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Pyle Audio Tabletop Retro Jukebox

May 31, 2013

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada

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Tabletop JukeBox Looking for that 1940s retro feel, but still want to take advantage of today's digital technology? If so, you might want to check out the Tabletop Retro Jukebox from Pyle Audio. With its vintage nostalgic motif, it allows you to listen to your tunes in stereo, enhanced by a seven colour LED lighting experience which you can opt to have on or off for just the right mood.

This stylishly designed enclosure features a fully functional slot loading single CD player that supports standard audio CDs as well as CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and MP4 CDs. There’s also a built-in FM Radio. There is no display or readout that indicates which channel it’s on, but it will auto-scan your local FM channels. Should you prefer to seek your own channels, pressing the FM scan button for 1.5 seconds will force the system into manual mode. Then, you can select your channels one by one.

USB & SD input too!

You can also listen to your tunes through the jukebox from other music sources. It includes both a built-in USB jack and an SD card slot that will allow you to playback both MP3 and WMA music files which it does automatically, sequentially, just like your audio CD. Alternately, you can also use the same CD controls for song and program selection.

Tabletop JukeBox Now this does lead to one little particular quirk.  The control panel has a selector for CD/USB, FM and AUX. Note that the CD player and the USB input share the same setting.  Consequently, if you want to use the USB mode or the AUX mode for that matter, any CD that may be in the drive must be removed first, otherwise these modes will not be operational. (If you don't read the manual, you may discover this out the hard way.)

To get tunes in from your iPod, iPhone or Android, the jukebox is equipped with a 3.5mm AUX input jack to allow you to import from virtually any standard headphone output. You can also output audio externally, too.

Overall, I think the concept of a mini-juke box is a neat idea. It looks pretty cool and funky especially with the vintage jukebox look.  At about 24x26x33cm, it sits nicely on a tabletop. You also get a number of options to play back your audio, including via USB jack and SD card slot, which is a nice touch.  It’s too bad you have to eject your CD to use other input options. Plus, I would really like to have seen this unit equipped with a wireless remote control.

Tabletop JukeBox Lower Price

Pyle Audio’s product page shows this unit, Tabletop Retro Jukebox (PJCDUB25), retailing for $284.99. However, clicking the buy now button offers you a price of $136.33, less than half of MSRP with about the same price available on Amazon.ca.

Check it out. With Father's Day just around the corner, this might be a great little gift for Dad or Grand Dad or maybe yourself!

Pros
Stylish retro nostalgic enclosure
USB/SD Card/AUX inputs
Lower price

Cons
No remote
No FM channel display
Must eject CD to use USB/AUX

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy "at" telus "dot" net , GadgetGreg.com , or on Twitter @GadgetGreg

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