The Victrola brand is famous for its unusual designs and versatility, so inexpensive turntables of this company are popular. In this Victrola VSC-550BT review, I will tell you about a cute turntable called Journey Bluetooth. It has a charming design, lots of useful features, built-in speakers, and a very low price. Let’s go!
Build up quality
The Victrola VSC-550BT turntable looks like a suitcase. Therefore, it is very easy to move around the room; you do not need to keep it in one place. It measures 13.9″ x 10.1″ x 5″ and weighs 6.08 lbs. Of course, all the parts are plastic, but it’s no surprise for this price.
The number of colors is amazing. Fans of everything flashy will love Nougat, Rose Pink, Black, Blue, Magenta, Light Gray, Veri Peri, Sage, Dark Brown, Turquoise, super-bright Rainbow, and many other colors. And on the lid of the suitcase, which is also a dust cover, there is a big VICTROLA logo. In addition, built-in speakers are almost unnoticeable, located on the front panel on the sides of the suitcase handle. Overall, the design is very unusual and extravagant.
Next to the record platter, there is a 45 rpm adapter, a straight tonearm, and a control panel: Lift lever, Line-in jack, Speed Selection Switch, Function (Bluetooth, line-in, phono) knob, Auto and Manual Stop Selection Switch, Power On/Off and Volume control knob, Power/Bluetooth light indicator, and Headphone jack. As you can already understand, the number of features is impressive. The RCA-output jack and Power Adaptor jack are on the back panel.
As usual with Victrola, the VSC-550BT has 3 record speeds of 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm with belt drive. I think it’s great for such an inexpensive deck. If you lack speaker power, just use an RCA cable to connect your external speakers via the Aux-in jack. It’s a complete plug-and-play. The phono preamp is in the turntable, but you can switch to an external one with the Line button. The tonearm and cartridge are also easy to replace if needed because all parts are removable. There’s an Autostop option as well.
Consider the Journey as a portable speaker. You can play music from other devices via Bluetooth, which works up to 33 feet away. Or you can also play music from any non-Bluetooth device via the 3.5mm Aux-in jack.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect the Victrola VSC-550BT record player to reach exorbitant heights. But, for its price, it sounds great. Treat it as a ready-made portable system capable of playing records, and everything will immediately fall into place.
- Drive type: belt.
- Operation type: fully-automatic.
- Speeds, RPM: 33 1/3, 45, 78.
- Phono Pre-Amp: yes.
- Speakers: yes.
- Bluetooth: yes.
- USB: yes.
- AUX: yes.