The result of a collaboration between Teenage Engineering and Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki, PO-80 is a portable record player with a really small size and style that makes it look a lot like a regular toy, or maybe it is: in fact, the idea is that with this device anyone, even a child, can produce a record.
With a body made of plastic that sees juxtaposed white and orange colors reminiscent of household appliances and toys of the past, this mini turntable can be used to play vinyls but more importantly to make an ultra-analog lo-fi album by capturing audio from an external source, connected via the 3.5 mm audio input.
It can record 5- and 7-inch vinyls, but in the latter case with the use of an adapter, supporting a maximum recording duration of 4 minutes if made at 33 rpm.
Measuring only 19×16×15 cm in size and with a total weight of 570 grams, the device is powered by USB. Although it has an audio output, the built-in speaker allows users to listen to recordings without requiring additional accessories.
According to the Swedish brand’s announcement, the turntable takes advantage of a simplified assembly system and comes with easy-to-interpret instructions so that everyone can install and make it work without difficulty. Five blank records are also provided in the package.
PO-80 Record Factory Kit is already on the market at 149 euros.