Crosley’s First Direct Drive Turntable Doesn’t Disappoint
Crosley’s turntables don’t have the perfect status amongst vinyl heads. Virtually all of the document gamers the corporate makes are designed for first-time consumers. They’re low cost, each when it comes to worth and design.
The primary turntable I owned was a Crosley. A lot of the elements have been plastic, and it didn’t produce nice sound. Should you performed something with heavy bass, the tone arm would skip round. The plastic cowl on the highest broke after six months, and the system ultimately solely produced sound at half quantity after being “lively” for a yr. It wasn’t an incredible system, however it acquired me hooked on vinyl.
Once I went to improve to a greater deck, I didn’t assume in any respect to get a Crosley. It’s the precise drawback that Crosley the model is trying to deal with with its newer C Collection turntables, which incorporates three fashions. The primary two fashions within the C Collection got here out final yr (C10 and C100), whereas the newer C200 was introduced at CES 2016 in January.
The Crosley C200 may see some success, too. Whereas probably a troublesome promote for customers like myself who’ve had a sub-par expertise up to now with earlier and cheaper fashions, a check-drive simply argued the case for entry and intermediate degree customers.
- 2-velocity turntable
- S-formed tonearm with adjustable counterweights
- Direct drive motor (the primary by Crosley)
- Adjustable strobe pitch management
- RCA output with a phono change
- Holder for a forty five RPM adapter
- Measurement: 450(W) x 350(D) x 139(H) mm
- Weight: 5.4Kgs
- Stylus Strain three.5g
- Anti-skate vary zero~four
- Comes with a slip mat, lid, 45RPM adapter, and 1 set of RCA cables
- Retails for $279
What I Like About It
The Crosely C200 is straightforward to arrange. All you must do is about the turntable platter within the middle, set up the headshell into the entrance of the tonearm, stability the tonearm and stylus strain, and placed on the turntable lid. If that sounds tremendous difficult, don’t fear. All the things clicks collectively like LEGOs, and the instructions are straightforward to comply with.
Typically when you’re establishing a brand new turntable, balancing the tonearm is usually a little bit of a problem. That’s not the case for this turntable.
The adjustable pitch management is good contact, particularly for extra superior customers. The pitch management permits you to positive-tune your listening expertise, and it ought to assist the gadget attraction to the extra veteran crowd.
Most Crosley turntables feel and appear low cost, however the C200 is an exception. The matte black end, dazzling strobe dots, and extra sturdy tonearm make for a modern look and durable design.
I examined the sound high quality of the C200 with various totally different genres, together with indie rock, pop, deep home, ambient, and lure. I additionally performed all sizes of data to examine for any variances in efficiency. I performed all the things via a Bose residence theater system, and the sound high quality didn’t disappoint (even at an excessively loud quantity).
At $279, the worth is true. In the event you take a look at different turntables with comparable options and design, you’ll discover that this can be a fairly whole lot. Until you are attempting to be knowledgeable DJ, this can be a nice deck to think about shopping for.
What I Don’t Like About It
The constructed-in pre-amp is sweet however not nice. I examined this towards my very own pre-amp, and my pre-amp made the system sound considerably higher. Should you flip the phono change on the again of the turntable after which run the RCA cables via your personal pre-amp, you may need higher sound outcomes (as was the case for me). The sound continues to be good with the default pre-amp, however you may be capable of make it sound even higher with just a little customization.
I additionally want the package deal got here with longer RCA cables. The pre-packaged cable is fairly brief, so that you may want to purchase one thing longer relying on your property stereo setup. Thankfully, I had spare cables so this wasn’t an enormous problem, however I might see this inflicting frustration for some customers.
The Crosley C200 is a superb turntable, and I extremely advocate checking it out it in case you are out there for a brand new document participant. If the primary turntable you obtain was a less expensive, much less sturdy one, and also you don’t need to break the financial institution on an excellent excessive-finish mannequin, the C200 is a superb improve. This isn’t knowledgeable degree turntable, nevertheless it’s not priced or designed to be that approach.
The design is nice, the worth is truthful, it’s straightforward to arrange, and it sounds fantastic. Extra superior options like pitch management are there if you would like them, and the units shortcomings are minor.
Hopefully that is the beginning of one thing greater for Crosley as they try and lasso extra superior customers.