Hey, guys! I’ve had a few requests via Instagram to share our new record player setup, and I’m more than happy to share. We spent quite a long time researching all these purchases, so I hope they will save someone a lot of time!
Playing records is something I’ve always enjoyed. I just love the physicality of them. In a world where you can play any song at any moment, there’s something I really like about having limited options, having to flip from side A to B, and watching them spin. It’s a novelty, I know, but I LOVE THEM.
My husband on the other hand, not so much. In the past, he never really wanted to listen to records because he didn’t love the sound quality. So we worked to find the best of both worlds!
After much research, we chose the Orbit Basic Turntable from U-Turn Audio. I was looking for something with this really clean, modern look at a reasonable price, and this is the best I could do. It comes in other colors, but I really had my heart set on white. This turntable does not have a built in preamp, so you have to buy one. We stuck with the same brand and got this one.
We were upgrading from a Crosley with built-in speakers, so we knew we would have to purchase speakers. We looked into a few different brands, and even bought and returned a set because we realized we’d have to buy more expensive components to make them compatible. Then, finally I had a giant “DUH” moment and checked our record player on Amazon, scrolled down to the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”, and saw these speakers…
After looking at way too many speakers, we ended up going with these from Audioengine. They satisfy both of us because they sound amazing and they are very pretty. We’re both kind of snobby about those two factors, although we’d debate which one is more important. So it was great to find a brand that does both very well.
It’s actually harder than you think to find white speakers that aren’t ugly. Haha!
Now that we’re up and running, we are playing records CONSTANTLY. I know it might seem like a small detail, but it’s one of the things that makes our home feel 90% more cozy, and I absolutely love it!
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.