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Friday
Jan052018

RokBlok Review

I first heard about the Rokblok on Kickstarter although I didn't back it, because I really didn't need a novelty way to play back records. I knew all about the Soundwagon Vinyl Killers from the 1970s and to me this just seemed like an updated version with bluetooth. I still couldn't see how driving the stylus around the top of a static record could produce acceptable results. The Soundwagon players of the past were toys, whereas this device seemed to be taking itself much more seriously. 
   
So I forgot about it - the Kickstarter came and went, the project was sucessfully funded and due to be delivererd to customers towards the end of 2017.  However in recent months quite a few people got in touch to ask me whether I'd be reviewing it when it came out. I decided that even though it wasn't for me, perhaps it woud be a fun gadget to demonstrate and I may even be pleasantly surprised with the results. I went ahead and ordered one from their online store.
 
Well here's my video review - as well as a follow up to the review and unfortunately it hasn't lived up to my expectations, and I had set them quite low. I never like to see a product underperform, but I can only report back on my personal experience. I need to stress that the manufacturers have been in touch and stated that it should sound much better than this - so I hope this turns out to be true and if you have already ordered one, yours produces much better results. 
  

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Reader Comments (5)

The cartridge is mounted backwards!
With the needle moving instead of the record moving, it should be facing the other way.
That's why it is plowing the grooves.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIsadore Nocker

While I wasn't in the meeting - it appears to me like the stylus has to be at the front so that the rest of the contraption follows the groove. Imagine a visually impaired person tapping a cane against a kerb to know where the edge of the pavement is so they could follow it - this wouldn't work if they instead tapped their cane with one arm behind their back against the kerb that they had already walked past.

Indeed it does seem like a bad idea on a record player as rather than following the flow of the groove - it's driving into it and presumably trying to take the path of least resistance and smoothing off the edges.

January 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I understand how it works (although perhaps it could have been designed like a rear-steering race tricycle?), and it's a bad idea for the reasons you mention.

However, within the existing design the cartridge should have been rotated 180 degrees, so the stylus shape and cantilever suspension are not salmoning. They did this right on the Soundwagen.

https://youtu.be/KUBlYZCL2t0?t=1m2s (shown at 1:02)

Thanks for the reply and for all of your labors. Yours is my favorite channel.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterIsadore Nocker

I nearly invested in this Kickstarter, as my turntable died last christmas (after 30 years).
So glad I didn't!

Not sure why you didn't take them up on the replacement - it could have been a dodgy unit - but I doubt it tbh.
Keep up the good work!

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEncroute

I didn’t take them up on the offer as it wouldn’t help to prove anything. It could be a specially prepared ‘reviewers edition’. Also I don’t like to get into arrangements with manufacturers - it makes it difficult to be 100% independant and impartial.

January 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan
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