It was about a year or so ago I somehow just woke up and became obsessed with vinyls so began looking into them and ever since I wanted to get myself a turntable to play them on.
Then I watched Bohemian Rhapsody and saw the vinyls and knew I wanted to get one that very day…
…I didn’t get it that day, in fact I only bought it about a three weeks ago after much debate.
So if you’re like me and are a complete beginner, the GPO Piccadilly turntable is a great starting point. It’s currently on sale in HMV for £80 which includes speakers – money saver right there!
I really wanted to try and go for a less bank-breaking turntable because I knew vinyls weren’t cheap, nor were speakers because (FYI, beginner or not, stay away from turntables with built-in speakers.)
I saw this very turntable at the beginning of the year and I was ready to buy it, but I wasn’t able to hear it and why would I spend £100 if the sound might be s**t?
So two months later I saw it again at £79.99 and after much debate I bought it. It seems weird it was down in price again and that was my only concern – why was it down in price? But all the turntables were discounted in HMV so I went for it. They also had 15% off a vinyl when you buy a turntable from them so that’s what I did.
I went for a coffee to think about the purchase, got back, knew which vinyl I wanted, walked over and a girl had JUST taken it. So instead I bought Bowie because who doesn’t like Bowie?!
I then ordered Queen: A Night At The Opera online as soon as I got home! My next purchase may be Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen: Innuendo or George Michael’s Greatest Hits – but eventually all of em’
Overall the turntable works pretty well and has amazing sound. The speakers are a total of 16 watts (8 each) and sound fab! I didn’t need terrific sound so this was more than adequate for me. In fact the volume is on in the picture above and at that level is good enough for just myself to hear in my room – all the way up and I can hear it play outside.
The only fault with it is that the stylus is slightly flimsy but doesn’t affect the sound as it plays. It is a beginner one and in my opinion, not one the experts would go for – they always start at around £200 at the very least which doesn’t include speakers.
It comes in Matte White and Matte Black. I opted for white as it matched my décor. The speakers and turntable itself don’t have a £200 price tag feel but they’re sturdy enough to me and are definitely worth the money.
If you have any questions, sound off in the comments below and I’d be more than happy to answer them!
Do you (or would you ever) own a turntable? Oh, and please suggest some vinyls below!