I grew up listening to vinyl records. I remember our family had big stacks of records lying around in the living room. We would be sitting there; enjoy the music and watch the records go round in circles. Sometimes we would put our action figures or toy cars on the turntable and also watch them go around in circles. Try to do this with a digital music file.
Nowadays, there is a more serious revival of interest in vinyl records. Some people go so far as to say that vinyl is the only way to listen to music. The 808 Audio TT100BK Wireless Streaming Turntable is ready to help you experience analog music if you want to. Along with that nostalgic sound, you also get modern conveniences. Read on for the full review of the 808 Audio TT100BK Wireless Streaming Turntable.
- Bluetooth compatibility
- 33-foot range
- Integrated preamp
- 5mm line output
- RCA outputs
- 45 adapter
- Ten multi-color LED lighting modes
- Anti-resonance silicone platter
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- Rotating plate
- 4ft RCA audio cable
- 4ft 3.5mm Fabric Auxiliary Cable
- 45 adapter
Design wise, the TT100BK turntable is very basic right out of the box. It’s your standard turntable with the platter sitting under a smoked cover. There is a headphone jack on the front of the device and the back houses the RCA outputs. Under the lid you have a silicone platter and the tone arm with the needle in the center. On the right side, there is a tone arm locator button for raising and lowering the tone arm, a speed dial, volume, power, Bluetooth and light buttons. Nothing very interesting here, everything is very useful.
But once you turn on the player, you are treated to an amazing LED light show that would fit perfectly on the dance floor. There are multi-colored LED lights under the unit as well as on the turntable itself. There are 10 different light modes and an off setting to choose from. Rave, stop, stop, chase, fade, cool, rainbow, base light only, pulse, disco, and blast. Some of these modes cause the lights to move at a breakneck pace, just enough if you’re having a party. Then there are others that are more relaxed for the times when you are in the contemplative mood. And if you don’t like the lights with your music, you can always turn them off. I myself preferred the relaxed lighting settings. The rave and nightclub were too lively for my taste, but thanks to the 808, you can choose the style that suits you.
EASE OF USE
The only setup you need to worry about with the 808 Audio TT100BK Wireless Streaming Turntable is Bluetooth. Turn on your bluetooth speaker, make sure it’s in pairing mode, turn on the turntable and let it pair. The blinking bluetooth indicator on the board will stop blinking once pairing is successful. Other than that, just take it out of the box and plug it in. If you’ve never used a turntable before, be sure to read all of the instructions and research how to properly handle a vinyl record.
Bluetooth signal reception for the 808 Audio TT100BK wireless broadcast panel is advertised at 33 feet. I was able to move the speaker 37 feet away from the turntable before I started losing signal. Considering that the turntable has to be plugged into the wall for power, this is a bit limiting if you want your sound to be further away from the source.
The 808 Audio TT100BK Wireless Streaming Turntable does not have built-in speakers, so the sound may vary depending on the speakers used. But with vinyl records, the sound isn’t limited to the speakers. The plate and the needle also have a role to play. The silicon platter did a great job of isolating the disc from vibration, and the needle performed just as well. As you would expect with vinyl, the sound was smooth and warm. There is a certain depth to the sound of vinyl that you don’t get with digital. When it comes to mids, vinyl is unbeatable. However, low and high frequencies suffer a bit on vinyl, this tends to limit the types of music that sound best on vinyl. This is not the fault of the 808 Audio; it’s just inherent in vinyl records.
The vinyl record might be analog, but I’m afraid most vinyl records these days start out digital. I’m sure there are newer records that have been pressed from magnetic tapes, but I would bet most newer vinyls have been pressed from digital files. Also, keep in mind that record players come with sounds that are not part of the music. There are pops, cracks and the whirr of the needle against the vinyl. Audiophiles say this is part of the character of vinyl and I agree. It doesn’t distract from the music, it adds it in my opinion. So yes, there is the classic vinyl sound you’d expect, but is it more desirable than digital? Only you can decide.
The TT100BK costs $ 149.99 and includes free shipping from 808 Audio on items over $ 30. I think that’s a good deal considering the built-in preamp, bluetooth capabilities, and the cool light show you get. Of course, you will need to provide your own speakers if you want to listen to your vinyl, as there are no built-in speakers on this turntable.
Whether you want to try vinyl for the first time or are looking to revisit the good old days, the 808 Wireless Audio Streaming Turntable is a good choice. It gives you everything you expect from a classic record player as well as modern technology. You have to provide the speakers and the vinyl, but I think the experience is worth it.
* We received a sample of the 808 Audio TT100BK Wireless Streaming Turntable for our review.
Last updated May 23, 2017.
808 Audio TT100BK wireless vinyl turntable
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- Excellent sound reproduction
- Light show with ten modes
- Easy to use
- Without speakers some may think the price is high
- Wireless range is limited