I know, I know, you saw the title and thought,"What? A record player? You must be joking!" Nope I am not. Retro is in ladies and gentlemen and so are record players. Ask salespeople the next time you are doing some shopping: given the theme of this article I mean actual, physical, I’ve-got-to-actually-walk-type shopping. Retro is in, but it's allied to modern design and standards. Console tables with a record player are an example of this trend. You use a modern console table in the style and design you want, but on it you place a record player or, and here’s the rub, what looks like a record player.If you have a modern record player, use it. Much of the recording output from the classic age of popular music was meant to be played with the limitations and strengths of pre-digital techniques. Frankly, I don't like to hear Dylan's fretwork or string squeaks, it adds nothing. Taylor Swift is another conversation.
However that's my hobby horse. The point is that many things that look like record players aren't. Have a look at the latest transfer equipment, the devices which transfer tape or record onto CDs. They are made to look 1960-ish. Why? Because that's the style: retro is in. Take a look at the top-of-the-range audio equipment. They may not have a turntable, but they surely-to-goodness appears that they do. Retro is in. Console tables with a record player set the whole thing out in a distinctive but not in-your-face way. The table compliments the record player and vice-versa.