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Best Hi-Fi Turntables 2017----Buyer's guide

Best Hi-Fi Turntables 2017----Buyer's guide

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Hi Fi Turntables Specification Comparison

Brand Name Platter  Drive system Speeds  Cartridge  Buttons
Audio- Technica AT-LP120-USB Silver Aluminum  Belt drive  2 speed  AT95E  Check Price
Teac LP-R550USB Turntable plastic  Belt drive  3speed  TEAC STL103X2 Check Price
Numark TTUSB Aluninum  Belt drive  2 speed  Audio-Technica cartridge Check Price
Teac TN-300 Analog Turntable(Black) Aluminum Die-case Belt drive  2 speed  MM TYPE(audio-technica AT95E  Check Price
Fluance RT80 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player Aluninum  Belt drive  2 speed  MM TYPE(Audio-technica AT95E)  Check Price
TEAC LP-P1000 Turntable Plastic  Belt drive   3 speed  TEAC STL103X2 Check Price
Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon DC(Black) Aluminum  Belt drive  2 speed  Ortofon OM5E Cartridge pre-mounted  Check Price
Rega – RP1 Turntable(White)  New float glass ‘Optiwhite’ polished rim 12mm Belt drive  2 speed  Rega Carbon Check Price
Music Hall MMF 2.2LE Limited Edition Audiophile Turntable music hall spirit moving-magnet cartridge with replacement  Belt drive  2 speed  MMF 2.2 Check Price
U-Turn Audio – Orbit Plus Turntable(blue) Acrylic Belt drive  2 speed  Ortofon OM5E with elliptical diamond stylus Check Price
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01 • Audio- Technica AT-LP120-USB Silver

Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Channel Separation: >20 dB at 1 kHz
Tracking Force Range:1.5-2.5 grams 2.0 grams (20 mN) recommended tracking force
Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms Output 3.5 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
Channel Balance: within 2.0 dB
Stylus Type: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus
Cantilever: Alloy tube
Mount: Half-inch

To start things off, Audio-Technica is an established brand from Japan that has proven to the audio industry for many years that it’s products are affordable, meritorious and commendable. When it comes to casual listening, you can’t go wrong with the impeccable Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB. This model is a direct-drive professional turntable that has an articulate sound which makes it amazing for such an affordable price.

For $289, you’ll be getting a hassle free turntable as it has a switchable built-in preamplifier with line-level RCA output cables; meaning you won’t be needing any extra accessories to connect your turntable to a stereo. The best part about this turntable is that it has a USB port that allows you to connect to your MAC or Windows computer and digitize your favourite records. This product comes with a Mac/PC compatible audacity software and a USB cable. It also comes with a replaceble cartridge and head-shell.

This model has 3 different speeds; 33-1/3, 45 and 78RPM. Therefore, you’ll be able to play and enjoy any records from your collection The speed for this model is notably consistent. If that’s not enough to draw your attention, this model also allows you to adjust the pitch by 10% or 20% and it has a high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock. It has an S-shaped tone arm assemble with adjustable counterweight, anti-skate adjustment and also tone-arm height adjustment and lock. Without having to go through a complicated set-up process, this model offers customers an affordable way to listen to their favourite records with its high torque motor.


Pros: Cons:
Its direct-drive motor delivers quick start-ups.
33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM listening speeds allow you to enjoy your entire record collection.
The felt mat seems to bring a lot of static to the surface of the vinyl.


02 • Teac LP-R550USB Turntable

CD-R/RW Recording from Phono, Tape, Tuner, AUX
Drawer-type CD Recorder
Auto/Manual Track Increment
Rec Level Control for Analogue Source Recording
Repeat (1/ALL), Shuffle, 32-track Program Play

If you’re looking for a turntable that allows easy recording of records, cassettes, and radio, look no further as this is the model for you. Not only does it allow you to record, it also has an auxiliary audio input to CD-R/RW. It records LPs, CDs, radio and cassettes to PC in the simplest form via a USB connection. It’s 3.5W + 3.5W amplifiers and bass-reflex type stereo speakers are designed to create a distinct sound that’s soothing to you ears.

Founded in Japan, TEAC has been manufacturing audio products for over 63 years. Thus you can bet their products are trustworthy. For the price of $276, you’ll be getting a 3-speed analog turntable with auto-return feature. For your convenience, it also has an RCA pin jack input/output to connect any existing audio player equipment. The main selling points of this model are the CD Burner and the cassette deck.

That being said, it’s aesthetics are impressive with a slight touch of a modern and retro feel. Suiting your preference, you’re allowed to have either manual or automatic setting of track numbers when recording to a CD. A remote control comes with this unit as well to control functions at a distance from the unit. This is the perfect model all around.


Pros: Cons:
Bright and easy to read LCD Display.
It’s dedicated buttons for frequently used functions ensures ease of use.
It has a little bit of noise whenever a vinyl is playing.


03 • Numark TTUSB

Product Weight(with packaging): 12lbs
Turntable Weight: > 7.7lbs
Master CTN dimensions: 20.27” x 17.16” x 6.85”
Motor:Belt Drive
Pitch: +/- 10%, 33 1/3 RPM or 45 RPM operation
Inputs: 1/8” stereo line level
Outputs: RCA(Line/Phono), USB Audio

Originally from Rhode Island of the US, Numark is an established brand that makes and develops excellent audio technologies for DJs and Musicians around the world for the last 40 years. The Numark TTUSB Turntable has all the features it needs to be a quality converter turntable.

If you’re wondering about its speed, this turntable plays at 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. It has an adjustable anti-skate control for increased stereo balancing. It also has a USB port for connection between the turntable and either PC or Mac. It also has 1/8” stereo line input and RCA line outputs with adjustable pitch control of +10%. All necessary cables are provided for you to connect the turntable to your personal computer or stereo playback system; all for your convenience. This makes it easy to convert all LPs to digital formats.

Its design is exceptional. It has a really modern look and the one word to describe it is “futuristic”. Coated in silver, this is one of the most elegant looking models you’ll find in the market. Thus being said, the Numark TTUSB turntable is worth every penny you’re set to pay $133 to get your hands on.


Pros: Cons:
It has a diecast and machined aluminium platter for better mass and more consistent disc speed.
It has an S shaped tone arm.
Might spin too fast while playing.


04 • Teac TN-300 Analog Turntable(Black)

Connector: RCA Pin jack (Gold-plated)
Output Voltage: Phono/Line switchable
Phono Output: 4.5mV +/–3dB
Line Output: 120mV (–13dBV)
Connector: USB B type
Output Signal: PCM 48kHz/16-bit
Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OS X Lion (10.7), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X El Capitan (10.11), macOS Sierra (10.12)

Another top notch model from Teac, the TN-300 is an analog turntable with built-in phono pre-amplifier with USB digital output. This is a manual belt-drive turntable that supports 33 or 45 RPM. Originally from Japan, this company without doubt produces top notch turntables.

At an affordable price of $269 for a turntable, you might want to add this to your wishlist. The USB output allows you to transfer music from vinyl records to your MAC or PC. It also has a built-in phone equalizer which lets you switch between LINE and PHONO. It is designed with a black base and it looks exceptional. Besides that, it has a touch of silver all around to give it a classy look.

Besides having a sleek design, this model comes with an Audio-Technica MMVM type phonograph cartridge AT95E. Another impressive feature about this turntable is that it has gold plated terminals for oxidation resistance. Despite it having a short warranty, the features and design of this model definitely makes up for it. In conclusion, if this is within your budget, do not hesitate to get this model as it is fantastic.


Pros: Cons:
The Audio-Technica cartridge creates a vastly improved sound all around.
The speed can be adjusted on the button desk.
This model comes with a short warranty.


05 • Fluance RT80 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

WIDTH: 4.5mm
CONNECTOR: RCA (Gold-plated)
PREAMP: Yes, PHONO/LINE Switchable
PHONO OUTPUT: 2.5mV +/–3dB
LINE OUTPUT: 140mV (–17dBV)

A basic introduction to this model by Fluance; it comes with a premium cartridge, diamond stylus, belt drive, built-in preamp, adjustable counterweight along with anti-skating and of course a glossy black wood cabinet. Has that caught your attention? To recreate the performance the artists intended, premium components of this model allows this high fidelity belt driven turntable to produce a pure analog listening experience.

Fluance is a company that’s established in Ontario and they believe that a good turntable doesn’t have to be expensive. Want a cartridge that produces outstanding clarity? Look no further as this model comes with a high performance AT95E Audio Technica cartridge. Also, the diamond ellipitical tipped stylus is designed to track your record grooves with greater precision and accuracy for high definition audio. With the balanced aluminium S-Type tonearm, perfect playback can be achieved and this ensures the stylus is rested deep in your record’s groove. Thus, producing every audio detail indistinguishable from the original recording.

The beautiful walnut finished cabinet is crafted from solid audio-grade(MDF) wood and incorporates isolation feet, an aluminium platter, and a rubber slip mat which results in superior isolation from unwanted vibrations. Captivating signal clarity is produced with high quality Texas instruments’ preamp, ground terminal and gold plated RCA line outputs that gives off a warm, true sound. Best part, Fluance ensures customers for lifetime support regarding their models. For $199.9, this model is a steal.


Pros: Cons:
Superior stylus makes for a Pure Analog listening experience.
Smooth playback is ideal for long listening sessions.
Designed for serious performance.
Premium Components.
It has a slight speed issue.


06 • TEAC LP-P1000 Turntable

Version: 3.0
Class:Class2(max range 10m / 33 ft.)
Supported Profile:A2DP, AVRCP
Supported Codec: SBC X
Contents Protection System:SCMS-T
Output Power: 25W+25W

From Japan, TEAC has penetrated the turntable industry really well with their amazing products. They’ve been making turntables for over 60 years and if that just shows their expertise in this area. If you are looking for an all-in-one turntable, look no further. It’s design is amazing with such a sleek retro look.

This model is a turntable stereo system that comes with CD, Bluetooth and radio functions. Usually when we look for turntables, we’d ensure that it has all the features you need. Look no further as this model has all the features you need packed into one. For the price of $318, it allows wireless connection from smartphones, tablets and laptops via Bluetooth. It’s so convenient you’d fall in love with this model after getting it.

Regarding its speed, this is a 3-speed turntable with 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM and allows playback from LP/EP’s and SP records. It’s output power is 25 X 25 Watts and included in the package are 2-Way Bass Reflex Speakers. That’s an amazing deal for its price. It also has a tray loading CD Player that’s compatible with CD-R/RW discs and MP3/WMA files. In conclusion, it is a really good all rounded turntable.


Pros: Cons:
All rounded.
It has that Retro 70’s feel with modern tech advantages.
The wood is attractive and rock solid.
The record plays too fast.


07 • Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon DC(Black)

Speed: 33,45
Drive principle: belt drive
Platter: 300mm metal with felt mat
Mains bearing: stainless steel
Wow & flutter: +/- 0.10%
Speed drift: +/- 0.80%
Signal to noise: -68dB
Effective arm length: 218.5mm
Effective arm mass: 6.0g
Overhang: 18.5mm
Tracking force: 10-30mN
Power connection: 110/120 or 230/240 Volt -50 or 60 Hz
Included accessories: 15volts DC/0.8A power supply, dust cover
Standby power consumption: <1 watt
Dimensions: 415 x 118 x 320mm (WXHXD) lid closed
Weight: 5.6KGs

Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded in 1990 in Austria, however their manufacturing plants are in Czech Republic and Slovakia. This professional turntable by Pro-Ject is ideal for various types of connections such as multiroom systems(SONOS, HEOS etc), TVs, soundbars and portable audio.

What’s nice about this model is that it’s easy to set up and has a belt drive with silicone belt and low vibration motor. With 8,6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings and pre-mounted Ortofon OM5e cartridge, this model is a class above although it has a slightly steep price of $399. It has a built-in phono pre-amplifier with analogue and digital output. For your convenience, a gold-plated RCA interconnect cable is included as well.

There is a pleasing level of clarity regarding the sound of this model. It also has a clean sound and brilliant acoustics. Regarding its design, it is entirely black and it is extremely elegant. It’d go so well in your living room and its design is almost second to none. What makes this model stand out from the rest is it’s special turntable feet for effective decoupling. Overall, this model is seriously worth considering.


Pros: Cons:
The table itself has a commendable look.
It has a very neutral tonal balance.
No automatic return for the arm.


08 • Rega – RP1 Turntable(White)

Drive Type: Belt Drive
Weight: 5.44KGs
Colour: White

All the way from the UK, Rega is a well established brand that produces phenomenal Turntables. That is why it is of no surprise the RP1 is such an amazing product. Priced at $445 which is slightly higher than the turntables above, it’ll notdisappoint you as it is top notch.

It has a brand new Rega RB101 tonearm that’s really attractive. Also, it has a Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge. However the cartridge might not be the best one there is. Thus being said, it’s low vibration motor is of high quality and has precision main bearing along with sub-platter assembly. For excellent speed stability, it has the all new Phenolic resinflywheel effect platter.

It’s design is amazing. It is coated with black and white, giving it a real elegant futuristic look. It’s so modern looking it’ll look amazing when placed at any corner of your house. With it’s grasping clean sound and amazing specs, you wouldn’t look any further for a turntable. Without doubt, it’s a steal for $445.


Pros: Cons:
Easy to set up.
High quality low vibration motor.
Need to improve the cartridge.


09 • Music Hall MMF 2.2LE Limited Edition Audiophile Turntable.

Product Dimensions 13 x 17 x 4.5 inches

Manufactured in Czech Republic, Music Hall is a brand that’s been making turntables for over 50 years. Experience is essential and that is why Music Hall is one of the pioneers in this industry.

This is a 2-speed turntable with dynamically balanced platter which is essential for getting perfect sound. It’s tonearm offers adjustable VTA for precise cartridge alignment. Also, it’s dynamically balanced alloy platter runs on a high precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly. It’s easy to assemble and it includes an excellent instruction manual and a 45 RPM adapter.

It’s design is similar to the RP1 but this is coated in red. Simplicity is the word that defines the design of this product. With an incredible sound and design, there’s no reason not to get it. For $499, you’ll be able to get your hands on one today.


Pros: Cons:
The sound is amazing and elegant.
It’s sleek design is simple yet eye-catching.
There isn’t a control to switch speed.


10 • U-Turn Audio – Orbit Plus Turntable(blue)

12.5 lbs, 5 x 17 x 13", 0.125% wow & flutter, -79 dBA S/N ratio,-63 dBA rumble

Made in the USA by U-Turn Audio, this is a high-performance turntable priced at $309. Without doubt, this is an amazing turntable that comes with a precision tonearm with Ortofon OM 5E Cartridge, machined acrylic platter, and a manual belt drive of 33 and 45RPM.

It is extremely easy to set-up and use. With it’s lifetime technical support, you’d ask ask yourself what’s not to like about this turntable. A dust cover, RCA cables, felt mat and one year warranty is included in this model. For your convenience, an adjustable counterweight is included as well.

Design wise, it’s coated in blue and has a hint of black and silver. It looks modern yet classy. With it’s amazing sound quality and great tone arm quality, this model should be put into serious consideration if you’re looking to buy a turntable.


Pros: Cons:
Amazing sound quality.
Great tone arm quality.
Not automatic.
No pre-amplifier.


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