Victrola Stream Onyx VPT-2000-BLK-ATE Turntable Coming in February

Is there a more storied, historic company name when it comes to the history of the turntable than that of Victrola? Well, the company that’s been manufacturing audio gear since 1906 is still going strong, having recently announced at CES 2023 that their next-gen turntable, the Stream Onyx VPT-2000-BLK-ATE, will be coming our way in mid-to-late February.

The Victrola Stream Onyx is the second iteration in the company’s Stream turntable lineup, following in the damped footsteps of last fall’s Stream Carbon ’table. The Stream Onyx, verified as a Works with Sonos product, is said to offer revamped build materials from the original Victrola Stream Carbon that enables users to enjoy their LPs through their entire Sonos system, with no additional equipment required.

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The belt-driven Stream Onyx’s feature set includes an aluminum tonearm with a custom-designed removable headshell fitted with an Audio-Technica VM95E cartridge, a built-in preamp, an MDF plinth, a die-cast aluminum platter, adjustable speeds of 33 1/3 and 45rpm, and an adjustable counterweight. See it in action, so to speak, in the videoclip below.

“The Victrola Stream Onyx is the next product in our assortment of Works with Sonos high-performance turntables,” said Scott Hagen, CEO of Victrola, in a press statement. “We have maintained all the amazing DNA of the Victrola Stream Carbon, with a few alterations in the materials and finish so that we can deliver this awesome solution to even more Sonos homes around the world.”

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I should point out here that more traditional stereo speaker options can also be used in conjunction with a Sonos sound system via RCA outputs. But if you are indeed Sonos-inclined, the Victrola Stream app (available via iOS and Android) provides relatively quick setup, and is said to connect the Stream Onyx wirelessly to a Sonos system “in seconds.” Once setup is complete, the Victrola Stream Onyx fully integrates with the Sonos app for simple control, with the built-in illuminated control knob providing a tactile, centralized volume control for the entire Sonos system and selected playback groups.

The Victrola Stream Onyx turntable is available for pre-order on Victrola’s site (and elsewhere; see links below) with an SRP of $599.99, with wide availability starting in mid-to-late February 2023. I’ve also been told Victrola plans to distribute the Stream Onyx in Europe sometime later in 2023.

For more about Victrola go here.
To find an authorized Victrola dealer near you, go here.

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VICTROLA STREAM ONYX VPT-2000-BLK-ATE
($599.99)

Specs
Wow & flutter: <0.175
Tonearm length: 225mm
Overhang: 18.5mm
Tracking error angle: <2 degrees
Power input: AC 100-240V – 50Hz/60Hz
Connectivity: 802 11a/b/g/n/ac (wireless); 10/100 Ethernet (wired)
Outputs: RCA (built-in preamp)
Materials: MDF, aluminum, plastic
Dimensions: 16.93 x 4.37 x 13.58 in (w/h/d)
Weight: 12.13lb

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COMMENTS
Noodlebluesman's picture

Victrola is the same company as the one established in 1906?

Anton D's picture

After that, you'd have to follow who owned RCA!

rich d's picture

Remember the turntable reviewed here a few days ago - the one that costs nine grand but seemed worth every penny to many readers who hadn't actually heard it? I felt the same way: though the review lacked even cursory measurements (must do better!), the device looked as if a lot of care went into its design and manufacture. I thought, "man that thing looks cool and if I were in the market etc. etc."

Fast forward a few days and we are now examining a plastic excrescence which no one could sensibly desire and which I'm sure doesn't interest anyone on this website. Pro-Ject, Rega and others have this price point pretty well covered with quality gear; why bother even mentioning this thing?

Apropos of nearly nothing, didn't those old Victrola players look great? I'd love to have one to play the roughly three '78s I own...

Mike Mettler's picture
Remember that we do have a newbie audience here on AP in addition to those of us who are hardcore tried-and-true audiophiles, so we do need to be mindful of covering all ends of the analog gear news spectrum. Not every product is for every single person at the exact same time.

That said, I too love those old Victrolas, and any time I see them in use in period-piece TV shows/movies, I smile. Our intrepid LP reviewer Mark Smotroff also has an affinity for all things Victrola, and he's written about them fairly extensively elsewhere on the interwebs.

rich d's picture

but I feel compelled to add: Ad hominem attacks may be the norm elsewhere on the internet, but this site is not an extension of your mommy's basement. Please smear your poop on some other wall.

Mike Mettler's picture
We don't do that kind of stuff here. Full stop.
Mike Mettler's picture
Sorry that volvic's reply got lost in that shuffle, folks. We are all about positivity and thoughtful commentary/debate here. If that's not your thing...
volvic's picture

Along with the initial post, malarkey that adds no value and is toxic should be removed ASAP.

rich d's picture

we need 'em more than ever

Mike Mettler's picture
Our humor will always be at 11 -- or at least strive to be!
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