By Lingxiu Chong
Here at the Foxgrove we love introducing our students and friends to music technology with a contemporary, popular approach, embracing all its quirks and diversity. But while we’re crushing on new gizmos (such as the the epic KS32 controller), we’ve still got our soft spot for the classics, done right with great looks and elegant functionality. And our current product design fave is the Floating Record, a new take on the vertical record player by the good people at Gramavox.
Is personal audio coming full circle? If we look back on recent figures on the record industry since the early 2000s it’s become clear that there’s a steadily growing vinyl comeback. Surprisingly, it’s not just a niche movement led by DJs and audiophiles -- rather, vinyl is emerging as the choice collectible among young adults who want more than an .mp3 file of their treasured tunes (according to FACT mag, vinyl purchases has even surpassed free or ad-supported streaming services). And of course, vinyl’s newfound accessibility wouldn’t be possible without a revival - and redesign - of the record player for personal use today. The fresh innovation and craft going into record player design and manufacturing is transforming the previously clunky, fragile device into a lightweight, multi-tasking gadget that’s compatible with our needs and aesthetics.
(via Cool Hunting)
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