Since I’ve been running this blog, almost 4 years ago, the demand for turntables has exploded due to the strong return of the vinyl record: either you want to take out of the attic your old vinyl records to listen to them again, or you want to get started as they say, to embark on the adventure of the vinyl record for X or X reason. In short, whatever the reason you want to embark on the exciting adventure of vinyl recording, you will need a turntable to listen to your records…
If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and read my article on “How to choose your turntable”, which will already give you some keys to choose your turntable, or at least take stock of what you want or need, or our comparison of turntables for beginners.
The purpose of this article is rather to warn you against the vintage trend; in fact, in the press, the vinyl phenomenon can be summed up in one word: vintage.
However, the problem is that manufacturers are surfing on this term by responding to the growing demand, by offering items of more than mediocre quality, including all-in-one turntables, pickups etc., an example of which is given below:
If on paper this product seems attractive because it does a lot of things (turntable, speakers, USB weights etc.), know that the sound you will get will really, but then really BAD. The life span of your device will probably be very short while in comparison I still use, for example, my grandfather’s turntable bought in 1979….
In addition, the comments on this product have really caught my attention, I let you forge your own conviction about the veracity of these comments…
What is a vintage vinyl turntable?
If you have arrived on this page it is because you have probably been looking for information about vintage turntables. Perhaps you would like to know which is the best vintage turntable or how much a vintage turntable costs.
Be aware that the very term vintage turntable can be interpreted in various ways: it can be a turntable with a vintage look, we could also say a turntable with a retro look. This is the subject discussed above, we call these turntables all-in-one turntables.
But it can also mean a turntable from the 70s, i. e. an old vinyl turntable, such as the popular turntables of those years from the following brands: Thorens, Sanyo, Audio Technica, Rega, Marantz …
If you have any information about these vinyl turntables from the 70s, you can read our file on: buying a used turntable or find below some pictures of mythical vintage turntables.
The Crosley case
As you will have understood, the fashion of vintage, retro etc. has inspired equipment manufacturers, who have of course jumped at the opportunity to offer you products all in one of dubious quality. Among these manufacturers, there is one that we must treat a little differently, because it is a major player and above all a historical manufacturer: Crosley
The Crosley turntable was introduced in the 1990s, inspired by the portable turntables (suitcases) of the 1950s and 1960s. Why not read our file on the Crosley brand? You will find the history of the brand as well as our tests of the 2018 Crosley vintage decks.
Vintage platinum brands all in one to avoid
We will not mention more brands here, but know that if you want to enjoy a minimum listening quality, in the experience as well as in the sound, avoid turntables for less than 100 euros, especially if they offer at this price many options: CD player, Bluetooth, USB etc…. run away! For 30 euro more (about 130 euro), buy yourself a small Sony PSLX300USB (read the test): it will accompany you for several years and you can upgrade it by changing the cell, while your turntable all in a low-end will be flat in one year!
The mythical vintage turntables
We propose below some pictures of the mythical vintage turntables the most famous of the 70’s and 80’s. You may be able to buy some of these second-hand turntables if you put the price on them and if you have a little patience and a DIY spirit.