JBL, a sub-brand of Harman, has officially released the JBL Spinner BT turntable. Unveiled in January, this turntable introduces Bluetooth connectivity and aptX HD support, aiming to offer users a cable-free vinyl listening experience without compromising on audio quality.
One of the main features of the Spinner BT is its Bluetooth 5.2 technology, which facilitates wireless playback to compatible devices such as portable speakers, soundbars, and headphones. This feature addresses the dilemma faced by music enthusiasts who wish to indulge in the vinyl revival while enjoying the convenience of cable-free listening throughout their living spaces.
The JBL Spinner BT is equipped with aptX HD decoding capabilities, allowing for the transmission of 24-bit audio to compatible wireless audio gear. This ensures that users can savor the rich, authentic sound of vinyl without any loss in quality, maintaining the integrity of the analog listening experience.
"With Bluetooth 5.2 technology, the turntable provides listeners with an instant wireless connection to their record collections - allowing them to enjoy their albums in any way they wish without losing the signature sound of vinyl," said Jim Garrett, senior director of product strategy at Harman. "And, with its analogue output and integrated phono preamplifier, the Spinner BT is equally at home with purists who prefer a wired connection."
For those who prefer a more traditional setup, the Spinner BT caters to a wired connection as well. The turntable includes its phono pre-amp, eliminating the need for a dedicated box or worrying about whether a hi-fi amp has one. This versatility enables users to seamlessly integrate the Spinner BT into both modern and classic audio systems.
The belt-drive motor operates at 33 rpm for albums and 45 rpm for EPs or singles, with an optical sensor monitoring these speeds for reliable playback. The turntable features a straight aluminum tonearm that concludes with an Audio Technica AT3600L moving magnet cartridge, adding a touch of audiophile-grade quality to the setup.
The design of the Spinner BT reflects a thoughtful combination of aesthetics and functionality. The black MDF plinth sits on damped feet, providing stability and minimizing vibrations. The turntable ships with a dust cover, offering protection while maintaining the sleek appearance of the device.
In a nod to the vinyl purists, the JBL Spinner BT includes an analogue output with a switchable moving magnet phono stage. This allows users to connect the turntable to traditional audio systems, providing flexibility for those who appreciate both the vintage and the modern in their audio setups.
The JBL Spinner BT is now available for purchase at a retail price of $399.95, inviting music enthusiasts to embrace the marriage of classic vinyl and modern convenience.