Top 5 Best Cheap Record Player
If you are searching for the best cheap record player but good quality, you have come to the
This turntable is cheap which only costs you $119.99, but that doesn’t mean its performance is analogous to its price, it is pretty much the exact opposite. It is a great beginner turntable. It spins at both 33 1/3 RPM to play 12-inch albums and 45 RPM to play 7-inch single and has a built-in Preamp. Another great characteristic of t
his turntable is the inclusion of an AC adapter to reduce the noise. As it is an update of the popular AT-LP60, this AT- Lp60X features a redesigned tonearm base and headshell to improve tracking and reduce resonance. This Audio-Technica AT-LP60X retains AT-LP60 most popular features which are the buttons for a complete tonearm and motor control. 4 classic colour
s to choose from which are black, brown, gunmetal and red.
Audio Technica LP120XBT-USB is wireless and support 78 RPM record player which is easily one of the best-looking turntables ever made. This model is after the famous AT-Lp120XUSB but adds the convenience of the wireless connectivity to the existing analogue and USB. Hence, it is the first Audio – Technica turntable that offers both the hard-wired RCA connection and a wireless Bluetooth connection which gives you more options in term of speaker placement and also in term of control. You can place your turntable anywhere you want! Audio Technica LP120XBT-USB offers a reliable Bluetooth connection as it uses Bluetooth 5.0. According to a test that is conducted, it shows it can cover a range of up to 15meters. It is a great turntable if you need to play older Shellac Records as it supports 78 RPM and as well as 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM. The price is $299.99 which is slightly higher as compared to Audio- Technica LP60 but it has much better Stylus, Cartridge and Counterweight which make this Audio technical LP120XBT-USB has a better sound and built quality. It only comes in 1 colour which is black, but if the colour is not a problem for you, in my opinion, this is a pretty good turntable. It is worth checking this out if you are looking for a wireless turntable.
Fluance RT-81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable
If you looking for turntable’s cartridge which is already aligned when you buy it, then this $275 Fluance RT-81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable is all you need. You can skip all the frustrating and time taking of the entire record player setup process. Besides, it has a really beautiful Glossy Walnut finish which is so aesthetically appealing. But the plinth is actually made up of lightweight MDF although it has a polished walnut finish. It is not a big problem if you are not going to move it frequently. It comes with a dust cover, a counterweight, a cartridge, a rubber mat, cables and has a built-in Preamp. However, it only plays at 33 and 45 RPM unlike, Audio technical LP120XBT-USB which plays up to 78 RPM. It is still a good choice if you are not planning to play older Shellac Records. Moreover, it would be a good pair of powered speakers like the Micca PB42X or the Klipsch R-15PMs.
U-Turn Orbit Turntable
This U-Turn Orbit turntable ranges from $179-$500 as you have the privilege to customize your own turntable, isn’t it great? Hence, you can go from basic up to premium turntable. So, whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can choose your own preference turntable. You can customize it with the acrylic platter which will cost you about $75. Acrylic platter provides better speed consistency than the basic MDF platter that offers by default. It comes in 6 different eye-catching and cool colours to choose from which are white, green, red, purple, black and blue. The cartridge is pre-aligned and belt-driven, hence less rumble which is definitely a good thing. It comes with a dust cover, a counterweight, a felt mat, and cables. However, for the basic model, Preamp is not included, hence you have to pay for another $80 to include that.
ProJet Debut Carbon
This $449, Pro-Jet Carbon is the most expensive turntable in this top 5 best budget list, but it is definitely worth the price as the tonearm on the record player is actually made from carbon fibre. The best thing about this custom carbon fibre is, it increases the strength of the tonearm and decreases the unwanted resonance. Typically, you will only find carbon fibre tonearms on much more expensive turntables. It is belt-driven, hence less rumble and better sound quality. The Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge costs $100 on its own. This moving magnet cartridge has a nice neutral sound and combination with the tonearm carbon fibre results in less distortion but it also prevents unnecessary wear on your precious long play records. Hence getting one of it with a turntable at this price is a great deal. In addition, it comes with a dust cover, Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge, which is a fantastic cartridge, a felt mat, and cables. Furthermore, it has numerous colour style variations including black, white, red, blue, yellow, light grey, purple, green, walnut. Each style of colour is just marvellous. It is just a matter of personal taste and preference. However, the preamp is not included, so you need to spend a certain amount of money to include that.
There are three significant benefits in choosing a turntable; affordability, functionality and design.
Choose a turntable that is within your own budget, not too low as you can’t expect a good sound quality from it.
Consider the feature that is most important to you when coming to a turntable. For example, what kind of records you will be playing, is it the 33 1/3 RPM or 45 RPM or 78 RPM.
Choose a design that matches your house or office. It is completely up to your own preferences and style.