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Victrola’s Stream Carbon Wireless Turntable Wants To Dance With Your Sonos Speakers

Wireless audio and vinyl playback converging? Sonos and the Victrola Stream Carbon Wireless Turntable are an interesting partnership.

Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable with White Sonos Wireless Speaker

Victrola and Sonos? The convergence of vinyl playback and wireless audio? The Victrola Stream Carbon Wireless Turntable makes more sense than you think. A partnership with Sonos was a brilliant idea.

According to a recent report, the renewed popularity of vinyl records over the past few years shows no sign of letting up. This means that along with vinyl records the demand for turntables needed for playing records has returned as a viable product category. 

Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable with Black Sonos Wireless Speaker

How You Normally Connect A Turntable

Typically turntables need to be physically plugged into an audio system in order for you to listen to your records unless you have an integrated record player system such as the Victrola Premiere VT, +Audo +Record Player, or Andover–One or –One E

Turntable connection options may include standard phono connections which require the audio system to have a built-in phono preamp, or, if it doesn’t, you may have to connect an external phono preamp between the turntable and the audio system. However, that creates more connection clutter. 

To make things easier, a growing number of turntables incorporate a phono preamp which allows connection to any audio system that has an available analog audio input. Some turntables even have USB outputs, for playing on a PC or transferring vinyl to a digital storage device via a PC, but you still have to use a connection cable. 

Wireless Turntable Connection Options

Some turntables provide built-in Bluetooth or you can get a Bluetooth transmitter/receiver adapter kit. However, the quality of Bluetooth audio varies depending on what Bluetooth version is being used. 

Another solution is Wi-Fi. Back in 2018, Yamaha introduced a Wi-Fi-enabled streaming turntable, the Vinyl500 which is still available. However, it is limited to use with Yamaha’s MusicCast System.

However, for 2022, Victrola and Sonos have teamed up to offer a  wireless streaming turntable that works within the Sonos infrastructure, which not only includes Sonos-branded products, but Sonos-enabled wireless speakers from IKEA and select home theater receivers from Onkyo, Integra, and Pioneer Elite

Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable Dark
Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable

The Victrola Stream Carbon

Victrola has launched the Victrola Stream Carbon, a new multi-room vinyl listening solution that’s certified by the Works with Sonos program.

The Stream Carbon allows users to enjoy their record collection on a Sonos sound system with no additional equipment required, and be controlled within the Sonos app, creating an easy-to-use, whole-home vinyl listening experience.

The Victrola Stream Carbon features a sleek modern design with a carbon fiber tonearm, easy-to-adjust counterweight, machined aluminum headshell, and a premium Ortofon 2M Red cartridge.

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How To Connect The Stream Carbon With Sonos

The Victrola Stream app provides easy setup and connects the Victrola Stream Carbon wirelessly to your Sonos system. Once set up, the turntable fully integrates with the Sonos app, allowing you to stream music from Stream Carbon to any compatible Sonos speaker (including the Sonos ARC, Beam, and Ray soundbars).

How Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable Works with Sonos Wireless Speakers

Tip: If you don’t have a Sonos System, you can also connect the Stream Carbon to any external audio system using Stream Carbon’s audio outputs. Since the Stream Carbon has a built-in phono preamp you aren’t restricted to traditional phono input connections. 

Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable Top
Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable Front and Back

STEP 1: Download the Victrola Stream App (iOS, Android) for a step-by-step installation guide.

STEP 2: Assemble Turntable according to the illustrated instructions in the Victrola Stream App.

STEP 3: Plug in the Turntable and connect to Wi-Fi Network. 

STEP 4: Connect your Victrola Stream Carbon to your Sonos system using the Victrola Stream App instructions.

STEP 5: Start streaming directly from your Victrola Stream Carbon using the Sonos App.

Setup Video

Core Features

  • Wirelessly stream vinyl to your entire Sonos system
  • 2-speed, belt-driven turntable with Victrola silicone slipmat plays all your favorite 33 1/3, and 45 rpm vinyl records.
  • The Victrola Stream app allows easy setup and adjustments
  • Includes Built-in Phono Preamp and RCA output for use with non-Sonos powered speakers or external audio systems.
Ortofon 2M Red Phono Cartridge
Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable Tonearm

Specifications

  • Mobel Number: VPT-3000-BSL 
  • Turntable Type: Belt Drive
  • Platter: Die-Cast Aluminum
  • Speed Options (RPM):33-1/3, 45 
  • Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red
  • Tonearm Length: 225mm
  • Overhang: 18.5 mmm
  • Tracking Error Angle: <2 Degrees
  • Wow & Flutter: Less than .175 dB
  • Connections: Wireless (802.11A/B/G/N/AC), Wired (10/100 Ethernet)
  • Audio Outputs: RCA (built-in preamp)
  • AC Power: 100-240V/50HZ/60HZ
  • Exterior Construction: Carbon Fiber Tonearm, MDF (Medium Density Fireboard), Aluminum, Plastic
  • Color Finishes: Black, Silver
  • Dimensions (LWH): 13.58 x 16.93 x 4.37-inches)
  • Weight (with dust cover): 13.2 lbs 
Victrola Stream Carbon Turntable with Black Sonos Wireless Speaker

Availability and Pricing

The Victrola Stream Carbon is now available for pre-order for $799.99 at victrola.com and Crutchfield. It’s expected to ship October 15, 2022.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Mike Cornell

    September 28, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Kind of interesting. For $800, wish it had more substantial feet and a proper dustcover. Also seems to be missing a cue lever.

  2. ORT

    September 28, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    That “dustcover” is stooooopid. If for no other reason than the truth of that statement..P A S S.

    Denon uses a similar pieceapoo for its 400/450 ‘tables. Ridiculous and cheapass. Oh Wait! The Denon “dustcover” also works as an album holder.

    Wewease da Kwaken!

    ORT

    • Ian White

      September 29, 2022 at 12:56 am

      The dustcover looks like a knock-off of the Kuzma Stabi dustcover.

      Ian White

      • Mike Cornell

        September 29, 2022 at 11:50 am

        I think Rega has something similar as well.

        • Ian White

          September 29, 2022 at 1:19 pm

          Mike,

          Cambridge Audio has two wireless turntables. I’m reviewing one at the moment.

          Ian White

          • Mike Cornell

            September 29, 2022 at 5:22 pm

            I was referring to the so-called dust cover. But yes, Cambridge Alva turntables look interesting….looking forward to the review, Ian.

  3. ORT

    September 29, 2022 at 2:34 am

    I thought those Kuzmas were just a drop-down-on-it piece of nice, clear, thick acrylic? Those look classic and actually work, this thing is stupid and pretty much not pretty and totally useless. At least to me, it is.

    ORT

  4. David

    September 29, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Huh. Decidedly digital analogue playback. Perfect for Mo-Fi vinyl albums?

    Written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Wink wink.

    • ORT

      October 3, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      Well done, Sir David!

      ORT

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