May 23, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Start shopping for Father’s Day yet? Pyle just announced a trio of turntable products that should wrap up your shopping—and give your dad a reason to bust his vinyl out of the closet.
Starting at $149.99, the PTCD8US is a two-speed retro-style turntable. It may look old-school, but it doesn’t just play 33 and 45 RPM records. It can also do CDs and MP3s, via built-in USB and SD card slots. It even offers up the option to transfer that record collection to a digital format. Other features include AM/FM radio, an RCA line out, a headphone jack, and a wireless remote.
For a more classic look, the PTCDS5U offers the same features as the PTCD8US, but in more vintage-looking cabinet. The PTCDS5U is priced at $179.99
If dad (or you) likes to bust out vinyl at other people’s parties, you can opt for the PLTTB8UI. At $199.99, this portable solution has a rugged suitcase-like design with a handle and fold-out speakers. Other features include auto return, auto stop phonograph and a headphone output. This model also has a USB port, so users can save music files to either the MP3/WAV and OGG VORBIS audio formats.
“Vinyl record sales increased 36.3 percent from 2010 to 2011 and the classic vinyl music machines have been making a recent comeback as a result. Pair these stats with the rising popularity of digital conversion and other multimedia sources, and you’ve got a winning combination to put a modern twist on a vintage favorite,” said Jerry Brach, Pyle’s VP. “It’s the perfect way for dad to share his most prized vinyl records with his whole family, helping a new generation embrace the music of a previous one.”
Pyle is selling all of the above turntables direct. However, we also found each model available at a discounted price on Amazon.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.