Teac turntable lacks USB, has cassette deck

The Teac LP-R500: just like the one Granny used to have.
The Teac LP-R500: just like the one Granny used to have.

It looks like the kind of thing you might expect to pick up at a car boot sale, but Teac's LP-R500 is actually a new product.

Your eyes are not deceiving you - as well as having a turntable on its top, the LP-R500 also sports a cassette deck. To call this thing retro would be an understatement.

Fortunately, there are some concessions to modernity - the presence of a CD recorder means that you can at least put your LP collection onto discs that can be read and ripped by your computer.

There's also an FM radio and, by the look of it, a pair of built-in speakers (sadly, the LP-R500's specs are currently only available in Japanese).

Unlike many modern turntables, though, Teac's doesn't appear to have a USB port for easy digital conversion, though you could take a stereo output from the phono sockets round the back and plug this into your audio interface.

Or just buy some C90s and dig out your 1982 Walkman.

(Via Akihabara News)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.