Spin me round: A look at the Crosley Record Player revolution

The Crosley Company have been making electronic appliances for years. These have ranged from: Cars, headphones, radios, telephones, jukeboxes and many others, far too numerous to name here. But its in the vinyl record player sector where they have become most successful in recent years. The sheer number of turntables that they offer is staggering. From the Crosley CR8005A Cruiser Portable Turntable to the Crosley CR6019A-BR and beyond.

What becomes apparent when trawling through their back-catalogue is that they offer affordable retro looking turntables, that are both attractive and useful.

But they do have their enemies: Many audiophiles have spoken out about how the Crosley record player ruined their vinyl LPs or that the sound on the Crosley turntables is nothing better than a goat screaming (I might have exaggerated a little).

So we have complied a companion of the Crosley’s best and worst players for you to make your own mind up.

Crosley CR8005A-TU Cruiser Portable Turntable

Crosley CR8005A-TU Cruiser Portable Turntable review

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  • Portable and Lightweight
  • Plays 33⅓ , 45 and 78 rpm records
  • Available in lots of colours.
  • Belt driven

The Crosley Cruiser is easily the companies most popular model. Its affordable and compact and even has the added benefit of looking like a suitcase when packed away.

The player is a three speed portable turntable, which has built in speakers. It can be easily transported around and has impressed customers of all ages with a range of colours and designs.

One of the most attractive things about this Crosley record player is the price. Costing less than $80 you can’t really go wrong at that price. But would you be better off spending a little more, to get a better quality player? Lets take a look..

Features of the Crosley Cruiser

The Crosley Cruiser, like many other affordable and portable players, has a ceramic cartridge. An advantage of using a cartridge like this is that external noises entering the system are less evident. These noises can be common in light units where bangs and knocks are picked up easily.crosley cruiser review

This player uses a diamond tipped stylus which they claim will last 1000 hours of play. This is going to be more like 400 hours because this player has heavy tracking force. If you are someone who like to listen to your player everyday then its going to be a good idea to get a spare needle. This can be purchased from eBay at a fairly inexpensive cost.

Crosley NP1 Stylus

This turntable can play 33⅓ ,45 and 78 rpm records. It does not have capabilities to adjust the tone-arm height, counterweight or anti-skate. Also has an auto stop feature, so when the needle reaches the end of the record, the platter stops spinning . But it doesn’t have an automatic arm arm return, so once its stopped playing you will have to return the tone-am to its resting place manually.

Sound Quality of the Crosley Cruiser

The worst thing about the Crosley CR8005A-TU is the sound quality of the internal speakers. Its tiny with hardly any bass in it. This is somewhat expected from a small speaker system. the volume doesn’t go very loud, which is ok if you are listening alone but if you are expecting to play this at a party then think again.

The best idea with this turntable is to purchase a pair of external speakers. When this is done the sound quality is drastically improved. Of course this depends on the external speakers quality also. When you take into consideration that one of the most attractive aspects of this player was the price, if you put on top of that a pair of speakers then it doesn’t look as attractive and you might be better off spending a little more.

Another aspect that affects the sound quality is the condition and state of your vinyl records. They should be cleaned and take care of, for best results.

When using the built in speaker system it is noticeable to hear the motor spinning. This can be very annoying and disturb your listening experience. This interference is drastically altered when using decent external speakers. Id recommend something like the Sony SS-B1000 for this vinyl player.

If you are buying this turntable for its sound quality then you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a beginner player to start your vinyl collection and one that looks great then this could be the product for you.

This is a belt driven turntable which is common with inexpensive players. The majority of the unit is made from plastic. There is no information on wow and flutter. The motor is a little on the weak side and not very accurate. Included is a rubber slip mat that fits nicely on top of the platter.

This product comes with a 110V AC power adapter with a 9V 0.4A output. If you are from somewhere that uses 220V power then you will need to buy a power transformer. An aspect that was overlooked when they designed this unit is that the power cord cannot be stored inside the player when packed away. This means that you will have to carry it separately. Not a big issue, but it would have been nice to able to store it, inside the unit.

This particular player does not run on batteries, but the crosley Cruiser II CR8005C does.

Crosley CR8005C-BL Cruiser II Battery Powered The built in stereo on the Crosley CR8005A has two 3W speakers, which is located on the front. They are small and don’t get very loud at all. It comes with two RCA line outputs. This allows easy connection to your external speaker system or amplifier. You will need to purchase the RCA cables though, as they are not included. A headphone jack output is installed. If you are using the headphones the

internal speaker system will not work at the same time.

With the Crosley Cruiser its possible to digitalise your vinyl record collection. You can use the editing software Audacity to transfer your old LPs to your computer. Which is very popular these days.

The volume can be controlled with the volume dial and it is also possible to connect the player to your iPod or mp3 player, which allows music to be played through the built in speakers from your Mp3.

Conclusion

The Crosley Cruiser CR8005A-TU Portable Record Player is an ideal turntable for beginner vinyl lovers. Would be great for teenagers or younger enthusiasts who are just starting their collection. Its very easy to use and doesn’t need any assembly prior to playing. If you are more of a serious audiophile then i would not recommend this player. The sound quality isn’t great and you would be better off spending a little more money to get a vinyl player with better quality of sound.

 

Crosley CR704C-PA

Crosley CR704C-PA review

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  • Plays 33⅓ ,45 and 78 rpm records
  • Has CD player and cassette deck
  • Has FM/AM radio capabilities

The Crosley CR704C-PA is a tabletop record player that looks like its been lifted right out of the 1920s. The turntable is paprika in colour and is a manually operated system. The design is unique and looks great tucked away in someones home. 

One issue that has arisen with customers is that the CD dial buttons are very hard to read. I didn’t find this to be a big problem but others have spoke out on the issue. If your buying this player for its vinyl capabilities then the CD display should be an issue for you.

The turntable is a manual player, so once the LP record has reached the end of playing you will have to manually lift the tone arm back into its resting place. This isn’t a big deal but I usually forget to place the tone arm back, if I’m busy doing something else. This isn’t a good idea because it wears the needle out quicker and can damage your vinyl records.

Features of the Crosley CR704C-PA

The CR704C-PA is truly an all in one record player. It is capable of playing 33⅓ ,45 and 78 rpm records and has a built in AM/FM radio, which is Crosley record playersomething different to what other vinyl players are offering. It has built in speakers and also has a CD drive and a cassette deck. The turntable is designed to look old fashioned and it achieves this very well. It has the radio dial which is flanked by the tuning knobs which is above the digital LCD display.

The needle used in the player is the NP1. This is a common one used in many Crosley players. The needle won’t last longer than around 300/400 hours of listening, so if you are thinking of buying this turntable it might be a good idea to buy a replacement needle. These can be bought at eBay and Amazon respectively. (both links will take you to the spare needle page)

This record player has a AUX input which allows you to play audio from other devices like your iPod or MP3 device.

Sound Quality of the Crosley CR704C-PA

The player has two 15 Watt speakers which are situated on the front and the sides, behind a grill. Like most built-in speakers on inexpensive turntables the sound quality is not the best and the Crosley CR704C-PA isn’t any different in that respect. The sound is a little tinny when turned up and it doesn’t go too loud. but it is sufficient for home listening. If you are planning have a party with loud music blasting out then this isn’t the record player for you.

Conclusion

The Crosley CR704C-PA is a nice all round turntable which offers something different from other record players on the market. Its a little overkill with the CD player, cassette deck, radio and the turntable all in one. Id prefer if they concentrated on one or two of these features instead of doing all of them. But if you are looking for something that offers all of these then this is a perfect player for you. In future it would be nice if the radio was converted to DAB and a wireless internet connection was added. This could make it a lot more attractive.

A reasonably priced record player, currently on at $111.00 which is decent for all that it offers.

Its not the best on sound quality, so if your looking for high fidelity player then your better off spending a little more money to get a better sound quality turntable.

See what other people think of the Crosley CR704C-PA here

Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad USB

Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad USB review

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The Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR harks back to the first ever Crosley turntable way back in the 1920s. Its look and design feels like it has been pulled right out of yesteryear. The Nomad is one of the companies most popular models at the moment, with consumers giddy to get their hands on a design that has more great depression and World War feel than futuristic 22nd century.

Crosley have designed this player to look and function very simply.  It has a minimalistic design but offers much more than the cruiser and CR704C-PA.

The Nomad is a little  more expensive than the two record players we have reviewed so far. At the moment its $178.99 on Amazon. Thats more than double what the Cruiser costs, lets take a look if its worth it. This player can be nicely kept away into a small case. An upholstery exterior completes a very attractive design.

Features of the The Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR

The Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR review
The Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR packed away

The Crosley Nomad is a belt driven turntable and plays 33⅓ ,45 and 78 rpm records. Unlike the other players that we’ve reviewed, this record player uses a different needle. This turntable uses the NP5 needle. Its a good idea to get spare needles. As usually the more inexpensive players go through their needles a lot faster. Spare NP5 needles can be bought at eBay and Amazon and are relatively inexpensive.crosley np5 stylus

As a portable turntable the Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR is rather heavier than some others on the market. The built in speakers are quite loud but are not the best quality, when turned up to its full capacity its a bit muffled and tinny. It has a USB port which is great to digitalise your record collection. The music software that is recommended is Audacity. This is a free software which enables you to change your vinyl records into an MP3 enabled format. Audacity can be a little hard to get to grips with at first, but once you’ve got beyond the learning curve its very easy. (You can also use any other music transferring software, if you have one you prefer)

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This record player is a manual turntable, which means you will have to life the tone arm yourself onto the LPs. This isn’t a problem for me, but many people don’t like doing this and find it tiresome. When the records stops playing you will have to replace the tone arm to its resting place as there is no mechanism to do it automatically. The player will turn itself off when the record has finished playing.

Sound quality of The Crosley Nomad CR6232A-BR

The Crosley Nomad is equipped with built in speakers that go quite loud but do sound muffled and tinny when turned up. To get the best results from this player its a good idea to purchase a pair of decent headphones (if you don’t have any already). This drastically improves the sound quality and it really does sound like a top record player.

Conclusion

This record player is slightly more expensive than other portable players on the market. I do believe that it has better sound quality than the CR704C-PA but doesn’t offer all the extras that that player has. It is a bit on heavy side for a portable player, but this is a decent record player. But if you are thinking of spending close to $200 on a turntable you’d be better off buying the Audio Technica Lp120 which is a little more expensive at $250 but you get so much more for your money. But what you don’t get is, built in speakers so depending on what you want your record player for, you’d need to decide accordingly.

Crosley CR6233A-RE Dansette Bermuda

Crosley CR6233A-RE Dansette Bermuda review

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Crosley CR6233A-RE Dansette Bermuda is a re-thinking of a British made Dansette record player from the 1960s. The Crosley company have brought it back to life with some added pizzaz like the USB port. This player looks great and fits into a modern home very nicely.

It has an eye catching design, and is unlike anything else on the market. This is down to its four legs, which propels the turntable far above the floor. This is ideal for people who don’t want to buy a table or cabinet for their record player, but the downside is that its not very stable. The whole unit needs to be a little heavier to hold the legs firmly to the ground. If you have a nice alcove that this player would fit into then this wouldn’t really be an issue.

Features of the Crosley Dansette Bermuda

The first thing that is noticeable with this unit is of course the 4 large stilt like legs, which holds the turntable high above the floor. The legs are detachable, so if you wanted to have this record player as a traditional looking turntable then you can. The mechanism is set inside the base of the lid. Which is a nice feature to have. Keeps the player safe from damage and dirt. The Crosley Dansette Bermuda is a belt driven turntable that can play 33⅓ and 45 RPM records. This is different to most other crossly players which are capable of playing 78 RPM LPs also. A diamond tipped stylus which is a NP5 needle. On these players its a good idea to get a spare needle as they ware out over time, although the NP5 stylus last a lot longer than the NP1 which is used on lots of other Crosley players. These can be bought from eBay or Amazon.

This turntable is a manual player. This means that you will have to place the tonearm and stylus on to the record yourself. And also when it stops playing you will have to return the tone-arm to its resting place.

Crosley CR6233A-RE Dansette Bermuda review

Situated at the front of the player are dynamic stereo speakers, which go fairly loud. For better sound quality its a good idea to get external speakers which can be connected via the AUX plug.

If you want to be even louder then you can plug in external speakers through the auxiliary plug. The speakers which are inbuilt are very well reviewed and for most of us they will be sufficient, and are great for casually listening to your favourite albums. Player comes with an AC power adaptor and a 12v, 500mA.

Its also possible to connect your MP3 player, phone or laptop to this unit through the Auxiliary input jack. This allows you to play digital music through the player and out through its external speakers.

 

Sound quality of the Crosley Dansette Bermuda

This player comes with dynamic full range stereo speakers, which are located at the front of the unit. They go quite loud but like most built-in speakers are not the best for high audio quality. The speakers are a little weak on the bass but are adequate if you are just interested in listening to some of your old records at home.

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For someone who’s looking for higher audio quality then it would be a good idea in purchasing a pair of decent external speakers. This drastically improves the sound quality, the sound goes so much louder and bass and all round balance is improved. Seeing as this player is priced at $199.99, and add to that a pair of speakers then you’re looking at a price of somewhere in the region of $250-300. You’d be better off buying a better turntable perhaps an Audio Technica LP 120 or even a LP60.

Conclusion 

The Crosley CR6233A-RE Dansette Bermuda is rather overpriced at $199.00, take into consideration you may need to buy external speakers as well, to improve the sound quality, it then gets very overpriced. But if you are looking for a retro player that performs well all round, from a reputable company then this could be the turntable for you.

It is  decent player but i think for almost $200.00 its not worth it, and you’d be better off spending less money on one of the other models.


2 thoughts on “Spin me round: A look at the Crosley Record Player revolution

  1. Stay away from Crosley completely or anything that looks even similar. I have personally tested all of their record players. These are a total waste of money for an endless list of reasons.

  2. I love the Dansette as a peice of furniture but I know first hand that Crosley’s are garbage. Would anyone know if it is possible to gut the turntable and replace it with a better one while keeping the cabinet in tact?

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