Turntables for the vinyl enthusiast

Gregg Ellman
Tribune Content Agency
Connect speakers to the Crosley C6 turntable through the RCA outputs on the back, flip on the built-in preamp and jam.

A few years ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Crosley gave me a booth tour and education about the resurgence of vinyl and, of course, included some of their latest turntables.

The surge is still going and Crosley is producing some great turntables. The latest I tried was the C6 two-speed manual. Easy is an understatement for setup. I used the RCA outputs for a direct connection to my receiver.

I set the turntable’s manually adjustable belt for 33 1/3 RPM’s because that’s all I own. To play 45s, just move the belt to change the speed. Other aspects of the setup are the tonearm counterweight and clicking on the dust cover. An Audio Technica Cartridge comes preinstalled.

Since it’s a manual turntable, use a cueing lever to drop the needle to start the music and when your record is done playing, manually lift and return the needle to its base. The bottom has vibration control feet. The C6 also looks great in a walnut-colored veneer shell, with an acrylic folding lid. Other choices are black or red.

I must admit with a smile on my face, among the records I used on the C6 were “Elvis Presley — Greatest Hits” and the “Chipmunks Sing Beatles Hits,” which were acquired along with about 30 other classics from a garage sale. Just a hint for those who poke around those sales.

At first glance, the C6 might be considered an entry-level turntable, which it can be, but it can also be for any vinyl enthusiast. Like most any category in the electronics world, you can always get bigger and better, but if it does what you want, why change? That brings me back to my booth tour, there sure are a lot of cool things to choose from in the Crosley catalog., $159.95.

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