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Portable Record Players

Get the most out of all your favourite toe-tappers with a portable record player from OnBuy. Benefitting from convenience and accessibility combined, these handy compact devices are perfect for letting you listen on the go, without ever compromising on audio quality or sound. You’ll find a wide selection of transportable turntables within this category, so dust off those flares and get ready to boogie on down. Whatever you choose, our online shelves will leave you spinning with delight.

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Before the days of musical streaming, a record player was one of the only ways to listen to all your favourite tunes. Yes, forget smartphones, stereo systems and CD players… for decades it was turntables that quite literally turned (no pun intended!) the world upside down. 

With the superior sound that they produce, their retro appeal, and vintage, nostalgic aesthetic, it’s hardly surprising that portable record players are now experiencing a revival. Whether you’re drawn to the unmatched audio, or appreciate the emotions they evoke, there really is nothing like a turntable when it comes to unprocessed music. Unlike the tinny, unnatural tone of modern chart-toppers and steaming services, vinyl players benefit from the advantage of authenticity, only ever playing melodies as intended by the artist. 

What makes portable record players so unique?

Most portable record players are incredibly convenient, encouraging you to play all your favourite tunes on the go. Profiting from consummate compactness, while never compromising on audio performance, these useful stereo devices are the modern music companions you didn’t know you needed. Whether case-shaped, solid, flat, or thin, there really is no comparison when it comes to funky exteriors and raw, unedited sound.

Some of the most popular brands in this category include Denver, Digitnow! and Victrola, all of which offer fantastic portable turntables a range of competitive prices. Yes, thanks to inbuilt speakers, various accessories and contemporary, cutting-edge embellishments, listening to your favourite songs (both new and old) has never been so easy.

What extras should I look out for on a portable record player?

As well as the advantages of manageability and weightlessness, portable record players also come with a host of other features, which are certainly worth considering if your preferences are prone to change. Where older, more dated turntables fail, current state-of-the-art alternatives prevail. 

One early choice you’ll have to make is whether or not you favour belt-drive over direct-drive players, the latter of which has a motor immediately beneath the platter (belt-driven models are the audio engineer’s choice, as they guarantee less distortion). 

Another formative decision you’ll need to think about is what kind of speeds you’d like to play your vinyls at. The vast majority of turntables play records at both 33⅓ rpm (the standard speed for LPs) and 45 rpm (the typical speed for 7-inch singles). If your vinyl collection includes a wide variety of genres, be sure to check these first.

Frequently asked questions about Portable Record Players

Do portable record players ruin records?

No, portable record players will not ruin your recordings. They're a great choice if you want to be able to enjoy your collection of vinyl records on-the-go as they're easy to use. All you need to do is connect to a power source and choose a record you wish to play.

Can I gift portable record players?

You most certainly can. They're an awesome gift for those who already have a collection of vinyl records or for those who want to start one, as it'll offer a very convenient way to play recordings wherever they go.

Are portable record players easy to move around?

Thanks to their functional and practical design, portable music players can be moved around without the need to worry about potential weight or damage issues. Plus, they're often reinforced with shock-absorbing materials to prevent consequences in case of an accidental hit or impact.

Is it easy to maintain a portable record player?

Due to their compact form, portable record players are pretty easy to maintain. All you need to do is to make sure that you clean any traces of dust that may land on it and to change the needle when it starts to become worn out.

Can portable record players play any vinyl records?

Yes, besides the fact that they're designed to be easy to move, portable record players feature all of the components that are found in regular record players and are compatible with all types of vinyl records. However, to be on the safe side, it's always advisable to check the specifications of the model you want to buy first.

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