There ain’t nobody out there who doesn’t like music, but the question is, can you feel it? In the last few years, vinyl has made a huge comeback, and it isn’t any wonder why. Aside from its warm buzzing sound, the little ritual of setting up the record player makes us appreciate it even more.
Most turntables actually require additional gear such as a phono preamp. Without it, your sound will be 1000x lower than on regular players. But to simplify your setup and save you the hassle of having to find multiple pieces of gear, we will be talking about turntables that have built-in amplification. In this list, we offer you a choice between 8 of the best all-in-one turntables that are currently on the market.
Here you will find both true top-of-the-music-chain beasts and more modest models of turntables for those of you on a tighter budget. There’s something here for everyone.
Coming in at number one, we have this beauty by Audio-Technica. This is both a USB and an analog turntable. This means that you can record any vinyl while you are playing it and thus, turn all your records into digital files! The turntable platter is made out of high-quality die-cast aluminum. For a quick start-up, it features a high-torque direct-drive motor. There are three different speeds you can select from: 33, 45 and 78 RPM. You can play records both forward and backward, which is an excellent feature if you are a DJ.
It also has a USB output that you can use to connect to a computer. There is no dedicated input, so you can plug it in any source of audio you like. Pitch can be controlled with a slider that offers a +/- 10% or +/- 20% adjustment range. The stylus is made out of diamond and will last you a very long time. It comes with a USB cable and Audacity software that you can use for digitizing your LPs on either a Mac or PC machine.
This is an extremely durable model with a balanced, S-curved tonearm that is equipped with a lockable rest and hydraulically-damped lift control. It is a professional turntable that is sure to satisfy all your needs at home, in the studio, or at the club. It would make an amazing housewarming gift for your vinyl lovers.
Another premium turntable comes from a Canadian audio company called Fluance. The sound you get from this model is truly crisp and outstanding, all thanks to AT95E Audio-Technica cartridge. It features an elliptical tipped stylus made out of diamond that is made specifically to offer high-quality audio as it tracks your record with greater precision than regular turntables.
The tonearm that it rests on is also of high quality. It is curved in an S-type shape and is made out of aluminum. Scratching is prevented with the advanced anti-skating system, so your records won’t wear down. You can choose between two speeds (33 RPM and 45 RPM) on which to play your vinyl. The stunning-looking cabinet is crafted out of solid wood, features isolation feet, a rubber mat, and an aluminum platter.
All of these design features work to create isolation from unwanted sounds and vibration. The Fluance RT81 comes with a high-quality Texas Instruments preamp that you can turn on or off for customization purposes. The RCA line outputs are plated with gold to further ensure a mesmerizing audio experience. It’s a truly solid product for personal or professional use.
Next, we have a great budget turntable made by WOCKODER. It offers many of the features that a high-quality turntable should have. It includes a switch that changes between USB, SD, and a unique Bluetooth option. With it, you can connect your Bluetooth speaker, laptop, Android, or iPhone with the turntable easily.
All your vinyl can be converted to digital audio files in a matter of minutes. This turntable has three speeds (33, 45, and 78 RPM) and is compatible with 7”, 10”, and 12” sized records, so you can play everything with no problem. It features two 5-watt high-quality stereo speakers, and, if that is not enough, RCA audio outputs are provided with which you can connect to your home stereo system for an incredible listening experience. The dust cover is made out of natural wood, which gives it a nice retro feel.
Aside from the turntable, you will get an adaptor, a needle, and an instruction manual. When it’s on sale, this beautiful-looking turntable is an ideal present for yourself or a loved one.
With its immaculate design that will surely bring back your nostalgia, this model is for old souls. It is a classic 3-speed turntable that plays 7-, 10-, and 12-inch records with no problem. It also has built-in Bluetooth technology with a range of up to 33 feet.
A recording function is also included so that you can save your music to the USB directly without the need for a PC or additional software. It is also headphone-friendly and has an RCA jack for when you need more volume. Aside from being an excellent turntable, it is also a CD/cassette player and a radio! There is little this beauty can’t do.
Audio-Technica builds truly great turntables, so we had to include just one on this list. This fully automatic belt-drive turntable offers two playing speeds (33 and 45 RPM). The belt-drive design means that it isolates the platter from all unwanted vibrations, resulting in crystal clear, high-definition sound. The integral dual-magnet phono cartridge uses an easily replaceable diamond stylus. The platter is made out of die-cast aluminum, which minimizes vibration.
This model also has a hinged cover to protect against dust. It features a pre-amplifier as well as RCA outputs if you want to connect your turntable to more powerful speakers or audio systems. The regular price of this product is quite low, but you can also choose between two additional models: one with Bluetooth and other with Bluetooth and speaker. For their price, who can complain?
The folks at Feir like combining style with great quality, and that’s completely evident in this model. It is a portable turntable, and when you close it, you get quite a nice-looking briefcase that will make you look super cool. Weighing in at only seven pounds, it is very easy to move around anywhere you go. The cabinet is made out of wood and includes PU leather wrapping. With this model, you can choose between 3 different speeds on which to play all of your 7”, 10”, and 12” records.
You also get the option to digitize all of your records with the vinyl-to-PC recording function. It features two built-in speakers, RCA output, AUX input, and a headphone jack for when you want to chill and not be bothered. Another plus is that it also supports external speakers, so it can be used for any size party you want to take it to. This model is a very slick combination of style and substance.
Sony is very well known for having some of the best products on the market, and this turntable is not an exception. It has a minimal, yet powerful visual appeal. And with this model, you will enjoy the best possible playback that analog has to offer. It features an integrated shell designed to stabilize the cartridge and improve durability. This, coupled with a highly stable belt drive, adds to the quality and dimension of the sound.
The MDF cabinet also has remarkable sonic characteristics. With the Sony PSHX500 model, you also have the option to play vinyl through an integrated amp or external audio source. This turntable offers two speeds: 33 and 45 RPM.
If you want to transfer your vinyl sound to portable devices, you can do that as well. Simply connect the turntable to a PC or Mac, play a record, and you will create a Hi-Res musical archive with a touch of vinyl magic. Additional software is supplied with which you can edit tracks from both sides of the album. Overall, Sony goes a step further toward cementing its well-deserved reputation with this turntable.
With its solid wood appearance, this is one of the more traditionally designed turntables, with a spark of modernity. It offers three different speed settings and also has the option of creating vinyl-to-mp3 recordings. Simply plug your USB into the designated port and let it do all the magic. Built-in speakers feature a two-way crossover system that distributes sounds clearly, no matter the genre of music. It also features an RCA port for external speakers.
We also need to compliment the bass tones, which sound truly sensational on this model. For protection, it comes with a flexible dust cover. It is Bluetooth-friendly, so you can easily play your music from all your different devices, including Android, iPhone, and PC. With its vintage design, it caters more to those who enjoy the charm of old-school. It is a true classic in every sense of the word.