How have record players modernized?

Author's Note

I didn't grow up listening to vinyl. My dad was all about the CD revolution. But in high school, I got the bug. One of my friends had a retro turntable and a small collection of awesome albums, and the first time I heard Led Zeppelin blasted over the turntable's wimpy built-in speakers (complete with some background noise and the occasional pop) I was hooked. Since then, I've built up a small collection of my own (thanks for the abandoned box of 70s records, dad!) and done my fair share of writing and researching record players, from modern USB turntables to classic DJ gear like the Technics line.

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