Records are wonderful things. When listening to music some people want more volume, or more bass, or accuracy in sound. Yet vinyl still has a charm. A ritual to it unlike CD’s or iTunes. Placing that needle and listening to the scratch of the record coming to life is such a therapeutic experience.
Because of the nature of vinyl players and the wide array of settings the introduction cost is high. Most modern vinyl players come as part of boutique hifi systems, and records are now seen as a collector’s item and are marked up as such. I have a sporadic collection of records and the 1byone record player is the perfect addition to the collection. The amount of options on it makes it one of the best, and one of the cheapest, turntables out there and a good start for anyone looking to play some older records.
The record player itself is housed in a small suitcase made of probably birch plywood yet wrapped in black leather tolex. The turntable itself is housed inside. There is a variable RPM switch for 33, 45, and 78rpm as well as an auto stop switch. The body also has two speakers in the front by the handle, though if you do not want to use them you can use the 3.5mm headphone jack or the RCA output. The player also has a line in, though this seems an unnecessary feature as it is likely nobody bought this product purely for its speakers. The side panel also has volume control as well as the DC power input.
The machine plays records perfectly well. That’s is its purpose. Don’t be mistaken that this is the top end of the spectrum. A decent record player will set you back around £200 or more.
Yet this is not for the music aficionado. The built-in speakers are, unsurprisingly, not up to par with an external speaker system. Even when connected to an actual speaker unit (for reference I used a Cambridge Audio A1 mk3 amplifier and two 70w 5 inch Celestion speakers) the sound came out somewhat tinny, and nowhere near as clear as the Youtube video reference even with Youtube’s compression algorithm. While the best output of the system is the headphone line out when used the speaker bleeds sound regardless. Possibly a fault in the wiring? Who knows? Regardless something that should not be happening.
It is a shame on the music quality. The build quality is spotless on this. The body can take knocks and the black tolex is a sleek finish (though there is a denim covered model that I feel may be less classy.) The arm does not rattle around and the lock on the front is secure. This machine could take a fair few car journeys with no serious damage.
Yet the quality of sound locks this product out of being a high-end turntable. If I wanted a serious turntable addition I would look elsewhere for something with a better internal EQ as well as an RCA connection. The product cost is kept down but this was always going to come at the expense of the sound. The needle is simply a wire by looks and not gold as in many top-quality models and this is one of the biggest factors in quality. I was not expecting studio quality from built-in speakers though, and for occasional use they perform well.
This is not for the music snob. This is for the gentleman or gentlewoman who collects records sporadically and plays them as often. If you want records as your main music staple you should look elsewhere as cost-cutting has limited the quality of the products sound. However for these people this is a fantastic entry point into the record-playing community. When you just want to show-off you fancy collection of Trojan Punk and Ska (yes, the condom brand) records every so often this is perfect and with a price label around £65 in the UK you cannot really go wrong. Points are also given for the suitcase design which offers mobility and a minor addition of class.
For what it’s meant to be, a relatively portable turntable this is definitely where people should turn to start. As a man who is slowly adding a record collection back together I will be happily using this product until I can acquire a high-end model compatible with my hifi. Mobility factors as well push this product into a comfortable 4.0. This is a good portable turntable with plenty of features beyond what people would even consider. Who really is listening to records through headphones anyway?
Plus turn the RPM up and you can make everyone chipmunks. That will never get old.
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