Read through our buying guide that aims to help you find the best turntable under 200 dollars available on the market today.
When purchasing a new music turntable there are lots of things to take into consideration including brand, playback speed and price amongst other things. Therefore, it is important to find a record player that will suit your needs and your budget as well. Whether you are a professional DJ or just enjoy listening to vinyl’s you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money on an expensive turntable.
It is little surprise that there is such interest in turntables as vinyl has seen a leap in popularity in recent years. With today’s technology overload, many people are looking for high quality, low technology (but not in terms of design and construction) record players that are easy to set up and easy to use.
What to look for when buying your turntable
Whilst there are a number of cheap turntables on the market it is generally advisable to go mid-range. You may find a number of cheaper record players on the market but the quality of the playback and the machine itself will be reflected in the price. However, the good news is that you can still purchase a good quality low-mid-range turntable for under $200 if you know what you are looking for when making your purchase.
So here are some pointers of what to look for when buying your new record player:
- Direct Drive or Belt Drive Turntable – A direct drive turntable is where your turntable is powered directly by a motor underneath it. This provides more direct power to the turntable enabling quicker and ultimately smoother record playback. It also enables the turntable to reach faster speeds and therefore is more appropriate for professional usage.Alternatively, a belt drive turntable (as the name suggests) is where a turntable is driven by a belt attached to a separate motor. Many people prefer a belt driven turntable because it is less affected by vibrations from the motor itself since the two parts are physically detached. However, you will not get the same speeds form a belt driven turntable and you do have an extra part that is prone to wear and could snap or need replacing mid record.
- Manual or Automatic Tonearm – This choice comes down to a mixture of preference and your own record playing requirements. The tonearm is the arm that houses a stylus which sits on top of the vinyl itself. Many record players will feature a manual tonearm meaning that you need to place the tonearm onto the record by hand. Others will have a button that can be pressed to automatically lift the tonearm from its cradle and place it onto the record.
The difference between whether a turntable has a manual or automatic tonearm does not necessarily depend on the price of the turntable itself as you might think. Many people prefer the flexibility and control that comes from having a manual tonearm. Others are concerned about damaging the vinyl when placing the stylus and therefore prefer the automatic versions. It is really up to you, both has its advantages and disadvantages.
The Best Record Players under $200
With so many turntables on the market it can be difficult to choose which the best one for your requirements is and how much it is likely to cost. Based upon research including price, features and customer reviews here are some of the top record players available for under $200:
The Stanton T62 turntable is a direct drive model with a sleek, modern, metallic silver and black design. With a powerful motor spinning the turntable at high speeds this is ideal for both amateurs and professional dj’s and all at under $200. The tonearm is designed to be used for both jamming and straightforward record playing. A slip mat and cover are included in the purchase.
The Audio Technica is a more technologically integrated record player with USB connectivity. This enables you to connect your turntable to your PC or MAC computer. Audacity audio software is included to enable you to capture your records and also edit them once on in the software package. With the Technica you can not only play your records but convert them into MP3’s as well. Not the best player for DJ’ing though.
This record player combines the best of both worlds in many ways. It plays vinyl records, cd and MP3’s with the USB and audio jack connectivity. The classic vintage design with wooden fascia adds a touch of style whilst the high quality stylus ensure quality playback of your vinyl’s.
In terms of overall price, functionality and customer feedback the Stanton is considered to be the best purchase. This is for a number of reasons including having the highest customer rating and most functionality for the price. It is definitely the one to consider above all others in the list if you are looking for value for money and quality combined into one single unit. This one our brief guide with recommendations for the best turntables under $200.
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