound. And that’ s one aspect that is covered with great care. The sound is clear and warm with enough volume to fill a room.
Sound and Volume
The speakers from the Aviator Music Center itself are not big enough for hosting a party, with high volume the bass becomes of lesser quality. For that, you will need to hook up external speakers (which can be done easily). The volume can be compared with that of small radio, good for the background or some more atmosphere, but not designed for loud beads.
Looks and design
Vintage, retro and old school. Those are the terms to describe this particular Aviator model. The impressive wooden chest with prominent speakers and analog display is giving a 40’s appearance. The white buttons and rotary knobs contribute nicely with the design. The small display is giving extra information about the recording progress or played track.
One detail that is showing the thoroughness for this model is the really old school switch that is needed to turn on the player.
USB recording function
This is the part most of the people talk about, this is what is making this item unique. There is no PC or laptop needed for recording, your whole vinyl collection can be put immediately on CD. Making it suited for bringing your vinyl collection to the car for instance, or another stereo system. Do notice that the manual needs to be followed very precise to get high-quality recordings! An interesting extra option is the recording of a cassette, also these can be converted to CD.
Pros: There is no denying this is a world-class item. Innovative Technologies is bringing one high-end model to the table. With the ability to record music, play CD/Cassette and FM Radio, this model is well equipped. Combine with that the solid design of the chest and warm, full-range sound and this turntable is both retro to look and modern in performance.
Cons: The manual is quite hard to understand. Innovative Technologies could have done a better job with that, the model now has a bit off a learning curve before one could operate the recording function smoothly.
We did like the design, sound and recording function. Also, the extra features as FM Radio and CD function are adding value. With the “nod-PC-needed” recording option making this player unique, this is an interesting option. The price of around $150 is one in the mid-range. Thereby this item has a good price-quality balance. These points combined are making this Innovative Technologies Aviator Wooden Music Center a decent choice for consumers that look for a retro designed record player without going for the top (priced) items.
We will start whit telling you that this item cost under 90 bucks. That means this model is priced on the very low end of the market. This means we can expect an item that is not from superb quality. But, there is a broad range from superb to bad. This player is able to find a great balance in price and performance. This is what we think of the vinyl instrument.
With this, we do mean that the player looks very unique. With most models having all the sides of the chest the same height, this model stands out. By making the front side higher compared to the rear and left/right, a unique look is created. Somehow does the high front give the item something extra? We do like the inventive design for that. Next to the design is the woodwork, this is of decent quality. The red/paprika/mahogany color is a bit difficult to describe but go’s well with the design. The curly craved out speakers give a nice touch to the model. With a bit going to retro, this model is for sure not a dime a dozen item.
And the Sound, how is that
Of course, the most important feature next to the design is the sound produced. Also in this aspect, the Pyle Home is doing what it is asked when considered the price of the item. The sound is of acceptable quality and the player is able to reach the full range of tones. The characteristic vinyl sound is there so one can tell that one is not listening to Spotify music. You do not buy this model when you aim for a great sound. The internal speakers are able to produce some nice background music, they, however, are not capable of filling a room full with (loud) chatting people. When you want to listen to vinyl at a party that you are hosting, you might consider hooking up an external speaker.
Ports and connectivity
The turntable is equipped with both jacks and USB. This means that you can hook up external speakers for more volume or better sound. Also, it is possible to amplify the sound by the RCA ports. Hereby giving you the ability to improve the quality without losing the vinyl sound. The USB connection is giving you the opportunity to store your vinyl collection on hard disk or CD. This function is an ice add-on that allows you to digital store your LP collection.
Also is this classical instrument capable of handling your I pod or phone. Meaning that you can play music from both vinyl and your digital collection.
Pro: Low pricing, one-of-a-kind looks, easy to move, quality wooden
Cons: Volume not that high
If you aim for a decent player for a very nice price than you will be satisfied with both the classic looks and the sound. The Pyle home is doing a decent job for both of these. If you are looking for great quality sound then this is not your player. You better aim for but notice that you will pay a substantially higher price than.