The resurgence of vinyl records is a curiosity to some and a passion for others. It’s arguably antiquated technology at this point, but that’s also part of its appeal. Sony is looking to bridge the gap with the PS-LX310BT, a turntable that mixes modern technology to play a very old format. The company showed the new item at CES this week.
The PS-LX310BT can play your music over wireless spielers via Bluetooth, or you can listen to records over an included USB-C port (but USB is just available on the US version of the product, Sony tells us). Of course, you can connect it to your stereo setup the old-fashioned way if any of that rationals like blasphemy to you. Additionally, it includes a built-in phono stage, and you can decide from three audio settings—high, mid, and low—to best present the minutes you want to play.
It also has an aluminum tone arm that, like some in style record players, can automatically raise and lower when tracks start and end, then resurface to its neutral position on the side once the record has finished playing—and an aluminum die-cast serving dish to match. It offers two operating speeds (33-1/2 rpm, and 45rpm,) and can accommodate both 7-inch and 12-inch logs.
The unit measures at 367×430×108mm, so it’s actually compact, and it has a clean look that should allow it to blend into most latitudes.
There’s a certain fascination to gadgets that are fundamentally decades-old technology, reinterpreted including a contemporary lens. It’s odd using a format that is all about the warmth of its analog conservative, only to transmit it digitally. But sometimes what’s old can be just as appealing as what’s new, albeit for remarkable reasons, and you want to hold on to just a little of that. The versatility of this produce may have some appeal—yes, you can connect it to your analog speakers, but if you’re abroad in the home, you can stream the audio there instead. (There are other clarifications out there for this from Sonos and others, though.)
The turntable compel become available in April, and the UK price is £200, but the company hasn’t partitioned US pricing yet.