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The Report: Drop the Needle

Digital recording may be dominating the way we listen to music these days, but it’s not necessarily the best way to tune in. What comes out of our devices is the byproduct of audio compression. In other words, we’re not getting the full experience. Thankfully, vinyl is making its triumphant return back to the audio scene. There’s a reason why it has remained a preferred format amongst music heads — the sounds are richer, fuller and warmer. Take a break from your tech devices and listen to your music the way it was intended to be heard with these vintage-inspired pieces.

Pro-Ject Xtension 12 Evolution

There’s something old school about this player that rings of nostalgia. Its lacquered finish, which comes in your choice of mahogany, piano or olive finishes, adds to its retro charm, while its mechanical precision brings forward the best of today’s technology for superior quality. Its super-heavy belt drive design allows for low resonance, along with magnetic decoupling, to minimize airborne vibrations. $5,000

Gramovox Floating Record Vertical Turntable

Easy to use and easy on the eyes, this all-in-one system not only includes built-in 2” full-range stereo speakers, but also the option to skip the integrated sound box so you can plug your own in through the hi-fi phono pre-amp ports. When not in use, this unconventional turntable doubles up nicely as a room accent.

$400

Michell Gyro SE MK 2

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this enticing model looks like it was beamed down from outer space. But it is even more convincing once you experience its extraordinary engineering via its spring-suspended platter or versatile armboard, which allows you to upgrade the tonearm for a smooth, liquid sound.

Price available upon request.

Fern & Roby The Turntable

This company’s rustic approach to design is reflected in this handsome turntable, a perfect addition to any bachelor pad. They use a 70-pound cast iron plinth to reduce resonance and dampen vibrations, along with a cast and turned 35-pound bronze platter to provide the perfect High-Fidelity sonic experience.

Price available upon request.

 

New Black Caruso Wireless Gramophone

A statement that doubles as a beautiful piece of furniture, this Italian handcrafted gramophone can be custom-made with materials like pure gold for the horn and precious Italian oak from the 1700’s for the body. Coupled with a Bluetooth 4.0 receiver and 50W D amplifier, audiophiles can expect a rich and soothing experience with this stunning showstopper.

$3,980