Lenco's bamboo turntable offers Bluetooth streaming in an eco-friendly package

Lenco LBT-335BA lifestlye image
(Image credit: Lenco)

If you're concerned about the ecological impact of your vinyl obsession but don't want to give up on the idea of records altogether, Lenco might have the turntable for you. The new LBT-335BA is constructed using a sustainable bamboo design, and while the eco-friendly spinner has one eye on the environment, it has its other firmly on proper sonic performance. 

To that end, the belt-driven 335BA comes with a custom carbon-fibre tonearm that Lenco says offers light, stable tracking of your records. Lenco promises that its use of bamboo is no gimmick, either, claiming that the eco material actually has "excellent acoustic properties", with a "natural resonance which contributes to the clarity and warmth of the sound".

In fact, this isn't the first time we've seen the Panda-friendly material used as the basis for a supposedly eco-friendly audio product. House of Marley's Stir It Up Lux Bluetooth record player utilises carefully sourced materials such as cork, bamboo and recyclable glass to create a more renewable player, while Stratton Acoustics incorporates bamboo ply panels in its Element 12 high-end floorstanders to striking effect.

Lenco LBT-335BA on a white background

(Image credit: Lenco)

Lenco's latest player can spin at the two customary playback speeds – 45 and 33⅓rpm – albeit not at 78rpm, which isn't unusual at modest price points. Stereo RCA and USB Type-B outputs are offered alongside Bluetooth 5.2 functionality, which lets you stream your records to wireless speakers and headphones without the need for fiddly wires. A built-in switchable phono stage means you can hook it directly up to active speakers (or an amplifier via line-level input), too.

Alongside that carbon-fibre tonearm, the new Lenco deck comes supplied with an Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge as standard. You'll also get a cork slip-mat, 45rpm adaptor, RCA and USB cables and a detachable dust cover in the box.

The Lenco LBT-335BA is available now, priced at £429 / €449 (further prices pending).


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Harry McKerrell
Staff writer

Harry McKerrell is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. During his time at the publication, he has written countless news stories alongside features, advice and reviews of products ranging from floorstanding speakers and music streamers to over-ear headphones, wireless earbuds and portable DACs. He has covered launches from hi-fi and consumer tech brands, and major industry events including IFA, High End Munich and, of course, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show. When not at work he can be found playing hockey, practising the piano or trying to pet strangers' dogs. 

  • Friesiansam
    What Hi-Fi? said:
    Hopefully the LBT-335BA doesn't sound too wooden
    Given that bamboo is not wood, I don't see that being a problem...

    Bamboo is hard and dense so, maybe it will work quite well as a turntable plinth. Bamboo is great for chopping and cutting boards though, very tough and durable.
  • F8lee
    I have to laugh (or at least chuckle) at the "eco friendly" imprimatur for this device...I mean, how many millions of tons of horrible plastics are currently used on all the turntables sold in a given year that this is saving something beyond the self important feelings of the person who buys one for that reason?
    I mean, ifit produces better sound - that's great - but let's not kid ourselves.