08 Sep Our recommendation for affordable turntables under $200.
Our recommendation for affordable turntables under $200.
Vinyl sales hit a tremendous high this year – which means that it’s become a well known fact that vinyl records have yet again reached a status of sustainability unlike any other music medium. It’s revival also means manufacturers of turntables face a lot of competition in the market. There’s decks in all shapes, sizes and prices, and the options are endless. Because of this, buying a new turntable could be a daunting task, so we’ve narrowed down a list of affordable turntables below $200.
Audio Technica AT-LP60 ($99)
Audio Technica is famous not only for it’s affordable turntables, but also for the quality for it’s price. The belt-driven turntable doesn’t disappoint, with it’s aluminium platter, pre-fitted cartridge, built-in pre-amp and simple push button controls. Simply plug it into your speakers and you’re good to go.
Sony PS LX300 ($129)
This Sony fully-automatic belt-drive turntable plays records at 33 1/3 & 45 RPM, boasts a built in pre-amp so you can plug it directly into your stereo or powered speakers, and has a USB output. You can even connect it to your computer and use the included software to turn your records into MP3s. With a trusted name like Sony, you might feel more at ease buying from the brand than others that you might not have heard of.
Crosley C100A-SI ($179)
Crosley came into the turntable market as a strong contender – choosing the focus on attracting a younger, “hipster” crowd, mass producing low-priced decks to serve the current vinyl trend. However, the C100A-SI is a solid effort from the brand, with a alot of features that one can’t complain for it’s price. However, this model is not automatic, which may put some off.
The T62 offers a sleek design, great build and even better sound. Stanton stepped into a crowded market and came up with a great product that is also affordable. It might lack certain features like a USB interface and some ports, but the overall quality and sound is enough for us to forgive it.
Denon may not be the go to company when you think of turntables, but their DP-29F packs a punch. The construction features stable turntable rotation that helps produce true high fidelity playback, is belt driven, fully automatic and includes a built-in phono preamp. It also features a super-quiet DS servo motor and easy switchable speed control.
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