Turntables: back in fashion
Here's how to be part of the vinyl revival
2017 was THE year for vinyl, with record sales hitting an all-time high not seen since 1991 when Nirvana’s Nevermind was moshing its way up the vinyl chart. Love him or loathe him, Ed Sheeran is fueling the trend with Divide being best-selling vinyl album last year. But sitting alongside these modern maestros sees many classic musical heroes too – Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and David Bowie are all rooted in the top 10 vinyl chart. So, which turntable should you buy, particularly if you’re a vinyl virgin? Whether you’re into bold patterns or something more contemporary in warm wood effect, we’ve got your turntable kit covered at Cabot Circus. Many turntables have built-in speakers, so they’re a great plug-in-and-listen option. An additional RCA output and built-in preamp will let you hook up to more powerful speakers at home (some tunes just need that extra oomph, eh?). Alternatively, if you fancy cranking up the tunes late at night without falling out with your neighbours, look for a headphones socket (and treat yourself to some uber-cool Beats on-ear headphones, while you’re at it). Additional handy features to check for include Bluetooth capabilities and a USB output, which will let you digitise your tunes. Check out our pick of turntables available at Cabot Circus below. Right, we’re off to dig out all our old band T-shirts. Enjoy!
Our picks: 1. Crosley Canvas Leaf Cruiser Briefcase Portable Vinyl Record Player, £100, Urban Outfitters 2. Beats EP on-ear headphones, £89.95, Apple 3. Amy Winehouse Back to Black, £25, Urban Outfitters 4. Fleetwood Mac Rumours, £22, Urban Outfitters 5. Intempo Revolve Turntable Record Player, £99, House of Fraser