JBL has unveiled its first Bluetooth turntable featuring aptX HD wireless steaming. The JBL Spinner BT was unveiled during the ongoing CES 2023 and joins the TT350 Classic earlier released. The turntable has an all-black design with orange accents and analog output.
The JBL Spinner BT turntable is capable of streaming vinyl records to compatible wireless speakers, soundbars, and headphones with 24-bit hi-res quality. It has a built-in switchable moving magnet phono stage for use with active speakers. It can also feed into a traditional audio system with an external phono preamp.
The new JBL Bluetooth turntable has a belt drive and a vibrant orange-accented design. It also has an aluminum platter and an MDF plinth with damped feet for effective vibration modulation. Its forearm has a high-quality audio technical moving magnet cartridge. The turntable speed options are locked with a speed sensor to deliver a great pitch.
The JBL Spinner BT will enter the market officially by Q3 2023. It is priced at around $399 and will be available in multiple markets globally. In comparison, the JBL Spinner BT is significantly less expensive than the current aptX HD-equipped turntables in the market. The Cambridge Audio Alva ST is about $1,000 although it sports a similar belt design as the Spinner BT. However, there are a few other affordable competitors to the Spinner BT. Sony PS-LX310 BT and the AT-LPW50BTRW although both decks are not aptX HD-compatible.
Modern turntables are fast catching the attention of the market. These devices can take you on a voyage through the good old days of vinyl records. They are also increasingly capable of producing high-resolution audio via Bluetooth aptX HD. They bring new life to antiquated vinyl records.