Best turntable Thrifter 2021
There are plenty of record players out there built into tiny suitcases with integrated speakers, but if you want your records to sound just as they should, you'll want to look into buying a turntable instead. You'll need to connect the one you choose to a pair of speakers, and potentially an A/V receiver with a phono connection as well, though the enhanced sound easily makes the upgrade worth it if you're planning on owning a killer record collection that sounds as fantastic as it looks.
- Best turntable: Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
- Bargain for beginners: Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
- Hands off: Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable
- Go wireless: Sony PS-LX310BT Belt Drive Turntable
- Best for less: Fluance RT81 Classic High Fidelity Turntable
- A classic reborn: Pro-Ject The Beatles SGT. Pepper Essential III
Best turntable: Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl TurntableStaff Pick
Made of solid engineered wood, Fluance's High Fidelity RT85 Turntable is designed to prevent vibrations and extra noise. The included Ortofon 2M Blue elliptical cartridge works to immerse you in high-resolution audio that puts digital downloads to shame.
Bargain for beginners: Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
The budget-priced Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK is about as little as you want to spend on a turntable if you're hoping to find one of quality. This model is Audio-Technica's most affordable and features two speeds, a die-cast aluminum platter, and a redesigned tonearm base and headshell which work together for improved tracking, as well as reduced resonance.
Hands off: Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable
Denon's fully automatic analog turntable is equipped with a built-in phono equalizer that allows you to connect it to an integrated amp or receiver without a phono input. It has two speeds, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm, and features an automatic startup feature that lets you play your records with the press of a button. It even takes the needle off when the record stops playing.
Go wireless: Sony PS-LX310BT Belt Drive Turntable
Sony's fully-automatic PS-LX310BT Turntable is designed with Bluetooth so you can pair it with wireless speakers, headphones, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, or connect it with the included RCA cables instead. It features a built-in switchable phono output / line out phono preamp and has two playback speeds: 33 1/3 and 45 rpm.
Best for less: Fluance RT81 Classic High Fidelity Turntable
The Fluance High Fidelity RT81 Turntable has a built-in Texas Instruments preamp that helps to offer a fuller sound with overall improved clarity while the included Audio Technica AT95E Cartridge allows for solid audio no matter which record you decide to spin.
A classic reborn: Pro-Ject The Beatles SGT. Pepper Essential III
Pro-Ject designed this special edition Essential III turntable for all The Beatles fans out there in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". This turntable includes an Ortofon OM10 cartridge.
Drop the needle already
There are a bunch of components to consider when purchasing a turntable. That's because generally you'll need to purchase more than a turntable to complete your setup. That might mean you're spending more than you originally intended, so it's wise to figure out the speakers you're going to use and whether you need to buy a receiver so you can connect them to your turntable before you buy the one you've selected.
Fluance's RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable is a fantastic place to start. We've chosen this as our favorite model on the list as it offers not just high-resolution audio that blows the competition away but also a premium look and feel that will remain an eye-catching centerpiece in your home for years to come. Then again, the RT81 Classic Turntable is another great option by Fluance which is generally much more affordable than the RT85 Reference model.
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