While this may be Shinola’s first entry into the audio market, the brand and their products (watches, leather goods, etc.) have been around for a long time. To some, it may be easy to discount the quality and performance of a company’s inaugural product.
But when you’re talking about Shinola, their business philosophy is built upon designing and manufacturing at the highest level that they can. They embrace the concept of the customer experience, and when you combine that with beautiful styling and craftsmanship, you gain a very loyal following.
With the Runwell Turntable as their first audio product, the Shinola Audio team, under the leadership of Alex Rosson (Founder of Audeze headphones), designed and engineered every detail with legendary American turntable maker VPI.
Not only is the Runwell Turntable an absolute work of art that would easily fit into any décor, it’s an analog solution that is completely plug & play as long as you have equipment with analog inputs. It plays both 33 1/3 and 45 rpm records, has a built-in phono pre-amplifier, and comes pre-mounted with an Ortofon 2M blue moving-magnet cartridge. And at about 40lbs, it’s built like a tank.
So stay tuned as we put the Shinola Runwell Turntable through its paces, and report our findings to the readers of SECRETS.