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How to Set Up Your Record Player

January 27th, 2016

Sure, wooden crates filled with record collections make for an amazing decorative detail, and all our favorite tastemakers all seem to have a turntable strategically perched in their respective stylish living rooms. But a lot of you may still be wondering: why vinyl? My good friend Paul (a fellow music lover, and symbolically, the person who gifted me with my first record player) put it perfectly: “Because vinyl is physical and not digital, the way it stores sound is literally exactly what was recorded, instead of a recreation. Think about looking at the Mona Lisa in person as opposed to looking at it on an HDTV. Sure, it looks great on the TV, but there are things you just can’t capture digitally, like the texture and 3D of a painting.” So when listening to an old record, you’ll pick up tones and a quality of timbre that you might not get from an mp3 file, resulting in an overall richer playback experience. Make sense?

So now that we’ve convinced you, you might be wondering where to begin. Today we’re demystifying the world of collecting and playing vinyls, beginning with arguably the most important part of all: setting up your system. Have some tricks of the trade to share? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Kate says:

    Such a fun post! A handful of years ago, my dad gave me what remained of his collection of vinyl albums from the 60’s and 70’s, so I went out and bought a portable Crosley record player at Target for about $80.

    This past year, I finally upgraded to a $400 plus set up of turntable, receiver and speakers. Vinyl certainly isn’t for everyone, but for me, there’s nothing like it.

    • Chanel Dror says:

      Thanks for sharing, Kate! Your vinyl story is a classic one, and so similar to what turned me on to the medium as well. I still have such fond childhood memories of my parents putting records on in the house, so when the trend came back around I was so excited to put on some of those same old LPs. Rock on!

  2. Eva says:

    Thank you so much for the information! Because of your post, I FINALLY found the perfect table to rest my record player on. It’s been sitting on the floor for the past few weeks and driving me nuts. Thank you Urban Outfitters for featuring this sweet table that looks designed for a record player and vinyls and thank you for the great info!

  3. Ashton Paige says:

    I am so glad I am came across this post! I’m an Austinite too and recently just bought my first record player (which I am SO pumped about). I am absolutely loving the sound and it’s so much more authentic than digital music. The set up you have in your gallery is awesome; it gave me some major decorating inspo for my setup! I’ll be talking more about it my blog soon. Thanks so much for the great post!


  4. Andrea says:

    I’ve got everything on your list and a reel to reel. I kick it old school. :). But my advice would be to get a changer rather than a turn table. If you can find one. I don’t think they make them any more so you have to go vintage.

  5. Nikki says:

    Great tips, and that ‘Vinyl Me’ club sounds amazing, definitely going on my Christmas wish list this year ; )

  6. Eric says:

    Please tell me where to get the chair in image 6. It looks like a perfect place to sit and listen with a pair of headphones.

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