1 Stars By Sean Donahue on 2015-09-18
They look cool, vinyl is back
These record players are very hip now. They look cool, vinyl is back, you can find these sexy record players in hip stores like Newbury Comics and Urban Outfitters. But not all record players are created equal my friends, and I write this because I learned the hard way. I bought this on amazon because I was born in a time that record players are just hip, not a practical way to listen to music. I was immediately disappointed. Everything seemed fine, except the pitch was WAY off. The pitch would go up and down in a predictable patern as the record turned. After speaking with my parents, who grew up with record players, I determined that the player's motor had always been a piece of crap. To turn right, a record player needs to spin consistently, and this record player does not perform this BASIC necessity.
I have spoken to several people who have this and other turntables by Crosley, and all are like "yeah vinyl is cool, but it's really pitchy!" This is not a vinyl problem. I now own an old Techtronics turntable from the 80's that I bought on Craigslist for $100 and I LOVE it. The Crosleys are making money on hipsters, like me, and like you, who want to listen to vinyl and appreciate music in a more tangible, analog way, but don't know jack about record players. Heed my advice, go on Craigslist or go to your nearby hand-me-down store, or talk to old people who may have a good one, and buy a REAL record player for the same price as this rip off.
2 Stars By Heath on 2017-02-27
Looks nice, but you get what you pay for in ...
Looks nice, but you get what you pay for in terms of sound quality. It's good that they've added a pitch tuning function, because the pitch on this thing is all over the place and completely unpredictable. Speakers are also rather weak. Overall, it'd be worth it to save up and spend a little more on a higher end product.
1 Stars By Serena on 2017-06-24
Buy something else
Spent the money on this after so much debate and research and REALLY wish I wouldn't have. Poor sound quality turned into virtually no sound for no reason. The headphone jack is definitely not meant for auxiliary (loud buzz & clicking) and the output didn't give me any additional volume. I wasn't traveling with this thing, so I have no idea why it would have suddenly decided to just stop making making sound. Frankly, I don't see the value in investing the time or or additional money into finding out. I can just help you.
I have never purchased anything that went so badly so quickly in my life that was so expensive from such a reputable name. In my opinion you could do better buying anything else at all from any other other brand.
2 Stars By Heidi GP on 2017-06-22
but realized most of the reviews are correct - this is a cool toy for teens
I ended up returning this Crosley Cruiser record player and replaced it with an Audio Technica AT-LP120. After reading watching reviews online, I still wanted to give this a try, but realized most of the reviews are correct - this is a cool toy for teens, but if you value your vinyl (which you should, as you have spent money on them) whether you are a beginner or a serious collector, you shouldn't be putting your records at risk by playing them on these plastic albeit cool-looking toys. I recommend watching the YouTube video by "Vinyl Eyezz" called "Record Player: Crosley - Top 5 Reasons NOT to Buy!" as he goes into detail much more effectively than I can.
2 Stars By Alison Ashlock on 2017-03-26
Poor playback quality. Will be returning.
Very low quality. Records difficult to listen to due to poor playback quality. It appears something may be off with the speed of the motor. We got this for our daughter for her birthday. She was not satisfied with the sound. Neither were we.
1 Stars By B on 2017-08-02
sigh with nostalgia then move on - terrible sound quality
I bought this as a gift for my spouse & was in love with the look of this player. Reviews were mediocre, but since we planned to buy a nice one after moving, I wasn't as concerned - we just wanted something "ok" for now. And at this price, I thought what can I lose. I was wrong.
This player is not ok. It's is adorable & reminds me of the one I had as a kid, but the good stops there. The sound is really terrible. There is distortion, cracking & even adjusting the pitch didn't help. My records sounded like they were playing on the wrong speed & it seemed to get worse w/ time. I didn't expect a $400 table, but boy am I disappointed. Would not recommend.
4 Stars By J. Money on 2017-07-07
This product will play your favorite records and give your home or apartment a unique ...
This product will play your favorite records and give your home or apartment a unique touch. It looks stylish which is a plus. The only drawbacks are the sound is actually not in the right key (but you may not even notice this) It also isn't completely smooth so the record may wobble slightly. But for this price, it performs as expected. If you want an affordable record player to use occasionally to entertain yourself, your friends, or your pets this is a good option for you.
1 Stars By Aaron C. De Shaw on 2018-03-04
Absolutely do not buy.
This turntable is a horrible piece of equipment. It shouldn't even qualify as a turntable. The speed is constantly increasing and decreasing to the point that the pitch is normal about an 1/16th of a second as it goes from sharp to flat.
My daughter really wanted one of these for months, and in theory the idea of having two small speakers integrated into the turntable seemed like an acceptable option for a smaller kids room. I had considered the option of getting her something much better and setting up a receiver and speakers for her so that she could get a better turntable for her, but this seemed like an acceptable first step to see if she even liked vinyl. I grew up playing records, and learning how to play music listening to records. This thing is perhaps the worst piece of sh*t sound equipment I've ever heard because it doesn't meet the fundamental purpose of playing music in tune. Absolutely do not buy one of these. You either shouldn't buy anything, or buy something better.
1 Stars By Hansel on 2017-09-12
Wow this is worse than expected when I bought this like most people who tragically get lured in to buying one of these aesthetically pleasing visually yes!! But the quality of the player is really bad. Where your vinyls could be at stake yes the weight of the arm is heavy enough to possibly ruin your precious vinyls the sound quality is awful even with headphones and external the suitcase is very lightweight therefore at semi high volume with a sound system expect the record to skip. Even if it's not cause of the volume levels the arms weight isn't adjustable so it skips a lot even if an album is brand new the plastic needle is awful as you would expect I don't know if it's worth 70 bucks like sure you get what you pay for but if you really want the best out of your experience save and look at other brands one that always comes to mind is audio technica there's a pretty good one for 99 but I'd prefer you'd get the lp 120 cause you can adjust the weight of the arm you look around don't let crosley can ruin your vinyls but don't let crosley ruin records as a listening format a decent player makes all the difference I promise. You're better off saving your money for a better starter player.
4 Stars By Emily on 2017-08-14
just one hiccup
I love my crosley. I covered my chalkboard paint with chalkboard makers of all my favorite lyrics and it looks beautiful. Everything working fine in the beginning but then records started to sound a little scratchy so I read online to just tape down a quarter to the top of the needle which I did and that fixed my problem instantly. I always seem to keep my record player on because I am too lazy to turn the knob all the way down to turn it off and that doesnt seem to effect it in any way. The speakers are pretty loud on this thing in my opinion but I use in more for the records and not the aux settings that it also offers. Overall I think that it was a great purchase.