The Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 is an AirPlay-enabled record player for high-end setups

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These days, retro seems to be making a comeback. We have people using typewriter-style keyboards, returning to tube-powered receivers, and vinyl is becoming the “in” thing to listen to music on.

Recently, Yamaha announced the MusicCast Vinyl 500, a Wi-Fi connected turntable that features AirPlay compatibility as well as many other features. With vinyl making a return, this could be the ultimate record player for high-end setups.

The Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 is designed for people already in the Yamaha ecosystem. This turntable will connect to other MusicCast speakers giving you multi-room audio with a single turntable.

Many people will argue that vinyl is the best way to listen to music, and that’s generally the case. Analogue can hold detail far better than digital as there’s no streaming or data loss here.

We recently went over how to get started with vinyl, and many of those same principals except for choosing a turntable as this would be the one chosen.

The MusicCast Vinyl 500 has a plethora of services built-in. Even when not playing records, you have the ability to stream music via Wi-Fi, AirPlay, or Spotify Connect, which keeps the tunes going.

This is great for people who want a singular home for all music listening as Yamaha is aiming to become the center of your listening enjoyment.

The MusicCasts app will let you create a personalized experience that lets you choose what rooms and speakers your MusicCast Vinyl 500 plays on. There’s a straight tonearm for an open sound and a belt-driven motor minimizes noise caused by vibrations.

The piano black finish brings a timeless to your home with vintage styling. With no wires since this uses Yamaha’s MusicCast system, your setup will stay very clean looking.

This turntable also features Amazon Alexa integration so you can control your vinyl experience with your voice, giving another new feature to a classic experience.

The Vinyl 500 also features a built-in phono preamp output to give you the flexibility to connect to any audio system. If you want to use a regular line out, there’s that to so you can hook the Vinyl 500 up to standard speakers as well, should you not own any other MusicCast offerings.

The Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 is available to purchase now from Amazon and other retailers, though it is currently back ordered due to high demand. You’ll be paying $699.95 for this high-end turntable, but if you’re looking to upgrade your listening experience, this is a must-have.

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