Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly record player or want to invest in a turntable that will last you for many years, there are a number of options available in the $400 to $500 price range. Some of these models include Bluetooth functionality, so you can connect to wireless headphones or speakers while playing your vinyl. Some models include built-in preamps, making setup easier.
If you’re looking for a turntable that looks great, you may want to check out the Pro-Ject T1. This turntable comes with a built-in preamp, so it’s easy to set up. You’ll also get great sound from this turntable, especially if you have a good pair of speakers. This turntable also has an elegant design and a high quality build.
The U-Turn Orbit Plus is a great turntable for those looking for a more puristic design. It has an elegant, simple design and a great price. You can also get this turntable with a built-in Pluto preamp. This will make playing vinyl much easier, and you can connect it to a stereo receiver or powered speakers. It has excellent sound on its own, too, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on speakers. This turntable’s sound is crisp, clear, and detailed.
The Audio-Technica AT-LPW40WN is another solid workhorse that’s also available in Bluetooth format. It has a natural wood veneer plinth and a carbon fiber tonearm. If you’re looking for something a little more expensive, you can choose the AT-LP60X. This turntable is in the $400-500 price range and is a great option for people looking for an alternative to a belt-drive turntable. You can also opt for the AT-LP5 if you’re looking for an entry-level turntable. It also comes with an AT95EX cartridge, which is specially designed to match the tonearm. The AT-LPW40WN sounded neutral when using the built-in phono preamp. You’ll still want a phono preamp if you want to play LPs.
The Victrola Premiere V1 Turntable Music System is an all-in-one record player that integrates a turntable and speakers into one convenient device. It also features a Bluetooth output and RCA outputs, so you can play your vinyl on the go. It also has a mono output on the back, so you can plug it into your TV.
The Music Hall MMF-1.3 is another good option for those looking for a simple turntable at a reasonable price. It features a nice, even handed response and it can be connected to a stereo receiver without a phono preamp. The MMF-1.3 does not have Bluetooth or a USB output, though, which means you’ll have to buy a separate wireless headphone receiver to play your vinyl. However, the MMF-1.3 offers similar sound and performance to the Pro-Ject T1.
If you’re looking for a more traditional turntable, the Rega Planar 2 is a solid option. It’s also available with a built-in preamp, and it’s also great value. You’ll also get great sound, though the build quality isn’t as good as the other turntables we reviewed.