Super-stylish turntables are now a 'thing'
It's been a strangely busy week for the apparently robust luxury turntable market. The first shipments of Panasonic's high-end Technics 1200 reissues are hitting US shelves, followed by Crosley's unveiling of an appropriately well-appointed collaboration with high-end leather brand Moore & Giles.
Now Shinola—the Detroit-based maker of watches, leather goods, and a seemingly random selection of home goods—is jumping into the game with an opulent-looking model named the Runwell (an homage to the brand's popular watch of the same name).
Produced in partnership with audiophile-approved turntable manufacturers VPI Industries, the Runwell features a friction-free all-metal tonearm, a custom-built cartridge, and a built-in preamp that'll let you look like a supreme audio connoisseur without the hassle of a separate phono amp.
But perhaps more importantly, it just looks incredible.
The exposed belt drive, imposing platter, and aluminum-and-steel construction say serious business, while the rounded corners and warm tones of the oak base make it seem like something that belongs in your living room and not a machine shop. Taken together, the design gives off the air of fine craftsmanship and retro-modernist style that Shinola's brand is built on.
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The Runwell is available for pre-order now for the audiophile-appropriate price of $2,500.