Turntable sales up 240% at John Lewis

The vinyl revival is increasingly 'old news', with the growth in vinyl sales and the popularity of Record Store Day having been well documented, but the figures continue to make headlines.

The latest source to reveal a sales spike is John Lewis, which has reported a 240 per cent increase in turntable sales for 2015.

However, one look at the John Lewis turntables section reveals it's not hi-fi turntables driving sales. In fact, the John Lewis website doesn't appear to sell a single traditional turntable.

Instead, it's all-in-one vinyl systems complete with speakers - as made popular by Crosley - and USB decks that are doing the damage.

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John Lewis now stocks eight turntables compared to just one model a few years ago, with the most popular decks include the ION Pure LP Conversion (£70), the Crosley Cruiser (£80) and the Crosley Keepsake USB (£160).

Blair Christie, the buyer for audio and gaming at John Lewis, said: "The UK’s renewed love affair with vinyl shows no signs of slowing down, and we expect turntable sales to continue their upward trajectory throughout 2015. Changes to both record players and vinyl LPs have helped to blur the lines between the analogue and digital music formats."

Record Store Day 2015 saw vinyl sales up 742 per cent week-on-week and the UK's first official vinyl chart was launched earlier this year.

If you are in the market for a new turntable, we'd implore you to pick a turntable dedicated to delivering the best quality sound - our list of the best turntables we've tested is a good place to start.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).