Practice: Victrola Revolution GO review
Turntables are one of the least portable parts of a hi-fi system, many requiring a lot of cables, phono stages, and external speakers to function.
This is not the case with the Victrola Revolution GO. The first fully portable turntable to hit the market, the Revolution GO was just one of the new models Victrola showcased at CES 2022 – and its unique features, including a rechargeable battery, lightweight construction, and Bluetooth connectivity have set it apart. allowed to stand out among the crowd.
We’ve spent some time getting to know the Revolution GO, and so far we’re very impressed with the entry-level record player that lets you take your vinyl on the go.
Victrola Revolution Go price and release date
The Victrola Revolution GO shown at CES 2022, but actually launched in October 2021. It’s now available for purchase for $ 199.99 / Â£ 199, which equates to around AU $ 280 – global pricing has yet to be confirmed. .
Prices for turntables typically start at around $ 100 / Â£ 100 / AU $ 150 and run into the thousands and beyond. The Revolution GO sits at the lower end of the price scale – and being the world’s first fully portable turntable, which can be used as a Bluetooth speaker for your mobile device, it offers a Excellent value.
Design and configuration
At first glance, the Victrola Revolution GO looks like a standard record player; a tray set on a plinth with a plastic dust cover to keep everything inside clean and tidy when not in use.
However, there are a few additional design features that make the Revolution GO suitable for on-the-go use. For starters, there’s a large grille built into the stand – that’s where the Bluetooth speaker is located, allowing you to hear your records without connecting the turntable to an external speaker, as well as listening. streaming music from your phone.
On either side of this grid you will find two pegs – this is where you can attach the included guitar strap, which allows you to carry the Revolution GO over your shoulder like a bag and take it on your adventures. There is also a folding handle if you prefer to carry the record player as a suitcase.
The Revolution Go’s plastic construction means it’s quite light, which is great for taking it on the go. The downside is that it’s not the most rugged turntable we’ve tested and the components feel a bit fragile. A heavier, more solid stand would go some way in reducing unwanted resonances when playing your music, but it makes sense to sacrifice supreme audio quality in order to make this turntable as portable as possible.
Above the grid is a large dial which lights up in different colors depending on the mode in which the turntable is located. You need to hold it down to turn the device on and off, after which you can press the dial to cycle through the different modes: vinyl, vinyl stream, and bluetooth. To adjust the volume, you can simply turn this dial clockwise / counterclockwise.
On the back of the turntable is an RCA line-out jack for connecting it to a set of wired stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a DC power input for recharging, and an LED that allows you to see the state of the record player’s battery.
Now let’s move on to the turntable itself. A non-slip silicone mat sits on the deck to protect your vinyl from scratches and general wear and tear; to the left is the tone arm, which ends with an Audio-Technica AT-3600LA cartridge.
There is a lift lever to safely raise and lower the tone arm (no need to calibrate it yourself) and a speed switch to select your record speed (33, 45 and 78 RPM) . There is also a switch to toggle between automatic and manual shutdown; if this option is enabled, the record will start spinning when the tone arm moves across the record and stop when playback is complete. With manual stop, the record will start spinning when the turntable is in âvinylâ mode, and will continue to spin even after playback is finished.
Practically, the dust cover is fully removable and doubles as a backing for your vinyl, with slots for double and single LPs. Originally launched in black and blue, the Revolution Go is now available with the dust cover in red, orange, yellow and green as well.
The setting of the Revolution Go up is very simple; all you have to do is connect it to the mains and keep the dial pressed to turn it on. There’s no need to adjust the tonearm, set the tracking weight or anything tricky – just place your vinyl on the turntable, lower the tonearm and you’re good to go. .
You can also press the jog wheel until you are in bluetooth mode and open your phone’s bluetooth settings. You should see the Victrola Revolution GO in the list of available devices – select it, then you can stream music from your phone to the speaker on the turntable.
We took the opportunity to open our 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles’ Abbey Road vinyl, and we’re happy to say that the Revolution GO sounds loud, warm and full of energy. It’s not the loudest sounding record player on the market by any stretch of the imagination, but it sure gets the job done.
Listening to Come Together, the basslines sounded reasonably well controlled, although we did notice a bit of cloudiness at higher volumes. The voices sounded clear, with close harmonies beautifully blended and clear.
There is some degree of left-right separation, but the disparate channels aren’t as pronounced as you’d get with dedicated stereo speakers. As a result, the soundstage might seem a bit cramped, but that’s to be expected from a turntable with a fairly small built-in speaker. For our full review, we’ll be sure to test the Revolution Go with external speakers – both wired and via Bluetooth.
Let’s move on to Something, and the Revolution Go shows just how capable it is of transmitting vocal lines. However, it lacks a bit of attack and detail on the percussion, and the narrow soundstage means the instruments don’t have enough room to really shine – which is a shame on a track that has such a rich composition.
Still, we’re hesitant to be overly critical of the Revolution Go’s audio performance. It works, it’s easy to set up and use, and it’s a good entry-level turntable for someone looking for to enter the world of vinyl.
Victrola says you get twelve hours of playback from a single charge – we’ll make sure to test it fully in our full review, but it looks about fine based on our initial testing.
While we need to do a full review before we can deliver a final verdict, so far we’ve been impressed with the Victrola Revolution GO.
It’s one of the easiest to install turntables we’ve ever used, and its portability and rechargeable battery life make it a true benchmark in the record player world. To our knowledge, no other turntable is capable of doing this.
Neat design features only add to that sense of portability, and the addition of new colors for 2022 makes the Revolution GO a fun prospect for anyone looking to inject some vibrancy into their musical setup.
No, it’s not the best-sounding record player around, but it’s the first fully portable model to go on sale – and in that regard, we think Victrola has done it.