This concept for a modern record player is yet another classy take at bringing the old technology back for one last turn on our erm… table. This is a classy minimalist take on the LP players we grew up and fell in love with.
Unlike the Linos USB record player concept I wrote about a while back, the artist has taken a slightly different look at the LP player with this design. Once more, what we know about LP player design has gone out the window.
The actual technology of the needle or cartridge and the turntable has changed very little in over 100 years. Information is still stored the same way and it reads pretty much the same way as it was way back then. In fact, the exact same encoding used on the LP is still used on the analog soundtracks on Cinema film. The design of the LP players themselves have varied quite a bit though. Despite the evolution of the LP player designs from big bulky branded billboard belting behemoths to the sleek audiophile units available today, the core shape of the machine has stayed mostly unchanged.
With the release of a few concept designs recently, it seems all that was, is to change. The LP player is undergoing a facelift that may just prolong its life outside the soundproof garages of the aging audiophile and based purely on the feedback I got on the previous article I wrote on the Linos USB record player, it would seem that market is pretty large.
This Record player project from Chris Rockliffe is called Audia with a look and feel that is very unique. In keeping with the modern minimalist living space, this one-piece unit is no wider than a standard LP with the motor built into the base and the cartridge moving along a fixed arm across its diameter. Throw in speed settings for different Record types and the RCA out, and we have a serious Record Player with distinctive design and styling.
So if like me you have a love for that warm golden analog sound of LP recordings, let’s start supporting these innovative projects to bring Record Players into our homes, before records are permanently relegated to the history books.