Yamaha Will Release New Record Players After 27 Years

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Yamaha is following Sony by reviving its record players. This month, Yamaha will release two new analog record player models for the first time in 27 years. The decision is likely a reflection of the growing vinyl market in America, estimated to be worth 30 billion yen (US$275.5 million).

Yamaha will begin selling its TT-S 303 and MusicCast VINYL 500 models for 58,000 yen (US$449.95) and 90,000 yen (US$699.95), respectively, at the end of the month. The MusicCast model has wireless capabilities, putting it a high-tech step ahead compared to record players of yesteryear. The official Yamaha US site has product pages for both models.

Sony announced earlier this year that it added analog record manufacturing to its Sony DADC Japan factory. The record market in Japan remains smaller compared to the U.S. but the Japan Recording Industry Association announced there is a marked uptick in the last 17 years. Artists, including the idol group RYUTist, have released singles on the format.

Source: The Nikkei

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