Turntable Gets A Makeover

The majority may be hooked to their digital players but there plenty of old-schoolers who hang on to their vinyl for dear life. Trying to appease this segment is “Linos”, a portable record player. Ditching the traditional full platter configuration for modern sensibilities, this player takes into consideration the space demands and limited mobility of regular turntables. Simply load the record to the lower spindle element and lock it into place from above. Pushing down on the power icon then releases the tonearm and spins up the record. Hook up the player to your comp via micro USB for sound and powering or use the USB power adapter with standard stereo jack output.

Designer: Charles Pyott

94 Comments

  • Carl says:

    remind me what a ‘record’ is please?

  • AlienzExist says:

    The only reason to play records nowadays is to experience the music in a more “real” fashion, and I’m not sure this thing is built for audiophiles.

    • tita says:

      There is another reason.Despite all technologies, there is many recordings not available in CDs and in another digital midias. I have some.
      (sorry the bad english)

    • TheGeek says:

      No it’s not built for audiophiles. In fact the instructions say do not use if you are an audiophile.

    • DITC says:

      Are you kidding me? There are hundreds of thousands of DJ’s who use vinyl and a thriving market to go with it. A portable device is perfect for anybody who goes digging for vinyl and wants to check out records on the fly.

      I for one want something like this.

    • Wowsers says:

      Absolutely. The reason that vinyl is considered such an outstanding audio source is its analog to analog format. A high quality record with a high quality player is the closest that you can get to live play. As soon as you convert to digital you loose certain sound qualities. The target audience would say that this product misses the point.

    • LucasFrancisVandross says:

      People have an emotional attachment to vinyl, but if the record was mastered (or remastered) after the advent of digital production you might as well get a CD, the low end is still going to be shitty and the sound is still going to be 'sliced'. Plenty of people do vinyl just for the sake of it, not even really remotely considering the audio quality. If you're an audiophile i doubt you'd even think about hitting up a portable turntable, you'd want to buy a really nice table-top model — w/o a good pre-amp, speakers, or amazing headphones you're not getting what you need to have for 'audiophile' sound.
      I think this a very cool, I have a pretty simple small belt driven piece that does the job, but this would be something much more portable and purpose-driven. Bravo.

    • LucasFrancisVandross says:

      People have an emotional attachment to vinyl, but if the record was mastered (or remastered) after the advent of digital production you might as well get a CD, the low end is still going to be shitty and the sound is still going to be 'sliced'. Plenty of people do vinyl just for the sake of it, not even really remotely considering the audio quality. If you're an audiophile i doubt you'd even think about hitting up a portable turntable, you'd want to buy a really nice table-top model — w/o a good pre-amp, speakers, or amazing headphones you're not getting what you need to have for 'audiophile' sound.
      I think this a very cool, I have a pretty simple small belt driven piece that does the job, but this would be something much more portable and purpose-driven. Bravo.

  • Having seen the design, I’ve one question: where do the leads go when not in use; it looks like this has been something missed out in the design.

    It’s very pretty though, and the shape and colour scheme reminds me of Tron 🙂

  • Bill says:

    It’s actually a brilliant concept that reimagines the form-factor of a turntable, but…

    I have to agree with AlienzExist. Unfortunately this looks like a lo-fi, ceramic-cartridge-laden, disc-scraper.

    Let’s see a high-fidelity version, please.

  • MarceloR says:

    By no means a new idea, dates back, as an actual commercial product, at least to the early eighties. For example, search for “Audio Technica Mister Disc.”

  • No way am I hauling my precious LP out and playing it on anything other that a fully loaded heavy real turn table. This is a example of not understanding the core target market.

  • Dave says:

    Now if only they made portable records

  • Klappstuhl says:

    Heh. Reminds me of my SoundBurger.

    • Klappstuhl says:

      Yes, only difference is that this one is for Vinyl Records. But you are right, the concept for that CD Player could also be applied to this Format.

    • max says:

      that’s a cd player moron

    • Lilly says:

      Does it work? South Koreans have this weird habit of "inventing" something that doesn' t really work, or that they don't know if it'll. Like that famous researcher or the RGB pen. lol…

    • Lilly says:

      Does it work? South Koreans have this weird habit of “inventing” something that doesn' t really work, or that they don't know if it'll. Like that famous researcher or the RGB pen. lol…

  • Kelly Hayden says:

    I don’t care if this is original or already been tried. The point is this is a new design for an old idea. The ipod was a new design for an old idea but exploded and changed the music scene. And this is great for the new generation just getting into vinyl just like myself. As lng as the price is reasonable, many young adults will be willing to buy this. I personally love the look and welcome anything beautiful that combines my love of great design and love of great music. I have always thought record players were boxy and boring. This totally changed my perception. When can I buy one?

    • mix says:

      when you play the inside of the record the stylus will practically be dragging sideways across the record – bye bye vinyl….

      • DITC says:

        Yeah you’re right, I had a simmilar design in mind that would completely resolve that problem. Perhaps I should mock one up in Sketchup or Maya?

    • Denis Anson says:

      The problem with this “design” is that it ignores many of the constraints of turntable design. Because there is no platter, the only inertia in the rotating disk is the record itself. High fidelity turntables have a heavy platter and low-torque motor so that the turning speed of the record is constant. As the pickup moves from the outside to inside, the angle of the needle changes significantly (It looks like it’s going to move through at least 30 degrees.) This introduces distortion into the playback.
      As with many “concept designs,” this ignores the physics of the process in order to produce a interesting, but faulty design.

  • Destiny says:

    coming from a lover of electronic music and turntables being basically the only means for it, this looks a little unsafe for the precious vinyl , i’ve personally alwyas thought that a turntable is better then even a cd dj system because of the torque and the djs get a better feel, i think if I saw anybody trying to spin on this thing i’d laugh …!

  • Chillstar says:

    Very nice idea. Be interesting if this is ever produced, though I doubt anything will ever surpass the Sony PS-F5 for portable vinyl coolness.

  • Lucyus says:

    There is already a CD player concept with a similar form factor since +-10years. But it looked better, smaller and when closed looked like a big pendrive.

  • keyop says:

    it would be great to see something like this in production; glad there’s some growing enthusiam for vinyl out there. clever power option via USB.

    liking the TRON styling (the blue pinstripes light up, right 😉 ?)

    a couple FUNCTION ISSUES:

    –tonearm geometry would DAMAGE records!..
    because of its short length and pivot position, the arm’s tracking error (degrees from tangent) would wear out inner grooves. or it might just skate out.

    –two piece design might be FUMBLY in use:
    the “bridge over vinyl” is aesthetically cool, but would mean moving too many [wired] parts for record changes… not to mention keeping up with the lower portion in transit.
    invert things, and the tonearm can tuck under the LP when not in use.

    still, a worthwhile project!

  • Hannah says:

    omg this is perfect! how much are they and where can i get one?

  • Selecta says:

    Ey, this design is a nice symbolic gesture, but when i really think about this the rhetorical qustion arises…. can u scratch with it?

  • If this is for sale, i would buy it. There are so many record stores that dont have decks to listen to records, this would be so handy.

  • If this is for sale, i would buy it. There are so many record stores that dont have decks to listen to records, this would be so handy.

  • Aniquaa says:

    that is like sooo kool! I want 1 uv those sooo bad! I even have old records i can play on that 😀

  • Brexxie says:

    I WANT ONE!!!! where would i get one?

  • Amm says:

    This looks awesome! Is it just a concept or is this really out there?

  • Amm says:

    This looks awesome! Is it just a concept or is this really out there?

  • Evan says:

    These already exist. The Emerson Wondergram, the Audio technica SoundBurger, to name a couple. They've been around for 50 years and can be found on ebay for about $150. Stupid rip off design.

  • Evan says:

    These already exist. The Emerson Wondergram, the Audio technica SoundBurger, to name a couple. They've been around for 50 years and can be found on ebay for about $150. Stupid rip off design.

  • engineer says:

    Cool, but it wouldn't work technically. :- sorry

  • engineer says:

    Cool, but it wouldn't work technically. :- sorry

  • Dave Williams says:

    Sadly the days of high quality music reproduction have given way to convenience and ease of use. "Ditching the traditional full platter configuration for modern sensibilities"? Modern sensibilities? Is this a joke? Today's music, if you can call it that is some of the most canned unmusical rubbish ever to fall upon human ears and yet the kids believe this is music. Where's it all going? Anything can be called "music"? Two tom cats screaming in the middle of the night laid to a synthetic beat with a little bad rap poetry thrown in is likely to become a number one hit if there's enough bad language included. Who the heck wants to reproduce that stuff anyway. I you're willing to trade convenience for quality reproduction then buy one of these and stick on some rap then play it through those totally useless little speakers and the old reliable sub-whoofer just to kmake certain there is no definition between bass drum and bass guitar (oh yes, they don't actually exist in most modern noise) sit back and grind yer teeth to more schnazz that calls itself music.

  • Dave Williams says:

    Sadly the days of high quality music reproduction have given way to convenience and ease of use. “Ditching the traditional full platter configuration for modern sensibilities”? Modern sensibilities? Is this a joke? Today's music, if you can call it that is some of the most canned unmusical rubbish ever to fall upon human ears and yet the kids believe this is music. Where's it all going? Anything can be called “music”? Two tom cats screaming in the middle of the night laid to a synthetic beat with a little bad rap poetry thrown in is likely to become a number one hit if there's enough bad language included. Who the heck wants to reproduce that stuff anyway. I you're willing to trade convenience for quality reproduction then buy one of these and stick on some rap then play it through those totally useless little speakers and the old reliable sub-whoofer just to kmake certain there is no definition between bass drum and bass guitar (oh yes, they don't actually exist in most modern noise) sit back and grind yer teeth to more schnazz that calls itself music.

  • i wish i could scratch their 😛

  • i wish i could scratch their 😛

  • TroyRoark says:

    Is there video of this in action??

  • TroyRoark says:

    Is there video of this in action??

  • lhanie says:

    I live in the Philippines, anybody knew where I can get one?
    and any idea how much?

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  • osenbei says:

    I want this. Style is so cool. If it is possible, this machine would have laser picking up unit. Elp of Japanese enterprise realizes laser picking up of vinyl.

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