Vinyl records deliver rich&crisp sound- something you can’t really hear in digitally compressed CDs or MP3s. Just ask any seasoned audiophile and they’ll agree. So if you’re ready to experience the warm analog audio without spending a fortune on gear, the Electrohome Archer Turntable ($100) might just fit the bill.
Inspired by the first wave of portable turntables from the 1960’s, this fully automatic player is housed in a wooden suitcase (which doubles as an audio enhancer), while its belt driven motor can spin 7, 10 and 12-inch records at 3 different speeds, so you can jam on your – and dad’s – vinyl collection anytime, and anywhere you have access to a power outlet.
If you have to, you can also pair the Archer Turntable with smartphones, tablets, or USB flash drives (via an AUX/USB input) – and take advantage of the built-in, full-range stereo speakers – but after hearing the unique warmth and accurate sound of a vinyl, you’ll probably turn old-school and totally reject new technology.