Some may find it strange that a radio producer is making a record player. Actually, it’s not that weird. At least not if you buy the explanation from Tom DeVesto, founder of Como Audio.
He believes that the popularity of vinyl records makes it natural for them to have a record player in their range. Because, as he claims, their customers like physical media and as long as both LPs and CDs are sold, they will offer a player.
Hence the Como Audio Bluetooth Turntable!
Which is a turntable apparently similar to most players. But this one has both phono steps, line output and Bluetooth built-in, so you can choose wireless streaming for a pair of headphones or a BT speaker. Or you can plug the player into the system with cables. Both are possible.
The player is made by Pro-Ject for Como Audio, and it guarantees quality. Como’s version comes with an Ortofon OM10, which is a slightly better MM pickup than the one Pro-Ject comes with its version, and then the Como player can be delivered in the same wood veneer or varnish as Como Audio’s radios and speakers. Hickory or walnut veneer, black or glossy white lacquer.
Otherwise, the player is simple. Everything is pre-assembled, just put on the plate, thread on the strap and plug in the plug.
On the left side of the player is the start / stop switch, and a speed shifter can be found at the top. That’s it. Almost. There is a switch to the right, below the player, that switches between wired audio and Bluetooth. If you have one of Como Audio’s on-board systems, Musica for example, and several Como speakers, you can also stream the music from vinyl records to all the Como products in the house.
Open and focused sound
Compared to the best in the price range, the Como player is really good. A Rega Planar 2 costs the same, but does not have Bliuetooth. The same goes for the well-played Reloop Hi-FI Turn3. The toughest competitor to Como’s turntable is Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500.
It can be controlled with an app in Yamaha’s MusicCast universe, and is just as solidly built. The Como player has a slightly different soundscape. Warmer, fuller, but still open and detailed. The Rega player has a little tighter bass and a little better rhythmic timing, but the Como player sounds more focused. Especially in the treble.
On small speakers, it gives the Como player an advantage. The sound gets clearer and there is a little more bass coming out of speakers that may not have too much of it in the first place.
The balanced and open sound can be attributed to the Ortofon pickup, the rigid aluminum arm – without any slack, and a light and rigid chassis. That Como also attaches proper cables is a plus.
It provides a sound quality that is fully on par with the best in the price range, only with Bluetooth in addition.
The first and only turntable from Como Audio, is well-built, pretty to look at and easy to use. With Bluetooth and good sound, it satisfies many people’s need for a turntable. All you need is a pair of wireless headphones or a BT speaker. But unlike most players with built-in BT, the Como player sounds really good. Also when connected to the stereo system, the place where most turntables fall through if the construction is not well done. It’s the one on the Como Audio Bluetooth Turntable.