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Your parents will be super jealous of this cutting-edge portable turntable

It might look like a stylish 1950s suitcase, but the ION Vinyl Motion is actually a modern portable turntable.


Christine Burkson


Posted on Mar 29, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 12:46 am CDT

It might look like a stylish 1950s suitcase from the outside, but the ION Vinyl Motion is actually a very modern portable turntable.

Vinyl has staged a major comeback in recent times, and today’s turntables are now at the cutting edge of audio technology. The ION’s high-fidelity stereo speakers are hidden within the retro exterior. It plays pretty much anything you can find at your local record store, and at more than half off the price, you can put the extra money to more tunes.

The ION’s design is both practical and easy on the eye. The turntable is entirely contained within the case, which boasts a beautiful red velvet lining. Vinyl Motion is powered by an internal rechargeable battery, making it truly portable.  It is compact and lightweight enough to take to a friend’s house.

With the lid open, you can play 33⅓, 45, and 78 rpm records through the built-in speakers, or listen discreetly via the headphone port. Alternatively, you can use the RCA output to hook up the turntable to your favorite sound system.

At the back, the ION has a USB port, which allows the turntable to connect to your computer. With the supplied software installed, it is possible to digitize your most precious records. While the attraction of vinyl is all in the physical nature of the medium, it is still good to have a convenient backup.

If you have unloved records in the family, or just want to prove your hipster credentials, the ION Vinyl Motion makes a great addition to your audio setup. You can currently get one for $59.99 via the Daily Dot Store, which is 53 percent off with free shipping thrown in.

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*First Published: Mar 29, 2016, 1:39 pm CDT