The world of vinyl records, like any niche hobby, can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Terms like preamp, platter, and cartridge can make listening to vinyl seem like an overly complicated pastime (especially since turntables and records aren’t cheap). But that’s not the case, all you need is a turntable with a preamp, a few records and speakers to get started.
What are we looking for
Price: Top turntables can easily carry a thousand-dollar price tag. To get an entry-level turntable that won’t damage your records and has good sound quality, expect to spend between $250 and $500. While there are certainly some great options under $250 that won’t damage your records, they generally don’t sound as good as more expensive models. Our advice is to stick with familiar, reputable brands.
Ease of use: Many new record collectors just want to hit the play button, watch the tonearm swing on a spinning record, like a crane in a cityscape, and hear the sound fill the room. Most of the turntables below provide that experience, and only require a power outlet and speakers that can be connected via Bluetooth or an audio cable. The easier the setup process, the more enjoyable your introduction to vinyl is likely to be. The fully automatic turntable will start at the beginning of the record, then stop and raise the tonearm at the end of the record. The manual dial gives you more control as it allows you to choose where to put the tonearm and stylus, and choose the song you want to listen to – which audiophiles love. Some turntables also feature a USB output, allowing you to connect them to a computer and archive physical records in digital format.
Built-in preamp: The turntable produces a “phono” signal, which the preamp converts to a “line” signal, which enables it to be used with other audio equipment such as speakers. Most modern turntables have built-in phono preamps. You can also buy preamps separately, which is how turntables used to work—a typical setup involves connecting a turntable to a preamp connected to speakers.
Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Gunmetal Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable with Studio Monitor and Care System Package Bundle (3 Items)
The Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable is bringing vinyl back. This stylish and easy to use turntable plays both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records. With the built-in switchable phono pre-amp, you are directly connected to your home stereo, powered speakers, or sound system. The AT-LP60X turntable utilizes an Audio-Technica Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with a replaceable diamond stylus.
The Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable is capable of playing records at two speeds. Play all of your favorite records at both 33-1/3 RPM and 45 RPM. It utilizes an anti-resonance die cast aluminum platter.
The AT-LP60X Stereo Turntable is powered by a DC servo-controlled motor. With the built-in phono pre-amplifier you can connect to your favorite audio devices. The ATLP60X features a redesigned tonearm base and headshell to improve tracking and reduce resonance. The AC adapter moves the AC/DC conversion outside the chassis to further reduce noise.
Dual Magnet Cartridge
The Audio-Technica AT-LP60X has an Integral Dual Magnet cartridge with a replaceable diamond stylus. The cartridge is integrated into the headshell for assured performance and ease of setup.
It is combining the classic sound of vinyl with a sleek and stylish modern design. A newly designed arm-base and headshell mean the unique style of the AT-LP60X is bringing vinyl into the 21st century.
- Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable (Gunmetal)
- Presonus 2-Way 3.5-inch Near Field Studio Monitor (PAIR)
- Knox Gear Vinyl Record Care System Package