Crosley CR8005A-BK Record Player Review

Crosley CR8005A-BK is a good choice for those who are fans of the good old tunes and appreciate the sound of vinyl. Crosley are a brand you will have seen before, they have a huge presence in the world of audio and their products are almost universally well received, they also have a history of almost 100 years, so does the CR8005A-BK live up to expectations? 

Looks and Features

This turntable has very appealing look. It actually looks like a real vintage briefcase. The exterior is leatherette bound and it comes in several colours such as green, pink, black, withe, blue, red and brown. The interior of the briefcase contains the playing mechanism.

The Crosley CR8005A-BK is convenient for everybody who has limited space in their home. It is very small and very light which makes it perfect travel companion, you can even take it to parties and gatherings. Due to its size the larger vinyl hangs off the side; however that doesn’t cause any problems with the quality of sound it produces. Just make sure you keep the briefcase open when plying a record to reduce the possibility of damaging the vinyl. When not in use you can just close the top and store it away.

Before playing a record make sure the record is clean and not distorted in any way, as this might cause skipping of songs and poor quality of sound. This applies with any record player of course.

As any record player of this size with build-in speakers, the volume of sound it produces is limited to an extent. The speakers can satisfy the need of somebody who wants to listen to music more quietly in their own home. The justification for such small speakers is that the design and the intention of having portable player don’t allow having bigger speakers. However, this downside is compensated with the option of connecting external speakers through the RCA outputs. In addition it also has a headphone jack if you prefer listening to music by yourself, so many of us have good speakers and headphones now that this is rarely an issue. The device blends the retro with the modern and it offers the possibility of connecting it to your iPod dock.

For those that have never owned a turntable before it could be a good first try. Crosley CR8005A-BK has belt-driven portable turntable with NP6 needle and plays three speeds of records. Check that you have removed the protection of the needle before the first use, as it might cause false perception of having a non-working device. The only problem a novice can have with this turntable is that it doesn’t have automatic return tone arm. That means that the tone arm has to be manually set on and removed from the record. This is the old school way of doing it and is certainly not complicated.


To wrap it up Crosley CR8005A-BK is a good bargain. It is good for everybody that wants to own a unique turntable that is easy to use. The variety of colours makes it even more attractive, you can match it to the decor of your room, and the briefcase look will intrigue everyone that sees it. It serves its purpose as being small and portable turntable that can easily be stored when not in use. The low volume of sound doesn’t compromise quality and can really simply be increased by attaching additional speakers. It’s perfect for everyone that wants home entertainment for a more than acceptable price.

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