I love old music so much (as is anything vintage). My family played a lot of music growing up and we had our own periods (like my older brother and his boy bands in the 90s, my older sister’s Britney and Christina early 2000s, and well, my Taylor Swift obsession come 2007), but we all knew the lyrics to all of the songs our parents would play.
Some of the musicians I absolutely adored include The Beatles, ABBA, John Denver, Carpenters, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra, and so much more.
We didn’t have record players but my dad would always say these songs sound better on vinyl than on Sunday radio. I used to ask him to buy a record player, too, and he’d tell me that it would be hard to find piece replacements when it breaks (especially the stylus). Not to mention that vinyl records cost a fortune back then!
Fast forward to 2021 and I still wanted to have my own record player. I could never decide if it’s better to buy a vintage one or get a new model manufactured by the same iconic brands. And then I finally bought the first model I saw—a Victrola record player (VSC-550BT-P4). I got the retro map design!
I didn’t have any idea at first how it all works. I just know for sure that I had to get a Victrola record player because I loved the sound of the 1920s model from Yesteryear’s.
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Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player (VSC-550BT-P4)
I can’t get into some details as I’m a beginner, but you can read about the specs of this Victrola record player here. Here are some highlights that I looked into before buying it:
- It’s a 3-speed turntable: 33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm. This means it can play all standard sizes of vinyl.
- It has built-in Bluetooth speakers.
- This Victrola record player has stereo RCA outputs and a headphone jack. You can manually connect it with your speakers and earphones.
- It’s beginner-friendly. I know this by experience!
- This model is designed as a suitcase, making it very portable.
- And finally, one of the best parts—it comes with a wide range of designs.
Victrola Record Player Honest Review
As I was able to listen to a century-old Victrola before I had this record player, I felt a little disappointed. I couldn’t stop comparing the two.
Luckily, my parents knew all about record players and turntables because my late grandpa (who I never got to meet) used to have a lot of records. They connected my record player to a high-quality speaker and it sounded WAY better. According to them, record players with a built-in speaker would really sound chaotic (I forgot why).
With that, I suggest investing in a high-quality speaker—preferably with amplifiers—so you can fully enjoy your records. It takes time but you’ll know the difference between listening to music from your phone vs record players.
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I personally love that it is 3-speed because I don’t have to worry about it when buying vintage records.
Like I’ve said, this Victrola record player sounds better when connected to external speakers so the stereo RCA outputs are a big deal. Using it with your earphones or headphones sounds just as well, and to me, it feels intimate.
The Bluetooth speaker option is also a great bonus. When you connect it to your phone, try to close the hood of your record player so it sounds fuller (if that makes sense).
This Victrola record player is portable in the sense that it’s designed like a briefcase. However, it’s not something you can use on the go because you have to plug it into an outlet.
I guess if compared to those big, wooden record players they used to have, this is already portable.
I don’t have any complaints about the designs—they offer a wide range of colors and prints. As a lover of maps, getting the Victrola record player retro map design was a no-brainer.
It looks so gorgeous and would brighten up any bedroom decor if you ask me.
The VSC-550BT-P4 model is a great buy for beginners. You could say that everything our folks wanted to have in a record player is here, and I think the price is fair.
The sound quality may not be the best, but you have the option to connect it to external speakers with amplifiers to get a relatively better sound, anyway. Don’t rely on the built-in speakers. Take my word for it.
If you already have high expectations when it comes to record players and turntables, this is not recommended. I had high expectations myself but I’ve grown attached to this record player simply because it’s my first!
After all, this is our generation. These modern models would be what our future kids would call vintage.
Ready to get your own Victrola record player? Buy it here!