Pyle Vintage Record Player Reviews

If you’ve been trying to find a good quality vintage record player, the chances are that you have come across Pyle. This brand is very well known for producing high quality products within a range of different prices.

If you want the very best, you can expect to pay over $300 while a mid-range record player will set you back just under $150. It all depends on how much you love your music and how much you’re willing to pay.

In terms of design, all products made by Pyle feature a beautiful wooden finish, which gives it that vintage look. However, all of their products have excellent sound quality that rivals most expensive modern record players.

The Best Vintage Record Players to Buy


The Pyle PTCDCS32BT is an amazing vintage record player but won't come cheap.Their most expensive vintage vinyl record player is the Pyle PTCDCS32BT, which is part of its premium range. It has a classic turntable design that would look stunning in any home. It’s certainly not cheap though, and will cost you a whopping $350. It’s got all the latest technology built under the hood, including Bluetooth and the ability to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone or tablet. The stereo speakers sound excellent and the Vinyl-to-MP3 recording function is an excellent addition.

What I liked most about the Pyle PTCDCS32BT was its beautiful phonograph horn, which will easily change the appearance of any room in your home. If you miss the old days of classical music and want to relive the memories, this is the best vintage record player to buy. However, as it is very expensive, you might want to look at one of the options below.

The Pyle Home PTCDS2UI

The Pyle Home PTCDS2UI is a superb vintage vinyl record player.The Pyle PTCDS2UI might be a mid-range product but is made to a very high standard. It will cost around $170, which is less than half the price of the Pyle PTCDCS32BT. Apart from the phonograph horn, there aren’t actually too many differences between the 2 products. It still looks fantastic and is made of real beautiful wood.

The cabinet style design looks really elegant and would look stunning wherever you put it. Unfortunately, this vintage turntable has no Bluetooth functionality and you cannot wirelessly stream music from your mobile phone. However, it comes with a USB port so you can easily listen to all of your favorite music. There is also a CD player as well as a built-in iPod dock if you prefer that. The included remote control makes it easier to change songs and settings, and is definitely nice to have. The Pyle PTCDS2UI is obviously not as good as the Pyle PTCDCS32BT but look at the huge price difference. You are effectively paying more than double the price for a phonograph horn, Bluetooth functionality and wireless streaming. If these features are important to you, then it is definitely be worth spending the extra $180.

The Pyle PTCD4BT

The Pyle PTCD4BT is one of the best vintage record players.The Pyle PTCD4BT is the cheapest product made by this brand but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good. In fact, the Pyle PTCD4BT is very similar to the Pyle PTCDS2UI and is actually better in some respects. The design is almost identical but the wooden finish is not as polished. It still looks beautiful though, especially in person. I would describe the color somewhere between walnut and teakwood.

It actually comes with Bluetooth technology and wireless streaming so you can easily connect your iPhone or smartphone to listen to your favorite tunes. There is a single CD player and a 3-speed turntable system, just like the Pyle PTCDS2UI. The sound quality is very good, although the speakers aren’t quite as good as the other 2 products.

Priced at just over $130, this is an affordable vintage turntable but it still performs brilliantly. If you’re looking for a good quality product that won’t cost a fortune, this is certainly the one to choose.

Whichever product you end up buying will depend on a number of different factors but your budget will obviously be the deciding factor. Pyle is a reputable manufacturer and produces high quality products so either one of the above products will be a good choice. If you don’t have a budget in mind, and simply want the best vintage record player out there, buy the Pyle PTCDCS32BT. If you want to save as much money as possible while still getting good value for money, choose the Pyle PTCD4BT.

How Much Data Does Your Streaming Music App Burn?

Using music streaming applications such as Spotify and Pandora is incredible. You literally have all that wealth right at your fingertips. This is all well and good when you’re using these through Wi-Fi but once you use data when you’re outside, streaming music can inflict a huge amount of damage!

Gizmodo actually wrote an article about this subject and compared a host of music streaming apps to see how they compared when it comes to eating up data. As a standard rule, the data used depends on what’s the quality of music being streamed. The highest quality of stream from most apps like Spotify and Beats Music is capped at 320kbps. This converts to around 2.40 MB per minute of music and is certainly the highest quality stream so the sound quality of your tunes is simply going to be awesome.

Streaming music on your phone can burn a lot of data.

Pandora is actually one app which only goes as far as 64kbps which is quite a low quality music stream. This means that when it comes to keeping your bill lower you’ll need to go for a lower quality streaming app like Pandora and this certainly is a safe app to use. The good thing is that with other apps such as Beats Music you can actually select the quality of music that you want to listen to.

This can be a major disadvantage for us audiophile sound lovers. Luckily, the services in this industry are becoming better and better so mobile carriers like T-mobile can provide a huge advantage as they allow free music streaming through some apps like Spotify and Pandora!

The Best Sound Quality MP3 Player Money Can Buy

I’ve already mentioned the importance of the electronic device that you use for the delivery of great quality music. Say if you commonly use an iPod to play your music then it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to experience the true potential of the artist you’re listening to.

The Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4 has a stunning design.

In order to be able to fully enjoy the details in your music, you need the highest quality devices to connect your high-end headphones with. The truth is that most serious music listeners go for a top of the range MP3 players which is completely suitable for audiophiles!

These are the devices that I want to discuss with you today. After looking for a high quality mp3 player in the past, the one that I’ve come to love is the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4. This looks great and is most certainly an audiophile player. The offering of top quality audio playback is what impresses me the most even if it costs so much! There is a 6.7mm jack which brings its own advantages! If you’re someone who prefers not to use additional amplification then this device will be even more suitable for you.

The overall appearance is based on a retro design but it looks handcrafted so there’s a great feeling of quality with the design too! The build quality is also excellent and another area that really impressed me.

Even if you’re not willing to spend so much on the Colorfly C4, I’d still advise you to look for a great quality MP3 player.

Maybe the Cowon J3 would be a more affordable option? Either of these are great to use and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones Review

Remember the Parrot Zik headphones that came out a few years back. They looked absolutely amazing and performed well too. Now, the company has released a second generation pair that is called the “Zik 2.0”. While the name isn’t particularly different, it signifies that there have been several changes without affecting the aesthetics that impressed all of us so much.

To be honest, I would go as far as saying that the 2.0 is better looking when compared to the previous version. I say this because the model is a bit lighter in weight, looks smaller and has small alterations to the design (in a good way).

The ear cups have been made smaller without negatively affecting the incredibly soft material that is used to cover the cups. In addition to this, the rest of the structure is made from aluminum and there’s no plastic at all.

Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones

The sound features are probably the most impressive as these headphones are very flexible. One way they do this is through the app that lets you control the noise cancelling strength and the equalization. This means that you can choose the preset according to the genre of music. I think this has a big impact on the quality of sound that will flow through your ears.

The Parrot Zik 2.0s aren’t exactly proper studio headphones. However, they would resemble something along the lines of a portable studio due to the ability you’ll have to alter music according to your needs.

The Best Studio Headphones under $100

I have mentioned this before. If you are building a home studio then you will need the best studio headphones that you can afford. Regardless of whether you are a professional artist or just someone who’s looking to produce in their spare time, this accessory will be essential. Even if you’re not looking to build a studio and will be visiting one, you will still need a good quality pair of headphones.

When looking for these products, a good price point to start with is 100 dollars. This is especially important if you are just starting out.

There are a lot of top studio headphones under $100 available these days. But, the biggest problem is that they are just being titled this way to target customers. Most of these wouldn’t be suitable for use in the studio at all. This means that you need to buy the product with great caution.

By far the best model that I have ever used is the AKG K240. A few other headphones that are just behind the K240s are Sony’s MDR7506s and Audio-Technica’s M30x. Audio Technica have a superb line of studio headphones with the M50x providing the best value for money. However, this model costs under 200 bucks and might not fit the budget set by a beginner.

Top 3 Best Studio Headphones

The AKG K240 studio headphones are easily our favorite pick of the bunch. They simply sound superb.The AKG K240s are extremely comfortable over-ear headphones that will perfectly satisfy the demand for long hours of use in the studio. This model is available in an open-backed style, which would be quite useful within a studio environment. This is because this would allow the producer to determine what the final version of the music will sound like. The cheap/affordable price range is probably biggest advantage as this model will cost less than 100 bucks. This means that you’re looking at a high quality product that is commonly used in famous professional studios but at a decent price.

These Sony MDR7506s are large diaphragm headphones that are directed for professional use. Firstly, the cable is very long and this has an added advantage of carrying the set around in the studio. The product has awesome sound reproduction with great clarity and good bass. It is actually a well known fact that these Sonys are very popular amongst sound engineers. It has quite a bright sound signature that makes it beneficial to use in a studio. However, in my opinion, these probably won’t be perfect for serious producers.

Audio-Technica M30x headphones have excellent sound quality and are an absolute bargainAudio-Technica M30x is a quality pair that is balanced in all the essential features. The product is extremely comfortable, is foldable for portability and looks great too. The best thing about it is that it costs less than 100 bucks so I would consider the M30x to be one of the most impressive affordable headphones when it comes to the overall quality. With the sound, there is a good distribution of frequency and no particular component has been overemphasized. The M30x would be a good choice if you are planning to mix and master. However, this won’t be perfect if you are doing this professionally.

Final Words

Looking at the above products, it’s clear that they have great quality in them. However, the AKG K240 is the most suitable model for use in the studio.

In general, you should know that such a limited budget won’t provide you with a perfect product. But, the 3 products above will at least do the job for you!

Beyerdynamic Announces their Latest Studio Headphones!

Beyerdynamic is a famous brand of music accessories and targets it’s products towards audiophiles and serious music enthusiasts. In all honesty, Beyerdynamic products have never disappointed me with their T90 headphones being my personal favorites.

For this reason, I have been very excited ever since Beyerdynamic announced their new studio headphones. It seems as if these CUSTOM STUDIO headphones will be special due to some of the features. There are some impressive structural features that will allow the user to take control of the music when using the headphones during studio applications. Let’s talk about the sound sliders/bass reflex vents as an example. These are located on the ear cups and will allow the user to alter the properties of the sound to what they prefer.

I must admit that I don’t know too much about this model yet. However, one thing I can say is that the CUSTOM STUDIO headphones sound very impressive. They seem to have a question mark over them in the sense that not many people know how we will be able to use these. I for one cannot wait to test out their full range of functions.

I look forward to testing these out in my own home studio and seeing the difference between the final result produced by my existing studio headphones. I hope they won’t be too expensive either!

For now though, here’s a video of the introduction at Musikmesse 2015. It’s in German but hey, all we care about is the headphones.

What are the Best Beats Headphones for Mixing in a Studio?

Beats headphones have slowly found their way into most households these days. But as a serious audio enthusiast, what do I think of them?

As stated by most serious listeners, Beats headphones aren’t that impressive. In fact, they’re probably not impressive at all. They are just expensive and certainly don’t deliver the quality I would expect from such a premium product.

When it comes to use in the studio, the Beats Studio Wireless headphones come into mind straight away. However, the real studio headphones made by the company are the Beats Pros. If you read the description of this product, it will indicate that the Pros are used in every major studio. I’m not sure what you believe but I highly doubt this is true. I actually doubt that even Dr Dre uses them while he’s producing in his studio. As a matter of fact, he’s been spotted wearing Audio-Technica’s famous M50s in the image below.

Beats headphones are so bad, even Dr Dre himself doesn't use them.

If you’re looking into buying Beats, I have a word of advice for you. Go for it if you really want but know this, you’ll be buying these for one reason and one reason only – the brand name and premium image. If you’re genuinely looking to buy a quality pair of studio headphones then you need to look elsewhere because Beats headphones are terrible for this purpose.

A Quick Look at Pioneer’s New SE-MASTER1 Studio Headphones

The Pioneer brand is already known to produce some high quality professional headphones with the DJ line being especially impressive. But, the company has now announced their latest multifunctional studio headphones – the SE-MASTER1. This model has been designed to meet several functions required from high quality studio headphones. This means that the SE-MASTER1s would be ideal to use for mixing, mastering and recording music in a studio setting.

Having looked into the design, I must say that the product looks impressive. This is due to the superb build quality, a characteristic that is typical in Pioneer products. The fact that the product is handmade by specialized craftsmen in Japan also indicates the potential of this mode.

This Pioneer model has been built in such a way that the vibrations don’t interfere with the music quality. The design also has detachable pressure rods which can be adjusted to obtain the right fitting and comfort that is so ideal when used in a studio. This will also have a positive impact on the noise isolation and coupled with high comfort levels, this model would be perfect for use for a long time.

These Pioneer SE-Master1 studio headphones sound really good but are also quite expensive.

There are lots of other beneficial features associated with the SE-MASTER1s. The cords are detachable, which also adds to the convenience factor.

The product has 50mm drivers built in along with a diaphragm made from aluminum. Obviously, these features sound impressive but it is impossible to speak of their contribution without testing the product. However, Pioneer believes that the SE-MASTER1s are more than just any reference-grade studio headphones.