There are better cassette players, and there are better turntables. But none of them can match the versatility of the Ion Duo Deck USB Turntable & Cassette Player. This highly portable rig can playback your mom's mixtapes and the vinyl your dad used to make them, with built-in speakers making it an all-in-one affair. Of course there's a output jack if you want to crank it up with external speakers or listen privately through headphones, and thanks to the included software, you can hook it up to your computer and rip both formats straight to your digital library.
You've worked hard to curate your collection of vinyl. Keep it well organized with these Vinyl Separators. Crafted from 1/8" thick, high-quality birch plywood and measuring 13" by 13.5", they come in sets of twelve, and are made for alphabetizing your albums, with an LP design engraved into the first "A-B" separator so that you're not constantly staring at a square foot of plain plywood.
Look past the silly name and suggestive shape, and the Boom Swimmer Waterproof Speaker is actually an ideal waterside companion. It can be submerged in as much as three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, has an eight hour battery life, and comes in several colors. But the feature that sets it apart from others of its ilk is the detachable tail, which can be looped, twisted, and otherwise formed to grab onto or sit securely on top of pretty much anything you can think of.
There's a distinct feeling when putting on a record that other mediums — CDs, tapes, and especially digital — simply can't match. But all those formats have something going for them that vinyl does not: the ability to build your own mix of tracks. Until now, that is. Vinylify lets you create your own track list by either choosing from their online catalog or uploading your own tracks, then presses it out to make a personalized record. Cover art is part of the whole vinyl experience, so of course you can customize that as well, and the whole thing will be cut and pressed in Amsterdam then shipped straight to your door.
Some devices can't drive larger headphones. Some have crappy DACs. The Aqua Headphone Amplifier is designed to solve both these problems. It connects via Lightning or MicroUSB and uses a 24-bit/192kHz DAC from AKM to provide excellent audio quality, as well as a 60mW amplifier to make sure your cans are getting plenty of power. There's also an onboard USB audio controller, a status LED, and a play & pause button, all housed in an angular machined aluminum case weighing just 16 grams.
Odds are your turntable came with a standard felt slipmat. If so, you can give it an instant boost by upgrading to this Tanner Goods Turntable Slipmat. Cut by hand from a single piece of English Bridle leather, it provides superior sound dampening properties, and holds less dust and static than the pack-in it replaces, meaning it will not only help your vinyl stay in better condition, but sound better, as well. Stamped with a geoglyph pattern, it fits all 12" turntables.
The Eames Lounge Chair is a near-perfect place to relax and listen to your favorite records. Unfortunately, most speakers don't match up well with the seat's carefully considered curves. The Davone Ray-S Speakers do. Inspired by the aforementioned chair, these speakers are crafted using curved, laminated pieces of beech wood veneer with a walnut finish, black steel stands, and black leather baffles. And since speakers are about far more than looks, they employ a three-way system, with an 8-inch woofer, dedicated midrange, and 1-inch tweeter for outstanding audio quality.
You use them on your commute, when you work out, and to listen to music casually, so your everyday earbuds are pretty important. The Amazon Premium Headphones are somewhat simple, but have a few features that set them apart. Designed with magnetic earbuds and a flat cord that keeps everything tangle free, these ergonomically-designed earbuds provide clear, consistent sound and arrive a price that's difficult to beat.
As a record ages, you expect some cracks and pops, but an inconsistent sound just won't do. The RAW-1 Record Adapter Weight from Scout can help even things out, improving the sound by creating a flatter contact between the record and the turntable platter. It doubles as a 45rpm adapter and provides a more consistent listening experience whether you're a hardcore audiophile or just getting started as a vinyl collector.
Already known for their audiophile level of sound quality and engaging design, D'Agostino raises the bar even higher with the MLife Streaming Amplifier. Based on the Momentum 200, the new kid on the block adds built-in streaming audio that is fully controllable from your smartphone or tablet, adding a level of convenience typically not found on the high-end market. A 5-inch LCD screen provides streaming information, while a lighted-dial face and volume bezel — that brings a fine Swiss watch to mind — moves up and down as things are manually adjusted.
If you're into vinyl, odds are you're proud of your collection. The Floating Record Vertical Turntable gives you the chance to show it off like never before by making the record itself the center of attention. An all-in-one solution, it features built-in, full-range stereo speakers, so it's easy to get up and running. It uses an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tone arm, a DC manual belt-drive system to spin both 33s and 45s, and a high-mass acrylic plinth and platter. It has a headphone jack for private listening, and RCA outs with a built-in preamp in case you want to integrate it into your existing system. Assembled by hand in Chicago.
Like fingerprints, eyesight, and taste, everyone's hearing is different. The Aumeo Tailored Audio Device takes this into account. You simply connect it between your phone/tablet and your headphones, use the companion app to create a customized audio profile, and that's it — the sleek box stores your profile automatically, so you can use it with any device that can connect to a standard 3.5mm cable. And since it customizes the sound to suit your ears, it keeps you from turning it up louder, protecting you from potential hearing loss.
The designers at Fern & Roby not only believe that a turntable should meet the standards of audiophiles, but also that it should satisfy those with a keen eye for great design and fine art as well. The Turntable is a perfect centerpiece to the equally lauded Beam Speakers and Integrated Amplifier F&R have already released from their Richmond, Virginia headquarters. It's a cast iron piece, featuring a 35-pound bronze platter, dynamically balanced to 1000 rpm. The Rega 303 tone arm comes standard, supported by salvaged heart pine. The centered heavy weight helps keep friction and contact to a minimum with the dynamically balanced platter for clean, superior performance.
Never judge a speaker by its size, especially in the case of the Heresy from Klipsch — one of the best compact floor standing speaker lines ever created, and still made in the USA. The Klipsch Heresy III, the latest iteration, is another leap forward for the most affordable model in Klipsch's Heritage line. It features a more powerful woofer, a titanium diaphragm tweeter, and a new midrange compression driver with its own titanium diaphragm. Available in walnut, cherry, or black lacquer, the Heresy III focuses on high sensitivity and maximum output and takes the sound places that other compact speakers can only dream of.
It is a speaker. It's a flashlight as well. But that's not all the Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro Speaker Flashlight does. Thanks to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it also serves as a power bank for your USB-charging devices, and doubles (or quadruples) as a speakerphone. It's water-resistant and impact resistant, with built-in playback control buttons, 10-hours of battery life, and an included bicycle handlebar mount for those times when two wheels and a horn just aren't enough.
Odds are you aren't doing sets in the same venue every night. Why should your stand need to stay in one place? The Hoerboard Stereo.T DJ Stand is designed to move with you, thanks to a body that can be torn down or set up in as little as 10 minutes. Its modular nature lets you customize it to fit your needs — with space for turntables, DJ controllers, or CD-based setups, for example — and can be outfitted with laptop clips or monitor stands as needed. You can also get a flight case for it, so even if your gig is across the ocean, your stand will arrive there safe.
The centerpiece of a great hi-fi system, this is not. But the Crosley Revolution Turntable can do something your high-end player can't: go everywhere with you. Smaller than a record case, able to run off 4 AA batteries, and weighing in at under two pounds, it's one of the most portable options around, and also has a USB port than can be used for power or for ripping your vinyl to a computer. Available in four colors.
The iPod classic might be dead, but the idea lives on in the Fiio X5 Lossless Music Player. Designed to handle the most detailed digital audio tracks available, it supports DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, and WAV files, and has two microSD card slots for up to 256GB of storage. The 2.4" IPS screen is easy on the eyes when making song selections, the DAC and amps promise dynamic, accurate sound reproduction, and the matte black anodized aluminum unibody construction means it feels as good as it sounds.
It's not going to run a home theater system, but if you're looking for a great-sounding amp to pair with your turntable, the Yamaha A-S2000 Natural Sound Stereo Amplifier is a fine choice. Apart from its great looks — a metal body, satisfyingly mechanical controls, and wooden panels on the side — it also offers terrific sound, thanks to a proprietary design that ensures balanced signal transmission from input to output, resulting in a more lifelike audio experience. Equally important is the built-in headphone amp, the low-noise phono amp, and the dedicated MC head amp that lets you switch between moving magnet and moving coil cartridges with ease.