Vinyl records were popular in the 70-80 years of the last century. However, today, on the joy of connoisseurs of high-quality sound, manufacturers are ready to offer new opportunities in listening to such cumbersome and very gentle “disks”. Many music stores have created separate racks with vinyl records, and the amounts from their sales increase with each month. Even modern performers so penetrated the purity of the sound of vinyl records, which each new album is recorded on them. But for listening to these plates you need a special player. Someone has such a device dust in the attic, however, modern manufacturers offer new modified models.
What it is?
Vinyl player – device for playing plates. The older generation immediately understands what we are talking about, but the youth may have a lot of questions. In order not to go into technical issues, it is best to spend a small explanatory comparison. Modern teenagers are probably familiar with CD- and MP3 players, on which they listen to music discs. The recorder of the recorder can be called the progenitor of modern miniature technology for listening to music.
However, there are several weighty differences between the player and the modern player.
- Dimensions. Vinyl record players have decent dimensions, so it’s not possible to carry them with them.
- Sound. Many connoisseurs of high-quality sound firmly declare that when playing music from the plates, a sense of presence in the recording studio is created.
Device and principle of operation
Vinyl record player – a complex mechanism, where all design details have a direct dependence on each other. The failure of any detail is immediately reflected on the quality of the sound. For this reason, each single element of the player requires special attention. There is no difference between mechanical or electrical connections.
The main part of the player of the recorder is a needle. Next go head and shell. Shell call a device holding a head. This element is installed on the Tonarma pipe.
Tonarm in the player system is part of the electro-playing device block, which also consists of a massive disk, hitchhipping, automaton for fixing the pickup and microlift.
Special caution lovers of high-quality and piercing sound show slid. Of course, you can do without it. However, to see how the needle is broken about the metal pancake and begins to scratch the record, not everyone will be able. And if this happened, quickly save the vinyl will fail. Exclude similar troubles just helps Slipmat. He can not only protect the records from mechanical effects, but also protect their surface from dust, as well as keep the integrity of the needle. Special demand is used by a copper rug covering the reference disk.
Modern models of vinyl players are called turntables. The principle of their work is no different from prototypes from the past. To play along the plate of the plate smoothly moves the needle, creating oscillations, as a result of which they are converted into a signal reproduced using amplifier. Thus, modern models are easily losing even the most complex musical works, creating high-quality acoustics.
Modern models of devices for listening to records are arranged by a similar characteristic with samples of the last century. but Some details still received a transformation, because of which the devices work several times better than their ancestors.
Review of species
To date, there is a huge number of varieties of players for plates. And it is not only about the technical specifications, but also on external data with the presence of additional functionality. For example, Most recently, vintage models on legs with lamp sound appeared on sale. They found themselves in the estates decorated under the antiquity.
In modern homes, it is preferred to establish a functional and stylish electric player. For example, Levitating or vertical. Such models do not occupy a lot of space, and most importantly, are always ready for their immediate obligations.
In the children’s room, it is preferable to place a portable recorder recorder with the Bluetooth function and the possibility of connecting additional speakers. Models equipped with hitchhiker, perfect for small children who are loving fall asleep under beautiful and clean musical sounds.
Connoisseurs of past times and lovers of nostalgic about their youth choose laser models of players.
From the technical side, modern vinyl players received an update in the form of tangential Tonarm. Externally, the designs look like usual, but their sound qualities have increased at times.
However, these are not all nuances for which modern vinyl record players are divided into.
On functional differences
In this case, we are talking about the type of management.
- Manual Models. Such players do not have any automation in the design. Light and smooth movement of hand Tonarm is transferred to the record. At the end of the work of the needle aggregate manually transferred to the rack. At the same time, the rotation of the plate also stops hand.
- Models with semi-automatic control. In these designs, the movement of the Tonarma is manually. But the microlift and the hitchhiking work on the automation.
- Models with automatic control. Tonarma movement, microlift, hitchhiking, returning the system to the original position occurs on automation. Manually have to set the speed of vinyl rotation.
- Models with full automatic control. Such players designs are built on electronic, mechanical control or mixed type database. Otherwise, these prototypes of models with automatic control.
By type drive
Three types of drives differ.
- Passic. Very rarely called belt. The principle of its work is to rotate the drive with minimal vibration. Most often, this type of drive has a rubber basis. However, this material does not differ in high strength. With frequent use, rubber is exposed to deformation. In expensive models, belt drive equipped with synthetic or metal threads.
- Roller. In such structures, rotation comes from the electric motor by means of a rubber roller, which passes through the nozzles on the motor and the inner sides of the reference disk.
- Straight. The uniqueness of this design lies in the speed of overclocking vinyl records to the working state.
Today it is the most common type of actuator used in most of the players models.
By type Tonarma
From the structural side of the tonearma is divided into 2 groups, namely: swivel and tangential. At the same time, swivel tones are divided into 3 types: straight, S-shaped and J-shaped. But there is no leader among them. Each of the presented options has positive and negative sides. It all depends on the selected model of the player.
Rotary Tonarmas are firmly fixed on the plinth, and the system unit contributes to the free movement along the axis of the mounts. The only lack of a turning group of Tonarch – the angular error of reading, as it leads the needle on the arc, and not in a straight line.
Tangerial Tonarmas suggest the location of the needle at right angles, which exactly repeats the carpet of the cutter. With low quality vinyl plates, tanter tonearm produces additional vibration.
Rating the best models
At all times, the players enjoyed great demand among connoisseurs of perfect sound. But only recently, their production was put on the flow. In the model range there are budgetary structures, mid-level products, as well as expensive playback systems of high-quality sound. However, the cheapest players do not boast of good technical characteristics. And expensive designs do not always correspond to the wallets of average consumers.
Based on public opinion, It turned out to make a rating of 20 of the most interesting and functional players of vinyl records, in which German brands, manufacturers from Japan and Korea participate. However, only a few modifications have been established on the domestic market from the positive side, of which it turned out to be the top 5 ideal devices for listening to music.
Pioneer PL-30-K (5th place)
Inexpensive player who has proven itself as a reliable and high-quality apparatus with excellent sound playback. A simple design, some functions, there is a phonological director, which can be disabled if desired. The main disk is made of aluminum material, and the gasket between it and the vinyl has a rubber base. The presence of microlift and direct Tonarma talks about good specifications. The management is very simple, even a child can cope with him.
The system also has a built-in equalizer, there is a rubber gasket and disk regulator.
The advantages of this model:
- adjustment of the clamping mechanism;
- the presence of a cover protecting the mechanism from dust;
- disconnected power cable;
- High quality sound.
The disadvantage is the lack of an independent adjustment of speed.
Sony PS-HX500 (4th place)
On sale this model appeared several years ago and immediately won public recognition. The design has a built-in ADC, which allows you to play records in DSD format. The system has a high level of strength. The dimensional dimensions are small, the same applies to the mass of the device. The modest design of the device is made in black. Thin and elegant lines only complement the image of the player with unusual beauty. The legs of the device are made of rubber material. They can be adjusted in height, due to which it will turn out to catch the perfect level.
The advantages of this model:
- low cost;
- There is a record archiving feature;
- exquisite design;
- high quality sound;
- Long service.
Of the disadvantages – the lack of the power supply.
Pioneer PLX-1000 (3rd place)
Premium-class player suitable for home and professional exploitation. In the design there is a quartz drive of a straight type, creating a high torque. It is this model that makes the work of DJs as much as possible. Included Feature Feature, Aluminum Support Disk, Protective Cover. No phonocorrector is easily offset by the possibility of connecting a mixer or amplifier.
The advantages of this model:
- high quality;
- professional appointment;
- Perfect assembly.
The disadvantage is considered a high price.
TEAC NT-503 (2nd place)
Modern player with unique opportunities. The device has a small size, but decent weight. The housing is made of aluminum-steel material that protects the electronic circuits used in Hi-End.
The advantages of this model:
- high quality;
- the possibility of increasing DSD streams;
There are no shortcomings other than high prices.
DENON VL12 PRIME (1st place)
Professional type player, used not only for listening to vinyl records in the home environment, but also for the workflow of DJs. High level of strength of the case and good stability is complemented by all-metal coins for hands. All controls have a matte surface, due to which there is no unforeseen slip of the fingers. In addition, the design provides the backlight of the reference disk, the brightness of which is controlled by manual. The package of the player is so rich that there are several types of cables that allow you to connect third-party devices.
The advantages of this model:
- The system is able to take an active part in the professional sphere of DJs;
- high level of strength;
- perfect sound;
- Long service life.
Failure – high cost of the player.
How to choose?
Choosing a player for the house, it is important to decide in advance which model is best acquired, new or used.
In terms of cost, the leading position hold devices that were in use. They are also distinguished by high levels of strength and reliability. However, not always sellers of old devices are honest. There are cases when, when buying a used player, the device worked correctly, and being at home at the new owner, simply did not turn on.
Today Purchase a new player for vinyl records, having excellent specifications, per 500 $. Its used prototype with similar features will cost $ 100. Accordingly, the smaller amount seems more attractive. But it is impossible to guarantee long service life.
Unfortunately, today the financial moment plays a huge role. But if the amount of $ 500 is allocated for the acquisition of the player, you can try to consider the version of the used design, corresponding to the characteristics of new devices with a price of $ 1200.
According to historical data, the peak development of installations for the playback of vinyl records fell on the 70-80s of the last century. Devices created at the time differed in high level of quality and reliability. Many designs lived in attics and in basements to this day and are now sold on demanding Internet resources. And then the choice remains only for the consumer. One requires a new apparatus corresponding to modern technologies. Others appreciate the rare classics.
When buying a new player, the consumer provides a warranty card for replacing or returning the device. Based on this document, there will also no problem with the need to repair.
Used players who are not related to Technics, there is no lifelong warranty, and therefore, in the event of a breakdown, you will have to repair at your own expense. but The amount of reanimation of the player may be high, which will undoubtedly hit the owner’s wallet. After all, the cost of one spare part can be equated to buying a new apparatus. In addition, the system of used players must be made timely prevention.
In the process of selecting a new player, sellers consultants are required to conduct a familiarization presentation, tell all the pros and cons of the model of interest. And here When buying a design of the Soviet era, the buyer should know what nuances should pay attention to.
First of all, check the name index. Figures 2 and 3 talk about the player belonging to the second and third classes that are suitable for listening to old collectible vinyls.
An important factor in the choice of the Soviet player is its external data. Shabby, multiple injury, cracks and chips talk about the poor handling of old owners with the device. External data defects can hide many system problems that may arise within a few days after purchase.
Special attention The buyer must pay Tonarma in the field of its attachment. To check, you need to tell them from side to the side. If even a small backlash will be felt, it is best to abandon this device.
Japanese production machine Times of the USSR has an unusual plug connection to the power supply. If it relates to the type “A”, which means that the model was created for operation in Japan, where the voltage in the outlet is 100 V. To use the device in the CIS countries, where the stable voltage voltage is 220 V, it will be necessary to purchase a downhill transformer.
If it is possible to test the sound of the player, it is not necessary to refuse. At the same time, it will be possible to test the operation of components, the strength of their compounds and the convenience of operation.
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