Best Entry-Level Turntable under $150
Top Starter / Casual All-In-One Option at $150
👉 For inexpensive systems with built-in speakers, the Eastwood Signature is our top choice. Features Audio-Technica cartridge, better than expected sound quality, Bluetooth input / output, and more.
Best Entry-Level Turntable feat. Bluetooth, $200 Range
👉 Best option in the $200 price range. Easy-to-use and rugged, the LP60x features automatic play + stop buttons. This version comes with Bluetooth, which can be used to connect to a BT speaker (you can also hardwire to any AUX input). Our bestselling entry-level model.
Designer Looks + Entry-Level Price at $250 Range
A Step Above LP60x, Excellent Entry Level at $200 Range
👉 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 Turntable - Hi-Fi Option
👉 If you want a more minimal Hi-Fi design option to the LP120x, the MMF 1.5.ttl is a great, if not better option. It features a high-quality S-shaped tonearm and the Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge, which outclasses all options in this price range. Plug+play into any AUX input.
Best $400 Entry To Mid-Level Turntable
👉 The well-built LP120x is notable for its direct-drive motor (belt-less operation; platter is attached directly to motor; higher torque.) The design takes inspiration from Technics SL-1200, with a fully adjustable tonearm and speed adjustment control. Comes with solid AT-VM95E cartridge + built-in preamp for plug+play into any AUX input.
Best Hi-Fi Style Turntable Under $500
👉 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 Hi-Fi / Audiophile Turntables, $600 Range
👉 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 Hi-Fi, $1000 Range
👉 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
👉 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.
Real High-End Hi-Fi, $1500 Range
👉 Step up from the X1 with substantial component + body upgrades (better cartridge, longer tonearm, thicker plinth) further enhancing the listener's experience. The electronic speed control is a rare feature in turntables of this quality, making it that much more convenient for longer listening sessions. Comes with a Sumiko Moonstone Cartridge ($299 on its own). Requires an external preamp.
Clean Lines & Refined Design in $2-3K Range
starts at $2,300.00
👉 The German-engineered Concept line is Clearaudio most affordable model and also its most user friendly. It's easy to setup and operate, great for users who want the best out of the box.
🥈Honorable Mention: Fun Portable
🥈Honorable Mention: High-End Model w/Removable Headshell Design, $1200
👉 one of the few audiophile models to offer a screw-in tonearm design, allowing for use of headshells and easier cartridge swaps.
🥈Honorable Mention: Exceptional Value at $1800
👉 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.