28 Mar Have You Been Wondering Which Turntable May Be Best For You? Here are 5 Tips for Choosing Your Turntable
5 Tips for Choosing Your Turntable
A quality turntable can give you access to music on vinyl that you can’t find anywhere else. Vinyl collections also provide a great chance to enjoy terrific album art and the sweet, continuous flow of your chosen tunes.
Depending on your budget, your turntable choice can run into thousands of dollars. If you haven’t got that much available just now, consider one of the Debut Carbon DC Turntables by Pro-Ject. These units can be purchased for less than $400 and are available in a wide variety of colors. Whether you want your turntable to blend in or pop against the rest of your audio tools, you can find what you need in this quality turntable. Pro-Ject turntables feature a heavy platter for plenty of smooth stability for your vinyl collection.
Pro-Ject also offers a carbon arm in their construction. This arm is not only incredibly strong but extremely light. Nearly all of the weight from a Pro-Ject turntable is found in the base and the well-balanced platter or turning disc.
Orbit Plus Turntables by U-Turn Audio are available in black or white. This unit features a solid machined base or plinth with vibration-dampening feet and is nearly all made in America.
If you need something a bit less costly, a portable by Vinyl Styl might be a better choice. These units feature speakers and a headphone jack as well as DC power options. Thanks to their RCA outputs, you can connect this unit to a more robust sound system. This unit is portable, but you’ll get the best quality output long term if you leave it in one place as often as possible. Any turntable’s output can be altered by poor handling due to damage from vibration.
No matter which turntable you choose, consider upgrading the cartridge. The cartridge contains the stylus, also known as the needle, and is the place where the grooves in your vinyl become music via electronic transfer.
Upgrading your speakers can make an even bigger impact on sound quality. British brands including Roth offer a terrific speaker design for producing excellent quality sound from vinyl, and America’s JBL Studio continues to wow music fans with their full, room-filling sound.
Another upgrade to your listening setup to take vinyl listening to a higher level is a quality set of headphones. The best headphones for a sense of stereo space have an open-back style. Unfortunately, this style lets in more ambient noise and may impact anyone close to you. Close-back headphones will keep your listening more private and intensify the bass, but you’ll lose some of the stereo effect. You should be able to get an excellent set of open-back headphones for $500 or less.
It All Comes Down To The Music
Building a great sound system requires that you know what you’re looking for and that you purchase audio units that will last. Choosing the right turntable, cartridge and speakers will give you a stereo setup that you and your guests can enjoy no matter what style of music you’re listening to.
Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.