The Crosley Revolution portable turntable
The Revolution can play both 7- and 12-inch vinyl records with a stereo speaker providing audio
For those of us who love vinyl, a portable record player usually comes in a small suitcase-sized box. If you want to take a small step towards modern convenience and digitize your collection, you're looking at investing in some more kit and losing the portability. Crosley Radio has taken the record player out of the box, made it battery operated and thrown in onboard digital conversion capabilities for its Crosley Revolution CR6002. Although the player features a built-in stereo speaker, the company has also included the ability to pair the device with any FM radio.
Despite the onslaught from Compact Disc and digital music, vinyl still has a dedicated army of diehard fans. Crosley Radio has unveiled a new portable record player that can satisfy both the desire for the audio experience only a 7- or 12-inch black disc can provide and those yearnings to move into a modern digitized world. At just 10.9 x 3 x 4.1-inches (276.8 x 76.2 x 104.1mm) and weighing only 1.5 pounds (680g), the Crosley Revolution CR6002 portable record player runs on either a six pack of AA-sized batteries or mains electricity and sports a carry handle for ease of transport.
The belt-driven turntable runs to two speeds for albums or singles and there's a diamond stylus at the end of the manual tonearm. The jaw of the device lifts up to allow the user to place a platter onto the center spindle, spin speed and volume level are chosen on the top, and the built-in full-range stereo speaker or headphone jack provide in-player audio. The Revolution also caters for those who want to listen to the music via hi-fi speakers by integrating a wireless transmitter which allows for streaming of music to any FM tuner via one of two pre-selected frequencies.
The Revolution can also be used to digitize a record collection by connecting the player to a computer or laptop via the USB port and running the included ripping software.
The Crosley Revolution CR6002 is available direct from Crosley for US$149.95. The company has also secured distribution deals with retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Hammacher Schlemmer, Brookstone and JC Penney.
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It reminds me of one when I was really young. I had a record player that was the size of a cassetter player (similar in size to the device above but thinner). It looked like a cassette player till one removed the cover and revealed the small platter. It had a built in speaker. It could play LP\'s and 45\'s. It was not as fancy as the one shown here but it - IMO still cool. It was battery operated; D size IIRC. I used it for a long time. It is long since gone but I am looking for some thing similar (nostalgia and to listen to records). :)
It\'s just a shame it doesn\'t refer the original idea, the Sound Burger, from Audio Technica, which was produced on the 80\'s.
how many times I have wanted a portable while playing record bin roulette at thrift stores! Also good for flea market buyers, and other venues. Set up two in the back of the bus and really have a rear of the bus lounge (formerly required noiseless headphones and etc, now we can add real turbtablists to the program. So cool!
Now it needs a shock mounting system so it can be put under the (all steel) dashboard of that sweetly restored 50\'s rat rod. Oh yeah, da wolf man wants one, BAYYYBEE!!!
@M.Digga You beat me to it with the Sound Burger reference. What is even more amazing is that someone is producing such a thing more than a quarter of a century after the predicted demise of vinyl-based music!
This is virtually identical to an Audio Technica device I owned in 1982 called Mr. Disc.
now when is the 8 track player gonna make a comeback?
This is not anything NEW...SONY made one running on batteries and LOOKS just like this mad 20 years ago or more. heck I even own one! well..my wife owns it really lol!
While we are at it....we might as well bring back the 4 track cartridge tapes (similar to 8 track) with mobius loop and really go retro! But in reality...the next thing is going to be flash drive players no more CD/DVD or media like that.
I'd take one... when you can operate one with a hand crank as well.
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