Best record players 2021: best turntables for every budget

Our pick of the best turntables for vinyl fans…

Best Record Players Buying Guide: the best turntables you can buy in 2021.

Whether you’re buying your first turntable having just discovered the joys of vinyl, replacing a dusty old turntable or looking to upgrade your existing record player, we can help point you in the right direction.

Our round-up features a choice of affordable turntables at the budget end of the market, plus a selection of premium record players if you’re looking to get serious about your system’s sound quality. You can even get a wireless Bluetooth turntable should you want to stream your vinyl selections, or a USB turntable if you’d like to digitise your vinyl collection.

Most of the decks here are pretty much plug-and-play, and come with the tonearm and cartridge attached. You might need to balance the tonearm and set the tracking weight, but this is pretty simple – just follow the supplied instructions. In case there’s no cartridge as standard, it could be worth visiting our list of the best cartridges you can buy for some inspiration.

Whether you’re looking for a budget record player, a premium high-end turntable or one in between, this page should help…

Pro-Ject Primary E Review – Primary schooling

Gramofon Pro-Ject Audio Systems PRIMARY E – BLACK 9120082383301 Recommended

Setting an impressive standard for the entry-level, this plug-and-play deck is perfectly pitched. Ed Selley spins his …
Technics SL-1500C Review – The Return of Technics Turntables

Technics SL-1500C Direct Drive Turntable (Silver) Recommended

The built-in phono stage is terrific, while the take-no-prisoners sonic personality sounds joyously lively, …
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Review – Carbon dating

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO, Audiophile turntable with Carbon Fiber tonearm, Electronic Speed Selection and pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge (Satin Green) Recommended

Easy to setup and unfussy in use, the Debut Carbon EVO’s extremely well-balanced sonic performance is comfortably the …
Clearaudio Concept Active Review – Concept album

Clearaudio Concept Active MM Turntable w/ MM Cartridge Black Recommended

Clearaudio’s popular LP spinner has been updated to make it a one-stop vinyl replay package. Ed Selley gets his …
Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Review – Direct action

AudioTechnica AT-LP5X Fully Manual Direct Drive Turntable (Black) Recommended

Audio-Technica enjoyed enormous success with the original AT-LP5 (HFC 405) and five years later …

Technics SH-TB10-SM1 SL-1000R SME Tonearm Plate (Silver)

New revolution As David Price pens a paean of praise for his new favourite high-end turntable, Technics’ SL-1000R, he …
VPI Prime 21+ Review – Prime suspect

VPI Prime 21+ Review – Prime suspect Recommended

VPI’s most popular vinyl spinner enjoys bespoke Audio-Technica MC cart and Nordost RCA tonearm cable updates. Read our …

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