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Best Turntable under $100, $200, $500

Updated on November 13, 2014
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Looking for a new turntable to play your old records?

If you have a library of records, you're probably looking for the best turntable under $500, $200 or $100, depending on your budget and needs. Maybe you have a library of old records hidden somewhere in your basement, or someone gave you a collection of vinyl records as a gift, and the only thing you lack is a record player.

Hopefully, this article will help you with finding the best turntable for you, depending on your budget and personal needs.

Basic information about turntables

Turntables that are available nowadays are quite different from those from old times. There are many record players on the market with many various features. Some of the turntables are equipped with speakers, others require you to have a home stereo system to which they need to be connected.

Many turntables allow you to do with the vinyl records a variety of things, like e.g. burn the record to a CD or an SD card, listen to the radio, connect it to your iPod (or other MP3 player) or even connect the player to your computer via the USB port. There are quite a lot of features, so while looking for the best turntable for you think about what you need/want from your new record player!

Turntables under $500

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is a professional turntable suitable for audiophiles and DJs. It allows you to run your vinyl record with 3 speeds: 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM and adjust the pitch (+/- 10 percent or +/- 20 percent).

It comes with USB cable and adapter cables, so you can connect it to your home stereo system or your computer (you also get Audacity software to use). If you want a turntable that gives you music of great quality and offers quite a few additional features, this one is worth checking out.

What's in the box

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB
  • removable hinged dust cover,
  • slip mat
  • headshell/cartridge (AT95E)
  • AC power cord
  • 45 rpm adapter
  • USB cable; adapter cables
  • Audacity software (compatible with Mac and Windows)

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Complete How To Use Guide

Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable
Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable

Denon DP-300F Fully Automatic Analog Turntable

Denon DP-300F turntable is a record player that allows you to play your vinyls in two speeds: 33 1/3 or 45 RPM. It takes only a few minutes to set it up and enjoy your old records.

One of the reviewers wrote:

"If you are a serious audiophile with thousands of records and your stereo costs more than a comfortable big-city condo, you already know this is not for you.

If you think of records as scratchy, old-timey things with tinny sound, prepare to have your whole concept of audio technology turned on its ear.

If you have a regular stereo or iPod, you should strongly consider the Denon. This is a high quality, affordable entry into a kind of musicality that digital stuff can't deliver. It's automatic operation takes the work and stress out of playing your records. The Denon sounds great, the setup is super easy, the build quality is surprising, and it is even pretty darned good looking."

Please note, however, that some people complain about the quality of sound. This turntable comes with a moving magnet cartridge of medium quality, if you find the sound quality not satisfying, you can replace the cartridge with a better one and enjoy much greater sound.

AC/DC on Denon DP 300F Turntable

Would you like to hear Highway to Hell on this record player? Here it is.

Turntables under $200

Pioneer PL-990
Pioneer PL-990

Pioneer PL-990 Automatic Stereo Turntable

Pioneer PL-990 is one of the top rated automatic turntables. It's a classy-looking with arm control, speed control and can play 45 vinyl records. The sound is great as well. Please note that this model has a built-in preamp and you can't bypass it, so you can't connect it to the phono inputs on your own amp or tuner.

If you're looking for a pretty inexpensive great-looking automatic stereo turntable with great sound and the most important features, it's what you're looking for.

Turntables under $100

Audio Technica AT-PL60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable
Audio Technica AT-PL60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable

Audio Technica AT-PL60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable

Audio Technica AT-PL60 is probably the best budget turntable. It allows you to play records at two speeds: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. It's easy to assemble, what is pretty important for beginners.

The sound quality is great, but what's even better - you can replace the stylus or the belt with a better model to get an even better sound quality. Great turntable for beginners - it's affordable, provides sound of great quality and can be easily connected to your stereo system!

What's in the box

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP60
  • Dual RCA Female to 3.5mm (1/8 Inch) Mini Male Stereo Adapter Cable
  • Dual RCA Female to 3.5mm (1/8 Inch) Mini Female Stereo Adapter Cable
  • 45RPM Adapter

Audio Technica AT-PL60 - Review

If you're looking for an entry-level turntable, check out this review!

Crosley Mini Turntable
Crosley Mini Turntable

Crosley Mini Turntable

Crosley Mini Turntable is a turntable that plays 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. If features both full range stereo speakers and auxiliary output, so you can use the built-in speakers or your home stereo system. The built-in speakers offer clear sound, though not very loud.

Take note that if you own a very expensive speakers, you probably won't be that satisfied with the music (this isn't a turntable for audiophiles!). It's a great choice if you often travel and you would like to take your vinyl records with you - the turntable is of small size, has its own speakers and is enclosed in a durable case.

Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB
Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB

Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB

Numark TTUSB Turntable allows you to play your 33 1/3 and 45 RPM vinyl records. The sound quality is good and this record player is great to convert your old vinyls into MP3, or simply listen to them using your home stereo system or computer speakers. You can easily connect the turntable to your computer and use the attached Audacity software to convert tracks into MP3. If your disc is a 78s one, you can convert it as well using the Audacity software, though you can't play it directly on your stereo/speakers.

Two things people complain about:

  1. Lack of cueing lever - you're manually dropping the arm onto the vinyl disc
  2. It's completely analog, which means no auto reject - don't forget to turn it off, unless you want a wrecked needle and your vinyl record

What's in the box

  • TTUSB Turntable (Includes Pre-Mounted Cartridge, Platter, Counterweight, 45RPM Adapter, Slipmat)
  • USB Cable
  • all necessary cables to connect with stereo playback system
  • Software CD

Protect Your Records!

Items that are helpful with cleaning your vinyl records.

Audio Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit
Audio Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit

Audio Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit

Audio Technica Record Care Kit includes record care solution, brush pad, storage base and double-sided adhesive tape. It helps you with removing any contaminates from the vinyl discs you own. Great for both maintaining your vinyl record collection and cleaning very dirty record bought on garage sales or eBay. If you plan on collecting vinyl record (or you're a collector), a record care kit is a must-have.

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      crossroadsblogg 4 years ago

      classic!