Everything is stupid and bad right now; maybe this $200 portable turntable will fix it • TechCrunch


Yes Yes. I know. Buying a DVD player won’t fix everything that’s broken. But it was a nice idea, but it was fleeting. Long before the iPod, this weird converter was around. It is strange to live, very strange to die, as someone once described it.

The Audio Technica Sound Burger — as he became affectionately known — also felt like a glimpse into an alternate timeline, where vinyl records didn’t have to disappear entirely to make a comeback. The LP’s 12-inch size obviously immediately softens any claim to portability, so in the Walkman era, a product like this was always destined to be an evolutionary dead end.

This, of course, hasn’t stopped countless companies from producing countless fakes in the intervening decades. It also, thankfully, didn’t stop Audio-Technica from taking another course with the awesome AT-SB2022. The newly announced variant is priced at $199 and is – understandably – a limited edition. The release was specifically timed to coincide with Company’s 60th Anniversary.

Unlike its predecessor, which was designed with wired headphones in mind (and shipped with a pair for that matter), this version has a built-in connection, so you can pair it with a wireless headphone or speakers. There’s also a built-in USB-C rechargeable battery that can get you up to 12 hours in one go. So, it won’t take away all the bad news, but it sure will be fun to bring it with you to spend an afternoon digging up the boxes.

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If your pockets are much deeper, there is always this limited edition fully transparent AT-LP2022 available for cold 1200 dollars. The belt-operated manual turntable has a Shibata stylus and a carbon-fiber tone, all for the price of six Sound Burgers. If that’s not enough, there’s always This stereo cartridge is $9,000 With lab-grown diamonds.

Maybe that will help drown out the news a bit.

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