If you still have those vinyl records, whether you inherited or bought them, you can make the best out it by listening to them using a vinyl record player. Yes, they are still on the market, and what’s more, some such as the Gadhouse Brad Vintage Record Player have a modern twist. This all-in-one vintage player lets you enjoy the old classic moments while carrying your modernity with you.

While it is made to fit in to your décor with its vintage look of grey and retro green, it can also play the music you have in your mobile device as well as from the vinyl records. It allows you to maintain your classic look while enjoying the digital music offered in the current generation.

Features

  • Plays vinyl records of 7”- 12”
  • Belt driven with three speeds of 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPMs
  • The record player allows Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair your mobile device to the record player using Bluetooth technology to stream your music.
  • Integrated speakers
  • 5mm audio jack for connecting headphones to the record player.
  • Vintage look of grey or retro green.
  • Has play and pause lift lever for starting and stopping the playing of music
  • Function selection knob
  • Volume adjustment controls
  • Light and portable at 4.8 pounds
  • Has RCA audio out

Pros

  • This record player not only allows you to play your vinyl records but you can also stream your MP3 from your iPod, iPad, android phone or tablet and listen to the music using its speakers. All this is possible through the Bluetooth connectivity, which you use to pair your mobile device to the record player.
  • You can play different sized vinyl records from 7 inches to 12 inches with this record player so if your collection has different sizes, you will not need different players or to keep some of the records until you find another record player. It also accommodates 3 RPMs at 33⅓, 45 and 78, which allows it to play different vinyl records.
  • With the RCA audio out, you can connect external speakers if you are looking for louder volume and bass. Although you can connect your mobile device to the record player using Bluetooth, it only has Bluetooth input and therefore you cannot connect your Bluetooth speakers wirelessly to the device.
  • Operating the record player is an easy task given the control knobs it features as well as the play and pause lift lever. You can adjust the volume and select different functions using the knobs while the lift lever comes in handy when you want to start or stop the recorder from playing music.
  • For those times when you want to listen to the music without distracting others, the 3.5mm jack allows you to connect headphones. This way you can enjoy your MP3 while respecting other people’s need for silence.
  • The record player is light and portable. It weighs 4.8 pounds and therefore you can carry it to where you would like to listen to music. Considering that it is an all-in-one product with built-in speakers and amps, you will not need to carry additional items.
  • The speakers give out good sound, loud enough for listening at home or in a not so loud environment.

Cons

  • In as much as the record player is digital, it will not enable you to convert your vinyl records to MP3. You can only play from what you already have on your mobile devices. This is understandable considering it is an entry-level product and may not have some features found on some high-end devices.
  • If you have a party, you may have to connect external speakers because the built-in speakers do not give loud sound.
  • It does not have a USB connection and therefore you cannot play music from a USB stick.
  • It cannot connect to Bluetooth speaker wirelessly.

Verdict

If you are starting out on record players, then the Gadhouse Brad Vintage Record Player is a good choice. It will enable you to play your vinyl records, play MP3 from your mobile devices while it blends in with your décor.

Its built-in speakers and amp produces just enough sound for enjoying the music but you may have to connect external speakers if you need more sound. It has knobs and controls that make it easy to operate.

The price is commensurate with its features and it makes a good buy if you are just starting out on turntables. Provided you are not an audiophile or a DJ, the record player will do just fine.

Comparison

To ensure you make a wise purchasing decision, you should check out the features of other turntables on the market. Two of these that you can compare the Gadhouse Brad Vintage Record Player with are the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC and the TechPlay ODC19 BK.

Summary

In comparison to other brands, the Gadhouse Brad Vintage Record Player is an entry-level record player that will enable you to play your vinyl records while also enjoying MP3 from your mobile device. You can play different sized vinyl records and choose between three speeds. It will give you music experience from both worlds at a reasonable price. It may not allow you to convert your vinyl records to MP3 or to play music from your USB and the sound may not be good for an audiophile.

This is where you should check out the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC. Although the record player is analogue, it is just what an audiophile needs. It has features that make it produce the best of sounds, a sound that is clear without interference based on its carbon tube tone arm for decreased resonance, with an increased platter size for smoother rotation, ultra-frequency DC and Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge. However, you should be prepared to spend more.

The TechPlay ODC19 BK would be a good alternative if you need more digital features and high sound clarity is not a major concern. This all-in-one can play music from USB and SD, has a cassette player, can convert vinyl music to MP3, has AM/FM and does not require you to turn knobs for control, you can use the remote control. It’s more digital that it is analogue but can still play your vinyls and at a lesser cost. Overall, the Gadhouse Brad Vintage Record Player remains the best because it provides the best of both worlds without compromising on any.