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Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Heather


Crosley Brings Back a Bit of Nostalgia With Vinyl

The inevitable first question is: “why”? Why would a company attempt to make vinyl portable and digital, to take an analog piece of history and allow you to connect it to your PC? There’s a group of folks who love records for their sound, and a group of people who have a big collection of LPs and just never moved on, and a larger group who are fine with their digital media collections and haven’t touched a piece of vinyl outside of the swimming pool.

The “Crosley Revolution USB Turntable”:http://www.crosleyradio.com/Product.aspx?pid=1869 is appropriate for those users who actually own vinyl records *and* have found themselves in need of digitizing them- think of that pile of VHS movies that you’ve been missing. If you are in this category, then this is just the device you’ve been dreaming of, with styling to match. For a record player, yes, this is revolutionary. But then again, this isn’t the 60′s. We tried this with some LP’s but we must warn you, though the Crosley works with 45s, we bid your 78′s adieu. It plays only two speeds, 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, though it can play 7″ and 12″ records. It’s certainly a niche product, but that’s kind of what we love most- finding something obscure and connecting to it. Which is why we hauled out our old collection from the a dark closet somewhere, and put on Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery (with art from H.R. Giger).

Some enticing features include a cordless free commute so wherever you take this blast from the past you don’t have to worry about wires and cords. It is relatively small and the makers boast it’s the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer. As it is battery-powered, make sure you are aptly stocked as it uses 6 AA batteries at a time. It features a USB connection for easy analog-to-digital transfer so that you can finally get those rare tracks that aren’t available online. Both Macs and PCs are compatible. Also, the Revolution comes, a bit oddly, with two headphone jacks so you and your partner can listen on the go.

We’ve reviewed Crosley gear before- “the iJuke also combined nostalgia with modern audio”:http://www.trulyobscure.com/article/371/retro-ipod-dock-crosleys-ijuke. And while we didn’t find the Revolution quite revolutionary, it was the sweetest record player we’ve played with- and it would make a great gift for the person in your family that hoards the classic audio gear. “Available online for around $125″:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U8CI9A?ie=UTF8&tag=trulyobscure-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003U8CI9A.

About the Author

Heather Millward is a contributor to the website as well as a stay-at-home wife (not by choice). She has lived in Iowa, San Francisco, and most recently, Arizona. Her goal is to travel, write a book, and quit killing Zombies as she has become quite obsessed with "Call of Duty" and might need an intervention. She enjoys food, wine, reading, and the return of Arrested Development. Heather considers herself to be a fashionista and though she didn't end up at FIDM as originally planned, she considers Trina Turk, Tory Burch, Burberry, and Chanel to be among her favorites. After she wins the powerball jackpot, she has planned a lengthy shopping trip to Neiman Marcus. Though she graduated from a University with the mascot of a Peacock and has never worked in Public Administration, she has done her fair share of sales and advertising.

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