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šŸ“Š Best Turntables By Price - TTL Levels

Best Entry-Level Turntable, $150 Price Range

A Step Above LP60x, Excellent Entry Level at $200 Range

šŸ‘‰ The LP3 features an adjustable tonearm + removable cartridge headshell which gives you more options for upgrading. Has good mass (11.5 lbs) at this price range, which helps with sound quality. The automatic play + stop buttons are convenient and great for beginners.

Best $400 Entry To Mid-Level Fully-Automatic Turntable

šŸ‘‰ The DP-300F is a very popular fully-automatic turntable. The play + stop buttons control the tonearm and activate the motor. In addition, the tonearm automatically returns at the end of the record. The sleek aesthetic with a deep black finish is also unique to this model. Additional key features include a fully-adjustable tonearm, removable headshell, and built-in preamp for plug+play into any AUX input.

ā€¢ TTL Upgrade model also available

Best Hi-Fi Style Turntable Under $500

šŸ‘‰ The EU-made T1 is Pro-Ject's most affordable Hi-Fi turntable. It features minimalist design, glass platter, aluminum tonearm, and an Ortofon OM5e cartridge. In addition, the T1 was designed for easy setup + operation. Plug+play into any AUX input.

Best Entry To HIFI / Audiophile Turntables, $600 Range

šŸ‘‰ With the Debut Carbon series, you're getting a custom-crafted, specialized turntable. Made in the EU, this series has been improved and refined for over a decade. Expect high quality components, including the industry-leading Carbon Fiber Tonearm, advanced Motor Design and Anti-Vibration feet. Note: requires an external Phono Preamp.

First Step Into High-End HiFi, $1000 Range

šŸ‘‰ True high-end design and a great value compared to models from competitors. It features upgraded components throughout with extra-emphasis on the tonearm, motor, and its substantial mass. Comes with a Sumiko Olympia Cartridge ($199 on its own). Requires an external preamp.

Best High-End Turntable With Low Maintenance, $1000 Range

šŸ‘‰ The SL-1500c is the HiFi version / non-DJ of the SL-1200 turntable. It features Technics' signature magnetic direct drive motor and S-shaped tonearm. Features a built-in preamp for plug+play to any AUX and a premounted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge. Timeless design and requires very low maintenance.

Best High-End Design Under $2500

šŸ„ˆHonorable Mention: Fun Portable

šŸ‘‰ With a built-in speaker, plug-in or battery operation, and detachable cover, the PT-01 is our choice for portable turntable. Although the sound quality is very lo-fi, many users like its analog charm and great feature set.

šŸ„ˆHonorable Mention: Mid-Level Pick, $400 Range

šŸ‘‰ Excellent entry point at $400. The S-Shape tonearm stands out in this price range. Well-built feel with real wood veneer, solid MDF base, and metal platter. Plug+play into any AUX input.

šŸ„ˆHonorable Mention: Exceptional Value at $1800

šŸ‘‰ This highly-rated turntable comes with a $1100 Clearaudio Virtuoso Ebony cartridge which alone makes this an incredible value. The 9.4" tonearm is something you'd find on much higher priced models as well. The anti-resonance acrylic construction is both gorgeous and functional. Dustcover is sold separately, some assembly required, and this requires an external preamp.