I’m in possession of this gorgeous record player that does so much more than simply play records.
I was able to test this beast thoroughly and really examined it by using a number of its awesome features over and over again.
I paid close attention to the audio quality when listening to records, audio quality when listening to MP3s and audiobooks via Bluetooth, the quality of the Bluetooth speaker, the sound of the record player’s motor (important!), whether or not the needle skips, the audio quality when listening to headphones via the headphone jack, Bluetooth music streaming, and much more.
Before you’re through, you’ll learn about everything that I discovered during my in-depth testing. And if you keep reading, you’ll know whether or not this beautiful piece of electronic equipment is the right hybrid turntable for you.
At a Glance…
What we like: 3-speed record player, Bluetooth connectivity
What we don’t like: Record player volume lower than Bluetooth volume
- Audio Technica AT-3600LA cartridge
- Dual Bluetooth connectivity
- Headphone jack
- 3 speed turntable
- External speaker connection
Overall, I’m really having a blast listening to old records (and some new ones) and the wonderful feeling of nostalgia that this delightful turntable brings. I loved ripping the plastic off of the Nirvana Bleach album that I recently purchased. I popped it on the turntable, turned up the volume, and it transported me back to 1989 when the album was originally released!
Oh yeah… The hybrid turntable has a lot of awesome features that I’ll tell you about as well!
Who is the Victrola The Eastwood Hybrid Record Player Best Suited To?
For the most part, The Eastwood isn’t necessarily going to be ideal for everyone. But if you fit the right mold, you’ll absolutely adore it.
People who should seriously consider buying one include:
- Nostalgia lovers – if you appreciate the feeling of placing a record on your record player and hearing the audio crackle before the music begins, you’ll absolutely flip out and fall in love with this quaint piece of technological history.
- Record aficionados – do you have a bunch of old records lying around your house or apartment? It’s time to finally pick up a new record player so you can listen to your favorite bands and musicians in the quiet comfort of your home.
- Elegance seekers – this modern looking hybrid turntable provides your home with a measure of elegance that you didn’t realize it was missing. Your guests will comment on your charming vintage record player, your vintage record collection, and they’ll love the ambience and experience it provides.
If you want something more portable we did a complete hands on review of the Victrola Revolution Go portable record player that is well worth a read.
Features & Benefits
Dual Bluetooth Connectivity
Personally, I truly admire the fact that this hybrid record player has dual Bluetooth connectivity.
What is it?
Simply put, the dual connectivity gives you the ability to connect a phone, tablet, or MP3 player to the record player and use it to play your own MP3 audio tracks or streaming audio.
It also lets you connect to a Bluetooth speaker, which is really amazing! Pop on your favorite record and play the audio through Bluetooth speakers set up strategically around your house.
I must admit that I really didn’t expect this option, but it turned out to be an astounding feature that I really enjoy.
Audio Technica AT-3600LA Cartridge
You might be wondering what’s so special about this particular cartridge.
In the old days, we called this a needle. This cartridge is responsible for creating the beautiful music produced by the records that you play on your record player.
But unlike the old days, this technologically advanced cartridge from the well-respected Audio Technica means that you get to listen to your records with much greater levels of clarity. And you’ll never have to worry about your record skipping because this cartridge prevents it from happening, which is really phenomenal.
Removable Dust Cover
Vinyl loving aficionados want nothing but the absolute best for their incredible record collections. In this case, they do not want grime, dirt, or dust accumulating on their records or record player. That would be an unforgivable sacrilege and completely go against everything that they hold sacred.
Victrola recognizes this fact and took steps to do something about it. Instead of leaving a wide-open turntable susceptible to amassing unwanted dirt and dust and grime, they added a crystal-clear yet removable dust cover to keep any and all records protected as they sit upon the turntable.
As you can see, Victrola cares about your record collection just as much as you do. Consider picking up their gorgeous sounding turntable if you need a new and better record player to listen to your favorite vinyl albums on.
Built-In Headphone Jack
Do you ever prefer listening to your favorite songs or audiobooks without sharing them with the entire world? How about listening to your favorite audio without interrupting the other people at home?
Whenever I put on a record in the old days, I had to play said record for everyone to hear at home. Now, if I prefer to avoid disturbing my family because they’re busy doing other things, I simply plug in my headphones or connect earbuds via Bluetooth and listen to my MP3s or vinyl records without disturbing the people that I love the most.
This was impossible back in the day because records didn’t have headphone jacks. Heck, if you go back far enough, headphones didn’t even exist! But the miracles of modern technology made it possible to listen to music without disturbing the people near or around the record player, which is fantastic if you ask me.
Limitations of The Eastwood Hybrid Turntable by Victrola
Using the built-in Audio Technica speaker, I noticed a strange anomaly that I haven’t seen anyone else mention so far, so maybe it’s something that no one else has experienced as of yet.
What is it?
To put it bluntly, when I play records on my record player I can only get the volume to go so loud. Now, don’t get me wrong, the audio is very loud when I listen to records.
On the other hand:
When I connect my phone to the turntable via Bluetooth, and I play my favorite MP3s, the audio seems to come out of the turntable speaker so much louder than it does when I play records.
Is this a big deal? No, not really.
Like I said, the audio pumping out of the turntable while playing records is sufficiently loud enough. I just found it odd that MP3s sound so much louder than my records, which is what this was originally designed for.
Bluetooth Speaker Connectivity Difficulties
I didn’t experience this personally, but I noticed that one customer complained that they had a difficult time connecting their turntable to their Bluetooth speakers.
In the same breath, they also mentioned that The Eastwood’s sound quality is amazing, and they likely didn’t even really need Bluetooth speakers. But it was something they mentioned, so I decided to share it with you as well.
While I admit that the audio volume for records is lower than MP3s via Bluetooth player, I also noticed an anomaly that you might be experiencing.
You see, I accidentally knocked the stylus cartridge (aka the needle) off of the arm of the record player, and it was no longer connected to the device 100% of the way. Without a complete connection, you can still hear the audio coming from the record player, but it sounds incredibly quiet. It’s so quiet
that you can barely because it sounds like a whisper.
My suggestion to you is to check the stylus cartridge and make sure it is completely connected. In fact, take the cartridge off and put it back on again following the instructions in the instruction manual to the letter.
This should solve your low-volume audio problems when listening to records. It worked for me and it should work for you too.
Absolutely! On first appearance, it doesn’t seem like there’s enough room to close the dust cover and still play records. But looks can be deceiving my friends.
You’ll notice on the left side of the dust cover that there is a large open space. Once you close the cover with a 12-inch 45 on the record player, you’ll notice that roughly 1 inch of the record is sticking out of the side of the record player, and peeking past the plastic cover as well.
Don’t be deceived by the small stature of this record player. You can definitely play 12-inch records with the dust cover closed.
Turn Back the Hands of Time with The Eastwood Turntable by Victrola!
The Victrola The Eastwood record player is truly one of my favorite electronics at the moment. It combines old-school technology with the modern world in unique and interesting ways.
I love listening to vinyl records that I pick up from FYE or the local used bookstore. Plus, I can connect it to my phone or tablet to listen to my favorite MP3s whenever I want. Combine this with a headphone jack for privacy and Bluetooth Speaker connectivity, and you’ll have one heckuva listening experience on your hands!
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Trent is a music lover, musical instrument player and passionate audio afficionado.