Vinyl revival no sign of slowing down – but streaming services are still the preferred way of listening to music by most people today. As a result, smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, HomePod mini, and the Sonos lineup make a lot of sense for most people. But most of those speakers don’t work with turntables, which can complicate things if you want to both play recordings and stream tunes.
Victrola, a brand that has been making tape recorders for over 100 years, is primarily known at this time for producing low-end turntables with built-in speakers in a variety of vintage-inspired designs. But today, the company introduced Stream Carbon, a $799 turntable that connects directly to the Sonos system, meaning you’ll be able to stream your records across your home. me. Victrola says it’s also just the first of several planned devices in the Stream lineup.
You’ll need to set up the turntable using the Victrola Stream app, but once that’s set up, you’ll be able to control the Stream Carbon through the Sonos app or a control knob on the device itself. Just as you can play music on any Sonos speaker, a group of speakers, or everything in your system, you’ll be able to send music from your turntable to any combination of Sonos devices in the same fashion. As for compatibility, Victrola told me it works with any Sonos speaker, regardless of whether it works on an older S1 system or a current S2. With the majority of speakers works with newer S2 system softwaremost people won’t even have to think about this – Stream Carbon will just work with your existing setup without any problems.
As for the Stream Carbon’s hardware, it’s a belt-driven turntable with an aluminum disc and Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. It has a built-in preamp and traditional RCA outputs, if you want to hook it up to older speakers. It has wireless connectivity, of course, but you can also connect it to Ethernet if you want a more stable connection. With Sonos integration, it’s no surprise that Stream Carbon skips having Bluetooth connectivity or USB output.
Design wise, it’s a minimal turntable with no full dust cover; There is only one guard for the arm. It would look right at home next to any of Sonos’ similarly minimalist speakers. The aforementioned control knob is located right on the front of the device – it’s still unclear exactly how it works, but Victrola says it can control both volume as well as groups of speaker playback so you don’t have to worry about it. have to search in the app once. you are up and running.
Sonos has long positioned Its Top Year speaker is a good choice for use with turntables, as it has an auxiliary input jack; the company even sells a $950 set with a Pro-Ject TI Phono SB turntable and a Five speaker. That’s a lot of money, but considering the Stream Carbon costs $799 on its own, it’s worth considering as an alternative. Sonos too port sale, a $449 device that connects a stereo, receiver, or turntable to Sonos speakers. But if you already have existing Sonos products, the Stream Carbon should be an easy, albeit expensive, way to play recordings across multiple speakers.
You can pre-order the Stream Carbon right now, and the company says it’ll start shipping in October. And if the $799 price tag puts you off, Victrola says more Stream turntables will be available — hopefully in lower price.
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at time of publication.