Vinyl players have experienced a real boom in the last year - their sales are growing, and unique copies like levitating ones appear on crowdfunding resources. RokBlok is another such guest that can solve one of the main problems of turntables - lack of portability - and easily fit into a bag or backpack.
RokBlok is a small rectangular box that literally travels in a circle on the surface of the record and, using a pickup stylus, reproduces sound through the built-in speaker. Of course, you can't put it in your pocket - it still needs a solid surface to work - but the miniature RokBlok is much more convenient to carry than portable players "hidden" in suitcases.
The idea was spied on from a similar Japanese player called VW Soundwagon, however, unlike it, the RokBlok can be connected via Bluetooth to a full-fledged sound system and listen to records in good quality.
The main potential drawback of the RokBlok may be the same as that of the Soundwagon - deformation of the records. However, the creator of the device, Logan Riley, said in a comment to The Verge that the wheels of the player will be made of soft rubber, and the balance is created so that the main weight does not fall on the needle. According to the developer, he tested the prototype several hundred times - and the device did not cause any visible damage to any of the plates.
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RokBlok can be pre-ordered now on Kickstarter for $ 59, the final price will be significantly higher at $ 99. The device is slated for release in September 2017.>