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Did you know that Big W sells record players for less than $200? Me neither, until I got my hands on the Crosley Voyager Bluetooth portable turntable.
The Crosley Voyager Bluetooth portable turntable comes in a number of colors, but there’s also the Cruiser range with a handful more. I chose the Voyager Amethyst because it looked like it came straight out of a 70s restaurant.
I wasn’t exactly expecting a ripping sound, but I been expecting him to look shmick. I got what I expected on both counts.
Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Portable Record Player
The turntable does what it promises: it plays records and connects via Bluetooth. The Voyager is one of the most economical models, but it’s not the cheapest system Crosley sells. Here is Crosley’s pitch:
Join Crosley’s mission to bring analog music to the masses with the three-speed Voyager turntable. The clean, vintage-inspired aesthetic fits into any space, while the lightweight design lets this turntable turn -drive to travel “further than anyone, or anything in history”.
Crosley Voyager turntable specifications at a glance:
- Dimensions: 37.4 cm W x 29.82 cm D x 14.75 cm H
- 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm)
- Belt drive motor
- Built-in Bluetooth transmitter and receiver
- Built-in full-range stereo speakers
- Headphone jack (auxiliary 3.5mm)
- RCA output
- Locating lever
- Bluetooth output
- Power consumption 9W | DC power adapter, DC 5V 1A output
While undeniably cute, the styling of the Crosley Voyager turntable isn’t earth-shattering, it’s something we’re used to seeing, with the retro briefcase aesthetic carried over to many turntable manufacturers. . But, the number of color options you have with the Voyager is something Crosley has nailed into the case hub space.
It couldn’t have been easier, but we’ve all gotten used to an easy setup. All you need to do is unbox the Crosley Voyager turntable, plug it in, turn it on and you’re ready to place your record.
With the disc down, the lever allows for easy needle drop. It’s a bit slow, but better safe than sorry. You shouldn’t have to fiddle with the pitch (but there’s an easy-to-use knob if you want) and the volume is controlled by another knob.
I accidentally turned off the turntable when I was adjusting the sound, but that’s because I was doing it above eye level. There really isn’t much more, which is both good and bad. Good because it’s easy, and Crosley took the effort away from you, and bad because it takes the power away from the user who knows what they’re doing. But, we have to approach this thing from the perspective of a vinyl newbie. In this case, it’s good.
How does it sound?
It’s important to remember that the Crosley Voyager turntable costs around $200, so you’ll get sound worth $200 unless you hook it up to an external speaker/amplifier system. Only the sound is a bit muffled. Again, this is not a finely tuned Spotify track for streaming currently playing through your Bose noise-canceling headphones. This is a vinyl. The sound is very vinyl.
The is a 3.55mm male plug to 2xRCA male audio cable – so you can plug in your phone if for some reason you wanted to listen to something from your phone through the Crosley Voyager Turntable speaker. But you also have the reverse, allowing you to connect turntable sound to your TV, speakers or even a soundbar. Plus, Bluetooth connectivity.
Pairing is super simple: press the Bluetooth button on the turntable and do the same on your device. The only problem is that every time the drive is turned off, you have to pair it again.
The only portable Bluetooth speaker I had was an unused JBL Flip, the OG, so we’re talking circa 2013. Connecting the Crosley Voyager turntable to the speaker definitely raised the sound, and despite the fact that the speaker is almost 10 years old, the sound was spectacular. Because it’s a Bluetooth connection, through the speaker you can hear the groves on the record, the crackle of the damn thing spinning, and it really is a meaty sound. of chicken. Imagine if I had a good speaker setup.
While the turntable will play a few standard sizes, anything outside of a standard record width would potentially not fit, as the arm guard blocks it.
The Crosley Voyager turntable is easy to control, looks adorable, and when paired with a speaker, it sounds exactly what you expect from a vinyl player. It’s not for hard vinyl, but it’s a great kit for someone who wants something that plays vinyl and doesn’t break the bank.
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