Audio Technica’s Bluetooth Sound Burger record player looks good enough to eat

Get your retro kicks with Audio Technica's iconic 80s vinyl player, which is back with Bluetooth and USB-C

Audio Technica Sound Burger record player
(Image credit: Audio Technica)

Do you remember Mister Disc? Back in the days when music was something you bought in shops and MTV played music videos, audio legends Audio Technica decided to create a version of the Sony Walkman that played vinyl records. Mister Disc, also known as the Sound Burger, was the result – and now it's back. Back! BACK!

Audio Technica is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and for a bit of fun it's decided to help mark it by re-releasing the AT-727, to give the Sound Burger its official name. But it hasn't just brought it back. It's given it year 2022 technology, so it's actually a credible piece of audio kit. Can it make the list of the best record players? Well, it might do, and here's why.

Why you'll want to buy this Burger

The 2022 version, the AT-SB2022, looks pretty much identical to the 80s original, with a rounded rectangle that houses the record player without covering the vinyl. That means it's very portable, although of course you'll need to carry your vinyl around too. You might also want to pack one of the best Bluetooth speakers so you can share the songs with others.

Specs-wise it has a 3.5mm headphone out as well as USB-C power and Bluetooth for your best wireless headphones or best wireless earbuds, and there's a replaceable ATN3600L cartridge and a choice of 33 and 1/3 or 45rpm. Battery life is a claimed 12 hours but you'll need to find somewhere to sit: vinyl and walking don't play nice together. 

I love this. I'm a sucker for retro design, especially when it's brought bang up to date with today's tech, and if you're looking for a fun and funky portable record player it doesn't get much more fun or more funky than this. But if you want one you'd better move quickly: Audio Technica is only making 7,000 of them, and with a price tag of $199 they should sell fast.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series; her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. When she’s not scribbling, Carrie is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind (unquietmindmusic).