In case you hadn't noticed, there's a vinyl revival happening. It seems that every music fan worth their salt has something resembling a vinyl collection these days, and as such, the market for turntables has exploded. It's hard to know which turntable is for you, and if you're actually getting value for money, but don't worry because Louder is here to help.
With Christmas coming up fast, everyone is on the lookout for a bargain, and here we have found the best turntable deals from around the web. Thank us later.
- Everything you need to know about buying a turntable
- The best budget turntables
- Does vinyl sound better than CD?
Audio-Technica AT-LP60 USB
Another too-cheap-to-be-true turntable that actually cuts the mustard. Perfect for the beginner or someone who’s just looking to dabble in the vinyl renaissance, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 is portable, and totally automatic: it’ll queue a record and return the arm to resting position without requiring a manual lever. There are cheaper turntables than this on the market, but they’re poorly engineered and you risk damaging your precious records with poorly aligned and improperly weighted tonearms.
A What Hi-Fi? Awards 2018 winner that can rip vinyl to hi-res audio, this, our buddies over on What Hi-Fi tested this back when it was £499 and even then they thought it was worth the money. Now it's even cheaper!
Pro-Ject Essential III
Pro-ject are well-respected by serious audiophiles who consider them to be the ideal entry point for anyone beginning to take their hi-fi more seriously. You could splash out a little extra for GH model, so called because it's emblazoned with the face of Beatle George Harrison. My. Sweet. Lord.
Lenco L-85 record player
The experts over at What Hi-Fi called the L-85, the "best plug-and-play machine we’ve come across at this budget price." High praise indeed - and now it's even cheaper!
Read our review here.
TechRadar called it “the best introductory turntable for aspiring vinyl enthusiasts” and the AT-LP120-USB lives up to that description. It’s the turntable you can get as a beginner and then never really have to change unless you become as sad and particular as us. With a classic design, the ability to even play 78s, should you get into collecting old jazz, and a built-in phono preamp, it’s easy to set-up and use, with a USB output that allows you to record your record collection if you want.
It’s gorgeous and its sound is detailed and airy, with an automatic start/stop feature that means your needle won’t be worn down at the end of the record. There’s no USB output – but do you REALLY need one when almost every song you ever wanted is on Spotify/Apple Music? All in all a great looking turntable from an established great of the industry.
Crosley Executive Vinyl Portable turntable
Another USB turntable in a suitcase – was there a design moment we missed? – this an entry-level turntable. You have a choice of a slightly weedy, built-in speaker, a slightly noisy line out to an amp or external speaker, or USB, to rip your tunes via the bundled app, or any other audio capture software you may favour. Clearly, you're not going to get audio to make hi-fi buffs stroke their beards with delight but the great thing about cheap turntables is that once cranked up, they do punch way above their price-weight.