5 Versatile Turntables For Audiophiles in 2020

A turntable is an excellent idea for listening to your old vinyl records and it also gives you those classical feels. In fact, a lot of modern artists also opt for Vinyl records, which is why these devices are getting great attention these days and you should definitely look at the details of these products.

Best Record Players – from least expensive to very expensive

A record player also incorporates a speaker/s and amplifier. However, the expensive ones do not offer an amplifier and a speaker which is why you have to buy dedicated components for it, leading to better sound quality. In this article, we will be looking at some of the best record players and turntables that you can buy right now.

1. Innovative Technology VSC-550BT-TQ

Suitcase Design

  • Very Cheap
  • Lots of functions
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Suitcase design
  • Bulky form factor

2,837 Reviews

Dimensions: 353 mm x 257 mm x 127 mm | Motor: Belt drive | Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, 78

Innovative Technology VSC-550BT-TQ is one of the cheapest turntables that you can buy and it serves as an all-in-one player. Apart from the turntable or record player functionality, it provides you with the ability to play audio from your mobile as well through the auxiliary port or even wirelessly through Bluetooth. It provides you with a suitcase design so that you can carry it easily in your travels. Moreover, it also has that sturdy feels and it can barely be damaged from the outside.

First of all, this is one of the cheapest turntables that you can buy right now and with all of these functions, it is a great product for beginners. You can connect your own speakers with the device if you feel that the built-in speakers are not so powerful or you can also hook up your audiophile headphones. The sound quality of the turntable is definitely not great but it is quite good for the price. It can be driven at three different speeds of 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM.

Overall, if you are not a lot into turntables and want a cheap turntable having a lot of functionalities, then this product will not disappoint you, although, it has a really bulky form factor.

2. Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK

Great Value Turntable

  • Offers a great value
  • The sound quality is impressive
  • Modern looks
  • Flimsy build quality

2,684 Reviews

Dimensions: 373.3 mm x 359.5 mm x 97.5 mm | Motor: Belt drive | Speeds: 33 1/3, 45

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK is definitely a step-up from the previous mention and it also has a modern design. This is a fully automatic turntable just like the previous one, although there are no speakers here and the sound quality is a lot better. The design of the turntable is quite attractive, although the build quality is not that great and it is very lightweight, giving cheap feeling. The dust cover is a great thing and it greatly protects it from getting dusty.

The die-cast aluminium platter has anti-resonance technology which reduces the vibrations, leading to a better experience. The AC adapter is not inside the chassis which is why it doesn’t result in signal deterioration due to electromagnetic interference. The switchable built-in preamplifier can be found here too, which is good for the price. As for the sound quality is concerned, you don’t get audiophile-grade sound quality but it is really impressive for the price.

Conclusively, if you are a budget user and want to own a good-quality turntable, this will be a very attractive product for you, although you must take great care of it, as it is not very durable.

3. Marantz TT42P

With Onboard EQ

  • Impressive quality for the price
  • Onboard Phono EQ
  • Impressive Build quality
  • Not a lot of customization

42 Reviews

Dimensions: 420 mm x 361 mm x 132 mm | Motor: Belt drive | Speeds: 33 1/3, 45

Marantz TT42P is the successor to the original Marantz TT42, with the addition of the phono preamp. The build quality of this product is noticeably better than the previous mentions and that is why you won’t suffer from random hiccups, vibrations, etc. The design of the turntable is fairly elegant and it gives that solid feel one gets from a premium product.

The sound quality of this turntable is really good and it is a great product for audiophiles while it doesn’t break the bank. The built-in preamp has great quality and with the onboard phono EQ, you don’t get that thin sound you would get with cheap turntables. Sadly, the cartridge cannot be replaced with a different one while the needle can be upgraded.

Overall, this is one of the best turntables if you want to own a compact turntable which is easy to set up while not spending a $1000.

4. Rega Planar 2

Audiophile-Grade Quality

  • Mind-blowing sound quality
  • Vibration reducing feet
  • Breathtaking design
  • Somewhat pricey
  • Doesn't offer phono preamp

120 Reviews

Dimensions: 420 mm x 361 mm x 132 mm | Motor: Belt drive | Speeds: 33 1/3, 45

Rega Planar 2 is one of the most popular turntables for audiophiles and it is certainly not cheap, however, it is not extremely pricey too compared to the competition. First of all, the design of this turntable is the best compared to all of the previous mentions and it definitely feels very premium. The feet of the turntable reduce the vibrations, providing seamless audio. The glass platter feels really special and provides unique looks. The turntable has a carbon MM cartridge while using the RB220 tonearm.

The turntable does not have a phono preamp which means that you will have to use an external preamp, which raises the overall cost of the turntable, not to mention that it is quite a costly product already. The sound quality of the turntable is mind-blowing and definitely this is one of the best turntables under a $1000. However, it greatly depends on the preamp and the speakers you use, so make sure that you fully utilize the potential of this turntable.

Conclusively, if you want a high-end turntable having a reasonable price tag, Rega Planar 2 will be a fine product for you, although make sure to use high-end components with it for maximum performance.

5. Clearaudio Concept

Best Sound Quality

  • Realistic audio reproduction
  • Immensely beautiful
  • Sturdy build
  • Sadistic price

6 Reviews

Dimensions: 420 mm x 350 mm x 140 mm | Motor: Belt drive | Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, 78

Clearaudio Concept is a unique vinyl turntable and comes at a hefty price. The design of the turntable is very sophisticated and it feels premium at first sight. Apart from just looking premium, the turntable is actually very sturdy and it offers a lot better build quality than other qualities, although at this price it should be very obvious. The turntable offers three speeds; 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rotations per minute. The turntable uses its own stylus and it performs really well and is quite stable.

Now, it is a premium turntable and most of such turntables don’t come with phono preamp or other built-in functionalities. This makes your setup much more dependable on the other devices and if you couple this turntable with high-end preamp and amp, this turntable will make your dreams come true.

Overall, this turntable does not have any kind of disadvantages apart from the price and in fact, if you consider the quality of this turntable, it does not seem overpriced by any means.

Ace Luke


Ace Luke is a Washington Accord certified computer engineer with a keen interest in gaming and reviewing computer hardware since childhood.
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