Crosley CR704D-PA Review ~ September 2020

Locating playback devices to fit the art deco style can be hard to find. You

Locating playback devices to fit the art deco style can be hard to find. You often run into something that’s close, but its modern features can stick out like sore thumbs. For the best record players turntables in this situation, we’ll be considering the Crosley because of its belt-drive turntable, good speakers, and overall value.

Crosley CR704D-PA Review

Why We Like It – Crosley CR704D-PA Review

A 1920s turntable built with modern amenities such as Bluetooth and CD, given great speakers, belt-drive 3-speed turntable, and high-quality audio quality to boot.

Pros

  • Belt driven 3-speed turntable
  • Good speakers
  • Comes packaged with Audacity

Cons

  • Missing RCA output
  • Lacks a USB port

Performance

The sound quality coming through the speakers sounds great, and gets a boost from having full range stereo speakers. It has to have great sounding speakers, given its lack of RCA output. Part of its magic is from the belt-drive turntable, which traditionally releases better audio quality than, say, a direct-drive. But make no mistake, the direct-drive Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB-BK is no slouch, and is better suited for audiophiles. Vinyls aren’t the only option you have. There’s a cassette deck, CD player, MP3 player plug-in, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth. Additionally, you have 3 speed options: 33 ⅓, 45, and 78 rpm records.

Design

This vinyl record player looks great around art deco furniture, even more so than the Victrola VTA-600B-ESP. It shares very similar features and finish, but the major difference is the Victrola turntable uses modern playback buttons, while the Crosley CR704D PA Musician Turntable blends its playback buttons with the turntable’s overall wood finish. It’s a nice touch that doesn’t make them stand out and break the immersion. However, it isn’t very portable. You’re better off picking up a Byron Statics Turntable Vintage Record Player.

Value

As for value, we can certainly vote this Crosley Musician Turntable in as a viable candidate. For the average user, with a small collection of vinyls, this will easily compliment an entertainment center. But is the best for value? Yes and no. If you want more bang for your buck, the Victrola is the way to go, seeing as it’s an 8-in-1 turntable. Furthermore, its lack of USB port and RCA output limit any additional options, features the Victrola has already. Audacity comes bundled, sure, but Audacity is free already.

Crosley CR704D-PA Review Wrap Up

The Crosley gives a lot for its price: good speakers, belt-driven for high-quality audio, and even comes packaged with Audacity. Its design fits into any art deco home. The included FM radio CD player and cassette player open up a wide range of playback options. Its lack of USB and RCA output and port does pull it back, but not enough to dismiss it.

Performance9.4

Design9.2

Value9.2

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