Best Turntables 2021 – Get Some Vinyl

The popularity of vinyl continues to grow and there are a good number of people out there that didn’t grow up with it like I did. For many, listening to music on vinyl records is a new experience and it’s somewhat surprising to me that it’s made a comeback.

I would’ve thought a few years ago that technology had passed vinyl by never to return, but I was wrong. Well wrong is a strong word, let’s say I was mistaken.

So if you’re thinking about joining the vinyl craze, you’ll need a turntable. It just so happens below is a list of the best turntables on the market right now. You should be able to find one that will meet your vinyl listening needs so let’s dive in.

 

1. Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO is a highly-rated turntable that offers excellent sound quality, great looks, and is easy to use.

This is one of the best turntables on the market today and to get better sound from another turntable, you’ll have to pay more.

The Carbon EVO is the most refined model produced by Pro-Ject and their most expensive but can still be had for under $500. If that’s your budget, you’ll get a turntable that offers detailed listening with a complete picture.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 415 x 118 x 320 mm
  • Motor: Direct drive
  • Platter: Steel
  • Phono preamp: No
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33, 45, and 78 rpm
  • Stylus: Ortofon 2M Red

Buy From World Wide Stereo- $499

 

2. Audio-Technica AT-LP120XBT-USB

AT-LP 120 Turntable

Having the appearance of a legendary Technics turntable, this Audio-Technica features an integrated, switchable phono stage, a USB output along with wireless atpX Bluetooth connectivity. It also has some DJ elements with pitch control and a highly responsive direct drive motor.

This is a good turntable for newbies due to its ease of setup, and has all the features you’ll need including good sound.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 452.0 mm (17.80″) W x 352.0 mm (13.86″) D x 141.6 mm (5.57″) H
  • Motor: Direct drive
  • Platter: Die-cast aluminum
  • Phono preamp: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45, 78 rpm
  • Stylus: AT-VM95E

 

3. Fluance RT82

Fluance RT82 Turntable

The Fluance RT82 has everything you want in a turntable. What it doesn’t have is an on board preamp so if your receiver/amplifier has a dedicated phono input the RT82 is the right turntable for you.

This turntable is considered high-quality with one of the best sounds under $300 including a healthy low end sound.

Other features include Auto-start on/off, adjustable feet, and even a bubble-level.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 16.5 x 13.75 inches / 14.0 x 41.9 x 34.9 cm (HxWxD)
  • Motor: DC Motor with Servo Controller Analyzes motor speed 500 times/sec
  • Platter: Aluminum
  • Preamp: No
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
  • Stylus: Ortofon OM 10

 

4. Pro-Ject T1

Pro-Ject T1 turntable

Another entry from Pro-Ject, the T1 costs just over $300 but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer high quality. As far as sound, it has been described as having a refined treble, detailed and broad midrange, and a supple bass. It also looks good and has a plastic-free deck.

This turntable is definitely worth the money and can bring out a great sound from your records. Because Pro-Ject put the priority on the sound, features like Bluetooth and USB recording aren’t part of this turntable

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 10x42x34cm
  • Motor: Electronically regulated, precision-speed AC
  • Platter: Heavy 8mm, blasted-glass platter with felt mat
  • Preamp: Yes
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
  • Stylus: Ortofon OM5E MM

Buy From World Wide Stereo – $399

 

5. Music Hall MMF-1.3

Music Hall MMF 1.3 turntable

This turntable is a good choice if you are looking to plug a modern turntable into your receiver and it doesn’t have a phono preamp or phono stage. As far as compared to other turntables on the list, it’s build and sound quality is somewhere in the middle and is a good choice for under $300.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 17.1 x 4.2 inches
  • Motor: Electronic speed-controlled
  • Platter: Aluminum
  • Preamp: Yes
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45, 78
  • Stylus: AT3600L Cartridge

 

6. Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT

Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Turntable

Another entry by Audio-Technica, this turntable is also a great one for those newly converted to vinyl. It has a budget-friendly price, it’s easy to put together, and has a wireless playback.

For some audiophiles, the sound may not be quite detailed enough but this is a great value for the money. This turntable also comes with a high-quality Audio-Technica cartridge which is a company known for their cartridges. Couple that with Bluetooth connectivity and this turntable is a great choice.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.15″ x 14.7″ x 3.84″; (W x D x H)
  • Motor: Belt Drive
  • Platter: Aluminum
  • Preamp: Yes
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
  • Stylus: ATN3600L Cartridge Conical

 

7. Rega Planar 3

Rega Planar 3 Turntable

The Rega Planar 3 comes from a company that has been building turntables for over 40 years and the first to use a lightweight base. This turntable will run around $1000 so it’s one of the pricier ones on the list.

It’s an elegant turntable that has a simple setup and is customizable with third-party upgrades. With a good cartridge the Planar 3 has a lively and fun sound. With its looks and abilities, this is a highly recommended turntable.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 44.7 x 36 cm
  • Motor: Belt Drive
  • Platter: New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm
  • Preamp: No
  • USB: No
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
  • Stylus:Rega Elys2 MM cartridge

Buy From World Wide Stereo – $945

 

8. Sony PS-LX310BT

Sony PS-LX310BT Turntable

Out last entry is from the well-known company Sony. This turntable can be described as a mixture of old-school hi-fi with modern day cool. If that sounds good to you, then this might be your best choice.

This is also a good choice if you are looking to go wireless. With Bluetooth connectivity you can listen to awesome analogue audio digitally using Bluetooth headphones or a wireless speaker. Wires? We don’t need no stinking wires.

This turntable also has an automatic tonearm action that will find your record’s groove with the press of a button, and return at the end of play.

On top of all this, this Sony turntable sounds great. With all of these great features, you can’t go wrong with this Sony.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 11x43x37cm
  • Motor: Belt Drive
  • Platter: Aluminum
  • Built-in Phono Stage: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
  • Stylus:Ortofon OM 5E

 

Conclusion

So there you have it, eight high-quality turntables at various price points that are among the best on the market today. My guess is one of these turntables will be just what you’re looking for. Of course, there are some other turntables that may deserve to be on this list, but the ones here are recommended by numerous sources. If you think we’ve missed some, let us know in the comments. In the meantime enjoy listening to that vinyl. Thanks!

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