As music lovers, there are few things we enjoy more than sharing the music we enjoy with others. Growing up, that meant passing the headphones I bought at Target that plugged into my Walkman CD player on the bus to the friend sitting next to me. Soon after that evolved into iPod earbuds so you could listen with a friend and eventually I had disposable income to buy some decent home speakers in college and a friend could just come in and out of my room listening from laptop.
When my parents were growing up, not only would they randomly buy a particular single that was playing on the radio, they would also buy vinyl and invite friends over to listen to the latest single by the Rolling Stones or Elvis or the Beatles. (Yes, my parents are old.) In recent years, vinyl sales have seen a significant uptick — just last year, vinyl sales rose 94% in the first six months of 2021. And when you buy vinyl, you need a way to play it.
The Victor Talking Machine Company was among the first to mass-produce turntables on behalf of Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone and vinyl record. Over the years it was acquired by Radio Corporation of America and subsequently operated as a subsidiary called RCA Victor. More than 110 years later, the legendary Victrola brand has been revived in the USA and is now owned by Innovative Technology, and it still pays the same attention to sound quality and design as it did over a century ago.
New products like the Victrola Stream Carbon boast impeccable design and sound quality while keeping pace with current technological innovations by being able to wirelessly connect to your Sonos home system for seamless audio playback. And while the price tag might make some step back (I own one, it’s worth it; it’s also $100 less right now), Victrola offers plenty of other options geared toward the casual listener and home consumer.
The Victrola Revolution GO is the world’s first portable, rechargeable Bluetooth turntable, offering listeners the ability to create musical memories anywhere they call “home”.
“What our team has achieved with Revolution GO is to bring a vinyl listening experience to life in a way never seen before, with an all-new design that reflects the evolution of the Victrola brand,” says Scott Hagen, Victrola CEO. “We’ve always said our mission is to bring music memories into every home, and now Victrola offers the only truly portable turntable to help create those memories at home, at the beach, on a rooftop, at a campsite, or anywhere.” to create different. We are excited to see where listeners will take their Revolution GO and who they will share these experiences with.”
In our experience with the Revolution GO, once connected to an external Bluetooth speaker, playback was virtually seamless. At the same time, the sound quality varies greatly depending on the quality of the speaker you choose. Thankfully, it also offers the option to connect directly to headphones if you want to hear exactly what the artist intended. Onboard speakers are also available as a listening option, although we found the sound quality wasn’t always the best.
The player’s portability is an incredibly unique and one-of-a-kind offering, but after only taking it to a park once, we realized we wouldn’t use this ability often. If everyone has a phone with Spotify or Apple Music, and basic Bluetooth speakers aren’t that expensive, there’s not much point in carrying around vinyl records and a full turntable. As a novelty, however, it’s definitely a talking point, but don’t expect audiophile passers-by to drop their jaws.
The Revolution GO is currently available for $199.99.
Released just a few months ago, the Victrola Re-Spin features the classic ‘suitcase’ turntable design, reinterpreted and developed with the environmentally conscious vinyl fanatic in mind. The innovative Re-Spin consists of more than 25% recycled materials in a highly efficient manufacturing process and combines sustainability and build quality in a compact turntable. At times, the case can feel a little cheap or flimsy, but that really only came across through stress testing. If you have very young children or large animals, you are probably already shopping with durability in mind, so you may choose the Revolution GO. If you’re looking for a set piece at home, the re-spin offers great eye candy.
At a lower price point than the Revolution GO, the sound quality is a little less spectacular, but the iconic design is much better suited as a statement piece in any home, especially since it comes in a variety of colors. The built-in Bluetooth speaker also lets any music fan experience the beauty of vinyl in no time.
“Victrola is all about creating lifetime music memories and that starts with improving everything we do every day. When we decided to build our next iteration of a case turntable, our team aspired to build the best sounding case turntable ever, and we also felt it was imperative to be even more environmentally conscious,” said hagen “With the Re-Spin Sustainable Suitcase Record Player, we’ve significantly increased our use of recyclable, eco-friendly components while further improving the sound quality that vinyl fans can expect from Victrola when listening to their favorite music.”
The Re-Spin is currently available in four colors for only $99.99.