THE+RECORD PLAYER is an all-in-one record player featuring a built-in, high-performance stereo music system with high-quality phono components and advanced listening features. Made to please the discerning listener, it can be enjoyed by any music lover seeking a compact and elegant vinyl playing solution.
THE+RECORD PLAYER plays Donald Fagen - I.G.Y. (Classic Rock). Headphones recommended.
THE+RECORD PLAYER plays Lindsey Stirling feat. Lzzy Hale - Shatter Me (Dubstep). Headphones recommended.
THE+RECORD PLAYER plays Diana Krall - I'm An Errand Girl for Rhythm (Jazz). Headphones recommended.
Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) speaks with +AUDIO about THE+RECORD PLAYER at Munich High End Audio Show 2017. Note this is an early prototype made for the show.
Up until now, there hasn’t been an all-in-one record player that combines elegant design, advanced features and uncompromising high-end audio in one package. Our goal with THE+RECORD PLAYER was to reimagine the record player system into a modern unit. It promotes a clean Scandinavian design, intuitive controls, and the modern functionality expected by serious music enthusiasts.
Kickstarter is a means for us to get out the word and engage with our customers, while raising funds that benefit the capital-intensive stage of manufacturing and fulfilling orders. We thank you for the growing support and enthusiasm for THE+RECORD PLAYER!
THE+RECORD PLAYER features a timeless, understated look uncommon in other audio products. Designer Alexander Åhnebrink incorporates genuine wood veneer, aluminum accents and other premium materials for their sturdiness, sound quality and ability to blend seamlessly with your decor. THE+RECORD PLAYER looks as natural in your room as it sounds to your ears.
THE+RECORD PLAYER has a logical, no-fuss menu layout with intuitive access to different inputs, modes and volume controls. It's all about getting you to the music, with easy volume adjustment, and quick switching between phono, bluetooth and other inputs.
THE+RECORD PLAYER is a highly versatile analog and digital music system. In addition to 33/45 rpm vinyl playback, it includes Bluetooth to stream music from smart devices, optical input for connection to a digital audio source or TV, and a USB input/output to rip your vinyl to MAC/PC, or play back your music files.
It features analog inputs, a headphone output, and a pre-amplifier output to add a separate powered subwoofer or speakers. A 5V USB output powers your Chromecast, Echo Dot or Airport Express, making THE+RECORD PLAYER ready to accommodate your favorite voice assistant or streaming device.
THE+RECORD PLAYER incorporates all the components you need into a plug-and-play, compact unit that will fill your room with natural and detailed sound.
Up to this point, turntables have had to limit bass performance to reduce the tendency for the stylus to pick up speaker vibrations, resulting in unsatisfying resonances and distortion (acoustic feedback). THE+RECORD PLAYER eliminates acoustic feedback without limiting bass-performance using a multi-faceted approach:
- Designing a unique four-speaker array;
- Developing a special enclosure construction and bracing technique;
- Using the latest electronic DSP processing.
We didn't stop there. To overcome the lack of stereo separation typically found in all-in-one audio systems, we developed a wide listening mode: Your music is reproduced feedback-free, with high-definition sound and a wide-soundstage that makes you feel like you’re listening to separate speakers. It’s a room-enveloping experience that brings your favorite music to life, whether it’s at moderate volume for background listening, or room-filling loudness for your vinyl listening party.
THE+RECORD PLAYER delivers the effortless, wide-range sense of detail, frequency range and clarity that you typically find only in separate, high-end component systems. Unlike other self-contained record playing systems, THE+RECORD PLAYER includes critically acclaimed components selected for their quality and performance.
The turntable is a high-quality, European belt-drive model from Pro-Ject. It features an award-winning light-tracking Ortofon cartridge that preserves your valuable vinyl collection, while providing musically expressive accuracy.
THE+RECORD PLAYER features an ultra-low noise pre-amplifier with highly precise two-stage architecture and passive equalization, like many high-end separate component pre-amps.
Each speaker driver is driven by its own dedicated amplifier channel, with discrete sonic contouring made possible by advanced DSP processing. The result is a coherent sonic blend between each driver, not achievable by traditional passive-crossovers.
Achieving good bass in a small enclosure is a difficult task. For this, we developed a specially designed, compact long-throw aluminum-cone woofer that performs as well as larger conventional woofers. To fill out the high end with silky detail, we use 1-inch soft-dome tweeters, each with their own chamber.
THE+RECORD PLAYER has a 100W (MAX) system, giving you upwards of 110DB+ of output. That's more than enough for any party, and with no acoustic feedback when playing records.
Chief Engineer Bob Hazelwood demonstrates the system's output in a quick loudness reading on a prototype unit:
- Power Button
- Input (USB, Optical, Phono, Aux, Line), 33/45 RPM Select
- Vol -/+, Mute
- Wide Mode On/Off
- Bluetooth Mode
- Aux Input
- Headphone Jack
- USB Input/Out (Micro-USB in production model)
- USB-A (5V) Charge Port
- Line (Pre-Amp) Output
- Aux Input
- Optical Input
- Internal Speaker Defeat Switch
- AC (IEC) Power Connector
- 2-Way Bi-Amplified Speaker System with Feedback Cancelling Architecture
- Two High-Excursion 3.5" Woofers and Two 1" Soft-Dome Tweeters
- Pro-Ject Belt-Drive Turntable with Carbon Fiber tonearm (Kickstarter Edition)
- Ortofon 2m Red MM Cartridge (Kickstarter Edition)
- 24 Pole Synchronous Motor with Crystal Stabilized Digital Electronic Speed Controller
- Low-Noise RIAA Phono Preamplifier
- Electronic 33/45 RPM Speed Selection
Signal Processing & Amplification
- Double-Precision DSP with >100dB Signal to Noise Ratio
- Class-D Amplification, 100W Maximum Power (2x35W) + (2x15W)
Included in the box:
• 1 x THE+RECORD PLAYER system
• 1 x IR Remote Control
• 1 x Power Cable
• 1 x Slipmat
• 1 x Product Manual
All +AUDIO products include a one-year warranty for parts and labor.
Comprised of passionate music lovers and professionals who span design, engineering, manufacturing and distribution, +AUDIO (Plus Audio) is focused on matching the needs and tastes of contemporary audio enthusiasts by crafting high-end audio products that deliver audiophile quality in compact enclosures.
Unlike other audio companies who simply place their name on off-the-shelf products, +AUDIO designs and engineers its audio products from the ground up, with the finest parts, materials and components sourced from a handpicked group of manufacturers that meet exacting quality standards. The result is durable products designed for your continued musical enjoyment.
Alexander Åhnebrink, Product Designer
A graduate of Central St Martins in London, Alexander has worked with several pioneering design brands, among them: Paul Smith, Walter Knoll, Thonet, JVC and Samsung. For seven years, he worked for Bellini as a senior product/furniture designer. Particularly well known in the field of furniture and interior design, Alexander understands the need to create products that are as functional as they are beautiful.
Alexander’s professional experience is a natural fit for +AUDIO, ensuring that great sounding devices blend in with a variety of environments.
Bob Hazelwood, Director of Engineering
Chief coordinator and engineer at +AUDIO is Bob Hazelwood, a 35-year audio industry veteran. At JBL he was Product and Marketing Manager for JBL Mobile Audio. After three successful years, Bob returned to a/d/s/ as VP of Product Management, where he was responsible for managing the engineering, marketing, and service departments.
In 1999 he was invited to join Cambridge SoundWorks to manage the transition and expansion of the company’s product line upon Henry Kloss’ retirement. Bob is now designing technology for, and coordinating the development of a new generation of +AUDIO products.
Sanino Vaturi, Chief of Sales and Marketing
With 35 years of experience promoting many successful audio products from the likes of Harman International, NAD electronics and other premium brands, Sanino Vaturi anticipates market needs and guides the design team. Sanino seeks to make the most intuitive audio products in the industry, for individuals seeking great sound quality, simple functionality, decor-friendly design and space-efficient size.
Risks and challenges
Our team has many decades of experience in audio engineering, manufacturing, design and retail. Our suppliers are part of the global partnership that makes up +AUDIO. This allows us to mitigate potential risks found in traditional brand/factory relationships. Our factory is as dedicated to THE+RECORD PLAYER as we are.
Potential risks we foresee are schedule delays, such as supply-inconsistencies, third-party vendor delays, tooling complications; and/or unforeseen high-demand on Kickstarter, which can affect delivery to late-supporters.
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Note: Descriptions and photos shown herein are of development samples.
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