In honor of Record Store Day last Saturday, we’ve collected a list of top-of-the-line turntables we spotted on IGN for some truly authentic rocking out. Play your recently purchased or favorite oldie records with the below options.
- Pro-ject Debut Carbon: Though it is one of the pricier options available, this turntable is one of the highly sought-after record players for audio enthusiasts. The Debut Carbon features a one-piece carbon fiber tonearm for a steady, sturdy sound. A thick, felt covered 12” alloy platter cuts down unwanted resonance and its motor suspension cuts down on vibrations so effectively that they are non-existent.
- Audio-Technica LP 120: The Audio-Technica At-LP120 is a smart purchase because of its abundance of features. It includes a USB port for recording your favorite record to a digital file on your PC or Mac as well as a range of 33-1/3, 45 and 78rpm speeds. Plus the internal stereo phono pre-amp means the AT-LP120 is compatible with a wide range of receivers. It is an overall affordable option with lots of versatility and good sound.
- Rega RP1: Rega is known for making high-end turntables, but most of the Rega RP models are over $1,000. The Rega RP1 is nice because it typically runs for about half that, making it a more affordable alternative. It includes the RB101 tonearm, built similarly to Rega’s famed RB300, with some minor caveats. Though this option does not have very many extra features, the simple aesthetic and amazing quality makes it worth considering.
- Crosley Player: If you want a record player that looks vintage, the Crosley is the one for you. The CR6017A-MA Crosley is one of the highest quality turntables that also has a retro appeal. It offers three speeds and stereo speakers for listening to LPs no matter where you are. And if you don’t happen to have a record with you, the AM/FM radio allows you to blast your favorite stations so you are never without music. Though the sound quality is not as nice as other options listed, the authentic style and affordable price make the Crosley a solid option.
- Music Hall MMF 2.2: The MMF features an exceptional platter and pleasing aesthetics with a simple, glossy platform. The cartridge provides a nice and even tone without overblowing bright or bass-heavy music. Despite the high price tag, the turntable’s classy look and high quality make it a good option to keep in mind.