A turntable for the vinyl en­thu­si­ast

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Gregg Ell­man

A few years ago at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas, Crosley gave me a booth tour and ed­u­ca­tion about the resur­gence of vinyl and of course in­cluded some of its lat­est turnta­bles.

The surge is still go­ing and Crosley is pro­duc­ing some great turnta­bles. The lat­est I tried was the C6 two-speed man­ual.

Easy is an un­der­state­ment for setup. I used the RCA out­puts for a di­rect con­nec­tion to my re­ceiver.

I set the turntable’s man­u­ally ad­justable belt for 33 1⁄3 rpm be­cause that’s all I own. To play 45s, just move the belt to change the speed. Other as­pects of the setup are the ton­earm coun­ter­weight and click­ing on the dust cover. An Au­dio Tech­nica Car­tridge comes pre­in­stalled.

Since it’s a man­ual turntable, use a cue­ing lever to drop the nee­dle to start the mu­sic, and when your record is done play­ing, man­u­ally lift and re­turn the nee­dle to its base. The bot­tom has vi­bra­tion con­trol feet. Easy setup and great sound, but the C6 also looks great in a wal­nut­col­ored ve­neer shell, with an acrylic fold­ing lid. Other choices are black or red.

At first glance, the C6 might be con­sid­ered an en­try-level turntable, which it can be, but it can also be for any vinyl en­thu­si­ast. You can al­ways get big­ger and bet­ter, but if it does what you want, why change? That brings me back to my booth tour — there sure are a lot of cool things to choose from in the Crosley cat­a­log.

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