Crosley Revolution- Still Coming Soon

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

  • Costs US$149.95
  • Belt driven
  • Black
  • Manual (you have to lift the arm off the record when it gets to the end of a record)
  • Auto shut off (it stops when it gets to the end of a record)
  • Body is made of ABS (plastic)
  • Plays 7s & 12s @ 45 & 33
  • Output is through 2 x 3.5mm audio jacks (like the PS-F5) with the addition of an internal ADC providing USB output
  • FM Transmitter, so you can tune any FM radio into the turntable for use as an amplifier (much like the PS-F9 does)
  • Software provided for ripping vinyl to PC/Mac
  • Powered by 6 AA batteries (no mention of an AC adapter socket)
  • Included carry case


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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One Response to “Crosley Revolution- Still Coming Soon”

  1. August 19th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    A.R. Says:

    I don’t know if this will have the the sound quality of the Mister Disc / Sound Burger from which it’s clearly derived given the cheaper cartridge and my past experience with Crosleys. But if it does, I’m in for the much-expanded feature set.

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