Are you one of those “old souls” still feeling a bit of nostalgic and all mellow towards the tunes that got stuck on all those vinyl records years ago? Do you still look for the perfect record player to teleport you back in the turn of the century, when the heart and soul of the party were emitted via a single vinyl player? In the part to follow, I am happy to transfer my experience to you as a result of experimenting with six Victrola record players.
To be fair, some of them offer a better experience than others, but then again, the prices also vary and so as the proposed features, design and general quality. They all come from the same manufacturer, being Victrola record players, so honest opinions are about to follow.
Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Entertainment Center
This nostalgic player from the Victrola record players (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM) is here to play your vintage collections of favorite records, probably forgotten in a dusty corner of the attic. It’s designed as a luxurious wood construction to pile on that nostalgic feel. You won’t need any cords since it has built-in Bluetooth and you can play music from your smart device. In addition to that old style turntable, CD and cassette player are built-in, as well as an AM/FM radio, stereo speakers and remote control. As an added bonus, you can record your albums from vinyl and cassette onto CDs, thus enjoying the cross-format experience. And, if you wish to connect a device with no Bluetooth option, you can do so with the 3.5mm aux cable input.
If you are one of those people who long for the unique vinyl and cassette quality sound, then this Aviator 7-in-1 Wooden Music Center is ideal. The sound is pretty decent, especially having in mind the price range and category, and it’s loud enough to listen to music from the other rooms.
However, regardless of the look and sound of it, there are some pretty negative remarks. In many cases, the turntable mechanism is not sitting firmly onto the wooden frame, which is bad. Since the needle headshell is kind of short and often skips, there’s a real possibility for it to scratch your vintage album records, and those are priceless. Additionally, the volume knob does not lower the loudness gradually but plays solely on medium or high (it’s not a default, it’s how it’s made). There are even a few disappointed customers that got charged for returning a bad product – which is very unfavorable.
Victrola Wood Wall Mount Turntable with CD and Bluetooth
This 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM) is one of the Victrola record players that streams music via Bluetooth up to 33 feet away. It also has a built-in cassette and a CD player, as well as AM/FM Radio and a 3.5mm aux input, so you can connect devices that do not have Bluetooth. It comes with built-in stereo speakers and remote control (controlling solely the volume and CD songs skipping), and the cabinet doors are made of plexiglass. The record player comes in one piece and the instructions are very easy to follow.
It has an amazing and elegant design and the sound is pretty neat for a music station within the price range. This records player differs from the others Victrola record players by being actually a vertical one, so you can make it the central and most fun piece in the room. You can stream music from your smartphone via Bluetooth if you don’t have the music you wish to hear on records. In general, it is a good choice for those looking to enjoy their records on a budget.
Unfortunately, besides the lovely design and the decent loudness, sometimes the radio signal seems to be lost. Aside from that, there are some remarks that this records player speeds up and slows down the records while playing them, thus distorting the music. This may cast an actual scratching threat to your old collection of records. Now, it’s not an expensive piece, but you’d at least expect it to play the records correctly. There were also too many complaints from customer support, not willing to make a refund. Regardless of the attractive price and vintage design, I think that no one should go through the stress of losing their invaluable records collection, just so save a few bucks on the purchase.
Victrola Tabletop Nostalgic Bluetooth Wooden Turntable Entertainment Center
This is another nostalgic player from the Victrola record players range and it comes with a 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM), built-in stereo speakers, CD, and USB player, as well as AM/FM radio. It also offers the comfort of streaming music via Bluetooth from up to 33 feet away, and aux-in and line-out for devices that do not have a Bluetooth option. This means that you can play around and switch between a few sources from where you can stream music.
It is stunningly elegant and works well too. The speakers work just fine, while the sound clarity and loudness are good for a player of this category. Just don’t expect the luxury of added bass. If you wish to enjoy your vinyl records collections, feeling all nostalgic, this vintage Victrola records player is an affordable solution.
Unfortunately, this vinyl player comes packed with negative experiences too. Having in mind that it’s a pretty cheap music station, the top quality of the parts cannot really be expected. However, you’d at least expect it not to die out completely during the night – this kind of review showed up by a stressed user. During the troubles of several other users, customer support was not very useful. Also, at the end of the record, the turntable stops and you need to lift the needle manually to put it back on the handle holder. With technology today, it would be nice for this “process” to be at least semi-automatic.
The general opinion for this specific records player is that it really looks amazing, so if you want a vintage looking centerpiece, you won’t regret it. But, if you wish to actually listen to your records with good quality, you’d need to throw in some more money.
Victrola 50’s Retro Bluetooth Turntable with Stereo, CD Player and Speakers
When talking about retro Victrola record players, this player comes with the coolest 50’s retro design. It has a 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM), CD player option and AM/FM radio with backlit tuner, built-in stereo speakers, Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to stream music from 33 feet away at maximum, as well as USB encoding. This means that you can actually connect the music station to your PC and record the music from vinyl to MP3 formats. Fun, right? As a standard addition, a 3.5mm aux-in and headphone jack are included.
For those looking to bring exquisite retro style in their homes, all while enjoying a clear and crisp sound in multiple formats, stop looking, this is your choice. This Victrola player is pretty well-made and with high quality. And most importantly, it works as it really should. It offers everything that you are looking to get from a decent records player at an affordable price. I personally got the red one – it kind of splashes the most retro feelings when my records play.
The only thing is that some of the units received by few users had a bit of unstable turntable tops (when touched they were kind of wobbly). It is not the issue in manufacturing in general, but I guess these are just a few bad apples in the box. The same few users complained about bad sound when using their CD players. Maybe these issues are somehow connected. But, aside from few bad units, this is the one from the Victrola record players that is a really fun, stylish and affordable option if you are looking for a turntable for your vinyl collection. Up until now, no complaints of scratched vinyl records occurred.
Victrola Vintage Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers
Want to “pack” your music station and listen to your vinyl records somewhere else with no trouble? Then maybe you should consider this from the Victrola record players range, coming in the shape of an easily portable suitcase. It’s one of those old classics but equipped with many features to have fun with. Same as the previous models, it has a three-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM), option for Bluetooth connectivity to play music from your smartphone (up to 33 feet away), built-in stereo speakers, 3.5mm aux-in for devices that do not have Bluetooth, RCA aux-in, and a headphone jack. In the end, what would a portable suitcase turntable be without a solid handle for easy carrying?
This Victrola record player’s textured exterior can be a fun addition to any environment. It is very light, so you can take it anywhere and make someone else’s environment fun for a day too. The analog sound is really good and full (the two small speakers are placed at the front), somehow reminding me of the sound coming out of the ‘45’ records players. It brings back a lot of memories! If you own a pair of “old ears”, you’d enjoy this piece. If you consider the price on top of all positive experiences, then you have your choice.
Now, compared to many of the other models, it does not come with a built-in CD and cassettes player or any recording options, however, this is a really small discomfort to pay if you consider the good design, clarity of the sound and of course, the price. If your only purpose is listening to your vinyl records than you should go for it.
To be fair, there were some bad experiences where users got their product in an unsealed box, a needle was missing, some screws were loose or the turntable did not spin properly, however, these were isolated flaws and not standard unit packing. Just let me remind you that you get what you pay for, in this case very basic experience.
Classic Retro Bluetooth Stereo System
This dual, backlit record player with VU Meters move with your music is not actually a part of the Victrola record players, but is worth mentioning as a great alternative. The classic and sleek design has chrome knobs with a textured metal surface, making it a great addition to any living room space. Same as with many before, it comes with a three-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM), built-in Bluetooth option for pairing smart devices, a built-in CD player coming with remote control and a 3.5mm aux-in for music sources that do not support Bluetooth. There’s also an option for listening to a digital PLL FM radio with having 20 presets and a backlit blue display to find your station easily. For quiet listening though, the headphone jack is standardly included and four loud listening the speakers are out-of-the-box and powerful.
The built-in speakers provide 50 watts of stereo sound, while the knobs control the amount of bass, treble, and balance of the audio output. This classic records player is pretty affordable, offers a really great radio reception with no breaking and is easy to use. In addition, the amplifier is pretty powerful (25 watts) and you can use your own set of speakers (if they have 8OHMS impedance). The sound is amazingly clear and loud, especially having in mind the size of the speakers.
However, the same as with any product, there are some downsides with this one too. The bass and treble controls go to only +/-3db and the tweeter sound is often too bright for my taste (on some sounds anyway). All of the FM presets need to be done by using the remote control and I am not happy with how fragile the remote feels in my hand.
In general, it is a pretty solid 70’s style stereo system. Sure it has its flaws, but the price is really low. For such an amount you can have a really cool music station where you can play a few formats.
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