Christmas's Most Popular Home Audio Gadget Was a Cheap Turntable

By Darren Orf on at

This year, tons and tons of people brought in the new year, not blasting tunes through a high-end audio system tricked out with all the latest Bluetooth tech and wifi capabilities, but rather with a Jensen turntable.

Don’t get me wrong, the Jensen JTA-230 is quite the steal. For the price of a reasonable pair of trainers, you get basic features like tone adjustment and pitch control, making it ideal for people want to dabble with vinyl but aren’t ready to sink too much cash into the elder medium.

But the fact that a turntable beat out a wifi-connected Sonos speaker, or really any other home audio product, is staggering and suggests that vinyl is no longer a niche obsession of ageing audiophiles. HMV also said earlier this month that they’d sold one turntable a minute during the ramp up to Christmas.

With the expectation that Panasonic is going to revive the legendary Technics turntable—possibly at next week’s CES—it looks like 2016 could be the best year for vinyl in decades.

[Factmag via Amazon]

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