With many people, choosing a record player is not only a mission, it’s an art that requires so many skills and experiences. You have to know what features are vital and what are not, you have to test them and show some good or bad results before going to the conclusion. That’s the reason why not many music lovers, even experts can actually choose best one among products on market. In addition, the qualities of the record players have to pass the Best Buy status before being sold, that’s why they have to be run through tests.
Before buying anything, you should run it through some sample tests so as to make sure everything goes on a right track. Below are some questions that you should answer before spending money on the right product. These include:
- Does the sound meet the expected requirements?
- Is it easy enough for you to set up and make use of?
- Do you need any additional functions?
- Is it good enough in record digitization?
- How good is the claim of the manufacturer?
- Is it acceptable to buy?
The reason record players still exist till today is because of their outstanding quality output. People decide to buy a record player since they can feel the difference between using one comparing to other digital products such as smartphones. Therefore, sound testing is the fundamental step to make sure that you can receive the best sound throughout the songs, not some screeches.
In professional tests, we use a group of more than five experts in sounding and listening who have so many years in the audio industry to determine the actual quality of each product. They are quite tough to be impressed by some random record players so you can completely trust the results. A product that can pass the Best Buy test is the one that you should invest your money on.
With a wide range of music from jazz to classical music, the group of experts can have a reliable estimation so as to find out the good one, the better and the best one in order to give them a different price range. In addition, each type of record player will be recommended for each genre based on their performances so that the customers can be assured of the quality.
Setup and Usage
While looking for a good sounding product, you should also put other factors into estimation, for example, the ease of use. You definitely don’t want a record player that takes half an hour to set up and use. That could be very annoying. That’s the reason why testers also consider how easy to set up the product and make it works properly without wasting too much time and effort.
After testing about the settings and how easy to use, testers then will play some sample records to make sure other functions such as speed adjustments, force tracking can be used smoothly. Another factor that is related to the quality of the product is the maintenance. A good record player must be easy to maintain its quality without having to replace too many parts. Even when there are some parts that need to be replaced, the customer can do it easily.
Nowadays, with the development of audio techniques and industry, a record player is upgraded with tons of additional features such as audio outputs, USB connections and so on. These features enable you to play music without vinyl records and make digital records from vinyl ones. However, you should put these additional features into consideration since they might be not necessary for your everyday usage. You might don’t want a record player that just focuses on the quality of this feature but has no impacts on the main functions.
Moreover, added functions mean added fees. If you are looking for a good and stable record player within your budget, this is a point for you to think of because the price depends on the quality and the number of features and some of them are not your concern.
Besides, if you are in need of a record player with USB connections, make sure that this function is carefully tested and can guarantee a good sound quality. Don’t forget to try them yourself so as to see whether those features are easy to use or not.
There is a function that you should notice when purchasing record player that is the ability to convert vinyl records to digital formats. Many people might think it is not vital, but actually, you don’t just listen to music at home, but anywhere, anytime. That’s the reason why with some tracks, we should have the digital version. The experts also run tests about this ability so as to make sure that there would be nothing wrong with the digitized version and it can produce good quality sounds.
The quality of the test result will decide whether the record player can be used as a good digitization device without making background noises or not. It’s one of the most common problems that can be encountered when buying a record player.
Buy or Not
Every single test helps us to choose the best one according to the results. Some are good at some points and other products excel at other features. That’s the reason why some people can make up their minds even though they have already tested some different models. In fact, if you are confusing, think of the initial thought that makes you want to buy a record player.
According to my experiences about record players, the importance of factors can be judged as below
- The sound quality is the main feature that has to be put into consideration. That’s the reason why it takes up to 60% of your decision.
- The ease of use if quite important, too and you can make it 25% at least.
- The last one is about another testing in techniques which might be 15%