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.

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Audio Technica AT-LP60 ($99)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Stanton T62($179)

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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 DP-29F($150)

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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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