A great-looking vintage player modeled after a classical suitcase. It doesn't sound the best but that's rather expected for its low price.
Type of drive: Belt
Tonearm operation: Manual (with auto-return)
Tonearm shape: Straight
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: No
USB interface: No
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 14″, 5″, 11″
Weight (pounds): 6 lbs
Vintage record players are much rarer these days and they can be really difficult to find if you don’t look in the right places. This is mainly because all of the newest vinyl playback devices are always created in the form of the modern turntables instead (since DJs are often willing to spend hundreds or even thousands on a well built unit). The cheapest vintage players that have a sub-par cartridge can be easily bought at less than $100, but you have to be prepared to lose out on the audio quality.
The Crosley CR8005A-TW Cruiser is a record player that has been made to satisfy vintage lovers who’re on a low budget but surprisingly it still performs fairly well. Back in the 50s, Crosley had been an extremely popular brand due to its quality that had been perceived as top notch. This current belt drive unit is basically a remake of what the old players were all about but technically, it still falls far below the latest modern players as far as the sound quality goes.
This is as close as you’d get to a decent vintage looking record player. I personally love its old fashioned casing that’s made to look like an antique suitcase. It’d certainly make a great gift for any vinyl listeners who aren’t too concerned about squeezing every ounce of audio potential out of their devices. If you’re an elderly who’s just looking to relive the golden age of vinyl music that comes with all the pops and crackles of worn records playing in the background while you do whatever it is that old people do, then this is certainly an excellent choice for you.