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Crosley Revolution- Still Coming Soon

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Crosley announced that their Revolution was imminent back in January. They had a nifty animation on their homepage, but that was about it. Now it’s mid May and they finally have a product page for it with some further information and a price, but it’s still not available for purchase.

Points of note


Initially I thought it looked like it was made from painted pressed steel, which would have been good for durability, but sadly that’s not the case (did you know that both halves of the PS-F5’s chassis are pressed steel, with the outer plastic shell covering them?). Be interesting to read the reviews and real life reports once this has been used in the wild for a while.

Surprising Exclusions

Considering the market for these is likely to be largely made of second-hand-record-shopping-collectors and thrift-store-diggers, many of whom DJ, I’m surprised they didn’t include a pitch control for portable party action. The Vestax Handy Trax sported one and can be used to great effect:

It’s not like these are ever going to replace a pair of Technics, but a pitch control is a cheap and easy addition missed out on. It may well have an AC adapter socket, but there’s no mention in the current spec. Another cheap addition which it would be strange to exclude.

It’s good to see that there are people who think there’s still a market for a wide range of turntables. The market for vinyl is certainly refusing to roll over and die. Some are even hoping to take cues from the mighty PS-F5 and create something similar. I think that coming close would be a tall order in today’s “make it as cheap as possible” throwaway world, but you never know. Who would have predicted 20 years ago that there would be a Soundburger II released in 2010?

Update (2/6/10): Crosley have now added that the Revolution has a built in FM transmitter (just like the Sony PS-F9. Added the info to the bullet points above.

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Record Store Day

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This Saturday (17th April) is Record Store Day. Promoting the wonderful place that is the record store. Get out and support yours this Saturday (and every other Saturday for that matter).

Update (30/4/10):

Record Store Day a huge success

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A Record Player About As Portable As You Can Get

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

GGRP have created an advertising mailer which is a record player that magically appears out of the cardboard sleeve of a 7″ record. See it in action here:

However, as with many seemingly new ideas, this one isn’t either. As Steve Roden from In Be Tween Noise kindly shows us.

From: Cardboard Record Sleeve Doubles as Record Player – Cardboard record player – Gizmodo.

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Discogs: Vinyl revolution – Interview

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Resident Advisor, an online dance music magazine, has a good article about Discogs: the music discography and marketplace which has a definite leaning towards music stored in grooves on vinyl.

RA: Discogs: Vinyl revolution – Interview.

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Enlarging The Groove 1000 Times

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Chris Supranowitz has made some images of a record’s grooves using an electron scanning microscope.

For comparison, here are the digital pits of a CD:

More images and the full details of Chris’ project.

Edit: 3/7/11

Just found another site with similar images but some more info on the mechanics of vinyl and styli. Check out Micrographia.

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PS-F5 for sale on US eBay

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift?

SONY PS-F5 LINEAR TRACKING STEREO TURNTABLE SYSTEM – eBay (item 300394941563 end time Feb-14-10 18:54:04 PST).

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Soundburger Emulator: Crosley Revolution

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Crosley, a company which knocks out some fairly ugly, cheesy retro type nastiness have apparently created a revolution. The only thing is that their revolution is a copy of a reasonably well known 80s Japanese portable turntable: Audio Technica’s Soundburger. Look forward to some direct comparisons of build and sound quality once the product’s out.

Their homepage has an animation which was saying that it’s coming on early January 2010, but they’ve now removed the date and the product’s still not on their product page.

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Record ROM – PC to Portable Record Player

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Jack contacted me to let me know about his Record ROM; an interesting design concept. The PS-F5 gets a quick nod during the ideation drawings.

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The Audiophile Club of Athens

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

An interesting short film from 2006 about Greek Audiophiles and their love for big, elaborate, expensive Hi-Fi.

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Records for iPhone — Digger’s Dream

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Here’s about the only thing that would make me consider getting an iPhone:

Records for iPhone.

It’s an app that interfaces with the Discogs website (using their API) and allows you to browse through the huge online database of records and other media. A digger’s dream.

Hoping they bring out an Android version as that’s my planned next phone, as soon as a decent one is available.

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