I swoon no longer!
My mini turntable arrived and I wasted no time putting it to use. Last night I played some of my older playable albums. For many years I've been a collector of records, not to listen to, but rather I've collect old very used albums mostly to paint on or make jewelry out of. Inevitably, in that process I would run across classics that I knew were treasures too great to ruin. I began to set them aside thinking someday...
Today was that day.
Aaannnd... there just so happens to be a record shop, Hungry Ear Records, around the corner from my house! How convenient, right?! So on my way to grab a coffee this morning, I popped in and perused their selection, which is pretty good for a small record store in Hawaii. I picked up the new Arcade Fire for myself. And for the Mr., the latest album from Muse, limited edition.
Then I came home and had some fun taking photos and listening to my new sounds.
And here's my review if you're interested... There are many features the CR40 offers that swayed me toward purchasing it rather than one of Crosley's other retro turntables. The biggest one, it has several outs on the back for plugging in bigger, better speakers and even a subwoofer, or you can connect it to your computer to improve upon the sound. It comes with two internal speakers, which sound pretty decent to me, but, like a lot of the reviewers noted, the sound can really only fill one room—lucky for me my house is one big room ;)
I liked that it plays 78's, which a lot of inexpensive turntables do not. Also, it is nice and small, which is really a plus in a home that is stretched for space at every corner. And, of course, the fact that it's portable is definitely a bonus. There are two other portable models that Crosley makes, but with those you do not have the option of making their internal speakers sound better. So having that choice really was what made it the winner for me.
Some of the reviewers also stated that the craftsmanship left something to be desired. I would have to say I agree. I noticed that some of the corners looked a tiny bit worn already and you can tell the body isn't made of super quality materials... BUT to this I would also say, It cost less than a hundred dollars folks. I, personally, am thankful that someone makes a record player with good sound and portability along with a price that falls in my budget! I really love this little player, and I'm super excited to begin to grow my record collection. Perhaps when it is big enough, I'll pass it down and upgrade to a finer turntable... but for now this little baby rocks!