Crosley is a company founded by Powel Crosley Jr. in 1920. The company was started in Cincinatti, and Mr. Crosley even owned the Cincinatti Reds baseball team at one point. They started off making low price radios, and expanded into televisions, refrigerators, cars and other products over the decades. In 1989, the company began selling contemporary electronics inspired by their vintage designs. Today, they sell vintage inspired turntables which often incorporate CD, MP3, iPod and Bluetooth technologies.
Crosley Vinyl Players
CR6019A-BK Executive portable 3-speed turntable
- Great for simply playing records. The vintage sound of vinyl recordings comes through even better than on the original record players.
- Simple, compact retro appearance and is portable. A number of customers have described it as “cute.”
- Easy to use. A number of customers note how they set it up right out of the box and it worked immediately. Also, it is packaged very carefully to prevent damage during shipping.
- You can get a loud, full contemporary sound by sending a line out to another stereo system.
- Its built-in speakers are not very loud; moreover, they have a bit of a “tinny” sound.
- It’s lightweight needle sometimes jumps and skips on the record being played. This is especially true on older records that are slightly warped, and of course this is true for a lot vinyl records.
- If you have an older stereo, you many not be able to connect to it. The outputs work much better with newer stereo systems.
This turntable is driven by a belt and has a USB interface so that you can play vinyl records and convert them to digital files. It can play records at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM and features headphone, auxiliary input and output jacks. It has stereo speakers and comes with an AC adapter. The turntable is 14 x 12 x 17 inches in size and weighs seven pounds.
CR8005A-BK Cruiser portable 3-speed turntable
- The speaker sound quality is great relative to the small size of the machine. Many customers comment on how they were surprised how such a small unit could put out so much sound.
- The turntable is self-contained; all you need are some records to play and you have great sound. You don’t have to hook it up to anything. It’s compact and can fit on a desktop, shelf or other small place easily. It also looks retro and is a good conversation piece even if you aren’t using it.
- It is packaged extremely well for shipping. Once opened, it is very portable. It folds up like a briefcase, which is handy.
- Some customers say that it plays records at a slightly slower speed than it is supposed to.
- Sometimes it skips, especially on records that are warped or bent.
- The sound quality is not as good when it is sent out to external speakers. The “tinny” sound of the records comes across without the vintage charm.
This wood-made turntable is belt-driven, has a return arm (which does not return on its own) and plays records at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. It has stereo speakers along with both RCA and headphone jack outputs.
CR704C-PA Musician 3-speed turntable
- The adapter for iPods and MP3 players on the back works well.
- CR704C-PA is portable and lightweight for its size, which is large relative to other Crosley turntables.
- The sound is great when used with MP3 players and iPods, and also through the built in radio, CD player and cassette player.
- The display is difficult to read. The numbers and lettering are small and cramped; while this may look “retro” it is not very functional.
- The sound quality is not that great when playing records directly through the turntable speakers.
- The records sometimes skip; moreover, you can’t cue up multiple records.
This turntable is driven with a belt and plays records at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. You can plug in your portable MP3 player or iPod. It has an analog AM/FM radio built in, as well as a CD player and a cassette player.
Haven’t Found a Crosley Record Player for You?
Even though Crosley is one of the most known names in the turntable and record player industry, there are other options out there. As usual, it’s all about your budget. If you’re on a budget, check out our list of players under $100. If you have a bit more experience with turntables and are looking for an upgrade, the $200 and $500 lists are worth checking out.
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