Quarantine means a lot of dance parties at home for yourself. It definitely feels like time has turned back – we are calling our friends and family more, eating more home-cooked meals, we can hear the birds clearly and the sky is a lot bluer. So when we put on some music, why not do it on a classic Victrola record player made with woven linen and wood!
This record player features a 3-speed belt driven turntable – choose between 33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM settings to choose between a relaxing tune or speed it up for an errand party around the house. The built-in Bluetooth allows you to stream your favorite music from up to 33 feet away and that is a reminder that we are living in 2020. The beautiful audio system is built from real wood and wrapped in woven linen to give it a timeless aesthetic that will fit in any interior space.
The Victrola record player has an output of 50 Watts so you can turn it up, if you want to get more lit then use the line-out RCA or the external speaker jacks to truly turn it into a quarantine dance party. I love the organic and earthy design of this record player. Anyone else singing ‘Girl put your records on…’?
The all-American luxury brand, Shinola, has created its first audio product and it is a beautiful turntable! Right now as we all practice social distancing, it reminds us of the things we did a decade ago when we had free time – reading, dancing to music (or jazzercise?), experimenting in the kitchen and even starting blogs just to express. Having a vinyl turntable reminds me of simpler times and classic products that one must have at some point in their life. Turntables appeal to staunch audiophiles and also to music enthusiasts of all generations. Just as having a Nintendo Gameboy is to a video game lover, vinyl players are to music lovers – it is almost like a rite of passage for your interests and we can all agree having a turntable makes us look like we have our life together with a background score.
For this Runwell Turntable, Shinola teamed up with Astro and VPI to design a luxurious turntable fit for the revival of the vinyl era. An official press release describes Shinola’s turntable as a “two-speed, belt-driven turntable with an integrated phono preamplifier and will be equipped with an Ortofon 2M blue phono cartridge.” The belt-driven pulley has speeds of 33 1/3 rpm and 45rpm. The turntable also features heavyweight platter and aluminum tonearm that are custom variations of VPI staples that are universally loved.
The Runwell Turntable is crafted to elevate your interiors while upgrading your music collection from just a folder of audio apps on your phone. The turntable is priced at USD 2,500 and will be available at select brick and mortar locations as well as online. Personally, I love the experience of going to an actual store if I can and experience the product myself as we do in Apple stores.
Runwell turntable’s sleek build has all the classics that make for an eternal statement home accessory – aluminum, white oak, and natural leather. Each element and material used is known for its sonic capabilities which are a priority over aesthetics. It looks simple yet polished and fits in almost any decor style. The oak and leather have a warm essence, which adds to the emotion that classic record albums bring much unlike the visuals of steely, robotic products of today.
What makes it a perfect blend of classic and modern is that it can be plugged in and played, this let’s many more enjoy having a turntable without doing a deep-dive into its complexities and hoarding records. Sometimes all you want is a beautiful turntable and play your favorite album without the worry of technicalities and maintenance. The Runwell turntable is made for everyone who enjoys music without forcing them to adapt to old methods. Even the VTF (vertical tracking force) is pre-set so just plug and play!
It arrives in a protective heavyweight box with simplified instructions, so all you need to do is remove the stylus guard, attach the flat drive belt, plug your RCA cables into a line input on your amplifier, plug in the power, and play. You can choose between a rose gold model or the silver and black model, both will be a great addition to your space. Be right back, making a Pinterest board of vinyl turntables right now.
Vinyl turntables never seem to go out of style! They are classic collectibles that have reached iconic status. Any vinyl record owner or audiophile loves to showcase their beloved turntable. After all, they seem to wash over everyone with a wave of nostalgia. One glance at a turntable, and you’re taken on a trip down memory lane, and a very retro one that is. Hence designers have been exploring when it comes to turntable designs, and we’ve curated a collection of exciting and innovative ones!
Saturn is a beautiful vinyl record player inspired by the planet Saturn, its rings and its moon Titan. It comprises of a black turn-table platform, which will subtly remind you of Saturn’s rings. Placed on top of the base platform is a spherical speaker or the upper hemisphere of the entire structure, which is what the planet Saturn would probably look like if viewed from the top. Attached to the sphere is the tonearm, and the end of the needle has been inspired by Titan!
Introducing o-ton, a vertical, wireless turntable that lets you import and digitally enhance your vinyl records. It’s almost entirely translucent, so you can see all the inner workings and, of course, your vinyl’s unique cover art. The design features a digital stylus that automatically turns your device on if you insert a vinyl. With an integrated optical sensor, the stylus can identify and jump individual tracks.
The SC+P Turntable uses the combination of high-quality materials, precision engineering, and a visually striking design to emphasize the state of the art components that reside within its body. The undeniably beautiful device is made up of a striking framework that draws attention towards the vinyl that sits at the center. The result of this skeleton-like form is the exposure of the mechanics and electronics that allow the device to function.
Titled the Kozmophone, this alternate-reality gramophone takes one of Edison’s greatest inventions and gives it multiple upgrades, including a miniature holograph projector that brings back the visual joy we associated with Windows Media Player’s visualizer graphics before online streaming took over. The avant-garde gramophone comes with a slick, glossy, cutting-edge design, featuring an Audio Technica AT 91 cartridge and belt-driven turntable with built-in vibration damping.
LOVE is a premium, smartphone-controlled record player that you can use with the support of an app or without. It reads records utilizing a traditional stylus or can be connected to Bluetooth and WiFi. You can use your smartphone to play, stop, repeat and skip records, and even select different RPM speeds. It is said to be the world’s first intelligent turntable!
Echoing the vinyl disc’s gentle concentric carvings, the Barky turntable’s base has something similar, but something that has been around for millennia. A cross-section of wood taken from an ash tree, the Barky’s base has wooden age-lines that match perfectly with the shape and nature of vinyl, creating something that looks absolutely surreal as you begin to notice the biomimicry of sorts.
The turntable itself is a rather retro/hipster product and using concrete in the Enso only makes it more kitschy and cool. With its imperfections, concrete gives a different flavor to a product that has otherwise only seen the use of plastic, glass, metal, and wood. Designed with a simple rounded form that highlights the vinyl disc platter and arm, the Enso comes with a rather integrated form and the only thing breaking it is the walnut wood control panel which juts out to end the monotony and play with one’s visual expectation of continuity.
We love a cool vinyl turntable, and Gearbox’s Automatic Turntable MkII is as cool as it gets! Inspired by Dieter Rams’ 1955 Braun PC 3 SV record player, you can actually observe the inner workings of the transparent turntable. Yes, you heard that right, it’s transparent! Not to mention it’s the perfect culmination of retro meets future. However, one of its most exciting features would be the turntable’s high-fidelity built-in valve phono stage, making it the first turntable in the world to actually have one!
The RokBlok by Pink Donut isn’t your conventional vinyl record player! It’s the world’s smallest, wireless record player. You simply place the RokBlok upon your favorite record and listen to your favorites tunes anytime anywhere. It functions as a turntable without actually looking or being one, intriguing right?
Designed to be a DJ console that offers incredible amounts of control to the person behind it, Whiteout features a base with multiple grooves and a series of knobs you can place on them. The knobs work both as rotary-controls as well as sliders, while the base itself lights up with a minimalist interface. A pair of grooved circles on the base act as the turntables, while touch-sensitive controls on the top let you play, pause, loop, transition, solo, and mute tracks.
There’s something incredibly calming about the Whiteout. Designed to be a DJ console that offers incredible amounts of control to the person behind it, Whiteout features a base with multiple grooves and a series of knobs you can place on them. The knobs work both as rotary-controls as well as sliders, while the base itself lights up with a minimalist interface. A pair of grooved circles on the base act as the turntables, while touch-sensitive controls on the top let you play, pause, loop, transition, solo and mute tracks. Overall, the kit offers a meaningful redesign to the DJ console, which is sometimes an overwhelmingly complicated collage of lights. Whiteout calms you down and keeps you focused as you send out ‘chill vibes’ to your audience. This might just be the most perfect controller for the international music festival ‘Sensation White’!
I’ve never really given much thought to washbasins, accepting them as a normal component of a washroom, and a structure to wash my hands in. However, Pasque D. Mawalla’s ‘Santuri’ washbasin has me intrigued! The name Santuri has been derived from the Kiswahili translation of the word ‘Record player’, as Mawalla is himself a native of Tanzania, East Africa. In an attempt to pay homage to traditional music roots, Mawalla created a washbasin that looks exactly like a record player or a vinyl turntable. Have I got the attention of all music lovers? Mawalla picked up interesting cues from a record player to create a retro-esque washbasin with a musical twist. A glimpse of the turn-table platform can be seen in the two-toned washbasin. The basin is a circular and wooden structure, with a smaller matte black circle in the center, representing the platter of the turntable.
However, the feature that really strikes me is the washbasin’s tap! The tap is sleek and matte black as well, with a wooden base. It is a replica of the tonearm you see on a turntable. Tonearms allow a record to play when placed on one, and also stop it from being played when moved away from it. Similarly, the tap of the washbasin functions as a tonearm. When you move the tap towards the basin, it allows the water to flow from it, however, once you move the tap back to its original position, the flow of water simultaneously stops. Hence when one moves the tap, they are instantly transported back to all the times they handled a turntable, creating an immediate emotional connection. In fact, the opening of the tap looks like the headshell of a turntable! The washbasin rests on a block of pure white marble, creating a perfect contrast to it’s black and brown color tones.
Mawalla created Santuri with the intention that it would appeal to music lovers, especially vinyl record and turntable fanatics, and would take them on a subtle trip down memory lane. However the clean, minimalistic and vintage aesthetic of Santuri has caught my eye as well, and I wouldn’t mind a turntable doppelganger as a washbasin!
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The overall quality of a product and the precision of its construction can be effectively communicated through its carefully considered form. This is certainly the case with the SC+P Turntable, which uses the combination of high-quality materials, precision engineering and a visually striking design to emphasize the state of the art components that reside within its body.
The undeniably beautiful device is made up of a striking framework that draws attention towards the vinyl that sits at the center. The result of this skeleton-like form is the exposure of the mechanics and electronics that allow the device to function. This has lead to every single component being designed with immense attention to design and a very sharp eye!
We challenge you to find a turntable that comes even close to the beauty of this one!
By Chris Heinonen
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If I were to redesign the toaster myself, the vinyl turntable probably wouldn’t be my first point of inspiration. It wouldn’t even feature in the top 5, to be completely honest. That being said, Yu-Hsiang Lin’s toaster draws a link between cooking bread with heat, and playing music from a grooved disc. Rather humorously named “Another Toaster”, this bread-toasting machine uses a turntable, and a rod-shaped heated coil that periodically, and uniformly, cooks a piece of rotating bread.
At its best, the design is unusual, and begs to be prototyped. A coil sits within what would be the turntable’s arm, while the bread rests on the rotating platform. The arm evenly distributes heat on one side of the bread (and even comes with a heat-adjustment knob to change toast-intensity). It’s a fun exercise in mashing up two products to create one, but I doubt anyone would want to use Another Toaster, especially since you’d need to flip the bread to Side B if you want an evenly cooked piece of toast!