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Crosley C200 is an easy, affordable way to bring vinyl to your sound system [REVIEW]

Crosley C200 is an easy, affordable way to bring vinyl to your sound system [REVIEW] Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit Tech Like Follow Follow This turntable is an easy, affordable way to bring vinyl to your sound system 1.0k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? The Crosley C200.Image: Brian Heater/Mashable By Brian Heater 2016-03-10 22:32:24 UTC Few are better positioned to ride the second wave of vinyl popularity than Crosley Radio . The company has been around in some form or another since 1920, branching out into TVs, kitchen appliances and even cars — but audio has always been the company’s core. Recent years have seen the company returning to turntables in a big way, thanks in no small part to the success of its Cruiser line of briefcase record players, infiltrating apartments and dorm rooms alike by way of the friendly neighborhood trendsetters at Urban Outfitters. See also: Sony's sleek turntable converts vinyl into hi-res digital audio files The line has a lot going for it — good looks, space-age nostalgia, portability, and simplicity, courtesy of a pair of built-in speakers. But few would ever mistake the foldable sound system for a high-end rig. The C200, on the other hand, might at least give one pause. There are no built-in speakers here, no retro upholstery, and certainly no handle. This is a real, honest-to-goodness record player with a direct drive motor, adjustable counter weights and a built-in preamp. Just BYO speaker system. Now, don’t get me wrong — the $279 sticker price should be a dead giveaway about where this record player slots in, particularly when placed up against the newly announced Technics turntable , which clocks in at roughly 14 times the cost. The C200 is still very much a starter turntable, albeit one for music fans finally ready to stop living life out of a briefcase. Respectable looks Crosley C200 review Smooth spinning The speed calibration strobe light and pattern make sure things are spinning smoothly. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Jazzin' it up Spinning some old jazz. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable It just works Crosley offers a lot in the way of arm calibration, but the record player should be good to go out of the box. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable A step ahead The pitch control panel is one of a slew of adjustment options that put the C200 a step above Crosley’s other offerings. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Needle action The NP5 needle in action. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Audio-Technica needle The C200 ships with the NP5, a $15 Audio-Technica needle. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable No fancy tricks, it just works The C200 doesn’t play the nostalgia card as heavily as other Crosley offerings. It’s just a simple, straightforward turntable. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Uncovered Things look a bit naked without the platter and slip mat. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Strictly old-school The turntable’s got a standard RCA out — no fancy USB or Bluetooth here. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable One downside... Sorry, blues fans — no 78 RPM setting here. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Close-up time Up close with the cartridge and needle. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable Unlike a number of high-tech competitors, the C200 is a machine largely devoid of bells and whistles. No USB transfer, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi — none of the standard array of early 21st century vinyl trappings are present. It's pretty much your daddy’s record player. Anyone who’s spent time around the wheels of steel knows the score here. It’s a large, flat direct-drive table encased beneath a swiveling transparent dust cover. The platter, naturally, monopolizes the majority of the surface, featuring the standard speed calibration pattern on its side. Image: Brian Heater/Mashable The speed calibration light is built directly into the power knob, projecting onto the side of the platter, indicating whether it’s time to use the pitch adjustment slider on the other side. In front of the knob is the Stop/Start button, and along the front on the other side are the speed selector buttons — 33 and 45. Sorry country blues fans, you’ll have to take your 78s elsewhere (there is, however, a 45 adapter built into the surface for those 7-inch singles). There’s no cuing light here — though, interestingly, there’s a small oval carved out in the exact spot where it would likely sit. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s likely some co