That seems to be changing in that manufactures have reintroduced turntable models that had previously been discontinued, and it's pretty easy to find one to buy from a variety of retailers.
Even more evidence that vinyl is now being listened to is the announcement from Amazon that it's top selling electronic item over the holidays was a turntable.
The Jensen JTA-230 3-Speed Stereo Turntable was the model of choice, probably because it's an all in one unit with built-in speakers, a USB port for converting vinyl records, and aux input for a connect a digital media player. Of course, the price was right as well at $50.
While this is far from a high-end unit, the hot sales mean that at least some vinyl fans are finally listening to their round pieces of plastic.
What's the second best selling electronic item? The Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver, which features built-in support for Apple's wireless AirPlay protocol, allowing users to transmit music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Windows PC.