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Bluetooth & Connectivity
Connecting your TONE turntable to your Bluetooth speaker is a very easy, fast, and affordable (or inexpensive) way to listen to your records. However, this means you are listening to a digital signal not an analog signal. Also, most Bluetooth speakers produce mono sound in comparison to a hi-fi stereo system with two speakers. We suggest you use a Bluetooth speaker for convenience and casual listening. To experience (or achieve) the best sound experience we recommend using a TONE turntable with a real hi-fi stereo system!
Yes, we use standard Bluetooth protocols and tested the most common brands of Bluetooth speakers and they work perfectly fine. However, it is impossible to guarantee that all speakers and all brands will work. If you happen to encounter speakers that are not compatible, please contact us!
Absolutely! Using Bluetooth headphones works the same as connecting a Bluetooth speaker.
Yes! Your TONE turntable comes with a built in phono-preamp. You can easily connect it to your amplifier and speakers at home. Your TONE turntable can also be connected to active speakers that have RCA inputs.
TONE turntable is using V2.1, EDR; Class II, 2.5mW (4dBm) per 2.4GHz – 2.48 GHz. We are exclusively making use of the SBC codec only.
The advantages in SBC and aptX are mostly found in compression and aptX can usually handle compression better especially when it comes to retaining good quality, when the BT bandwidth goes down (because sender or receiver are moving, then there are additional walls being introduced while moving, etc…). aptX does not use any sort of psychoacoustical modelling during the encoding, neither does SBC. At similar, high bitrates (when BT connection quality is a max) both can be considered as equal in terms of their compression quality. Which is why it is ideal for a stationary object as TONE TURNTABLE. Please also consider, that Bluetooth speakers themselves are usually the bottleneck in a sound reproducing system as they will (measurably) show much more distortion or suboptimal frequency response than that caused by the turntable, cartridge, preamp or even the used BT codec. Of course there are very good sounding BT speakers too, but for most cases, in our tests, we concluded that it is not worth using aptX (which due to licensing costs would have also increased the cost of our turntable; aptX belongs to Qualcomm, the manufacturer of mobile CPU’s mostly used in Android phones; which is why Apple for example do not use aptX but their own AAC in iPhones, because they are of course not using Qualcomm chips). So with SBC we have a good and equal solution that works equally well for iPhone and Android devices while keeping the budget down and still getting comparable sound quality when Bluetooth connection quality is high.
No. Apple Homepod is a network speaker that connects via Wifi. Our TONE Turntable is a bluetooth device.
As most SONOS products are network based devices, a wireless connection is not possible. Some SONOS devices, like the Play 5 feature a 3.5mm Audio Input that can be connected to our TONE turntable via a RCA cable and a 3.5mm adapter.
We recommend that you always use a dustcover. It protects the turntable, especially the record, and the stylus from dust. Dust on the record and the stylus will compromise the sound. When playing records, we recommend having the dustcover open or removed from the turntable entirely.
When you want to integrate a TONE turntable into a classic hi-fi setup you need the RCA cable to connect your turntable to your amplifier.
Yes. You can close the dustcover while playing.