Amazon’s top home audio product this Christmas: A turntable for playing vinyl records

“Touting its success this Christmas shopping season, Amazon revealed on Monday that its top selling home audio product this year was the Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built-in Speakers,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “While it features a USB port for converting vinyl records to digital, and features an auxiliary input for connecting a digital media player, the No. 1 bestseller is decidedly old school, playing 33, 45 and 78 RPM records with a belt-driven three-speed stereo turntable.”

“The Jensen turntable outsold Amazon’s second-hottest home audio product of the fall of 2015, the Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver,” Hughes reports. “Notably, the Yamaha receiver features built-in support for Apple’s wireless AirPlay protocol, allowing users to transmit music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Windows PC.”

“Amazon’s third-most-popular home audio product this season was the Sonos Play:1, a 2-room streaming music starter set,” Hughes reports. “The Sonos product also has an Apple connection: Earlier this month, Sonos added beta support for the Apple Music subscription streaming service.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps the fact that the Jensen turntable is selling for $49.98 versus $379.95 for the Yamaha or $349 for the Sonos Play:1 had something to do with it.

16 Comments

  1. Those of us that have parents or grand parents in their 80s might be discovering old 78 records that were made with an add on to the victrola and get to hear voices of long ago relatives. Need a way to digitize that easily.

  2. Best present this year was a new Audio-Technica turntable from my wife. Now after twenty years without a turntable, I can finally play all those old records I never gave up. Each album is like a musical time capsule. Upon hearing, I’m transported. We’ve been having so much fun spinning records like its the latest thing!

    1. I am also enjoying my new (to me) turntable. It was a gift from my wife for my recent birthday. My father gave me a Burwen Research Dynamic Noise Filter and a KLH Burwen Research Transient Noise Eliminator. This helps to reduce clicks and pops from the old records. He got both off eBay. I mention this as you might want to look into them also. Have fun!

  3. A fine machine.

    But: I lived through the vinyl era. I still have hundreds of vinyl albums. WHY would anyone want vinyl over high quality, source analog to digital recordings? I just don’t get it.

    *CLICK*POP*RUMBLE*SKIP*
    *CLICK*POP*RUMBLE*SKIP*

    (But the artwork for vinyl albums is unquestionably better).

    1. I’d hardly refer to that Jensen as “a fine machine” compared to most of the non-Crosley turntables out there, such as the U-Turn Orbit mentioned above. There are countless high-quality turntables out there, both new and used. A nice solid Pro-Ject or Rega would do most records justice compared to the cheap groove grinders.

      Of course, you need to have good quality records to truly be able to get the most from a nice turntable. Records are still being pressed even in the 21st century, and most of them sound great. Used records can be a bit of a crapshoot, but as long as they haven’t been used as frisbees or drink coasters, they should exhibit far less noisiness than you described. I have several hundred records, the vast majority of which are highly listenable, and whatever noise there is isn’t enough to detract from the music. And the artwork indeed beats what you get from pretty much any CD by a country mile. 🙂

      1. For that price, including a digital out port makes it a very nice deal. But comparing it to a pro turntable is of course unrealistic. It’s just a nice ‘sounding’ consumer device.

        I remember the battles to find the best vinyl. There were pressings in-the-day that were total trash, with little shred of paper used as filler in the vinyl, a great way to ruin the recording. We’d attempt to get pressings from the UK or Japan of the same music because they didn’t compromise the vinyl quality. Ideally, you could see through it.

        Obsessive me: Every one of my vinyl recordings has its own clear plastic over sleeve. I remember a couple years ago taking a 1970s album to a concert to have the re-formed band sign it. The keyboard player blinked at me and asked me how I’d kept the cover so pristine. 😀 Obsessiveness, dear sir.

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