It’s back to the future when it comes to vinyl records with the format enjoying a resurgence. And as a result there are a number of turntables that have been released to keep up with demand.
Vinyl sales accounted for one of every 10 physical music formats sold in 2018 and grew by 23 per cent in the same period.
Artists are also re-releasing their albums on vinyl to meet demand.
Audiophiles will swear vinyl sounds a lot better and warmer than the cold and sterile digital sound.
They call it “perfectly imperfect” which refers to the amazing high fidelity sounds along with the crackles that are a by-product of the vinyl format.
But you can’t listen to a record without a turntable and there are now plenty to choose from.
Here are the latest turntables Tech Guide checked out:
Cambridge Audio Alva TT – $2,799
Cambridge Audio’s Alva TT is a higher end turntable that combines the old and the new.
It is the world’s first turntable to include aptX HD for wireless high-resolution streaming to any Bluetooth-capable receiver or a Bluetooth speaker.
The Alva TT offers the convenience of enjoying your record collection without sacrificing on sound quality.
Under the hood is 50 years of British audio engineering expertise with cutting-edge digital technology.
Rega Planar 1 PLUS – $699
Vinyl lovers looking for plenty of bang for your buck will appreciate the Rega Planar 1 Plus.
Engineered by the renowned UK audio experts, Rega has just released a true plug-and-play turntable that doesn’t need external amplifier.
Users can simply plug it in directly to the speaker of choice for a high-quality vinyl experience.
You can be up and running in 30 seconds.
It has a shielded tonearm wire that is soldered directly to the turntable, preventing unwanted resonance or vibrations.
Sony PS-LX310BT – $299
Sony is a brand that’s famous for producing quality audio products and it has also got on the vinyl revival bandwagon with this affordable turntable.
It has a Bluetooth transmitter built in so users can wireless stream their music to their wireless speakers.
The LX310BT also has an aluminium tone arm that can find the beginning of a track automatically.
Flea Market Suitcase Turntable – $99
Here’s a budget choice that has everything you need in one product.
As its name suggests, the product looks like a suitcase until you open it up to reveal a turntable and arm.
The Flea Market Suitcase also has built-in speakers but you can connect it to an external speaker or amp through the RCA stereo output jacks
It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack if you to keep the sound to yourself.