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Keeping Old School Relevant

With our homes becoming more and more modern and internet connected, some devices are feeling very neglected and discarded. Those who built a collection of vinyl records over the years and those who just love the sound of Miles Davis played on a turntable have been hanging onto their old stereo systems just to keep those moments alive. With Sonos, that doesn’t have to be the only way.

Turntable and Sonos Connect

In this house we have a number of Sonos speakers and this is the way music is enjoyed, it’s controlled from an iPhone and the speakers are in multiple rooms. We’ve caught the vinyl bug and bought a few records. Turntables are still easily available and we’ve bought one of those too, but how do we make it work with internet connected speakers?

XBox One, Sonos Connect, Turnable

Sonos Connect

This little box is all you need to connect a turntable, a cassette deck, or anything that can connect through RCA connectors, even your computer. It takes three seconds to get it into your Sonos environment and broadcast music throughout the home.

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We’ve connected an Audio Technica turntable with RCA connections to the input of the Sonos Connect, selected Line-In on the Sonos App and the speakers in the house await the needle to touch the spinning vinyl for something Kind of Blue.

The sound quality is absolutely fantastic, as you would expect from your Sonos speakers, even the scratches, glitches and squeaks from the vinyl will be heard, it’s the real deal.

 

While some might wonder why you wouldn’t just listen to Miles Davis through Spotify or Apple Music, there is still something about vinyl that sets hearts on fire. For someone who didn’t grow up in the age of vinyl, we wondered the same. Once we had it all setup though, we sat and watched a big black disc spin, have a small needle “read” the beats, vocals and send that signal to the Sonos Connect and throughout the house. There is something extremely magical about that.

Sonos Connect and Turntable

So now we are on the hunt for more records to listen to, a comfortable listening chair (a brown leather couch perhaps) and wine to swill while Frank Sinatra goes from old school to new.

Living in Sydney his entire life, Geoff has always had a close eye on technology. Through school and immediately after, tech held his focus. Attending University later in life, Geoff began his IT career immediately after leaving high school and has been in the industry ever since. In his spare time he launched a YouTube channel focused on consumer tech that had millions of views. This led to work on community radio talking tech every week and has now stepped him into the studios of 2GB / 4BC every Saturday helping people with tech problems and reviewing the latest gadgets.

When Geoff is looking away from the screen he can be found holding a glass of red wine, spending time with friends and/or watching the Formula 1.

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