The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008, and it has now become a big event for music lovers all over the world. Artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point, create special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, meet and greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and more. Click here for an up-to-date list of this year’s special offers, and check out the list below of independent record stores in our area that will be participating:
Want to begin playing and collecting records, but not sure where to start when it comes to building your own system? Here are five recommended turntable and speaker packages to make the process as quick and easy as possible.
Over the years Kanto’s desktop speakers have proven time and time again to be a ListenUp best seller. The Kanto YU4 powered speakers come equipped with a built-in phono preamp, for a super easy plug and play setup to any turntable. Toggle between line-level and phono with a simple flip of a switch, and reduce noise using the provided ground terminal. You can really get the full use out of your YU4s by easily connecting your computer or TV via the RCA, AUX or one of two optical TOSLINK inputs. Available in matte black, matte white, bamboo and walnut, so you’re sure to find one that matches your décor. For a limited time, Kanto's YU4 desktop speakers are available for 20% off with a savings up to $90 depending on the finish you choose.
Pair your YU4 speakers with one of our most affordable turntables—Denon’s DP-29F—for a system just over $500. The DP-29F automatically starts the music with a simple touch of a button. When the record is finished, the tonearm automatically returns to its original position. By eliminating the need to handle the tonearm manually, you dramatically minimize the chances of inadvertently scratching your records, making it perfect for a first time turntable user.
Andover's SpinDeck offers music lovers a high-grade belt-drive turntable that sets up in minutes. Made by Pro-Ject in Europe specifically for Andover Audio, it features high-quality materials, precision-engineered parts and a factory-mounted Ortofon cartridge. To celebrate Record Store Day we're offering our customers $100 towards the purchase of a SpinDeck with the use of code 'ANDOVER100' at checkout. Valid through the end of April 2022, the code will bring the price of a SpinDeck down to $299 from it's original price of $399.
Based around Andover’s patent-pending IsoGroove technology which reduces unnecessary vibrations to eliminate acoustic feedback, SpinBase is an all-in-one powered speaker system for SpinDeck (or any other turntable). It’s equipped with a built-in phono pre-amp for easy hookup, Bluetooth for wireless playback from your smart devices, and offers wide, 270º sound dispersion. Rolling Stone named it “Turntable Speaker of the Year'' for 2021.
For more authoritative bass, add the SpinSub; a compact subwoofer with dual 6.5-inch woofers in a vented enclosure driven by a 100W (Peak) Class D amplifier.
The all-new Pro-Ject Automat A1 is Pro-Ject’s first ever fully automatic turntable. Handmade in Germany by a traditional manufacturer with a wealth of experience in making automatic turntables, the new Pro-Ject Automat series of turntables are the new pinnacle of automatic turntable design. Pro-Ject created the A1 to encourage music fanatics to take the deep plunge into the world of analog, without having fears regarding installation and complicated usage. The A1 features controlled 33/45 RPM speeds, a switchable built-in phono preamp, a damped aluminum platter, an ultra-light-mass aluminum tonearm, and comes with Pro-Ject’s semi-symmetrical Connect-it E phono cable with gold plated connectors.
We paired the Automat A1 with the most powerful wireless home speaker from Sonos—the Five. Hi-Fi meets Wi-Fi in this perfectly tuned speaker boasting studio-quality sound. Three high-excursion woofers deliver intense lows while the sealed acoustic architecture eliminates reverb and echo, and a pair of precisely angled side tweeters widely disperse sound. Connect your Automat A1 turntable, CD player, projector, or other device directly to Five’s 3.5mm input using an aux cord. Streaming your favorite music and podcasts is simple; just plug in the power cable and the Sonos app will walk you through the rest. Double your sound with two Fives for the ultimate audio experience.
Victrola is an iconic brand name in the world of audio, and this cool, self-contained system lives up to their heritage. The Premiere T1 Turntable features a belt driven metal platter, wooden plinth, and aluminum tonearm with an adjustable counterweight and anti-skate knob to keep your favorite vinyl records in top condition. It comes pre-mounted and includes Victrola’s first high-performance moving magnetic cartridge for detailed clarity from all your records.
The Premiere M1 bookshelf speakers are sonically and physically designed to complement the Premiere T1 turntable, and can also act as a stand-alone bookshelf speaker system able to wirelessly stream your favorite tunes via Bluetooth technology from your device. Check out this informative video:
Want a more high-end option? Lately we have received a lot of requests for “Bluetooth speakers for a turntable,” and The Fives from Klipsch more than fill the bill. As powered speakers with almost every connection imaginable, they let you experience true high fidelity with no receiver necessary. There’s a built-in phono preamp for your turntable, and they’re the first powered monitors on the market with HDMI-ARC to connect directly to a TV for high-resolution, discrete 2-channel TV sound. And, of course, they’re Bluetooth compatible so you can easily play tunes from your phone or tablet.
Available in Walnut to aesthetically complement the Fives, the Pro-Ject T1 has a built-in phono preamp and bluetooth output. The T1 features premium materials (no plastic) and stylish aesthetics, boosting rich and lively sound. With audiophile engineering, it's evident that no corners were cut in the making of the T1.
We would love the opportunity to find the perfect turntable setup for you. Chat with us here. We carry turntables from the best names in audio: Audio Technica, Denon, Marantz, Pro-Ject, Rega, TEAC, Technics, Thorens, Victrola, VPI and more.
Check out our article Best Cartridge Options for Your Turntable. We also rounded up the Top 10 Turntable Accessories and Vinyl Upgrades for Beginners to Audiophiles.
At ListenUp, our whole company sprang from a love of music and the desire to make it sound as good as possible for all our clients — and we’ve been doing that for 50 years now! Stop by your local ListenUp store to test out any models, or chat with our technology experts online for the best shopping advice. We're happy to help tune your turntable, install a new cartridge, or help you pick out a new record.