Best Record Players with DAB Radio

Vinyl has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years. While online streaming and MP3s are convenient, it’s still nice to have a physical copy of a record. Sales of vinyl in the UK hit a 25-year high in 2016, so it’s not surprising that record players are making a comeback too.

Several manufacturers have responded to the growing popularity of vinyl by producing attractive retro record players that incorporate modern features such as Bluetooth and DAB radio. These music systems are great for those with old record collections gathering dust as well as new collectors.

A record player radio would make a unique and special present for a music lover. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best record players available with DAB radio on the market in the UK in 2018.

Best Record Players with DAB Radio

Zennox Midi Hi-Fi Music System 7-in-1

This versatile music system can play 33s, 45s and 78s as well as cassettes and CDs. You can also listen to the radio on AM, FM and DAB and record onto a USB stick. The design has a 1980s look to it, which could be a pro or a con depending on your taste!

Features

  • AM/FM/DAB radio
  • Vinyl turntable
  • Programmable CD player
  • Cassette player
  • USB & SD recording
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 33 x 32 29 cm (main unit)
Weight: 8 kg

Pros

  • Good vinyl reproduction quality
  • Easy to use
  • Good value for money
  • Well packaged when bought online

Cons

  • Build quality could be higher
  • Limited volume
  • Speakers are quite small

Summary

This all-in-one music system offers pretty good value for money considering what it can do. While the build quality could be higher, it’s generally an impressive system that will let you hear your old records and tapes again.

 

Steepletone Memphis 2 (Pro) 5-in-1 Music System

The Memphis 2 Pro is a retro music system from British record player brand Steepletone. Like the Zennox system reviewed above, it has a large number of features including DAB radio, a cassette player and a record player that plays 33s, 45s and 78s.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • 3-speed vinyl turntable
  • CD player
  • Cassette player
  • MP3 playback from USB/SD
  • Record onto USB/SD
  • 10-watt PMPO (peak music power output)
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 31.8 x 28.5 x 17.2 cm (main unit)

Pros

  • Very versatile
  • Good value for money
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Some buyers have had issues with the CD player
  • Not much bass
  • No tone control

Summary

This music system is easy to use and lots of features for the price. However, it could be improved by adding a subwoofer for extra bass. It’s also worth noting that several buyers have had issues with the CD player.

 

Steepletone Westminster Nostalgic DAB 7 in 1 Bluetooth Music Centre

The Steepletone Westminster is a retro record player with lots of extra features including FM/DAB radio, Bluetooth, a cassette player and USB recording. You can use Bluetooth for playing music through the Westminster’s speakers, but not for listening through Bluetooth headphones. This attractive music centre is available in either a dark or light wood variety.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • 3-speed record player
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Cassette player
  • Remote control
  • USB and SD recording
  • Stereo speakers with 15-watt PMPO (peak music power output)
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 45.5 x 34 x 25 cm

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Decent sound quality
  • Good value for money
  • Attractive retro design

Cons

  • CD player can be noisy

Summary

The Steepletone Westminster is a good-looking record player with lots of modern features including Bluetooth (though it doesn’t transmit to Bluetooth headphones). Overall this product performs very well for the price, though the CD player can make quite a loud spinning noise.

 

Zennox Wooden Music Centre Vinyl Turntable

The Zennox Wooden Music Centre is a very authentic-looking retro record player with plenty of features including AM, FM and DAB radio. One nice additional feature is that you can connect this record player to a computer via a USB cable to transfer vinyl to MP3s. This record player is available in either a white or a wooden design.

Features

  • AM/FM/DAB radio
  • 3-speed record player
  • CD player
  • Cassette player
  • Headphone jack
  • Choice of EQ settings
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 50 x 33 x 21 cm

Pros

  • Nice retro design
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • No tone control (only presets)
  • Can’t be connected to external speakers

Summary

Like all the record players reviewed here, the Zennox Wooden Music Centre has a nice retro design and offers a good list of features.

 

How to Choose a Record Player

The record players reviewed here are all quite similar in terms of price and features, so it can be hard to know which one to go for. Record players with a DAB radio tend to cost from £150 to £200 and are usually sold as music centres that combine lots of different features.

Here are some things to consider to help you choose the right record player.

Zennox vs. Steepletone

The four products reviewed above are all from two brands: Zennox and Steepletone.

There isn’t much information about Zennox available online and it isn’t clear who owns the brand or where it’s based, though the biggest seller of Zennox products seems to be Clifford James.

Steepletone are a British brand founded in 1972. In addition to record players, the company also makes other retro audio devices such as jukeboxes. You can find Steepletone’s website here.

If you are worried about being able to contact customer service it is probably better to choose a Steepletone product since Zennox doesn’t seem to have a website or phone number.

Features to Look For

All of the record players reviewed above can play 33s, 45s and 78s and have DAB radio. Here are some other features to look for:

  • AM radio: The Zennox Midi Hi-Fi Music System and Zennox Wooden Music Centre both offer AM radio in addition to FM and DAB. It’s quite rare to find a product with AM, FM and DAB, so these record players are a good choice if you want the greatest amount of choice possible when it comes to the radio.
  • Bluetooth: Only one of the products reviewed above, the Steepletone Westminster, has Bluetooth. This allows you to use the record player as a Bluetooth speaker and stream audio through its speakers. Unfortunately, you can’t use it as a Bluetooth transmitter and listen to records through Bluetooth headphones.

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