The recent resurgence in vinyl has prompted a similar interest in turntables. Some people do buy vinyl for the artwork, but for those of us wanting to actually listen to the records there is now a bewildering array of equipment available. To make life simple we have hand-picked a range of models which we believe provide outstanding value for money, from entry level right through to award-winning “hi-fi” brands.
Our entry level
The Lenco L85 (£109.99) is a funky looking turntable which earned a 4 star review from What Hi-Fi magazine, no mean feat for a so-called budget model. It has it’s own pre-phono stage which means you can connect it directly to active speakers without having to buy an amplifier. It also has a USB output which means you can copy your much loved vinyl to digital formats. Available in black, white, grey and red.
The Lenco LBT-120BK (£129) gives the same modern look as the L85 but has the additional benefit of having a Bluetooth transmitter so that you can listen via speakers or headphones without the distraction of all those pesky cables.
By the way, both these models team up very nicely with our Edifier R1280db multimedia speakers (£119.99). So for a total cost of less than £230 (£250 for the Bluetooth model) you can have a modern high quality sounding system to play your vinyl on.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 (£199) is a fully automatic turntable, the winner of What Hi-Fi’s “Best turntable under £200” award in 2017. It too has it’s own pre-phono stage so you don’t have to buy a separate amplifier, but you can switch this off if you want to run it through the phono input on an amplifier instead, giving you great versatility.
Connnect this to a pair of Edifier R1850db speakers (£159.99) for a fantastic sounding system.
For those wanting an even more enjoyable listening experience, we stock several models that will fit the bill.
Pro-Ject Primary (£149)
What Hi-Fi gave this a 5 star review, noting its easy set-up and “clean, balanced and up-for-it sound”. A solid, easy to use deck which gives an “entertainingly clean, balanced and up-for-it sound”. Perfect for anyone looking for an inexpensive step into the hi-fi world.
Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT (£179)
A quality fully automatic Bluetooth belt-drive turntable. Pair it with Bluetooth speakers or headphones and away you go!
Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB (£249)
Paying tribute to the vintage aesthetics of the Technics SL1200 this affordable direct drive turntable is sturdily built and comes fully loaded with features.
Top of our range
Rega Planar 1 (£249)
The latest version of Rega’s best-selling turntable was given a 5 star review by What Hi-Fi magazine, as well as the accolade of “Best turntable under £500”. It’s very user-friendly and can be set up in seconds after unpacking. Sounds really good too!
The Planar 1 is also available in a “Plus” version which incorporate a built-in phono stage, allowing you to connect directly to powered speakers without having to go through an amplifier.
Audio Technica AT-LP5x (£329)
A direct drive turntable with a switchable in-built phono stage and USB output allowing you to digitise your vinyl.
“The AT-LP5x is a well executed design that sounds great for the money. It’s also well built, easy to set up and nice to use” (What Hi-Fi – 5 star review)
Rega Planar 2 (£399)
Another What Hi-Fi 5 star review: “Rega’s redesign of a classic turntable retains the great sound and simple set up”.