Every audiophile knows that there’s no better way to listen to your favorite album than on vinyl. CDs and MP3s just can’t come close to the warm, high quality sound that you’ll only hear through vinyl records. All you really need to keep your record collection alive is a decent turntable and some speakers, but selecting the best turntable for your home can be a challenge. Here are our top picks for music lovers everywhere.
Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB
This turntable is a great choice for any vinyl lover. It comes with a USB output that will allow you to digitize all of your LPs if you want to spread music over to our iPod without sacrificing the vinyl mix. It also comes with a built in phono preamp, so you can hook the turntable straight up to your speakers, making the listening process simple and easy. Aside from its many features, the Technica looks stunning, with a heavy-duty build and a sleek finish. The Audio Technica is also high flexible and has great speed accuracy, making it our top pick.
Rega P1 Turntable
Rega offers lower priced turntables that still give consistently great results, with exceptional clarity that makes it difficult to believe it’s as cheap as it is, and a simple design that makes the turntable simple to use for even the most recent newcomer to vinyl. The Rega P1 is the perfect choice for those who want to get into vinyl without parting with their entire paycheck.
VPI Scout 1.1
For those who have a little more room in their budget and want to invest in a high quality, robust turntable, you can’t get much better than the classic VPI Scout. It’s remarkably simple to set up and use, and has detailed, lush texture and tone. The timing is exact and and get a stunning overall sound. It ain’t cheap, but for true audiophiles, it could be worth it anyway.