What You Need to Know About Turntables
Vinyl records may be based on century-old technology, but they are alive and well in today's recorded music landscape. In fact, in 2019, vinyl was neck and neck with CD sales. Admittedly, in this age of 50 million tracks of music available on-demand via streaming, physical media is no longer the predominant way to listen. But while streaming is rapidly making the CD obsolete, vinyl is growing.
Vinyl's popularity is not only due to nostalgia, although it plays a part. Vinyl records bring back the era of listening to an album the way producers and artists curated it, and the artful covers and tactile nature are distinctly different from calling up music on a smartphone or tablet.
Then there’s the turntable the album plays on. Good turntables are elegant examples of industrial design and engineering, beautiful to look at in a way that a smart speaker isn’t. Shopping for physical records, whether new or vintage, is also a different (and often more social) experience than pushing the Buy Now button on Amazon. It all adds up to a different musical experience - one meant to be savored.
Are you looking to get back into vinyl, or get into it? Look no further than A&B TV, Austin’s audio and speaker store since 1967. Keep reading to learn what to look for in today’s turntables.
Check it Out at Austin’s Oldest and Best Speaker Store
If you’re an audio enthusiast of a certain age, you might remember the JBL L100. Perhaps one of your friends had a pair, and you fondly remember rocking out to 80s music from Bob Seger, Tom Petty, and so many others from the era. Or if you have a keen eye, you might remember this speaker from a famous Maxell cassette tape ad where the listener sat in front of the speaker, “blown away” by the sound.
Even if you’re too young to remember the original JBL L100, you’re in for a treat. Here in Austin, retro-modern and mid-century design is all the rage, and this speaker fits right in. But it’s more than just a pretty face – the new JBL L100 Classic is a modern hi-fi speaker, better than the original. And we’re proud to have it on display for your listening pleasure at A&B TV, Austin’s oldest and best speaker store.
Keep reading for more on this modern classic speaker, then check it out at our 10,000 square foot Austin showroom.
Klipsch Heritage Loudspeakers Offer High-Performance Sound for Your Austin Home
At A&B TV, we pride ourselves on over 50 years of experience serving the greater Austin area and are a premier TV and speaker store in Texas. In our long experience, we’ve seen a variety of products from a myriad of companies, but one company from which we’ve seen a steady flow of innovation and quality is Klipsch.
Klipsch is an iconic American brand, having started in a tiny shed in Hope, Arkansas, in 1946. Klipsch’s namesake, Paul W. Klipsch, had the goal to bring live orchestral music into his living room, and he did just that, as well as sparking a rise in speaker research and innovation. The Klipsch Heritage Series descends from the founder, Paul W. Klipsch, who had a direct role in the design and engineering of these loudspeakers. And the Heritage Series is still hand-built in the USA at the original site in Hope.
Keep reading to learn about some of the Klipsch Heritage Series speakers and why A&B TV has them in-store for our Austin, TX customers.