What’s the Fuss with Vinyl?

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What’s the Fuss with Vinyl?

Looking to add a touch of retro chic to your home? It’s not as easy as you’d think. For most of us, the majority of vintage décor is way out of our desired spending range, and the lower end of the spectrum isn’t even worth a second glance – floral shag carpet? No thank you. However, there is one solution that won’t break the bank.

 

Vintage wood turntable with in built speakersThe MBeat Vintage Wood Turntable with Bluetooth Speakers

Stockist: Rockit

Long embraced by hipsters, audio nerds and aging hippies alike, the record player is a simple way to decorate your home with an item that boasts both aesthetic allure and a degree of practicality. Weirdly enough, despite having access to apps that let us listen to almost every song ever made from our smartphones for a slight monthly subscription fee, record player sales are on the rise – in fact, the market for turntables is one of the fastest growing areas of the audio industry today. But how can this be?

Rockit Record Players has the answers. As an Australian-based online store specialising in the sale of entry-level turntables, Rockit deals with thousands of budding record buffs every year, with each customer seeking something different from their record player. Whether it’s someone looking to revisit their youth by dusting off a stack of Madonna and Prince LPs from their parents shed or simply a format hungry music fan looking for an all-in-one music playing format, today’s modern turntables offer all you could ever want: good looks, great sound, and an absolutely unbeatable price.

Crosley record storage crate full with albums

One of the main reasons for people getting into vinyl is due to their high quality of sound, creating a more refined music listening experience in comparison to MP3s and most streaming services. Vinyl tends to sound a lot warmer, and you’ll often find yourself noticing little nuances in certain songs you’ve never heard on CD or MP3 before. If you don’t like to be choosey about format, many entry level turntables also feature Bluetooth or AUX connectivity to link up all your music platforms together, creating the perfect lounge room sound system.

Angled photo of Pro-Ject Juke Box E Turntable with Ortofon OM5e Cartridge in glossy red colour

Another aspect contributing to the resurgence in record players is the tangibility associated with collecting records. As the old saying goes, you can’t hug an MP3, and there’s no better way to fall in love with your favourite album over and over again than owning a copy on vinyl and soaking it all up – the album artwork, the lyrics, the sound – it all adds up. For some, it’s also a great way to show off your personal musical tastes around the house, with vinyl storage options becoming particularly popular in recent years for this reason.

Whether you want a sophisticated modular entertainment console for your turntable or just some simple, rustic record crates for the minimal look, you’d be surprised by the wide range of vinyl storage products on the market.

Photo of Crosley T150 record player in charcoal colourFinally, you can’t discuss record players without talking about their retro appeal. Nothing feels and sounds as satisfying as dropping the needle onto an old, crackly LP, and hearing the pop and vintage ambience of vinyl as the music erupts through your lounge room. While there’s definitely a range of sleek and modern turntables on the market today, many still choose to go for models which are reminiscent of designs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, oozing a vintage appeal which rivals that of even the scarcest pieces of antique furniture.

If you’re feeling like it’s time to add a centrepiece to your lounge room or living area, a record player might be a worthy investment – and it’s certainly going to look better than that ghastly lampshade down at the op-shop you were going to buy.

Photo of white Crosley Auto T400 turntable with record storage crate and tourmaline Charlotte speaker

Choose vinyl, and you’ll never look back.

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