Audio-Technica's radical Sound Burger portable turntable gets re-released

Audio-Technica Sound Burger in yellow playing an LP with some speakers in the background
(Image credit: Audio-Technica)

Audio-Technica's Sound Burger portable turntable has been re-released for modern music lovers with Bluetooth connectivity, and comes in three new color options. This re-release follows the limited edition red color version that was announced in November 2022 as part of the audio company's 60th anniversary celebrations. 

According to the Japanese audio tech company, the retro red version sold out worldwide within just a few days. This was quicker than anyone anticipated and came as a surprise to the Japanese audio specialist some four decades after the turntable's original debut. And so it brought it back.

Sound Burger price and release date

The Audio-Technica Sound Burger goes on sale today (May 31, 2023). It's available to buy directly from Audio-Technica's website priced at $199 / £199. White, and black options are available immediately, while the yellow version will go on sale later this summer.

Run it back

Audio-Technica Sound Burger playing a pink colored vinyl on a desk with LPs and speakers in the background

(Image credit: Audio-Technica)

Designed as a small space solution, the Sound Burger aims to help make vinyl playback more practical for anyone looking to travel with their record collection. It's retro styling merges pop art with Audio-Technica's trusted turntable heritage — and updates it for today's music lovers. 

As Bluetooth record players go, Audio-Technica's Sound Burger is among one of the most eye-eye-catching designs I've seen. Although I didn't bite when the original was around, I confess that I'm hungry to hear one now.

Audio-Technica's Sound Burger is among one of the most eye-eye-catching turntable designs I've seen.

Bluetooth wireless audio brings cable-free connectivity for listening via the best Bluetooth headphones or best Bluetooth speakers, while the built-in battery claims to provide up to 12 hours of playback topped up via a USB-C charging port.

To ensure that it's as portable as ever, the Sound Burger uses a dynamic balance system that applies pressure to the stylus to ensure it stays in the groove to keep music on track. The DC motor is said to keep everything running smoothly, and the belt-drive system can play 33 and 45 RPM record speeds.

The Sound Burger comes supplied with a 45 RPM record adapter, a 3.5mm-to-stereo-RCA cable, and a USB-A-to-USB-C charging cable. The pre-fitted stylus can be replaced with the ATN3600L for around $24 / £20.

Once again, the Audio-Technica Sound Burger is available to buy now directly from Audio-Technica's website. Priced at $199 / £199 and available today in white, and black options, while the yellow version will go on sale later this summer. 

Update: According to an update on the Audio-Technica website, a small number of limited edition (2022) red units have become available. Bag them while you can.

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Lee Dunkley
Audio Editor

As a former editor of the U.K.'s Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Lee is passionate about all kinds of audio tech and has been providing sound advice to enable consumers to make informed buying decisions since he joined Which? magazine as a product tester in the 1990s. Lee covers all things audio for Tom's Guide, including headphones, wireless speakers and soundbars and loves to connect and share the mindfulness benefits that listening to music in the very best quality can bring.