Best Record Players with Review

PYLE-HOME PVNP4CD Vintage Phonograph Horn Turntable with CD, Cassette, AM/FM, Aux-In and USB-to-PC RecordinYou do like some good music.  And Nostalgic record playerobviously since you are reading this, you are someone that is going for real sound. Not some high end digital surround system, you want a real music experience. You want to listen to vinyl. And that of course, with the best record player.

“What should I be looking for… and where do I start?”

Listening to music from vinyl is not only about sound quality even so about decent looks and that vinyl feeling. In short, you want to be listening music from the one model that fits your needs. And that of course, for a reasonable price. We created a all-inclusive guide to help you find the version that fits your ears.

Ultimate Record Player Comparison Chart

Picture
Model
Extra
Price
Rating
Studebaker SB6052 Wooden Turntable with AM/FM Radio & Cassette PlayerUSB / FM radio / CD$$4.4
Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt Driven TurntableUSB$$4.4
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)USB$$4.4
Electrohome® SignatureTM Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System with Record Player, CD, MP3 CDs, MP3, AM/FM, Vinyl-to-MP3 (EANOS700)USB / FM radio / CD / MP3$$$5.0
Crosley CR44CD Turntable Console with CD Player and AM/FM TunerFM radio / CD
$$$$4.1
Crosley Mini Turntable (Black)No$$4.1
PYLE-HOME PVNP4CD Vintage Phonograph Horn Turntable USB$$$4.0
Crosley Musician Entertainment CenterFM radio/MP3/CD/Cassette$$3.8
Jensen JTA230 TurntableUSB$$4.3
Electrohome Archer Vinyl Turntable Stereo System with Built-in Speakers & USB/AUX Input - EANOS300USB / MP3 /$$4.1
Electrohome Wellington 4-In-1 Nostalgia Turntable Real Wood Stereo System with Record Player, USB Recording, MP3, CD & AM/FM Radio - EANOS502USB / MP# / CD / FM radio$$4.3
  Included in the matrix are 5 columns:

  • Picture of the item
  • Brand and name/model – (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Extra’s: what ways are there to connect the device for storage or volume, can you connect this one to a computer
  • Price – These are approximate prices on Amazon.com.  These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.  But generally speaking: $ = under $50, $$ = $50 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200 to $500 and $$$$$ is $500+
  • Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com.  So the opinion of others about this instrument

Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier. Want to see more models? Click here for the full guide. The instruments included on this chart are just a few of the total available ones. Simply because of the number of models and manufactures we could not list them all. We choose to include the ones that are highly rated but spread in both price and options. Most of the players included are USB capable, so they are able to convert to digital music. However, there are also models who are designed just for playing vinyl tracks.

What is a Record Player and what sets it apart from other music players?

In short, it is a music player, also known as turntable. It is a musical instrument, fit or playing vinyl records. With these type of players it is not only about the music but also about the whole experience of listening and playing music. The guys on musicpedia would not know what to do without it. The feeling of softly putting a record on the table and adjusting the needle for the right speed and angle is great. The special fine tuning of the rpm’s to optimize the sound gives the music an extra dimension. Music played from a vinyl has a kind of swing or movement through the sound. Sometimes you hear a small crunch a slightly “singing” musical note. These things do not disturb the sound, not at all. They give it character in a way that makes the music warmer and more intense. Technically the groves in the vinyl are the source of the music, by putting a needle or stylus on the plate you make the needle vibrate. Just like a vibrating string makes a noise the vibrating needle produces sound. This sound is than amplified by the speakers. The whole process of reading from the LP and sending the sound trough the arm into the cartridge is without electricity, providing the characteristic sound.

Is there a best model

Well, I don’t think there is one that is the best. But I truly believe that there is one best suited for you, or for me. So, finding the perfect version is all about you preferences. Do you like a vintage turntable or a more modern version? Both models attract a completely different audience.

How to Find a Turntable That Meets Your Needs

Above you will find a comparison chart that is interactive. A variety of the top items are listed in there. Before you hop over to your next music buddy, let’s find out what is on this guide. You can of course watch some YouTube video’s with cheesy advice but you can also look at the criteria and user reviews in the guide to make the appropriate buying decision. Above you can find the ultimate Comparison Guide to assist you in finding the perfect player for you.  Review of the Top 5 models Honestly, most of the models included above are excellent options; but there are a few that we just need to point out as our favorites. You can find here our top 5 picks of them, along with a more detailed review of these items. So it is time to sit back and just let the information flow.

Crosley CR44CD

Nostalgic record playerThis one is an eye catcher. The impressive wooden front just breaths nostalgia and gives the whole room a bit of a classic character.  It is hard to tell if the walls are solid oak or a veneer, in reality is it a bit darker and in our opinion also prettier than it looks on the picture! This is with no doubt going to attract attention of guests or visitors and they will start asking questions about this piece and were you got it.

Sound and speakers of the Crosley CR44CD

The sound is decent, some do call it even great. The speakers in this instrument are not that big, but the big wooden chest around it provides a great resonance box. In case you find that this unit does not produce enough volume, there is the opportunity to simply plug in external speakers and thereby increase the volume. This is however absolutely not necessary for a good sound! But Crosley provides this option. When ordering this machine, once again the carefulness of Crosley is shown. It is packaged inside a bunch of styro-foam, and all parts that could damage during transport are either taped in place or held down by little pieces of twist-tie wire. One small thing to know, is that the disc sticks out of the back of the cabinet. It does give a nice detail, but you need to make sure that the cabinet is placed about 3 inches before the wall, so the whole thing can spin.  This version is one of the bigger  models that Crosley provides. In combination with the reasonable price it is not hard to believe that Crosley is selling quite a few of them. There is also the opportunity tho listen CD’s or radio with it (hidden, so they do not disturb the look). Prices are in the mid end of the market, there are models with the same quality of sound for a lower price. But the combination of a good sound and the impressive nostalgic look makes this musical instrument one of a kind.

PYLE-HOME PVNP4CD Vintage Phonograph Horn

PYLE-HOME PVNP4CD Vintage Phonograph Horn Turntable with CD, Cassette, AM/FM, Aux-In and USB-to-PC Recordin

This phonograph has some great vintage looks, with most prominent the big brass horn. The horn does attract most of the attention and is the most characteristic part of this item. Because of the horn it is more a phonograph than a turntable, but the machinery is the same. When looking closer to this phonograph, one can notice that the player is combining some nostalgic looks with some modern looks. But the handmade high quality wood veneer cabinet in combination with the horn make sure that there is no ‘cheap’ appearance. And do not mistake the vintage look for some old school mechanics. The sound from the in build speakers is decent and because of the horn really sound old-fashioned. When you would like to add some extra volume there is the opportunity to connect external speakers, but this is certainly not required. What is there more to like? The phonograph is fully equipped. Next to ability to play vinyl albums at three different speed levels there is also the opportunity for CD’s or radio. On top of that there is an USB connection, which gives you the ability to take up the music and store it digital. Overall this is a really characteristic and old-fashioned machine. The combination of the looks and the decent sound for this price, makes this one an interesting option.

Electrohome Wellington 4-In-1 Nostalgia

Musical playerThis particular model does not grab as much attention as the models above. But without being to much of presence, there is still a lot to look at. The real wood cabinet and the brass finish are giving it a classic look. When you combine this with the modern technology that this models harbors within, you know that you have a winner. This is completely in line with 4.5 star review that buyers are giving it over at Amazon. But what is there more to love? To start with, there are other opportunities for music. Next to vinyl, this model will also play CD, MP3 from an USB device an FM radio. The USB connection is also giving you the change to store your vinyl collection. Simply connect the Wellington 4-1 Nostalgia with a computer or even only a USB device!

Speakers and sound

The two dynamic speakers housed inside wood cabinetry will Nostalgiaprovide high-fidelity sound. Enough bass and volume to fill a room with a group of people. When you prefer to listen in private you can plug your headphone in the 3.5 headphone jack.
Overall you can buy yourself a fully equipped stereo system that can handle FM radio, CD, USB an above all: vinyl. Within the handcrafted wooden cabinetry this is a lot of modern technology that is breathing nostalgia.

Studebaker SB6052 Wood

This particular model is one of the more modest items. With a quite Studebaker SB6052basic and elementary design, this item is more elegant in it’s simplicity. With a price below $90 you do get a lot of value for your money. The retro design in combination with the decent sound are making this instrument quite a steal. On Amazon there is a 4.5 star review as a reward for this combination of style and affordabillity.

 

To end with, a just plain great movie about an old phonograph. This is what vinyl can give you.

One thought on “Best Record Players with Review”

  1. I am partial to the older, vintage devices as I believe the sound quality cannot be duplicated in the new models. I am looking at a Pioneer and a Marantz vintage player, both from the 60/70′s. Is there a website or do you have information on these two makers so that I can make a more informed decision on which one to buy? The Pioneer is going for $150 and the Marantz for $300.

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