Crosley Turntables Review

Music is like therapy now. It soothes your mind while making you stress-free. Nowadays, you can listen to music on your mobile phone, but it was not the same in the olden times. There was a long procedure to listen to music over the turntables, and it was no less than therapy.

Moreover, the turntables have higher sound quality as compared to the audio players today. Also, it’s an interactive experience. You know how it works. Sounds fun right, then you should have a turntable for yourself, especially from the brand Crosley.

Why? We will discuss the reasons further. Here we are with the top 3 Crosley turntables review and a brief comparison between them so you can get the best Crosley turntable.

TOP 3 CROSLEY TURNTABLE

Vintage Turntable
Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed...
Portable Turntable
Crosley CR8017B-WB Voyager Vintage Portable...
Suitcase Turntable
Crosley CR8009A-TU Discovery Vintage Bluetooth...
PRODUCT NAME
Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed...
Crosley CR8017B-WB Voyager Vintage Portable...
Crosley CR8009A-TU Discovery Vintage Bluetooth...
TYPE
Belt-driven
Belt-driven
Belt-driven
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth, RCA wired
Bluetooth, RCA wired
Bluetooth, RCA wired
SPEED
33/45/78 rpm
33/45/78 rpm
33/45/78 rpm
RATING
Vintage Turntable
Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed...
PRODUCT NAME
Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed...
TYPE
Belt-driven
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth, RCA wired
SPEED
33/45/78 rpm
RATING
Portable Turntable
Crosley CR8017B-WB Voyager Vintage Portable...
PRODUCT NAME
Crosley CR8017B-WB Voyager Vintage Portable...
TYPE
Belt-driven
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth, RCA wired
SPEED
33/45/78 rpm
RATING
Suitcase Turntable
Crosley CR8009A-TU Discovery Vintage Bluetooth...
PRODUCT NAME
Crosley CR8009A-TU Discovery Vintage Bluetooth...
TYPE
Belt-driven
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth, RCA wired
SPEED
33/45/78 rpm
RATING

3 BEST CROSLEY TURNTABLE REVIEW

1. Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3

PRODUCTS FEATURES:

  • Type: belt-driven
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, RCA wired
  • Speeds: 33/45/78 rpm
  • Platter material: Die-cast aluminum
  • Outputs: headphone jack, RCA ports

The first one on our list is the Crosley CR8005D, also known as the Cruiser Deluxe. This Crosley turntable is loved by many people for its cheap price and a vintage briefcase-style case that looks amazing. The one we bought is white sand-colored, which is breathtakingly nice with its glossy finish.

However, this cruiser deluxe is available in different color options. Unlike the other Crosley turntables, the cruiser deluxe has curved edges, but not as much as the Discovery turntable.

Further, the sound quality is up to the mark and surely more than what you will pay for it. The dynamic range stereo speakers with this turntable are an amazing feature that will prevent you from carrying additional speakers.

However, if you still want to add some extra punch, you are free to use external speakers by connecting them to the turntable using the RCA cables.

Other than the RCA cables, you can also connect your headphones to this Crosley record player. Further, even if you are getting it for playing your old vinyl records, it has Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect your mobile phones and play your favorite tracks on them. But, we found this feature useless.

Coming towards its build quality, the build is not that strong, and when it comes to strength, this Crosley Cruiser Deluxe is not our first choice. But, if you have a budget limitation or are sure about the way you will handle it, you can go for it.

Moreover, it wobbles a lot. The platter is not as stable as advertised but still can play tracks with precision, thanks to the belt-driven design.

Besides that, you can play your vinyl records at 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds, which is a prominent feature if you are a music producer trying to sample old tracks. Hence, if you wish to have an affordable, good-looking turntable with a nice finish that can play your old vinyl records easily, the Cruiser Deluxe is a budget option.

Pros:

  • Good sound quality
  • Portable retro design
  • Quality RCA outputs
  • Simple to use
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons:

  • Fragile build
  • The platter wobbles

2. Crosley CR8017B-WB Voyager – Vintage Portable Turntable

PRODUCTS FEATURES:

  • Type: Belt-driven
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, RCA wired
  • Speeds: 33/45/78 rpm
  • Platter material: Die-cast aluminum
  • Outputs: Headphone jack, RCA ports

The Crosley voyager is a stylish yet simple turntable that is a bit on the expensive side but has some additional features which you can’t find in the cruiser. First, let’s talk about its design and build quality.

The design of this turntable is pretty minimalist, and people who love everything simple will surely like it. Similar to other Crosley vinyl players, the Voyager model is also available in many color options.

But take note that the price differs according to the outer case. We bought a washed blue Voyager, and it’s truly classic and blends with any background easily. The build is pretty impressive. Unlike the Crosley Deluxe record player, the voyager has a very strong outer case, and the aluminum platter is strong as well.

However, unlike other Crosley turntables, it takes a lot of space. But, it weighs around 5.5 pounds, similar to others, and is lightweight.

Besides its stylish looks and aesthetics, it has a great sound quality. Thanks to its built-in speakers, which are placed in the front and have a loud sound. However, it still has RCA ports, so you can connect external speakers. In case these loudspeakers get damaged, or you want an extra punch.

Other than playing your old vinyl records, you can also play favorite tracks from your phone or other device using Bluetooth connectivity or an AUX port.

Moreover, it has a headphone jack too. So you can listen to your music privately. Like any other Crosley Vinyl player, this one can play your records at three speeds, 33, 45, and 78. These speeds will help you while fast-forwarding the songs or sampling them.

However, the only downfall of this Crosley turntable is that it skips while playing, and we personally have experienced it a few times. To sum up, it’s a good turntable with outstanding features and only one con, so you can go for it.

Pros:

  • Built-in speakers
  • It looks classy
  • Easy to set
  • Lightweight build
  • Simple design

Cons:

  • Not compact
  • Skips records sometimes

3. Crosley CR8009A-TU Discovery – Suitcase Turntable

PRODUCTS FEATURES:

  • Type: Belt-driven
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, RCA wired
  • Speeds: 33/45/78 rpm
  • Platter material: Die-cast aluminum
  • Outputs: headphone jack, RCA ports

Here comes the third and the tiniest Crosley record player called Discovery. While writing this Crosley discovery turntable review, we knew that it’s the best of all and perfect for people wanting an inexpensive yet classy-looking suitcase turntable.

Starting with its aesthetics, the looks of these portable record players are pretty exceptional. It has a suitcase-style case with curved edges so kids can freely move around it without you worrying about them.

Further, this discovery turntable has a leather finish and comes in cool color choices such as turquoise, dune, glacier, and many more, which can blend with anything. The build is not as expected and can easily break by falling as it’s made of cheap plastic. However, you can handle it with the utmost care. You can go for it.

Coming towards the sound quality of Discovery, it’s decent, not too good and not too bad, and perfect according to its price range. You can use it right out of the box as it doesn’t require any setup other than plugging it into an electric source.

With this turntable, you can play your sounds at 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds. Moreover, you can also change the pitch of the track with a small knob on it. Similar to other Crosley record players, it comes with an RCA output, so you can use external speakers for better sound quality.

Further, it has inbuilt speakers and has Bluetooth and AUX input, so other than those old vinyl records, and you can play your favorite tracks from your phone. Besides all these good features, it wobbles a lot while playing tracks.

That’s because of its lightweight design, but the wobbling is too much. Thus, if you are willing to get this Discovery turntable, you are free to have one, but check the others too.

Pros:

  • Truly portable build
  • Good sound quality
  • Affordable price
  • Inbuilt speakers
  • Plays three speeds

Cons:

  • Wobbles a lot
  • Cheap build

CROSLEY TURNTABLE Comparison

Choosing the record player or turntable primarily depends on your budget. Based on the build quality and materials, the price range will differ. Entry-level turntable ranges from $100-$400, mid-level turntable $400-$1000, and high-end turntable can cost you more than $1000. The price range we mentioned is not absolute, but it is more or less the general price range of these categories.

Features

The features of these three Crosley turntables are the same such as connectivity options, inputs, pitch controller, number of speeds, and many more. However, the only difference is that the Cruiser Deluxe doesn’t have AUX connectivity, and the other two have it.

Build quality

Out of these three, we found the voyager has the best build. Unlike the Cruiser Deluxe and Discovery, the voyager is somewhat sturdy. However, all three have average build quality.

Portability

All of them have a weight of 5.50 pounds, but they differ in their build. The Crosley Discovery takes the smallest space, while the voyager is a bigger turntable and cannot accommodate small spaces. Further, the Cruiser Deluxe is a mid-sized turntable.

Aesthetics

With aesthetics, all three are great. They are available in many color options and have a great finish. According to our choice, we go for the Discovery for its impressively good looks with a leather finish. However, the voyager and the Cruiser Deluxe are also great.

Sound quality

As the sound quality is considered, Crosley is not our first choice because the sound quality is not satisfactory. However, if you still want to have one of these three, go for the voyager. It wobbles less than compared to the others and has a decent sound quality.


CONCLUSION

Comparing all three Crosley turntables was hard, but still, we enjoyed working with them. All of them come from the same brand and have similar features. Yet, there are some unsaid features or drawbacks which you cannot know before buying.

That’s why, for making your task easier, we already did it for you and brought you a full-fledged Crosley turntables review with a detailed comparison. Therefore, we hope that you have loved this article and would definitely get a Crosley portable record player today.

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