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Great for the novelty lover...
on December 8, 2011
I bought this as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. They have a small apartment and too limited a space for a big, turntable unit. They are also into unique/novelty items so I thought this fit the bill.
After looking at the other reviews I had some doubts but after receiving my purchase here's what I found...
The device is very light (for mounting purposes I'm sure) It seems to be made well and of good quality parts (mostly plastic but not flimsy). It comes with hardware for mounting BUT NOTE! It comes with 4 AA batteries but it DOES NOT come with an ADAPTER. If you don't want to feed it batteries you will have to purchase a 6Volt DC adapter separately.
I was surprised at the volume level. It didn't seem to be very loud even when turned to max. (when it says built in speakers it should really say speaker, as there is only one) Despite the lack of volume, when turned up all the way I could still hear the music from every room of my medium 1 story home. So I figure it will work fine in their small apartment. As the other review said, if you want this for a big area or for movie theater sound quality, keep shopping.
It seemed simple to operate. (there's not much to the machine to figure out) The on/spin and volume control are the same and only knob on the machine. It can be played from a tabletop position or mounted on the wall. I put on a vinyl to test the playback and it did well. While the record was playing I picked up the device to hold it vertical. I did not have the problem (as mention in the other review) with the needle skipping even though it was playing the first track of the record. (I even shook it slightly just to test and the needle held it's ground without jumping around)
I did find that with the slightest movement the sound from the player was distorted. As anyone will know who has touched a record while it's playing the slightest touch will cause the sound to waiver. I don't think this would be a problem once the device it mounted though I would suggest mounting it on a wall that is sturdy and won't receive a lot of vibration (like from a door or staircase). Also it should be mounted in an area that has low traffic so you don't bump it while it's playing and scratch your record or break the arm of the player.
It is very novel to see a record playing from this angle and I think they will be pleased with the uniqueness of the thing. It is eye catching and though there's not a lot to the machine in looks, I think that lends to it not detracting from the record itself spinning vertically.
I did not see what the device does when it reaches the end of the record. I doubt that the arm returns to the rest position or that the record stops spinning at the end of playback since the only way I saw to stop the spinning is the on/volume knob.
I am very happy with my purchase! I bought it for the novelty and that is what you are paying for but I think in my case it's money well spent. This would make a good addition to an office or any place that has limited space, especially if you are purchasing it for a record lover or a retro nut like my brother.