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The Audio Technica Sound Burger spins again (again)

Portable turntable's return was so popular it needed another one

Audio Technica Sound Burger 2022 hot stuff

One of Audio Technica’s most memorable record players made a comeback in 2022 after four decades. The original Sound Burger was a go-anywhere turntable with Pop Art styling and a headphone port for portable listening; the limited-run re-release was more of the same, only updated for the present day. Great for vinyl fans – until it sold out faster than you could flip a 12in to its B-side.

That’s why the firm has decided to bring it back a second time, sans numbered badging, for 2023. Arriving later this spring, the more widely available release will also arrive in a different colour, and loses other 60th anniversary accoutrement.

The design hasn’t really changed, with a belt-drive mechanism that’ll play at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM for singles or LPs. It uses Audio Technica’s dependable, user-replaceable ATN3600L stylus, which is spring-loaded to balance the vinyl. A DC motor delivers consistent speed to the die-cast aluminium alloy platter.

The internals were all-new for ’22, though: the three chunky D batteries are gone, replaced with a rechargeable cell that’s good for up to 12 hours of playback. Charging is over USB-C, and there’s built-in Bluetooth for cable-free streaming to headphones or a portable speaker. RCA analogue outputs also let you hook it up to a home stereo system.

Audio Technica Sound Burger 2022

Audio Technica brought back the Sound Burger to mark its 60th anniversary, alongside other special edition releases like the sakura blossom-painted ATH-W2022 headphones and gold-plated AT-MC2022 cartridge. The revived turntable was considerably kinder to your wallet than those top-tier offerings, though – enthusiasts that moved quickly snapped them up directly from Audio Technica for £200/€229.

There’s no word yet on whether the less-limited edition version will cost the same, but if you missed out the first time around, be glad you’ll get another opportunity to bag a Burger later this year.