Monday, December 5

Audio-Technica revives its vinyl Walkman for a new generation | Digital Trends Spanish


If you’re old enough to remember the birth of the first portable cassette players, you may also remember the Audio-Technica AT727/770, a quirky turntable laptop that was better known by its other name, Sound Burger. It hasn’t been made in decades, but that’s about to change: Audio-Technica (AT) is bringing the Sound Burger back to all its retro glory as a $200 limited-edition model, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Sound Burger. Japanese audio brand.

The new Sound Burger (AT-SB2022) looks identical to the original, complete with a bright red plastic case, top-mounted controls, and a built-in carry strap. The original stereo RCA outputs have been replaced with a single 3.5mm output that can be used for headphones or other components thanks to the included 3.5mm male to dual RCA cable. AT has also retained the smart arm stock mount that does double duty as a 45 RPM record adapter when needed. Speaking of the tonearm, unlike conventional turntables, which generally don’t need to deal with moving much, the SB2022’s tonearm has a spring-loaded mechanism that gives it a hand to stay on track.

Audio-Technica AT-SB2022 Sound Burger Portable Turntable.
Audio Technica

More importantly, the SB2022 manages to include several improvements that bring the burger into the modern age, without diminishing its ’80s charm. Gone is the massive battery bay on the bottom, which needed three C-cell batteries, replaced. by a rechargeable battery, giving the platter spinner 12 hours of play time. Charging is done through the USB-C port on the back. Gone too is the original motor, which needed frequent adjustments to keep its registers spinning at the correct speeds. It’s now a high-precision DC motor, according to Audio-Technica, capable of running the belt-driven platter at 33-1/3 or 45 RPM.

Audio-Technica AT-SB2022 Sound Burger Portable Turntable.
Audio Technica

Another problem for owners of the first Sound Burger is that Audio-Technica eventually stopped making the replacement cartridges, forcing people to look to third-party compatible carts and styli. That should be much less of a problem for the SB2022, since it uses AT’s ATN3600L stylus, which is readily available and easily replaced.

Finally, owners of the new Sound Burger can look forward to the most modern update of all: the laptop has Bluetooth so you can listen wirelessly on headphones, earphones, speakers, or any Bluetooth-equipped audio equipment.

Audio-Technica AT-SB2022 Sound Burger Portable Turntable.
Audio Technica

As we mentioned at the top, the newly updated Sound Burger is a limited edition device, and AT tells us each unit will have its own numbered anniversary plaque attached to the back panel. The company hasn’t officially said so, but judging by the image above, it only plans to sell 7,000 of these funky laptops. We’ll see if the sudden arrival of 7,000 new models will have an effect on the trade in used or new-in-the-box versions of the original, which have been known to sell on eBay for upwards of $500.

Speaking of the original Sound Burger, which was also sold as AT770 Master Disc in some countries, it developed something of a cult following after its release. YouTuber TechMoan has an absolutely incredible deep dive, from 24 minutesif you’re curious, including some tips on how to do some basic repairs if you plan on buying a used one.

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