Just how odd looking can a turntable be? At the end of the day it has to be roundish, have a needle and an arm and a motor, right... but there are some imaginative people out there who design and create weird and wonderful things, including turntables. Here's ten of our favourite designs to date (in no particular order)...
There's something about wooden objects which never grows tired. Barky is a precision turntable that features a high-quality Rega parts kit, glass platter, RB303 arm and Rega Elys2 cartridge. Solid ash round is finished with polyurethane and paste wax, and has adjustable solid-brass spike feet.
AMG V12 Viella
AMG tells us that precision engineering and classic design are embodied in the first turntable from AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany), the Viella 12 or simply, V12. The AMG turntable line was created by a group of audio industry experts to advance the art of vinyl playback. Plus they looks darn cool!
The McIntosh MT5 precision turntable is said to be more than the sum of its parts. They are engineered to exacting McIntosh standards. It's no surprise then that Rolling Stone called these "The turntable of the gods." They also have an out of this world price tag: $6,500 USD.
Thinkmore Phonograph 2
Thinkmore's Phonograph 2 achieves a clean industrial design other turntables can only dream of. It aims to demystify technology by integrating core engineering components with fundamental principles of structure, form and materials.
I don't have my specs to share about the Braun SK55. Suffice to say if you're looking for vintage/retro, you probably won't find anything that surpasses this!
This cheerful looking chappie is one of 7 high-gloss color variations you can get hold of. Pro-Ject features an 8.6” carbon tonearm, precision belt drive with synchronous motor, a felt mat and a price tag of just €349.
AudioWood suono Garden
What do you get when you cross a planter and turntable, designed to house a bonsai, orchid, or other small plant? Easy. The AudioWood Sound Garden (not to be confused with a 90s US Alt-rock band! In fact, this Sound Garden is designed to bring an “oasis of calm in your day”…
Crosley Revolution Giradischi portatile
Weighing in at less than $80, the Crosley Revolution leans in the direction of converting your rocrds to digital formats, rather than savouring the vinyl experience itself. It's portable, battery powered, its platter is the size of a teacup saucer... and did we mention it's cheap as chips?
Sto Kyo SoundWagon
There's portable and there's portable... this turntable is the most out there we've come across, and it includes a speaker too... Hint, the van goes round and acts as the stylus... We haven't been able to find where to purchase this brand new, but you can find some floating around on eBay.