Ready to dust off your old records, or to finally join the vinyl revival and buy new ones? Then check out our complete guide to the very best record player turntables for sale right now!
Thinking about buying a new record player? You've come to the right place! Here at PMT Online and at our PMT Stores we sell a fantastic range of vinyl turntables, to suit all your needs - from beginner and pro DJs, to audiophiles.
Why buy a vinyl record turntable?
Vinyl records are totally hot right now. While the recording industry finds itself in crisis, with sales down, the opposite is happening with vinyl record sales - they've been up year-on-year, for the past few years. As we discussed on our Record Store Day blog, vinyl DOES sound better than digital, and the format itself DOES matter too, for several reasons far beyond music: such as the sense of community sparked by local, independent record shops, and the fact the album artwork (something lost on digital formats) can be elevated to an artistic status, and become iconic such as Peter Blake's cover for The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
What's the difference between Belt-Drive vs. Direct Drive Turntable - which one to choose?
Many customers wonder which one is better, a Direct Drive or a Belt Drive turntable. As we always say, when it comes to music equipment, there's never a straight answer: it often depends on how you'll use it. As a general rule, belt-drive turntables are best for audiophiles at home, while direct drive are more suitable for DJs, who wouldn't even dream of using a belt-drive TT for a professional set!
The biggest advantage of Direct-Drive TTs over belt-drive ones is the start time and torque, which are not really important when listening to records at home, but are very important for DJs!
Also, it's interesting to note that most belt-drive USB turntables play 78 RPM records, while professional DJ turntables don't. After all, there's not a high demand for early-20th century polka and foxtrot on the nation's dancefloors! But seriously - if you have rare 78 RPM records you want to transfer to digital, look for a (modern) belt-drive turntable. However, considering most of us don't own and never will need to play a 78 RPM record, this is a feature that is not that important.
Vintage vs. Modern Turntables: which one is better?
While a vintage turntable such as an old Dansette can be pretty groovy, maybe it's not the best idea to get one. It's very unlikely that you'll notice a better sound quality, but if something go wrong it'll be more difficult and expensive to repair a vintage unit. Also, modern turntables have more features such as USB connectivity, which is not a bad thing to have!
TOP 5 BEST RECORD PLAYER TURNTABLES FOR SALE
The new Numark PT01 Touring is not only the cheapest belt-drive turntable we sell, but perhaps the best choice if you just want to listen to records at home: this "Touring" model is an even better version of the Numark PT01. It has a similar design to that popular Crosley Turntable sold everywhere, the "Cruiser" model, but we think the Numark is more reliable - after all, the company is a DJ gear expert and have been designing turntables for many years. It's also cheaper than the Crosley Turntable, but has some great features, such as:
- 3-speed (33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM) portable suitcase-style turntable
- Self-contained design with built-in speakers
- 45 RPM adapter included
- USB port and EZ Vinyl/Tape conversion software for archiving vinyl to your computer
- 1/8” Headphone jack and 1/8" aux input
- Built in rechargeable battery for hours of enjoyment
- 3-speeds (33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM)
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 1/8" headphone jack
- 1/8" Aux input
- Built-in rechargeable Li-On battery
- Line level RCA outputs
- EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter software converts records to digital files via USB
With everything you need to enjoy your records at home, plus portability and the lowest price, the Numark PT01 Touring is a great choice if you're buying your first turntable, or if you just want a cheap but good-quality portable one!
This is not the cheapest Turntable, but the Pioneer PLX-500 is perhaps best-value of them all if you're a DJ. Available in black or white, it offers similar features to other turntables twice the price (such as Pioneer's own PLX-1000) which make the PLX-500 very attractive to DJs on a tighter budget or beginners who want to start feeling like a pro. While it's true that experts would never mistake the PLX-500 for a Technics SL-1200, in practice your audience won't notice a difference - and the PLX-500 does its job superbly.
And let's be honest - while it's true all you need at home can be covered by a good belt-drive turntable, the PLX-500 looks super-stylish and won't be out of place in any living room, besides being far superior to the usual turntables you see in non-specialist shops. One clue that shows it was also designed for non-DJ home use, is that it also plays 78 RPM, which most Direct Drive DJ turntables don't.
The Numark TTUSB is a unique, plug and play belt-drive turntable. It's a USB compatible turntable which includes the EZ Vinyl / Tape Converter software, making digitizing your vinyl record collection to your PC or Mac a snap. Packaged with all the necessary cables to connect with a computer or stereo playback system, the TTUSB is a comprehensive package that breathes new life into older recordings. For this reason, this model has been a big favourite for the past few years, especially amongst customers who want to make digital copies of their old records and tapes.
As an added benefit, the TTUSB also includes a 1/8–inch stereo mini jack input connector to facilitate the transfer of cassette tapes (or similar line level sources) to computer files–making this unit the perfect tool for archiving older recordings, regardless of their original format. Export your analog music to popular digital formats such as WAV or MP3, and turn your old, forgotten records to the top of your digital music playlist.
The Numark TT250USB is the brand's professional direct-drive turntable. As such, it's perfectly suited for heavy-duty DJ and music playback duties. This is a DJ-ready Direct-Drive Turntable with Phono and USB connectivity for recording your vinyl collection - but remember, this is a pro DJ turntable, so no 78 RPM mode!
The TT250USB features a quartz-controlled direct-drive motor, delivering virtually perfect speed accuracy when playing back records. Its high torque motor provides the ideal amount of resistance and feel for scratching effects.
An S-shaped tonearm with anti-skating control and damped cuing ensures precise tracking of the record’s grooves with minimal error, so the sound is always clean and clear. A rugged, high-quality magnetic cartridge comes pre-mounted and perfectly aligned in the headshell, so you’re ready for action, right out of the box.
The new Akai BT-500 Belt-Drive Turntable is by far the most luxurious model in our Top 5. This is *the* turntable for those who demand the best in audio and in style. Exquisitely crafted, premium performance turntable that extracts every musical detail and subtle nuance from your beloved record collection.
All the must-have features audiophiles demand for top-flight musical reproduction are here: a quiet belt-drive system with a mechanically-isolated motor that eliminates any residual motor noise and vibration, a heavy die-cast aluminum platter that ensures an exemplary signal-to-noise ratio, a rubber non-slip mat so there’s no record slippage, imperceptible wow and flutter and a low-mass straight tonearm with adjustable counterweight and precision damped cueing.
And one of the best features is that it's also Bluetooth, so you can stream your vinyl directly to your speaker without the need of any cables!
Watch Akai BT500 Introduction video:
This is the perfect turntable for the audiophiles who think they've got it all... and also perfect for those who want to fall in love with vinyl all over again!