The old turntable and the inimitable sound of vinyl are back. Embark on this trend that offers an unparalleled acoustic experience in the digital world.
You turntable have survived the fashions and digital revolutions of recent years. They are returning to the home of many audiophiles who do not dispense with the imperfect analog sound of vinyl, and who guarantee to be of superior quality to digital sound.
If it’s from the time when turntables animated your adolescence, skip ahead to our shopping choices. If you have just arrived in the world of vinyl, it is worth taking a look at the specifics of these devices, their rotations, plates, arms and needles.
Turntables: how do they work?
A turntable has a turntable and a built-in or external speaker (amplifier). On this turntable, commonly called a plate, is placed a soft mat, made of rubber or other material that does not scratch the disc.
The vinyl record is placed on this mat, which can be small, a single (7 inches), or larger, an LP-album (12 inches). There is also a third, rarer format, which corresponds to the oldest discs created between 1898 and the end of the 50s of the 20th century, and which is between these two sizes (with 10 inches).
The disc format will influence the choice of speed at which the platter will spin to play it. There are 3 preset rotation speeds: 45 and 33 RPM, for single or LP respectively, or 75 RPM, for older vinyls.
Once the motor that turns the platter with the vinyl on is activated, a mechanical arm with a needle at the end descends on the record manually or automatically. This needle lands in the circular creases that exist on the surface of vinyl records. As the turntable’s neck and needle will follow the shapes of the grooves of the record, covering its entire surface, the needle will vibrate, extracting the information necessary to reproduce the recorded sound.
Turntable: our choices
There are turntable options for all purses and for all requirements. Devices with manual or automatic arms, with diamond or ceramic needles, with wooden or metal cases. The choice is varied and we have selected a small sample so you can start your adventure in the world of vinyl.
With a portable, vintage suitcase design, which can be different colors or wooden, this turntable can play vinyl but also convert your old music to a WAV file.
You can listen to music in your living room, but also decorate it thanks to the wooden box with a vintage design of this option. It has built-in speakers, but also lets you add an external speaker.
Like the previous option, it mixes the old with the new. Via Bluetooth it also allows you to switch from vinyl to digital.
With a modern design, this automatic neck record player guarantees stability and quality in your vinyl reproduction.
It maintains the dual functionality, vinyl/digital, and allows a direct connection to your computer.
The minimalist and elegant style of this device combines simplicity of appearance with ease of control.
It has automatic playback and is very simple to activate and combine with other smart devices at home.
Audio Technica AT-LP120X
This brand is proud of its experience with analogue sound and offers different equipment for different types of users.
As we enter the high-end devices of the vinyl player market, this option will not disappoint the most demanding.
A good and robust design, comes together with a great quality of materials used to create this turntable. One of the best value-quality ratios of our choices.
Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500
The music giant could not leave behind its bet on the future, but bringing the past in tow.
A modern design, full of technical qualities and which does not fail to embrace new technologies.
Planar Watering 3 + Elys 2
There is nothing vintage, except for the sound it reproduces, in this modern and elegant version created by the English brand that has been manufacturing high-fidelity systems since the 1980s.
The best value-quality ratio of our suggestions.