Vinyl’s continuing resurgence is manifesting itself in 2016 with tech companies doing something they haven’t done in a while – release new turntables. But this is no retro analog exercise: the best new decks pack up-to-the-minute tricks into sleek modern designs.
None more black. We love the minimalist design, but the HX500 can also record vinyl then upscale the audio into high-definition sound to play elsewhere. It works by converting analog files into either Sony’s proprietary DSD file format or 24-bit WAV files. The process happens via USB, and the device also comes with software that allows you to edit the files.
On sale April, £400
The sequence ‘SL-1200’ can send men of a certain age into minor raptures, it being the model of Technics turntable lauded by DJs through the acid house years and considered so culturally important London’s Science Museum has one on permanent display. Discontinued in 2010 the SL-1200 is back for 2016. Two versions will be released, the Technics 50th Anniversary Grand Class SL-1200GAE this summer, limited to 1,200 units, followed by the (unlimited) Grand Class 1200G in the autumn.
On sale summer/ autumn, price TBA
At around £150 this entry-level turntable isn’t going to bankrupt you. It doesn’t come with much in the way of flashy features, bar one important one: it’ll let you stream records to Bluetooth speakers (so in theory, all round the house). It’s available in black and white.
On sale later this month, price £169