So vinyl is back. Great! But let’s get one thing clear: If you’re paying nearly twenty bucks for the terrific new Willie Nelson record only to push that rich vinyl tone through tiny earbuds or desktop micro-speakers, you’re throwing away your money. And you’re still not cool.
Face it: Retro appeal is part of the fun of owning vinyl. So how can we hold retain that old-school aesthetic while getting the most from our records? Here’s a look at some of the best modern speakers that embrace the vintage look, feel — and sound.