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One of the stars of CES 2016 is the elegant, trendy and eco-friendly turntable by House of Marley – the “Stir It Up” Turntable. If you’ve not heard of House of Marley before – yes, it is referring to the same Bob Marley you already know about, rolling with the brand to promote “good living and shared experiences”.
This is a compact record player with nice natural bamboo plinth. The aluminum platter is 11-inch, slightly smaller than full-size 12-inch platter. We like the fact that is it less bulky than many turntables in the market. It is space saving and looks good no matter where you put it.
A lot of attention and passion has been poured in to design this turntable. It is not one of those super OEM decks.
House of Marley also utilized Regrind™ and Rewind™, which are composed of hemp, organic cotton and recycled plastic. The base below the bamboo plinth has a fabric-wrapped finish. It is tastefully done, very sleek indeed.
It includes standard features for model turntables, such as ability to play 33 & 45rpm, USB output, counter weight and anti-skating adjustment, tonearm level, RCA output, built-in switchable phono pre-amp, and MM cartridge. To be specific, the cartridge used is Audio Technica AT91/BL. We estimate it weights around 3.5kg. This weight, together with the anti vibration legs, helps to reduce external vibration. That means better sound than many ultra-light, plasticky enter-level turntables.
Although the headshell is not detachable, it is a standard mount. This make it possible to upgrade the stock cartridge to something better, like the well-known and highly praised Audio Technica AT95e. It has a built-in 3.5mm jack headphone output in front. For those of you who likes to listen to vinyl music on earphones or headphones, you can just plug and play. The built-in headphone amplifier does the job, no additional components needed. It is a bit odd because the volume is not adjustable. Well, we suppose you can enhanced it with external mini amplifier, so not a problem.
I’ll be damned if I don’t mention how nice is the product packaging. Now wrapping paper needed if you get this as a gift!!