I love cutting-edge OLED TVs and overpowered gaming laptops as much as the next person, but the absolute best thing I8217;ve seen at CES 2022 so far this year is distinctly old-school. And I mean really old-school. It8217;s a modern take on something that Thomas Edison came up with in 1877.
I8217;ve already raved about the retro looks of Victrola’s Bluetooth speakers, but I think I like one of their other products even more: the Re-Spin is a suitcase record player with retro looks and today8217;s tech.
I grew up in the 1970s, the golden age of vinyl. When I was a tot I had a Fisher-Price music box, a toy version of a suitcase record player, and when I was older I lusted after the Dansette-style record players my friends8217; parents or older siblings owned. My dad8217;s turntable was technically better, but it didn8217;t have the style. Or the suitcase.
Victrola8217;s Re-Spin is giving me a massive nostalgia rush just from looking at the photos. They8217;ve absolutely nailed the design – not really a surprise, given they8217;ve been making turntables for over 100 years – but there8217;s modern tech here too.
There8217;s a dual-speaker enclosure designed to eliminate vibration for skip-free listening, two-way Bluetooth streaming so you can use it as an audio source or as a speaker, and there8217;s an integrated pre-amp and RCA ports for connecting it to your Hi-Fi or AV kit.
I absolutely love this. I have no doubt that the sound won8217;t be comparable to audiophile turntables, and it8217;s hardly going to displace the Technics SL from our best record players guide. But then the Re-spin isn8217;t in that price bracket, it8217;s as affordable as, and doubles as, a portable Bluetooth speaker. I think the Re-spin is going to be a fun and fabulous blast from the past.