The best turntable you can buy

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Vinyl is seeing a resurgence all over the place, and if you’re curious about which of the many turntables available are the best to start your budding collection with, we have a pick for you. A good turntable is simple to use, has great sound, and can be easily repaired when parts wear out. Don’t go the big box cheap route and get something that will last.

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39 thoughts on “The best turntable you can buy

  • December 3, 2017 at 9:10 am
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    Just got this on ebay for 150 it comes next week!

  • December 5, 2017 at 11:10 am
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    I just got into records. I've been looking for a decent record player but all the video just go over the aspect of it instead off answering the simple question; what record player is best for a beginner. Thank you

  • December 8, 2017 at 12:58 am
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    One of the Best turntable you can buy : "Riffaud turntable" Google it 😉

  • December 12, 2017 at 2:21 am
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    I hated CD's right from the start. Cassettes were bad enough. The old console sterio was the best experience I ever got. Not the kind with a TV,hell no. The ones designed to play records,8 track tapes or Reel to reel and an AM ,FM radio that would kick your sound big time. Good luck finding one ,but if you do,chances are,its probably broken. They used Tubes and those tubes died eventually.

  • December 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    How did you just handle that tonearm on "the best turntable"??? Jeez you really don't understand turntables. 2. This is aimed at DJ's. And its just a Technics SL1200 copy, A BAD one at that!

  • December 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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    anything comparable to pröject c/$ like like in the..? 90s ?

  • December 27, 2017 at 6:03 am
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    With that money will just buy a used technics 1200, will never buy a filmsy audio technica garbage. Why buy a rip off if you can buy an original technics sl1200. Stay away from this garbage please

  • January 2, 2018 at 2:13 am
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    I threw mine in the garbage 2 days later… The cartridge is awful… The preamp is probably the worst anynody has ever designed… Turntables this cheap don't sound better than what you get with streaming… Vinyl sounds good with slightly more cash… Project debut carbon turntable with Schit Mani Preamp…

  • January 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    I like your approach whether I agree with your basic choice. Keep it simple and ensure the cartridge uses 2.0 gram downforce or less. I don't think your audience is up to the gazillion models available, and the upgrade to the Pro-ject is always a good one.

  • January 9, 2018 at 9:52 pm
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    clickbait. Came expecting a video on the BEST turntable money can buy, not the most affordable record player that won't kill your records. I'm sick of seeing this mediocre table with a built in preamp infect my feed.

  • January 10, 2018 at 11:57 pm
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    Mejor dicho: la mejor tornemesa para DJ, que un DJ puede comprar. Esta Tornamesa, es una buena solución para el trabajo de los DJs, pero no para el uso casero y Hi Fi.

  • January 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    The lp120 is trash the wires are god awful and it's direct drive so it makes an awful sound and it has an awful buzz get a u turn or project

  • January 24, 2018 at 1:23 am
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    I personally own the at-lp 60 (i've had it for a year now) wich is a great option for someone on a budget!

  • January 26, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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    on the at 120 believe there is a manual tone arm lift located back bu the gimbal. you don't have to lift it with your finger,
    that would be outrageous at this price point

  • January 26, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    A good deck yes, no question, but not the best by far……… you need to get out more.

  • February 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Not the best, plus man alive!!! look at the setup of your cartridge!! too heavy, not alligned….christ alive. Stick to beards and vaping.

  • February 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm
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    the AT-LP120 is a piece of crap, sorry to say that. You can also burn your money, same effect. Audi Technica record players were good some decades ago. But the AT-LP120 should be more like 70$.

    in the 300 to 400$ price range you're far better off with the Pro-Ject Essential III or Debut Carbon DC or if you want the best in this price range: Rega Planar 1.

    but the AT-LP120 is very far from them in sound quality. 'nuff said. Don't understand why people call the AT-LP120 the best, or even a good player for this price.

  • March 15, 2018 at 7:24 pm
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    "Vinyl has better dynamic range." Vinyl is a lot of things, but better at dynamic range is not one of them.

  • March 16, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    If you’re just getting into vinyl and not sure if something you want to stick with. Go with the Numark PT-01 Portable. $85 brand new, it’s a win win situation. Bring it to the record stores and listen to the albums before you buy them. If you find a love for vinyl do some research and hand pick a solid turntable. I myself have a Vestax Handy Trax Portable. Which are hard to find at a decent price because they don't make them anymore. That thing saved me tons of $ back in my vinyl dj era. 20+ year’s knowledge on this subject. Because of lack of experience these younger guys are leading the new vinyl generation in the wrong direction.

    They have far better turntables out there for around the same price. DO NOT BUY the AT-LP120. It’s garbage. Shop Ebay for vintage Technics like the SL-1300. They have a Technics SL-1200MKII on there right now for only $339.99!!! One of the best turntables ever made.

  • March 17, 2018 at 8:28 pm
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    For audiophiles, this is no where close to the best table you can get. With that being said it is a decent turntable for dj's starting out. The pre-amp really muddies the sound (though it can be removed). If you want a turntable that looks and sorta feels like a 1200 and you want to start basic mixes, this is a good buy at this price.

  • March 28, 2018 at 1:32 am
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    As a generation x'r scouring youtube videos for turntable tips. I find 2 things, young hipsters who may have only seen a record player for the first time this year or DJ's trying to justify 900 dollar turntables. I just want to play my large passed down collection and maybe digitize or sample them. The Roland TT-99 looks great, if youre really into nostalgia.

  • April 11, 2018 at 10:39 am
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    you're wasting that table if you aint spinning with it my dude

  • April 23, 2018 at 1:35 am
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    you need to just get one from the 70s and 80s they are mega cheap and mega high quality because that was the only music format they had as with cassette and reel to reel but vinyl was the most popular

  • May 2, 2018 at 3:26 am
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    Rega
    Pro-ject
    Technics

    I'm a digital audiophile and even I know where to go for a budget turntable. Back in the day, I had an all-in-one cheapie record player and this looks a helluva lot like the modern equivalent – vinyl newbies deserve better IMO. I dont know about your neck of the woods, but you'll struggle to find a good DAC for the price of the Pro-ject Essential II here in Oz : sadly, analog just gets more expensive from that point forward but the heart wants what the heart wants.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIsEMeoeVuI

    (never buy anything without hearing it for yourself – this is just one example of something that MIGHT be a better option than the A-T above)

  • May 4, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Really crazy how everyone expresses their opinion about records, compact discs and various turntables. Perhaps there is nothing that is absolutely perfect. You big audiophiles with lots of money to spend talk about the more expensive and sophisticated turntables. What does it really matter as long as you purchase what you can afford and you're happy with it? I have an AT-LP120 with a Shure M44-G cartridge and while it may not be the very best, I am happy with it is about all I can afford and I'm very happy with this setup. You can chew on that all you want to and it won't hurt my feelings. Does anybody want to argue about that?

  • June 3, 2018 at 2:27 am
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    vinyl before year 2010 = audiophiles, vinyl after year 2010 = hipsters.

  • June 7, 2018 at 10:54 am
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    CD has more dynamic but most cd's are poorly mastered and to much compressed therefore they sound louder but also loose dynamic range. Alot of vinyl especially early recordings (1960 to 1980) were pure analoque recorded and less compressed. And they sound very good. When you rip a good sounding vinyl to wave file it also sounds good as long as you don't compress it to -16db RMS or even lower as on a lot of cd's. With a modern recorded cd which is digital recorded and mastered and also available on vinyl it is impossible that the vinyl can have more dynamic range.

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