Ion Air LP Blends Bluetooth and Vinyl
These days, few stereo systems have a phono input, so the Air LP converts the output of the turntable into a digital signal and then transmits it via Bluetooth. It also has a USB output so you can convert the sound into a digital file and then store them on your computer. It supports up to 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV files. In addition, there are RCA outputs and a headphone jack. It can play and convert 33-⅓, 45 and 78 rpm albums.
“With vinyl album sales on the rise and the increasing popularity of Bluetooth speakers, we wanted to connect the best of both worlds and create a wireless way to enjoy your records. Air LP’s innovative design puts vinyl records on an entirely new wavelength; our customers are going to love this modern update to the traditional turntable” said Wendy Fortin, ION Product Manager.
I was about to say that at least it doesn’t also have a cassette output, but through its ⅛” aux input, you could connect and convert from an external cassette player or reel-to-reel. It will retail for $150 when it becomes available in March.
The Ion Air LP won’t revolutionize the audio world - I doubt it has Burr-Brown’s best quality AD convertors or Shure’s top-of-the-line cartridge, but for someone just jumping onto the vinyl bandwagon, it’s an easy way to get started wirelessly.