Unless you’ve been living under a stone for the past decade or so, you will have noticed that vinyl has become cool! In a world of instant gratification and convenience-over-quality, vinyl takes us back to when times were simpler, and in many ways sound was better!
But what do you play it on?
Maybe one of those retro looking Crosley things I can buy at Tesco for £60? Well If £60 is your max limit then by all means, but if you can spare a little more cash, we’ll show you a knockout vintage system that’ll do your vinyl justice, and won’t break the bank!
You could buy second hand, but let’s face it, most of us couldn’t tell a good example from a bad, so treat yourself to a new Pro-Ject Primary for £190 (review below). It’s well made, by a top brand that has been producing turntables for decades.
How above this lovely looking Technics SU-Z2 unit?! I love the lit up VU meters, where the needles bounce along to the bass-line, and the brushed aluminium face-plate is timeless.
It’s got an inbuilt phono-stage for your record player and a great ‘loudness’ button if you just want a little more bass. Best of all; you can pick them up on ebay for £100!
There are so many good vintage speakers out there, I’ve had to pick two!
KEF Reference 104AB
This is a classic British design from the 70’s and can be found for under £200. KEF have a fantastic ‘museum’ section on their website and there is lots of info at the link below, including the original brochure and manual:
Don’t be afraid that parts will fail as there are two great companies in England; namely Wilmslow Audio & Falcon Acoustics who can provide spare parts and info on restoration.
This was JBL’s top of the range consumer model in the 70’s and they sold by the truck load. It’s a high efficiency design with a lovely 12″ woofer. Furthermore, it just looks great!
These are rarer in the UK than the KEF’s and you can expect to pay a little more, circa £500 to £600.
Finally, there is one bit of modern kit I think our vintage set-up needs, and that’s a streamer. Sometimes you just want to put on a Spotify playlist and find some new music.
One of the best examples is the little SONOS Connect, which costs £350.
The SONOS interface is super easy to use and supports all the main streaming providers. It will also connect directly to your amplifier by way of a pair of RCA interconnects.
Now there is just one thing to do… sit back, relax and enjoy your awesome vintage Hifi!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and if you’d like to provide any feedback, we’re all ears!
My name is Ceri Thomas and I run a small independent British Hifi company called Code Acoustics based in Woking, England.
If you’d like to have a look at our website it’s here:
We specialise in active speakers like the ones you see below:
Thanks for reading.