The Vinyl revival is alive and well.
Sales of Vinyl recordings have seen constant growth, and while COVID-19 may take a chunk out of sales this year, there’s no doubt that people love their records!
So it should come as no surprise that there are several companies out there developing products to make listening vinyl either easier, more enjoyable or both.
Andover Audio’s $300 Spinbase Turntable Speaker System falls under the “both” category. This speaker makes it quick and easy to take just about any turntable (most likely an entry-level model) and set up a space-saving Hi-Fi stereo system in minutes. There are two small woofers and two dome tweeters in the box, or the equivalent of two small bookshelf speakers.
It also includes a built-in Bluetooth receiver so that you can play music from your phone or tablet. It’s probably one of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers I’ve ever heard!
But there’s a ton of wireless speakers out there. I’m sure you don’t want to hear too much about that. However, it’s worth mentioning, because it makes the Spinbase a flexible device for someone who wants to spin Vinyl and play digital files but doesn’t have a ton of room. It’s also very lightweight, so it’s not a hassle to move it around if you wish.
I’ve had it in my home office for a week or so, and I’m in love with it so far. I put it on a spare desk next to the desk I work on then hooked up the Pro-Ject T1 Turntable Andover also sent along for review. They offer the T1 ($329) for sale on their website, and as of this writing, you get a 15% discount off Spinbase if you buy them together. (Please note the correction: Earlier versions of this post stated there was a 15% discount off the T1 Turntable and the Spinbase if you purchased them together. However, the discount is on the Spinbase only)
The T1 is a new entry-level turntable from Pro-Ject. It’s made for newbies to Vinyl to get up and running with minimal setup, which matches up pretty well with the Spinbase since it’s also Plug and Play for the most part.
Also, like the Spinbase, it has a clean, minimalist design with a glossy MDF plinth, glass platter, and black aluminum tonearm. They look good together.
I played some records through the Spinbase, followed by some music from TIDAL, and it was quite enjoyable. The 270º sound the Spinbase produces is pretty cool. I was impressed at how I could walk around the room from one side to the other and perceive almost no change in its sound characteristics.
I still haven’t had a chance to try the rear input, so I would like to plug in a CD player and see how that sounds, but so far, I dig the Spinbase. Stay tuned for my full review, and make sure you follow us on Social Media (Facebook / Twitter/ Instagram) to receive an update when we publish it!
- Warm, Enjoyable, Sound
- Well Built, Nice Compact Dimensions
- Looks Great
- Easy To Use
- Super-Wide Sweet Spot!
• Available in White or Black
• Large, Ergonomic Knob
• Vinyl-Laminated MDF Enclosure
• Recessed Andover Logo
• Internal Bracing for Rigidity
• Dimensions: (18in/46cm W, 13.5in/34cm L, 3.25in/8cm H)
• Isogroove Acoustic Feedback Elimination Technology
• Stereo Two-Way Vented Speaker System
• 2 x Soft-Dome Tweeters
• 2 x Active Woofers
• 270º Sound Field
• Class D Amplification
• Low-Noise Circuitry
• Bluetooth 5.0 Low Latency
Where To Buy:
Click Here To Buy: https://www.andoveraudio.com/pages/spinbase-landing-page
I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My thirst for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.