Best Low Budget Record Players

Get more bangers for your bucks.

With the resurgence of vinyl, record stores have seen a spike in record sales, anywhere from local stores to big companies like Amazon and Urban Outfitters. Some artists are releasing music exclusively on vinyl, and several are offering limited edition prints of their new albums on the once dated method of music playing.

Just because the audio is better, some argue, on vinyl than any other platform, that doesn’t mean you are guaranteed the best quality listening. If you get a bad record player, you are probably not going to have the best sound quality. There is a reason people shell out extra money for headphones instead of those cheap five dollar pairs sold at the checkout areas. The same goes for record players. You don’t, however, have to break the bank to rock out to tunes.

 

Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct Drive DJ Turntable

 $449

Audio Technica is a devoted music company. With the speeds variable between 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds, you can listen to nearly any album you buy. It has a near perfect rating on Amazon, and several great reviews. They also say that with “built-in switchable phono preamp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components.” This record can even be used as a DJ turntable, if you want to pick up a new hobby or have ever fantasized about scratching records.

  • Professional DJ Turntable
  • USB output
  • Direct Drive high-torque multi-pole motor
  • Professional DJ quality for use with mobile apps and touring
  • Three speeds (33, 45, 78)

 

 

Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

$249

This product is also from Audio Technica. This is on the even lower budget end of the spectrum. With speeds of 33-⅓ and 45 RPM, you can still play most of the albums for sale today. This is for the audiophile on a budget.

  • Fully auto belt-drive
  • Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier
  • Attached dual RCA output cable
  • Switchable Pre-amp modes for moving magnets or coil cartridges
  • Two speeds (33, 45)
  • ½” mount universal head shell with dual moving magnet phono cartridge and diamond stylus

 

 

Orbit Custom

$179

 

The best part about Orbit is that besides the high-quality audio, you also can choose what your player looks like. No more having to match wood stains or confusing your room’s color palette. This record player is gorgeous. You can switch between the 33 and 45 RPM speeds.

  • 2-year warranty, 30-day return policy
  • Comes with RCA cables, dust cover, and felt mat
  • Moving magnet cartridge and diamond stylus
  • Customizable
  • Cue lever
  • Built-in Preamp
  • Two speeds (33, 45)

Stanton T92USB USB Direct Drive DJ Turntable

$249

This spinner is another one that you can use to actually MAKE money if you decide to DJ… Otherwise, it’s just a great player. With a USB that compatible with Mac or PC, you can sync up your music without having to sacrifice one computer platform over the other. It is also very affordable for the amount of sound quality you get.

  • Pro-Quality with high torque direct drive motor
  • USB and S/PDIF outputs compatible with Mac of PC
  • Includes software for editing music
  • Selectable Range (+/-8%, 12%)
  • Build in DSP
  • S-shaped Tone arm
  • Stanton 300.v3 cartridge pre mounted on headshell
  • Three speeds (33, 45, 78)

 

Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player

$249

Fluance audio uses Technica needles, so you never have to sacrifice the brand you want for quality. This gorgeous table plays your favorite album for cheap without sacrificing the quality of sound. It is very sleek and makes it look like you know a thing or two about the music industry.

  • Hi-Fi belt driven turntable produces pure analog listening
  • AT95E Audio Technica cartridge and diamond stylus
  • S-Type tonearm
  • Aluminum platter and rubber slipmat included
  • Texas Instruments preamp, gold-plated RCA line outputs
  • Two speeds (33, 45)

 

House of Marley Stir It Up Natural Bamboo Turntable

$199

Clearly wood paneling is back in along with vinyl. With the ability to plug in headphones, you can hear the record as loud and as closely as you want to without disturbing the peace in the household. It also has matching speakers, should you want to share your excellent taste with the world.

  • Rigid metal tone arm
  • Solid Aluminum Alloy Platter
  • Headphone jack
  • Integrated RCA
  • Made with recycled paper and green products
  • Matching speakers available
  • Two speeds (33, 45)

 

AudioTechnica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo 2-Speed Turntable System

$268

This futuristic looking device will take your music from outer worldly planets into your home. A very moderately priced package deal, this turntable throws in the speakers (which often are needed to be bought separately) at no extra cost!

  • Comes with turntable and Harman Soundsticks
  • Full automatic
  • Dual Magnet phono cartridge on the AT-LP60
  • Two speeds (33, 45)
  • 40 watts amp
  • Subwoofer system
  • Speakers compatible with Tv, Computer, etc.

With all these options for purchase, you can now turn up your nose at the next hipster you meet with the stereotypical Crosley player, complete with handle and maybe only one record. Do your record collection justice without spending all your money by