Vinyl records have made an unexpected comeback in the past few years – though for many of us, they didn’t really ever go away! MP3s are all very well but they don’t have sleeves or artwork…or that smell! So we’re delighted to present – complete with technology that your dad’s player doesn’t have – our five favourite retro suitcase-style vinyl record players.
Ambassador Attaché 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player in Cream & Tan – £119.99, GPO
Made from solid wood and bound around the edges with brown leatherette, the GPO Ambassador is a really stylish record player in the style of an attaché briefcase. It has a rechargeable battery, which means you can take it wherever you want to, and Bluetooth functionality, so you’re not limited to playing vinyl – wonderful as it is! The three-speed player has twin stereo speakers but you can also connect it to external speakers if you wish.
Cruiser Turntable Record Player In Pink – £80, Crosley
We love the bubblegum pink colour of this suitcase-shaped vinyl record player by Crosley which incorporates a three-speed, belt-driven turntable and stereo speakers into its ever-so-cute frame. You can, of course, attach it to headphones or speakers should you wish – and it’s available in a beautiful vivid orange colour as well, if you love the product but fancy it in a different shade.
Ealing Portable Turntable – £49.99 (was £69.99), Goodmans
It looks like a classic, but the Goodmans Ealing portable turntable is equipped with the latest tech. You can, of course, play vinyl records on it, but you can also connect it to your computer and save your favourite music – and it even includes all of the software and cables necessary for you to convert all your old discs into MP3 files on your computer’s hard drive. Stereo speakers are built in and a rechargeable battery means you can take it outside.
Suitcase Style Turntable – £19.99 (was £49.99), Itek
Itek’s suitcase-style turntable will merrily play all of your vinyl records – at all three speeds and has both stereo sound and an auto-stop feature. An RCA output socket means you can connect this mains-operated player to a stereo-system if you wish. Best of all – this stylish bright red record player has been reduced in the sale and you’ll get a penny’s change back for a mere twenty quid!
Bluetooth Rechargeable Suitcase Style Turntable – £39.99, Akai
We finish with this Akai retro styled turntable which comes in a cheerful duck egg blue suitcase surround and has a drive belt turntable that will play your 33s, 45s and 78s (though did anyone ever really play those?!) Speakers are built in (though you can attach external cans should you wish!) as is Bluetooth technology, and a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery enables you to take it out into the open. It’s also available in black or red.