The Best Record Players And Turntables

Last updated: April 4, 2019

The word of the 21st century era is ‘digital’. Digital movies, digital TV, digital music, and soon, maybe even digital people.

And actually owning the digital media? That’s outdated too, it’s all about streaming nowadays.

And yet, if you are reading this article you are probably part of a special class. The old school class. You know what it means to truly experience and appreciate the sublime sonic quality of vinyl.

Some might even call you an audiophile. Take it as a compliment.

But for the qualities of vinyl to truly shine, you’re going to need the best record player. We apologize, but the old hand-me-down record player that your grandfather used to listen to simply will not do.


Not that they’re not good; as a matter of fact some of them can be excellent if you know what you’re looking for but doesn’t it bring you a certain peace of mind to know that your turntable has never been damaged or mishandled?

So if you’re looking to get a new one, what are the best turntables for you? There really are too many choices. Don’t fret, because we’ve done all the legwork for you.


47 Contenders → 5 Best


We looked through dozens of turntables from brands such as Audio Technica, Pro-ject, Rega, Music Hall, Pioneer, Teac, The Marantz, Crosley, and Clearaudio. We then carefully compared their specs and reviews and finally got them down to 5 of the absolute best record players.

“Sitting in a room, alone, listening to a CD is to be lonely. Sitting in a room alone with an LP crackling away, or sitting next to the turntable listening to a song at a time via 7-inch single is enjoying the sublime state of solitude.”

Henry Rollins

5 Best Record Players 2018

ProductCueing ProcessDrive TypeSpeeds (RPM)Signal To Noise RatioWeightBuilt-in PreampTonearmPrice*Average Amazon Rating
Audio-Technica-AT-LP120BK-USB-Turntable (Custom)
Direct Drive
33-1/3, 45, 7850dB
23.5lbsYes, USB Output
Adjustable counterweight,
Anti-skating mechanism,
Height adjustment
$$2,100+ Reviews

Audio Technica
Audio-Technica-AT-LP60BK-turntable-2 (Custom)
Belt Drive33-1/3, 4550dB
6.6lbsYes, USB OutputStraight-shaped$4,000+ Reviews

The Marantz
Marantz-TT-15S1-turntable-2 (Custom)
Belt Drive33-1/3, 4580dB
Adjustable counterweight,
Anti-skating mechanism,
Height adjustment
$$$$30+ Reviews

Teac LP-R550USB
Teac-LP-R550USB-turntable-2 (Custom)
Direct Drive
33-1/3, 45, 7850dB
24.3lbsYes, USB OutputStraight-shaped$$300+ Reviews

Pioneer Pro DJ
Pioneer-Pro-DJ-PLX-1000-turntable-2 (Custom)
Direct Drive
33-1/3, 4570dB37lbsNoS-shaped,
Anti-skating mechanism,
Height adjustment
$$$15+ Reviews

*$ = Less than $200 | $$ = $200-$500 | $$$ = $500-$800 | $$$$ = More than $800

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Before We Get Started


If you’ve previously owned a turntable and already know what’s what, you can skip this section. But if you think a turntable is something that only DJs have, then please read on.

First, the terms turntable and record player. Previously, a record player was used to denote the entire system, which included the turntable plus all the speakers, while a turntable was well, just the turntable. Nowadays however, the terms are used interchangeably.

Next let’s breakdown the components of a turntable and what they’re for.

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Basic Components of a Turntable


Plinth – This is the actual body or base of the turntable. All the other components of the turntable rest on the plinth.

Platter – The spinning part of the turntable, this is the part that really comes to mind when most people think of the word ‘turntable’. The platter’s speed must match the record’s cut (33RPM, 45RPM, 78RPM). While the vast majority of turntables will play the former two, often modification kits or separate turntables are required to play the 78RPM format, which is older.

Stylus – The needle that actually makes contact with the grooves in the vinyl. The stylus reads the groove.

Cartridge – The stylus is actually contained within the cartridge. The cartridge translates the stylus’s movements into an electrical signal. Because of this, some people use the terms stylus and cartridge interchangeably. However, you can replace the stylus without replacing the whole cartridge. And since the stylus is the one making contact with the vinyl, it may need to be replaced more often.

Tonearm – The arm that swings out over the record; the cartridge is attached to the end of the tonearm. The job of the tonearm, other than to get the stylus onto the record, is to maintain a consistent sound and speed on both the inner and outer edges. A poorly designed tonearm might result in playback that sounds faster on the inner edges and slower on the outer ones.

Cueing Device – The device that holds the tonearm. It is a complex mechanical device and should be handled with care. It is in charge of the cueing process; ensuring that the stylus makes smooth contact with the vinyl without scratching it. The cueing process can be automatic, where a simple push of the button gets everything done, or manual where you have to place the tonearm over the record yourself. Audiophiles generally prefer manual turntables because of reduced vibration or interference from a lesser amount of moving parts.

Anti-skate – A control knob that prevents the tonearm from being pulled towards the middle of the record (a.k.a groove-skipping or skating). The knob is located on the cueing device.

Pitch Control – Allows you to fine-tune the speed of the spinning platter so that it can deviate from the standard speeds of 33, 45 and 78 RPM.

Counterweight – This weight allows the adjustment of pressure that the stylus exerts down on the record.

Preamps & Power Amps – the Optional Components


To listen to records played on your turntable, you might also need:

1. An external preamp – you don’t need this if your turntable has a built-in preamp. If your turntable has a USB port, it already has a built in preamp. For example, our top choice Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB already has a built-in preamp so you can ignore this part.

What is a preamp and why do I need it? A turntable produces a PHONO signal. This PHONO signal needs to be converted into AUX/LINE LEVEL for it to work with current audio players such as speakers, computers and stereo systems. A preamp is the device that converts this PHONO to LINE LEVEL.

2. A power amp (a.k.a. amplifier or stereo system).. – you don’t need this if you use active speakers because they already have a built-in power amp. If your speakers don’t have a power amp built in, they’re known as passive speakers.

How do I know whether my speakers are active or passive?

An easy way to tell the difference is that active speakers will have a power cord (and require their own power source) while passive speakers can be played just by plugging them into your audio device.

Generally speaking, passive speakers with a dedicated amplifier will produce a higher sound quality; on the downside they’re more expensive, bulky and harder to set up. Active speakers on the other hand are generally more compact, easier on the wallet and quick to set up.

We recommend using active speakers for ordinary day-to-day use because it’s just so much simpler to set up.

Note: While most turntables are sold separate from the speakers, all-in-one turntables come with everything you need in one convenient package.

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Belt Drive vs. Direct Drive


There are two kinds of record players; belt drive and direct drive. The drive in this case refers to the motor that powers the spinning of the platter. In a belt drive, the platter is turned via a belt that loops around it while in a direct drive the motor is directly under the platter.

Which is better?

Well, like anything, each has its own pros and cons.

Belt Drive Direct Drive
• Less vibrational interference as the motor is not directly connected to the platter.

• Generally considered to have higher sound quality.
• Has a sturdier build, more torque, and is quicker to start up.

• Overall more convenient and reliable.

• You can also use it for DJing since you can rotate the platter backwards.
• The belt may wear out over time and needs to be replaced. • More vibrational interference from the motor.


What Makes a Good Record Player?


Now that you know the components of a turntable, you may be wondering what sets one turntable apart from another. What exactly are the characteristics of a good turntable?

The answer is simple: minimal vibrational interference.

Because audio information is transmitted from the grooves in the record to the stylus and cartridge via physical contact, any additional vibration is simply registered as interference. Turntable engineers put in a lot of time and effort into reducing vibrational interference. Generally speaking, top end turntables share the following three characteristics:

High Signal-to-Noise Ratio: This refers to the amount of signal (the stuff you want to hear) to noise (static, buzz, etc. basically all the stuff you don’t want). As a general rule, the higher the signal-to-noise ratio, the better. But don’t be mistaken, turntables with the same signal-to-noise ratio can have large differences in sound quality. Signal-to-noise ratio is important, but it’s not even close to the whole story. For a casual listener, a turntable with a signal-to-noise ratio of 50dB is sufficient.

Heavy Platters: Good turntables use heavier materials to construct their platters, or construct platters with weighted edges. This results in the platter having more inertia and is thus less prone to being disturbed by external vibrations. The higher inertia also means that once the platter gets up to speed, it will continue at that speed. Lighter weight platters, having less inertia, will tend to slow down more quickly. To further reduce vibrations, you can add a platter mat.

Stable Plinths: Just like how good platters are heavy, good plinths are highly stable. While you can find plinths in all sorts of materials, from wood to steel to graphite to a combination, a good plinth should be heavy and rigid. Also, pay attention to the feet of the plinth. The feet are more important than you might think; they control resonance and dampen the vibration from whatever surface you are placing your turntable on.

We mentioned previously that belt drives also result in lower vibrational interference and thus higher sound quality. It is true that most higher end record players also utilize belt drives instead of direct drives. However that doesn’t necessarily mean that a belt drive record player is right for you, especially if you’re just starting out.

Bottom LineA good record player will have minimal vibrational interference. Look for a high signal-to-noise ratio, a heavy platter and a stable plinth. As for belt versus direct drive, belt offers slightly better sound quality but requires higher maintenance as it may wear out over time and will need replacement.

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Top 5 Record Players & Turntables


A quick note about our top five list; by no means should this list be read like a generic top 5 list where the #1 is clearly better than the #5.

Instead, each record player on our list was selected because it was the best choice in five different categories. Hence, these top record players are not meant to be directly compared with each other. The five categories are:

  • Best Casual Record Player
  • Best Budget Record Player
  • Best High-End Record Player
  • Best All-In-One Portable Record Player
  • Best Record Player for the Casual DJ

That said, we understand that the bulk of our readers will likely be from the ‘casual audiophile’ demographic. You’re serious about a quality listening experience but you’re not the most hardcore.

Thus, if we absolutely had to pick the overall best record player, we will have to award it to the same winner of the first category – the Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable.

Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Turntable main

Overall Best Record Player

Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB

The LP120 is the best turntable for the most common turntable demographic: the casual audiophile. While you are definitely willing to shell out the money for a quality audio experience, you aren’t a hardcore audio enthusiast; the kind for which anything under $1,000 is almost not worth getting.

In that respect, you are looking for the best combination of quality and price. For this category, we looked at turntables that wouldn’t set you back more than $500 and the LP120 is simply the best in this particular class.

The LP120 is also one of the most popular turntables on the market right now, and for good reason. It’s simply a standout on the price-quality spectrum.

The LP120 has all 3 speeds, making it suitable for any kind of record. With a USB port and built-in preamp, it is also great for digitizing your vinyl records.

At the mid-range price point, the LP120 produces a nice, well-rounded sound; great for a wide variety of musical genres. The motor itself, although being direct drive, is very quiet and unless you’re literally sticking your ear right next to the platter, you won’t hear a thing.

And if you don’t like the pitch? Feel free to adjust it with the pitch control lever.

The built-in preamp itself is of great quality, and while hardcore audiophiles might disagree, there is little need to connect an external preamp of your own.

Although the base of the LP120 is plastic, the platter itself is a nice aluminum and also features rotating strobe lights which help you gauge speed accuracy. We found that speed deviation was highly minimal and in fact much better even when compared to more expensive turntables.

What about the tonearm? It is S-shaped and comes fully equipped with a counterweight, anti-skating measures, and height adjustment. This means that the tracking force is manually adjustable.

We also like some of the cool design accessories that come with the LP120. There are designated spots to hold the adapter for 45mm singles, extra cartridge and needle, and rad target light that illuminates the record grooves in dim light.

PriceApproximately $300
Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight17.8” x 13.9” x 6"
Cueing ProcessManual
Drive TypeDirect Drive
Speeds33-1/3, 45, 78 RPM
Tonearm Features• S-shaped
• Adjustable counterweight
• Anti-skating mechanism
• Height adjustment
Built-in Preamp?Yes, USB Output
Signal-to-Noise Ratio50dB
Other Features• Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and USB connection to your Mac or Windows computer.
• +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent pitch adjust; high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock.
• Includes USB cable and Mac and PC-compatible Audacity software.
• Switchable built-in preamplifier with line-level RCA output cables.
Average Amazon Review4.5 out of 5 stars (2,100+ reviews)

  • Excellent value for money.
  • Well rounded sound quality with good speed accuracy, rivaling some of the more expensive turntables.
  • Direct drive motor is nice and silent.
  • Cartridge is upgradeable.

  • RCA wires come permanently attached, which can be annoying. Also those wires are short (42 inches) and would likely require an extension cord.
  • Plastic base is prone to scratches.

Bottom Line: Our choice for the overall best turntable. This mid-range turntable rivals or betters the performance of other much more expensive turntables. Lack of auto-stop and the manual cueing process might be a disadvantage for a more casual listener.

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Audio Technica AT-LP60BK turntable main

Best Budget Record Player

Audio Technica AT-LP60BK

So you’ve heard about how great vinyl sounds and are convinced that you want to get a turntable for yourself. But maybe you’re not totally convinced and don’t want to make a significant investment in a turntable just yet.

Don’t worry, because this category is just for you; our pick won’t even set you back $150!

After researching the category of turntables under $200, we found that the best budget record player is the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK.

Just because the LP60BK has a budget price doesn’t mean that you will be resigned to substandard sound quality. Sure, the sound quality will not be as good as the higher end turntables, but make no mistake, this is undoubtedly still a quality pick.

The LP60BK is fully automatic, just press a button and the tonearm moves into position while the table spins. Continuing with the convenience theme, it comes with a built-in preamp and USB port, meaning easy connections with your speakers, computer or Bluetooth device.

Another thing that sets the LP60BK apart from other entry level turntables is its dual magnet phono cartridge. Most other entry level turntables have a ceramic cartridge, which produce lower quality audio signals. At this price point, this alone can be considered a good enough justification to choose the LP60BK over others.

That said, you should know that magnetic cartridges are also more sensitive to vibration.

The straight-shaped tonearm on the LP60BK is very basic, and does not feature a counterweight, height adjustment, or anti-skating measures. This has led to some consumers complaining about skipping issues.

On the plus side, the tracking force applied by the stylus is about 3g, which is heavy compared to the high end turntables but compares favorably to other budget turntables which may have tracking forces of 5g or more. This means less wear and tear on your records.

PriceApproximately $80 (without USB port)
Approximately $130 (with USB port)
Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight14.2" x 14" x 3.8"
Cueing ProcessAutomatic
Drive TypeBelt Drive
Speeds33-1/3, 45 RPM
Tonearm Features• S-shaped
Built-in Preamp?Yes, USB Output
Signal-to-Noise Ratio50dB
Other Features• Fully automatic operation.
• Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter.
• Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers.
• Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.
Average Amazon Review4.3 out of 5 stars (4,000+ reviews)

  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Great audio quality for the price you pay.
  • Another detail not often mentioned is that it can be upgraded in the future by changing the stylus and the belt.

  • Lack of anti-skating feature and counterweight on tonearm may lead to some skipping issues.
  • Some customers have also noted that speed accuracy is also a slight problem; the turntable does not spin at exactly the desired RPM.
  • While the stylus and belt can be upgraded, the phono cartridge and tonearm itself cannot.

Bottom Line: As a starter or beginner turntable and at this price range, the LP60BK can’t be beat. To sum it up in a sentence: easy and convenient without skimping on quality.

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Marantz TT-15S1 turntable

Best High-End Record Player

Marantz TT-15S1

We’re moving up the price range and now we come to the turntable for the serious audiophile. Make no mistake, a high-end turntable will set you back a pretty penny. But for the serious audiophile, it’s all worth it.

After researching some of the highest-end record players, all of which cost over $1,000, we found that the best high-end record player is the Marantz TT-15S1.

Manufactured in Germany as a collaboration between ClearAudio and Marantz, the TT-15S1 is a superb high-end turntable that screams sleek. The plinth and platter is made out of a dense glass acrylic composite that deadens vibration and resonance. And the motor is of a ‘floating design’, which means that it sits within the turntable but does not actually make contact with it.

All of these in combination allow the TT-15S1 to deliver an 80dB signal-to-noise ratio. For reference, even the best mid-range turntables, including the AT-LP120, only has a signal-to-noise ratio of about 50dB. Speed accuracy is, needless to say, excellent.

The cartridge is a ClearAudio Virtuoso model, magnetic with a rich ebony base. Extremely great quality with a tracking weight of about 2g. How great you ask? Well, buying the cartridge separately can cost you as much as $900! So getting one packaged with the TT-15S1 at this price is a steal.

However, the cartridge is also quite delicate and needs to be handled with great care.

We have to note that the TT-15S1 does need a lot of external components. You will definitely need to get an external preamp, and probably a dust cover as well for protection.

Also, many customers have noted that the belt provided is not up to the same quality standard as the rest of the turntable. Fortunately, the belt can be easily replaced.

PriceApproximately $1,500
Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight16.5” x 14.2” x 5.4”
Cueing ProcessManual
Drive TypeBelt Drive
Speeds33-1/3, 45 RPM
Tonearm Features• Straight-shaped
• Adjustable counterweight
• Magnetic anti-skating mechanism
• Height adjustment
• Made of anodized aluminum
Built-in Preamp?No
Signal-to-Noise Ratio80dB
Other Features• Low-Resonance High-Density Acrylic Chassis and Platter.
• Floating Motor Mount Construction.
• Asynchronous AC Motor.
• Belt Drive System with Endless Silicon Belt.
Average Amazon Review4.4 out of 5 stars (30+ reviews)

  • Excellent audio quality as seen by its signal-to-noise ratio.
  • Sleek and stylish look.
  • Great value cemented by a very expensive cartridge.

  • Requires a lot of external components.
  • Quality of belt subpar compared to the rest of the turntable.

Bottom Line: If you want a high end turntable that won’t require you to sell your car, then look no further than the TT-15S1. We must caution that this turntable requires quite a bit of delicate manual operation, so the more casual listener may get frustrated with this.

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Teac LP-R550USB turntable main

Best All-In-One Portable Record Player

Teac LP-R550USB

Sometimes, you just want to be able to play your records, listen to your regular CDs, and maybe even your old cassettes in one device. You don’t even want the hassle of connecting external speakers.

Well, that’s what this category is all about. Sure, the ‘serious audiophiles’ might turn up their noses at your all-in-one portable record player, but do you really care?

The Teac LP-R550USB does everything, period. It plays vinyl, CDs, cassettes; it has a radio and a built-in vinyl converter. While most turntables with USB ports can be used to connect to your computer and digitize your vinyl records, the LP-R550USB can convert your vinyl records directly, using its CD burner. No need to plug it in to your computer at all. You can convert your cassettes to CD format too.

What about sound quality? The answer is surprisingly good. Its signal-to-noise ratio of about 50dB is comparable to some of the turntables on this list, and its 3.5W bass reflex stereo speakers are actually rather powerful. You can also connect in your headphones directly if you prefer.

The design of this unit is also clearly designed for convenience and portability. Many other all-in-one turntables on the market come with external speakers, meaning that when moving the turntable around, you’ll have to move the speakers separately as well.

On the other hand, the LP-R550USDB can easily be moved around, and its 24lbs weight should not be an issue for most adults.

The cueing process is automatic, which should be no surprise, since this turntable also comes equipped with a remote control.


PriceApproximately $280
Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight18.5” x 15.4” x 9.12”
Cueing ProcessAutomatic
Drive TypeDirect Drive
Speeds33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM
Tonearm Features• Straight-shaped
Built-in Preamp?Yes, USB Output
Signal-to-Noise Ratio50dB
Other Features• CD-R/RW Recording from Phono, Tape, Tuner, AUX.
• Cassette Player with High Normal Tape Positions.
• USB Port, Audio input and Output, Headphone output.
• Remote Control.
Average Amazon Review4.3 out of 5 stars (300+ reviews)

  • Can play music in all the different formats, plus all 3 speeds of vinyl.
  • Built-in speakers are of surprisingly good quality and so is the audio output from the turntable.
  • Very easy to convert your vinyl to other formats using this device.

  • Some users have noted that the speed accuracy may pose a bit of a problem.
  • No height adjustment, counterweight, or anti-skating mechanism on the tonearm.

Bottom Line: If you are a person who likes to listen to music in various formats, vinyl being just one of them, and you don’t mind sacrificing a little quality for added convenience, then the LP-R550 USB is your one-stop audio solution system.

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Pioneer Pro DJ PLX-1000 turntable main

Best Record Player For The Casual DJ

Pioneer Pro DJ PLX-1000

While many people are getting back into vinyl for their rich, warm sound, perhaps you are getting into vinyl for other reasons; some DJ aspirations perhaps?

Actually, casual DJing is on the rise and you can easily enroll yourself in a DJ course or workshop to pick up the skills. Maybe start off with some simple house parties, slowly graduate to bigger events and then who knows; maybe one day you’ll be spinning at the hottest clubs!

And while you might just be a casual DJ, we should let you know one thing: professional club DJs are using this winning turntable.

That’s right; while your skills may not yet be up to par with the pros, if you get this turntable, at least you can ensure that your equipment will be.

Here’s what your first impression of the PLX-1000 will be; it’s heavy. Coming in at 37lbs, by far the heaviest turntable on our list, its massive weight of course means a higher damping effect resulting in less vibrational interference and a higher sound quality.

What kind of quality can you expect? Well, it has a signal-to-noise ratio of 70dB, just behind our winning high end turntable at 80dB. So to summarize, the sound quality is pretty damned good.

The tonearm has all the standard features you would expect from a high quality turntable such as this one: anti-skating mechanism, height adjustment, and counterweight.

We must note however that it does not come equipped with a cartridge; you’ll have to get one externally. But it does have a sleek head shell for said cartridge.

So what makes this a great DJ turntable? First is its wide range of pitch adjustment available; up a 50% range, great for mixing! The platter also has a rotating LED light to check for speed accuracy.

Another important feature is detachable RCA cables. Since they’re not hardwired, you can replace them with higher quality options if you wish. Also, they are positioned at the back of the deck, meaning they won’t accidentally become unplugged when you are playing your sets.

Aesthetic wise, the PLX-1000 looks like the popular but discontinued Technics MK1200, which was and maybe still is the most popular rig at clubs around the world. The PLX-1000’s design is definitely inspired by the MK1200, but you know what? That’s a good thing.


PriceApproximately $690
Dimensions (W x D x H) & Weight17.8" x 13.9" x 6.3"
Cueing ProcessManual
Drive TypeDirect Drive
Speeds33-1/3 and 45 RPM
Tonearm Features• S-shaped
• Counterweight
• Anti-skating mechanism
• Height adjustment
Built-in Preamp?No
Signal-to-Noise Ratio70dB
Other Features• The high-torque direct drive ensures stable rotation and exceptional control.
• Heavy-mass, die-cast chassis prevents resonance and vibrations.
• Multi-tempo control lets you instantly pick up or slow down the track to +/-8%, +/-16%, while a simple reset button instantly reverts to +/-0%.
• Interchangeable power and audio cables can be easily connected and replaced, and pro-grade gold-plated RCA jacks ensure low impedance and amazing sound quality.
Average Amazon Review4.5 out of 5 stars (15+ reviews)

  • Strong dampening effect due to its heavy weight.
  • High level of pitch adjustment control.
  • Conveniently placed, detachable, RCA cables.

  • Doesn’t come with a built-in cartridge or preamp.

Bottom Line: If you are a DJ who has been upset at the discontinuation of the MK1200 (you can still buy second-hand ones though) or a casual DJ wanting to use the equipment of the pros; then the PLX-1000 is the rig for you. And for under $1,000, this DJ rig is almost a steal.

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record players conclusion



The vinyl journey is long and rewarding, but only a select few go all the way and become true audiophiles and vinyl enthusiasts. Yet everybody can have the vinyl experience. If you want to just dip your toes into the water then the Audio Technica AT-LP60BK is our best budget turntable, starting for as low as $80 but with quality that rivals much higher priced turntables.

If you are deeper into your vinyl journey, then there’s no question that the turntable for you is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB which is the best overall turntable and best casual turntable. Most people settle for this and are supremely satisfied. Quality and convenience with excellent value ($300).

But for the audiophiles out there who want something more, check out our best high end turntable which is the Marantz TT-15S1. Quite a high jump up the price ladder ($1,500), but for the quality that this provides, the Marantz is actually underpriced! Every single part of its design is optimized to provide you with the highest level of sound quality for the ultimate listening experience.

For people who value convenience as the primary factor and still enjoy listening to music through other mediums, check out the Teac LP-R550USB which is our best all-in-one portable turntable. You can play vinyl, CDs, MP3s and even cassettes. And all for the low price of $280 with a surprisingly high level of sound quality.

Finally, for all the aspiring DJs out there, we have the Pioneer Pro DJ PLX-1000 ($689) which is our best turntable for the casual DJ. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘casual’ though, many pros use this model. Excellent sound quality, high levels of pitch adjustment control; this is optimized for DJing.

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As for the best phono preamps, that would be another topic for another day. We’ll probably create an entire guide on it in the near future. For now, if you’re looking for a quick answer, we really like ART as a sub-$50 budget version and Emotiva if you’re willing to fork out more. To be frank, the differences between the two can be hard to tell unless you own a high-end record player (we’re talking over $500), so ART is sufficient in most cases.