Want Retro-Style Record Playing? 1ByOne Portable Turntable And Music Player Review

Ever wish you could play records?

The stylish belt-driven 3 speed portable turntable by 1byone offers a nostalgic music listening experience at an affordable price.  Retro-style and sturdy, this turntable allows you to listen to vinyl records as well as music from other devices such as your phone, iPod, or mp3 player. So is it worth buying?

Recently, I was sent a free portable turntable and music player by 1byone to review.  These are my unbiased thoughts and opinions.


First Impressions

The first thing I noted when unboxing the player was how well packaged it was.  While giving it the once-over, I was impressed by many elements.  The bright color, the fun retro-style of the player made sturdily out of wood and wrapped PU leather, the briefcase-style of the player accented with metal edges to protect the corners and add to its old-timey look and feel.  Then I undid the shiny metal center latch, opened up the case, and was taken back to when I was a kid oohing and ahhhing over my parents' record player.  All of these memories and anticipation of getting to hear a record play were all perks that I wasn't expecting to procure from this relatively cheap record player.


Though the portable turntable was made to look retro, it is very sleek looking and has many useful and convenient features of present-day electronics such as the ability to use headphones, plug in external speakers, and plug in your phone, iPod, or mp3 player making this a portable music player even if you don't own any vinyl records.

There are two circular front-facing speakers on the bottom half of the player, rubber feet on the bottom that keep the sturdy player from sliding, and an indented section on the right side of the turntable that houses all of the controls, volume, a 3.5 mm earphone jack, 3.5 mm aux-in jack (for mobile phones, iPods, mp3 players, etc.), and spots to plug in external speakers if you don’t want to use the built-in speakers.

What’s Included

The 1byone portable turntable comes with an AC adaptor so you can power it up, an instruction manual, and a 45 rpm adaptor for when and if you use records that require such speed.  I found set up to be very simple.

Making Music

Now we get down to actual record playing.  I hadn't heard a record play in ages and if you've never heard one, you're in for a pleasant surprise.  The sound is much richer when listening to vinyl’s and it creates such a pleasant ambiance throughout the room.  The 1byone portable turntable is belt-driven and has three speeds it can play: 33, 45, and 78 rpm.  You can find the speed your record needs to be played at by looking at your record cover or the record itself.

To play a record, you first have to plug the player into a power source.  One end of the included adaptor plugs into the “DC” spot on the side of the turntable and the other end plugs into an outlet. 

To turn it on, you simply use the volume dial.  When first unboxing the turntable, the stylus is protected by a plastic shell and disconnected from the tone arm but it is very easy to remove the shell and then snap the stylus into place at the head of the tone arm. 

Place your record in the appropriate spot, select the speed using the switch next to the tone arm, move the tone arm clip up and back, move the tone arm to the outer edge of the record or to the track you’d like to hear, pull the tone arm clip forward and voila! 

Some neat things I noted were that when moving the tone arm towards the record, the record would start spinning.  Also, the tone arm lowers down onto the record very slowly and softly which I thought was great as to not damage the record.

My Thoughts

Before trying out this portable turntable, I read some reviews about wishing the volume was louder.  To my ears, this is not an issue.  On the loudest setting, I find the speaker volume more than adequate for home use.  For those that find the volume isn't to their liking, this problem can be solved by plugging different speakers in on the player's side panel (which some record player connoisseurs recommend doing anyways).  Like other reviewers, however, I would have to agree that there is very little bass, but then again, you can use external speakers if you wish. 

All in all, for the price, this turntable is attractive and sturdy, does what it’s supposed to do well, and is extremely easy to use even for someone new to record players.

Even while not in use, this attractive vinyl player is a cool conversation starter and puts a fun spin (pun intended) on the room decor.  Consider me a total fan of this fun and nostalgic player.


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