Crosley CR66 Rochester 5 in 1 Record Player Review

Crosley CR66 Rochester 5 in 1 Record Player Review

There’s just no denying that Crosley record players reign supreme in the vinyl world. Crosley’s range and quality simply can’t be beat when you take their prices into consideration. Their CR66 Rochester is no exception to the rule.

Read on to find out why…

With the CR66’s ‘5-in-1’ operation, you get a turntable, a CD player, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and an MP3 player in one amazing device. The best part is that it’s still affordable, which is why it’s one of the most popular models out there.

Crosley 5 in 1 Tech Specs

  • Weight - 17.8 pounds
  • Dimensions - 7 x 5.3 x 3.7 inches
  • Mechanism - Belt driven
  • Features - turntable, CD player, AM/FM radio cassette player, MP3 player
  • Playing Speed - 3 speeds (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM)
  • Record Sizes - Plays 7”, 10”, and 12” records
  • Extra Features - LED display, External FM antenna, dynamic full range stereo speakers

The Pros:

  • It’s durable and solid
  • It comes with a great warranty
  • It’s affordable
  • It has a bunch of useful features
  • It produces good quality sound
  • It plays at 3 different speeds

The Cons:

  • The stock needle only effectively plays    2 speeds
  • The record player has been known to      cut out before reaching lock-track
  • It might look a little too “vintage” for       some

Performance

You might have noticed that the Crosley CR66 5-in-1 isn’t your average record player; it does a whole lot more than one would expect. When compared against its closest competitors, the CR66’s range of useful features is what puts it in the lead, and the great thing is that all the components and features actually work the way they were designed to.

This isn’t a device that’ll measure up to the top-class units like Rega, but the massive difference in price should be a clear indication of what you can expect.

As far as sound quality goes, we were pretty impressed by the decent quality the CR66 put out despite its mediocre speakers. Reliability isn’t even a question of doubt here, something that can be found in all Crosley record players.

The Crosley 5-in-1 plays at three different speeds, which is another thing that most other record players can’t do. Overall, we were impressed with what this mid-class turntable was able to bring to the table, and we’re betting that you will be too.

A Word of Warning

All things made by man essentially have flaws, which is why we need to state the case here. The 5 in 1 stereo system from Crosley isn’t flawless, but its downfalls definitely aren’t game changers either.

The record player has a tendency to cut out every now and again before reaching the lock-track. We don’t have an issue with the record player per se, but this might be a pain for a few consumers out there.

Then there’s the issue with the Crosley CR66 needle. It’s definitely a weak point of the record player since the needle that comes standard with the device is only compatible with 33 and 45 RPM speeds. This means that you’ll have to buy an additional needle if you want to play at 78 RPM, unless of course you’re cool with damaging your precious LPs.

And as a final little thorn in the side, we have to pick at the CR66’s overall look. We appreciate a good vintage design, but the reality is that most folks aren’t, and the Crosley Rochester is SERIOUSLY vintage looking. This isn’t really a downfall, but if you’re not keen on the look, this record player can drive a car and you still wouldn’t be interested.

Final Thoughts

The Crosley CR66 Rochester 5 in 1 Turntable scored a solid 7 out of 10 in our books. We love it because it’s an all-in-one solution that’s affordable enough to cater to a wide market segment. We’d go as far as to say that this might well be one of the best turntables for under $200.

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