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Best of both worlds: premium Cambridge Audio Bluetooth turntable spins and streams

Two music fans sort through records to play on their Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 record deck

Combining the tactile pleasure of records with the convenience of aptX HD Bluetooth streaming, the new Alva TT V2 turntable from Cambridge Audio aims to satisfy music fans of both persuasions.  

The record deck can be used in a traditional hi-fi setup, or part of a wirelessly streaming system, feeding Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Quality should remain high: aptX HD Bluetooth supports 24-bit/48kHz hi-res playback. 

We’ve seen Bluetooth equipped record decks before, but few that perform at this level. Building on the Alva TT,  the world’s first aptX HD Bluetooth turntable, this new iteration features an improved tonearm with detachable headshell, allowing record collectors to easily upgrade, the ability to switch Bluetooth on/off as required, and a switchable phono stage, allowing the deck to be easily integrated into an existing high-end music system.

We’ve seen Bluetooth equipped record decks before, but few that perform at this level…

The Alva TT V2 retains the original Alva TT’s direct drive system with aluminium top plate and polyoxymethylene platter, and pre-installed Alva MC cartridge.

The vinyl format may be classic, but according to industry body, the BPI, record sales recently recorded their 14th year of consecutive growth, with well over 5 million (5.3m) discs purchased in the UK, in 2021. The best selling vinyl record of 2021 was Abba’s Voyage, followed by Adele’s 30.  

The Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 sells for £,1700, and is available from Richer Sounds stores nationwide.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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