This year, vinyl sales will hit one million in the UK — four times 2008’s figure. While in the US, numbers are up 40 per cent on 2013. The format’s new feel-good factor has even led people to get a little carried away: Urban Outfitters recently claimed to be the world’s premier sellers of vinyl, until someone showed them they’d got their sums wrong (it’s actually Amazon).
Recent albums by Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and Royal Blood are among current big sellers, but much of the trend has been backwards looking. The UK’s top 10 includes Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III (1969–’70), while Stone Roses (The Stone Roses, 1989) and Pink Floyd (The Dark Side Of The Moon, 1973) are the other hip artists breaking through.
One way you can drag your record habit into the 21st century is with Flexson’s VinylPlay, a brand new deck aimed at “the music streaming generation” and designed to be used in conjunction with Sonos’ superb multi-room speakers. Not only is it a smart-looking, excellent (and British-made!) turntable in its own right, but it can also make digital back-up copies of all the records in your collection, too.
“Until now, digital turntables have either been cheap USB decks or fiddly audiophile vinyl players that look out of place in a modern home,” Flexson’s marketing boss, David Cain, says. “We set out to design something better: an easy-to-use, Sonos-friendly record player that offers superb sound yet is also easy on the eye.” Job done.
Flexson VinylPlay Turntable. £330. flexson.com
One for the Christmas list?