Updated: May 14
I've been collecting vinyl for the last 7 or 8 years, and for the better part of that time I've either had horrendously sub-standard equipment, or no equipment at all. Record collecting is my biggest passion, so I think it's only right a proper that I treat myself and upgrade my set up...a set up which consists of no turntable and no speakers. In the words of Yazz; ''the only way is up''.
Now that I've made the decision to purchase a new record player, great. Now comes the hard part; what kind of turntable do I want...nay, need! Do I wanna max out my credit card(s) and acquire the Cambridge Audio Alva TT which can stream hi-res 24-bit/48kHz over bluetooth. Or do I go with the tried and tested Rega Planar 1, where I'll also need to buy a phono preamp and hard-wire the thing. So what did I do?
I went with neither of those options. Instead, I bought the best of both worlds. I purchased the Pro-Ject T1 BT turntable, which is equipped with bluetooth connectivity and built in phono preamp...just in case I want to hard-wire.
What made me choose the Pro-Ject T1 BT turntable? The ability to stream my records over bluetooth was definitely a factor. Less wired equals less mess. Plus I thought I'd drag myself into the 21st century...ironic considering I mostly collect 60's and 70's Japanese vinyl records. I was contemplating purchasing the Sony PS-LX310BT, which does come with good recommendations, but I've heard that it's a little plastickie and lightweight, where as the Pro-Ject T1 is made entirely of metal. The set up is pretty simple too, and it looks sleek and stylish. I also like the fact that there are no hollow spaces, so avoiding any unwanted vibrations.
My last decision was to decide what speakers I'd like to pair the turntable with; I went with the Bose Home Speaker 300 for that truly wireless experience. It hasn't got the greatest of reviews, but I'll judge for myself when it arrives. It was a decent price at £199, so let's hope it lives up to that 360° sound. If not, I may upgrade to the Bose Home Speaker 500.
If you want to read some professional reviews of the products I've mentioned, either click the blue hyperlinks, or alternatively visit whathifi.com.
EDIT 14th May - So the Bose speaker arrived and I wasn't a fan, sounded dull and lifeless. I've now ordered a pair of Dali Spektor 1's as I don't have a lot of space, and they got wonderful reviews!