Electrohome Wellington Vinyl Record Player Review

Electrohome WellingtonThe Electrohome Wellington Vinyl Record Player 4-in-1 Classic Turntable Natural Wood Stereo System (yes, I’ll be shortening that name for the rest of this review) is one of the bestselling vinyl record players on the market. The attractive retro-inspired design that takes us back to a simpler time has a lot to do with that, as does the attractive price.

Few record players we’ve reviewed in this price range are this multi-functional. The Wellington can play vinyl records, CDs, streaming AM/FM radio and audio files from tablets or smartphones. It also has built-in stereo speakers that fill your room with a warm hi-fi sound.

You may have also come across a player called the Electrohome Winston Vinyl Turntable System. It is basically the exact same as the Wellington, but the Winston does not have the ability to record to USB.

 

Features

  • 15 by 12 by 21 inches: smaller than most, but a bit taller
  • Weighs about 15 pounds: lighter than most
  • Old-fashioned and retro-inspired look:
  • All-wood acoustic cabinet with real wood finish: sturdy, beautiful and produces a great sound
  • Old-style back-lit rotary tuner dial and knobs: looks like an old-fashioned radio, but visible in the dark
  • Fully-automatic belt-driven turntable: less noise distortion from the motor, so better sound quality
  • 4-in-1 configuration: plays vinyl, CDs, streaming AM/FM radio and digital files via USB
  • USB and 3.5mm auxiliary input slot: allows smartphone or tablet connectivity
  • Can play 7, 10 and 12” records: all standard sizes
  • Can play records at speeds of 331/3, 45 and 78 RPM: will play any record
  • Dual full-range dynamic speakers and headphone port: great hi-fi sound quality for the size and price
  • Diamond-tipped ceramic needle: improved audio performance and won’t damage records

Pros

  • Portable and lightweight.
  • Made of durable materials.
  • Plays vinyl record, CDs, streaming AM/FM radio and digital files
  • Plays all standard record sizes and speeds
  • Classic vintage design, elegant look and old-fashioned construction
  • Gorgeous antique controls and knobs with a backlit readout
  • Lower priced than many competitors

Cons

  • No auxiliary output to connect external speakers (you can use the headphone jack, though)
  • Some users report wobbling when playing new records
  • Entire record will record as one MP3 track, unless you manually stop after each track
  • Sound quality is great for the price, but does not match top-of-the-line record players

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Summary of Electrohome Wellington Review

The Wellington vinyl record player is one of the most popular turntable players, because it sells at a low price, considering the long list of useful features.

It is basically a full stereo system. It plays vinyl records of various sizes at different speeds. It also plays digital files and CDs and comes with an AM/FM radio player. Its built-in speakers are powerful for their size and produce clear hi-fi sounds. They do not, however, match the output of high quality stereo speakers. That would be too much to expect at this price.

It also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB port and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input port to connect your smartphone, tablet or other devices. Unfortunately, it does not have RCA outputs. If you want to connect external speakers, you have to do it via the headphone jack.

The biggest problem with the Wellington (and most competitors, to be honest) comes when playing newer records. A number of users have reported wobbling. You can fix this by weighing down the tone arm, but you shouldn’t have to resort to such measures with a new record player. If you don’t plan on playing new records, this isn’t an issue, but if you are, be aware that some units have had problems. You might want to consider an alternative player instead.

 

Comparison

The closest competitors to the Electrohome Wellington are the Pyle PTCD56UBWD record player stereo system and the Victrola VTA-750B Nostalgic Aviator 7-in-1 Turntable Wooden Entertainment Center.

Both of these products have a similar iconic vintage look. Both are also equipped with powerful speakers that provide high-quality sounds and they can be connected to a number of external devices.

The Pyle PTCD56UBWD record player stereo system is slightly smaller than the Wellington, but weighs about the same. It is equipped with built-in Bluetooth and full-range speakers that enable it to stream music wirelessly from other devices such as tablets, Androids, iPhones and smartphones.

The product’s assembly is housed in an elegant and classic-styled cabinet. It can play all types of vinyl records at 3 different speeds and has a vinyl-to-MP3 recording function. Moreover, it comes with a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, USB connector for flash drives and AM/FM radio.

The Victrola VTA-750B Nostalgic Aviator Turntable Entertainment Center is slightly larger and weighs about 8 pounds more than its two competitors.

Like the Pyle, it has Bluetooth technology that enables it to wirelessly stream music from other devices at a distance of up to 33 feet. It can play all types of vinyl records at 3 different speeds, has a CD and AM/FM radio.

Unlike the other two, the Victrola also has a cassette player and it is capable of recording both vinyl and cassette files directly onto a CD without the need of a computer.

 

Verdict

Overall, the Electrohome Wellington Vinyl Record Player is the best option for most people. It costs less, but has most of the same features as its more expensive competitors. Its backlit radio display sets it apart. If you plan on using it in the dark, the Wellington is easily the top choice.

If you want bluetooth, either of the competitors are better. The Pyle PTCD56UBWD only costs slightly more and adds bluetooth to the mix. It also has RCA jacks, if you want to use it with external speakers. Unfortunately, some Pyle units also suffer from the same wobbling and skipping issues with new records as the Wellington.

The Victrola VTA-750B basically has the same features as the Pyle, including the same issues with new records. It costs quite a bit more, though. It seems what you’re mainly paying for is a larger housing and the addition of a cassette player.

In the end it mainly comes down aesthetics (and whether you need bluetooth): which one looks better to you and would fit in better with your decor. That’s the best one for you.

  • Updated August 18, 2017