Highest Quality Anime Music
A record player & vinyls are a great way to add some ‘umph’ to your lifestyle and show off your dedication to anime music. We’re going to cover some quick basics here about the entry-level equipment that I use. It’s affordable and should get you up and running without all the complicated stuff involving amps.
First, let’s cover the equipment I use to play my records. These are all non-affiliate links to Amazon.
This is a pretty popular record player which you can grab on Amazon or even at Best Buy. Simply set your record in there, take off the plastic protector for the needle, and press the start button. That’s it! It will spin and position itself and start playing automatically.
You’ll need to pair this with powered bookshelf speakers. Typically a record player will want an amp (amplifier – they don’t all have one internally), but they can take up a lot of space and make the setup more complicated. If you want an amp, check this guide.
To keep the budget down and save some room, we’ll be using a small set of powered bookshelf speakers. Again, we need them powered since we wont be using an amp.
Here is a picture of my setup rocking both of these! I do use the white version of the Audio Technica, but it looks nice and clean!
I use this to connect the player to the speakers. It has the cables at a right angle so I can put them close up against the wall. This will be necessary since you don’t want to be using bluetooth for vinyls. That would kind of defeat the point a little bit.
Rightstuf has been stocking Vinyls now for awhile, so I’m going to put some affiliate links in here of some to get you started! Again, these are affiliate links here. However, I wouldn’t be advising it if I didn’t buy them myself.
Another solid choice for getting Vinyls is by watching the releases done by Milan Records. I follow them on twitter at @MilanRecLabel so I can watch for new releases. These sell out fast! So put them on notifications and score those rare Vinyls that are hard to get like the Cowboy Bebop or Ghost Of Tsushima OST!
Tiger Lab Vinyl
Another great source is the folks over at Tiger Lab Vinyl. The offerings tend to be a bit expensive, but I also find them to be really rare (and niche a lot of the time!). I don’t recall seeing anyone else offer Satoshi Kons Perfect Blue (Sold Out) on vinyl. Again, follow them on Twitter for new releases.
Another great choice for records is Laced Records. Laced Records has more vinyls for games than anime, but since hobbies typically overlap anyway I thought I would include it.
Not necessarily anime related, but SuperGiant games has also released some Vinyls for their games such as Bastion. You can find them here!
What’s your setup?
Do you have a setup you’d like to show off? A passion for anime music and vinyl collection? Let me know in the comments below! And, if you’re running an audiophile setup let me know! I’d love to collaborate on an Anime Vinyl Guide (Level 2)