This is the 12th edition of Record Roundup. For the past two years, this feature has covered everything from turntables, record players, vinyl, and related accessories. The first post of 2022 includes a new Beatles record player from Crosley, high-end record storage, a new stereo system + turntable from Como Audio and Record Store Day 2022.
Did you miss the last edition of Record Roundup? You can check it out here, along with news on new turntable releases from Fluance and Crosley.
Record store day 2022
After several years of pandemic chaos that saw Record Store Day postponed, then split into multiple dates (to support social distancing), 2022 should see a return to normal. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the event which celebrates local record stores with unique vinyl releases, and after the events of the past two years, it will be even more special. The big day is April 23, 2022. Mark it on your calendar!
Crosley Beatles “Let It Be” Anthology Record Player
You can always count on Crosley to release cool new products to support those local record stores. For example, you might remember the tiny Crosley RSD3 turntable for 3-inch records from RSD 2019.
The company is now selling (from February 8) a new Beatles “Let It Be” edition of its all-in-one Anthology record player. Celebrating the release of the currently airing documentary ‘The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert’, this special edition of the anthology features an insert that mirrors the ‘Let It Be’ album cover and includes a Beatles collectible print . It is a three-speed, belt-driven turntable with built-in dynamic stereo speakers and Bluetooth streaming/receiving capability.
The Crosley Let It Be All-in-One Record Player is priced at $199.95, limited to 1,500 units, and available at independent record stores across America.
Storing and displaying Toneoptic rpm recordings
One of the challenges of being a record collector is storing and displaying your vinyl. Old milk crates are not always enough. I went so far as to make mine out of oak, with big swivel casters. It’s functional – but no one would accuse it of being stylish. Shelves are useful, but storing your records like books means you can’t flip through the covers.
If you’re looking for a way to wall mount your record collection to get it off the ground, but want to do it in ultra-modern style, you might want to check out Toneoptic’s rpm record storage systems. These handcrafted cabinets each store 60-75 discs, so you can see them all at a glance. However, slide the shelf into the cabinet and the discs spin automatically so the covers are fully exposed.
In other words, the rpm offers the best of shelf and checkout approaches.
The cabinets are made from premium materials (available in solid walnut or plywood from Finland painted white lacquer) and handcrafted in Los Angeles. They are initially offered in a numbered and signed edition of 50 “Founder’s Batch” before being available for general sale. If you’re used to paying $50 for a case of records, you might want to sit down to find out the price for these: $3,750 to $4,250 for each unit.
Como Audio Blu Streaming Stereo System + Analog Vinyl Turntable
Boston’s Como Audio has built a reputation for high-end, compact, retro-inspired sound systems. The company offers a growing range of library-ready stereos, including the Musica that I reviewed in 2019. Como Audio also offers several turntable options.
The latest release from the company is the Como Blu. This is a true stereo system consisting of a pair of powered bookshelf speakers. Each is equipped with a custom woofer, fabric dome tweeter and rear bass port. They are driven by a class D digital amplifier delivering 30 watts per channel. The speaker enclosures are made of MDF with a real furniture grade walnut veneer. Control knobs and speaker grilles are made of anodized aluminum and an LED display shows the time. They offer Bluetooth streaming and are equipped with a 3.5mm input. There’s even the option to add a battery (sold separately) for portable audio.
Como Audio sells the Como Blu with its Turntable Analog in one package. The Turntable Analog is a two-speed, belt-driven turntable with an aluminum tonearm, steel platter, built-in phono preamp and Ortofon cartridge. The pair retails for $799 and offers a pretty compelling option for vinyl fans who want high-quality stereo sound that will fit in a small space.
Look for a review soon!