The model comes equipped with a double-layered chassis and a 4-mm metal bottom plate which protects the turntable against undesired vibrations. The aluminium platter and the aluminium die-cast tonearm prevent any of the remaining vibrations from affecting the sound, so the musical signal remains pure and untouched.
The rotation speed slows down after some time.
The Pioneer PL-30-K is a clear example of the absolute best that the world of turntables has to offer in terms of sound quality. We can wholeheartedly recommend you to drop a few extra pounds if you wish to experience your favourite tunes the way they were meant to be.
A plastic case and a dust cover
Audio Technica MM (Moving Magnet) cartridge
Records sizes: 7", 12"
Speed: 33 1/3, 45 RPM
Vinyl player, Equalizer
Speed button, Start/Stop button, Size select lever, Adapter for EP record
Stereo RCA audio out, AC IN terminal
43 x 11 x 37 cm
This turntable is really user-friendly, you can switch it on by pushing a single button.
Only plays vinyl.
A dual-magnet photo cartridge is integrated into this modern automatic turntable, thus it provides you with high-quality sound.
Plastic body with a transparent removable cover and a built-in sound amplifier
Records sizes: 7", 12"
Speed: 33 ⅓, 45 RPM
Speed control switch, Player control, Size selector, Line/Phone switch
Stereo RCA audio out
9.75 x 36 x 35.6 cm
With the help of the pre-installed EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter software and USB, you will be able to digitize music from vinyl records and connected devices.
Built-in loudspeakers might not be clear and loud enough.
The iON MAX LP is not only stylish and space-saving, it is also great to convert your old records to a new format and share it with your friends.
Wooden body with a transparent cover, built-in loudspeakers, and a sound amplifier
Records sizes: 7", 10", 12"
Speed: 33 ⅓, 45, 78 RPM
Vinyl player, Auxiliary input
Speed control switch, Sound control, Auto-stop switch
USB type B, Stereo RCA audio out, 3.5-mm audio in, Earphone jack
10.3 x 41 x 38.7 cm
Sporting a traditional look with a solid wood appearance, this vintage style record player has that mid-century charm that will be able to class up any interior. With vinyl-to-MP3 recording function, you will be able to effortlessly transform audio from vinyl records into MP3 format files.
The stereo speakers are relatively quiet compared to the analogue sound.
The 1byone 471UK-0002 is a record player with Bluetooth that will easily be able to attract some of the more old-school crowd but will also satisfy a younger audience thanks to a number of inputs and modern solutions that make this retro player a piece of high-end technology.
Classical turntable design: solid wood appearance, dust cover
Records sizes: 7", 10", 12"
Speed: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
Vinyl player, Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording, MP3 player
Speed button, Size select button, Power and volume control, Function control
Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio input, RCA Line-Out
43 x 35 x 15 cm
The model features a couple of powerful speakers with 2 x 1.5-watt output (3 watts total). It sounds great but that won't be your only audio option. Equipped with a 3.5-mm audio in and a stereo RCA audio out, it allows you to connect a variety of audio electronics and enjoy a different sound.
The belt drive is audible at the lower volume levels.
The turntable from GPO, with its briefcase styled appearance, a nice wooden body, leatherette finish, and retro metal corner protectors, couldn't look any better. It makes for a great accessory but the device is so much more than that. It is a great player that offers a great way to enjoy your favorite vinyl records.
Wooden body with a leatherette finish and retro metal corner protectors, built-in speakers
Records sizes: 7", 10", 12"
Speeds: 33, 45, 78 RPM
Vinyl player, USB player, Vinyl-to-USB recording
Speed control switch, Function control, Power and volume control
USB type B, 3.5-mm audio in, Stereo RCA audio out
13.5 x 35.5 x 27.5 cm
Leave It to Pioneer
While a turntable is obviously a very specific piece of music technology, there's something that the absolute majority of them share in terms of customer experience and the aforementioned device is no exception to this phenomenon. To put it in simpler terms, this unwritten rule states that if what you want is the absolute best that the music industry has to offer in terms of technology and equipment, you should probably look towards Pioneer. The company in question isn't just one of the oldest and biggest manufacturers of consumer electronics in general and musical instruments in particular but is also one of the more respected business enterprises renowned for designing and developing some of the best recorders, players, and different kinds of DJ equipment.
This Pioneer turntable doesn't just follow in its predecessor's footsteps but actually one-ups most of them, especially as far as the quality of sound goes. The model was clearly designed with a specific purpose in mind: to extract every possible bit of information which lies in the grooves of analogue records, all with the purpose of securing and delivering the most exceptional musical experience. In order to do that, a few internal elements had to lend the overall model a helping hand. The first one is an exchangeable high-quality Audio Technica Moving Magnet cartridge. This exceptional transducer forms a minuscule electromagnetic generator that allows it to follow the groove more faithfully while requiring far less tracking force. And since it is an exchangeable model, you can always upgrade the cartridge wherever you want.
Vibrations Shall Not Pass
As some of you are probably aware, one of the biggest factors that differentiate the sound of a great turntable compared to an average one is the device's ability to remove or minimise vibrations. The problem with the latter is that, unless they're eliminated, the vibrations will be picked up by the needle and the cantilever, which will, in turn, corrupt the mechanics of the cartridge, reducing the quality of the sound.
This Pioneer turntable refuses to have anything in common with all that jazz, which is why it comes equipped with a double-layered chassis and a 4-mm metal bottom plate. Both of these elements do an exceptional job protecting the turntable against undesired vibrations. On top of that, the aluminium platter and the aluminium die-cast tonearm prevent any of the remaining vibrations from affecting the sound, so the musical signal remains pure and untouched. Heck, even the 5-mm thick rubber mat located on top of the platter is there in order to stop vibrations.
Another thing that separates this vinyl record player from the rest of the competition is the built-in phono pre-amplifier. This impressive tool utilises high-quality capacitors in the signal path, with the latter securing the best musical performance imaginable. On top of that, this phono pre-amplifier also grants the user the ability to connect this model directly to essentially any amplifier, AV-Receiver, or compact system.
The last aspect we would like to talk about and the remaining unique quality that cements the title of the best turntable to this product is the fully automatic operation principle. What that means is the tonearm will be placed precisely on top of the very first grooves of the record and will then be slowly but surely lowered to start the music. Once the record is finished playing, the tonearm will automatically return to its base.
So, without wasting any more of your time, we can definitely come to the conclusion that the Pioneer PL-30-K is a clear example of the absolute best that the world of turntables has to offer in terms of sound quality. If music to you isn't just something you use to fill in the silent background, we can wholeheartedly recommend you to drop a few extra pounds if you wish to experience your favourite tunes the way they were meant to be experienced.
Fresh Look at Old Technologies
If you like the clear sound of vinyl records combined with modern technologies you will definitely like the Audio-Technica LP60. Made in hi-tech style, it will become a perfect addition to a modern blue-ray, DVD player, and other multimedia devices. Though the body is made of plastic it is still very appealing. With two wires with RCA connectors acting as stereo output, this turntable is ready to make your sound system something entirely different. As this type of connection is present on all modern models of loudspeakers, receivers, and various sound systems, the LP60 will fit any of them. A built-in preamplifier is an extra advantage as you won't need to connect the external one. Note that the small phono/line switch is on the back of the player, therefore it is important to place it right, depending on the type of the system connector you use.
It Couldn't Be Easier
Completely automatic control is another advantage of this turntable. All you need to do to turn the device on is press the start button. The drive will be put into action and will start to rotate a record; the tone arm will be placed on it automatically at the same time and the playback will start. When you need to stop the playback, replace the record, or turn it over, just press the stop button. The best thing is that the operation process is completely time-saving since no extra actions are required. And if you want to pause the song you just need to press the lift button. Frankly speaking, if you adjust your device in advance, the operation of the Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK will be reduced to a manipulation of only three buttons; even a child will be able to use it.
Advice on Operation
Despite an easy operation assembly, it is essential to remember about the set-up control. You can play 7" and 12" records at 33 ⅓ or 45 rotations per minute. For more accurate signal transmission and to protect vinyl and player from damage, it is crucial to set the switches in the right position. There are only two of them so there won't be confusion.
The integral dual-magnet is a photo cartridge with a removable stylus that provides an undoubted quality of a sound signal. In case you need to replace it you should go after the ATN3600L model.
ION Audio Max LP
Simple and Elegant
The simplicity of the iON MAX LP is its advantage. A round ended wooden body will fit any interior. A transparent cover not only supports playing when it's closed thus protecting it but also allows you to observe the process. Due to its semi-automatic start, it is completely user-friendly. All you need to do is place the vinyl on the platter and place the tonearm with a needle by hand. One of the distinguishing marks of this model is a small auto stop switch; when the playing is over the tonearm is lifted up above the platter with a record. There is also a cueing lever for moving the tonearm up and down; this lever can be used to stop or start playing. And the last but not least is a small volume adjuster to control the volume of stereo loudspeakers.
Connect, Convert, Listen
This turntable works with 7", 10", and 12" records at 33-⅓, 45, and 78 RPM speed. You can also digitize your vinyl records with this device. Moreover, there is a USB port on the back panel so you can always connect Max LP to your PC or laptop. In addition, it is supplied with a special software, namely EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter, and even with a cable for connection. One of the useful features of this software is an opportunity to separate files automatically according to the order of songs on the vinyl record. And, finally, you can always connect any other audio device (like a cassette player, for example) to the AUX-in located on the back panel and convert with its help.
Make It Louder
Despite the fact that the MAX LP is more for a novice user it is supported with a built-in preamplifier and 2" stereo speakers on each side. If their power isn't enough you can always connect it to your sound system. One of the best solutions will be a receiver as with its help you will be able to control the sounding of all your devices.
Enjoy Your Music in Private
You can listen to music through your headphones and enjoy it in private without disturbing your family or roommates since this turntable has headphones output for private listening.
Relive Your Childhood
Vinyl record players often hold a particularly special case in many people's hearts, especially when it comes to those individuals that grew up with them, thus associating these pieces of vintage technology with their childhood. And just because you can't turn the time and bring the days of your childhood back doesn't mean that you can't revive some of these memories and relive the best moments of your youth. All you have to do is purchase the 1byone 471UK-0002 and you will be able to experience that happy nostalgic feeling of listening to your favourite music on vinyl over and over again.
Without beating around the bush, we can definitely say that the model in question is a retro turntable. Sporting that traditional look with a solid wood appearance, this vintage style record player has that mid-century charm that will be able to class up any interior. Even if you're not a huge fan of vinyl, we could honestly suggest anyone look into this model simply as a lavish accessory that could easily impress any of your guests and make your apartment seem so much more sophisticated and refined. With 43 x 35 x 15 centimetres in overall dimensions, it will occupy just the perfect amount of space in order to attract some deserved attention without taking away too much room. And thanks to a reliable dust cover, you won't have to worry about the longevity of this vintage player.
Youngsters Are Welcome Too
While this particular device obviously pays homage to that old school record player style, you shouldn't get too discouraged if you are part of the newer generation that didn't grow up with one of these in your house. Sure, the model may look the part, but it is actually quite a high-end piece of technology that anyone will be able to appreciate, regardless of their age. With vinyl-to-MP3 recording function, you will be able to effortlessly transform audio from vinyl records into MP3 format files for later playback on your mobile devices anytime, anywhere.
Furthermore, this product features built-in full range stereo speakers, a 3.5-mm audio input, and an RCA Line-Out, so you shouldn't have any troubles trying to connect this device to any type of external speaker. And if you don't feel like messing around with cords and cables, the developers have you covered with a built-in Bluetooth that is capable of converting this elegant piece of technology into a wired speaker. All you have to do is just connect your smartphone to this Bluetooth turntable and you shall have the opportunity to experience your favourite music through a much better sound source.
Of course, if you do not care for all of this latest technological gizmo, you can always play 7", 10", and 12-inch records at three drastically different speeds. The operation principle when it comes to playing the aforementioned recording is semi-automatic, utilising a stylus needle in order to deliver the kind of sound quality one comes to expect from a vinyl player. So, in case we haven't made ourselves clear yet, the 1byone 471UK-0002 is a record player with Bluetooth that will easily be able to attract some of the more old-school crowd but will also satisfy a younger audience thanks to a number of inputs and modern solutions that make this retro player a piece of high-end technology.
Retro Never Looked Better
Some people will tell you that they don't care about aesthetics and it is all about the sound quality and that authentic audio experience but let's be honest here for a moment. A huge part of a turntable's appeal is the way it looks, the way it brings class to any room it occupies, the way it serves as an excellent conversation starter, and the way it makes its owner look blinding and posh. Of course, the ability to listen to vinyl records doesn't hurt either. With all of that in mind, let's talk about GPO Attache.
As you can infer from the pictures, the model is a stunner, there's no two ways about it. You could purchase this little device, never actually use it, and it would still make for a great long-term investment. But don't get us wrong. Its elegant retro design is definitely a strength but it isn't the strength. Well, maybe it is, but so are the model's performance and functionality.
Starting with the latter, the turntable incorporates the usual arrangement of interfaces that most twenty-first century models come equipped with. For example, you can use it to record all of your favourite vinyl records to a USB drive. Furthermore, the device already comes supplied with a USB stick, which is a nice touch any way you look at it, even though most people have no shortage of these drives nowadays.
Best Way to Enjoy Your Favourite Records
Not everyone is a fan of vinyl, we get it. But you don't have to be a vinyl aficionado to enjoy the advantages of this turntable, no matter how counterintuitive it may sound. The USB interface that the model comes with can be used for music playback, so you could simply purchase this device as a USB player.
The table features a couple of powerful speakers with 2 x 1.5-watt output (3 watts total). It sounds great but that won't be your only audio option. Equipped with a 3.5-mm audio in and a stereo RCA audio out, it allows you to connect a variety of audio electronics and enjoy a different sound.
As far as the actual vinyl performance goes, we'll leave it up to you to decide the quality of its playback. But, in technical terms, this is more or less your typical modern-day turntable, with a belt drive, a semi-automatic operating principle, and a stylus needle. It works with the usual record sizes (7", 10", and 12") and is able to play the records at the speed of 33, 45, or 78 rotations per minute.
All of the controls are straightforward and simple, they let you manage the speed, power, volume, and control the playback and the recording without overcomplicating things.
To put all of it a little differently, the turntable from GPO, with its briefcase styled appearance, a nice wooden body, leatherette finish, and retro metal corner protectors, couldn't look any better. It makes for a great accessory but the device is so much more than that. It is a great player that offers a great way to enjoy your favorite vinyl records.
What Is a Turntable?
Clear sound has always been crucial for all judges of good music. For this reason, turntables are returning to the stage of popular audio players. While one chooses this device for its more natural and analogue sounding, the others enjoy the process of a record playing. After all, it is impossible to mistake anything for the record rotation sound and specific creaking between songs. Moreover, it is the quality of the sound that makes this type of music players worth production even despite its high costs. In view of this, many current record companies release their albums on vinyl. In this review, five best models are represented in order to simplify the selection process so you could become one of the happiest owners of a record player.
For those who want to improve the sounding of their TV-sets with the help of a portable audio system, we advise paying attention to soundbars. And if you are a big fan of music and listen to it everywhere, you might find a perfect mp3 player in our selection.
What Features to Compare
The design is always essential when choosing a record player since music players are appreciated not only for their functions but also for being a part of the interior. Undoubtedly, wooden turntables are more appealing compared to their alternative, however, as a rule, they are more expensive. Turntables are the part of a sound system and if you want to save your money on buying additional equipment there are options with built-in speakers and sound amplifier. The cover, on the other hand, is one of the most important parts since it protects your device from dust when it isn't used. The size is also essential as it will be a pity to purchase a record player and find out that there isn't enough space for it. And don't forget to choose the drive type. Many audiophiles prefer a belt drive motor because it absorbs engine vibration and provides smoother sounding. On the opposite, most DJs will select direct drive motor as it holds the replay speed perfectly and allows scratching.
The operating convenience will depend on the features of a record playing and its operating capabilities. First of all, you will need to choose between automatic and semi-automatic principle of operation. On an automatic device, the tonearm will be placed on a record and the playback will start automatically. This type of turntable is great for a novice user. With the semi-automatic device, you will have to place the tonearm on a record manually. Next, a record format will be another good criterion for selection as you can select a turntable based on your collection of records. And finally, the clearness of vinyl sounding will depend on the quality of the stylus (or needle). With frequent use, these parts may wear off but you can always purchase replacements, just check which type is used.
Functions, Control, Connectivity
Modern vinyl players are not limited to just vinyl records. Radio, cassette, CD player and many more can be very useful additions. As far as the convenience of use goes, it won't be a waste to check player control, key parts, and formalities.
Since vinyl players are often a part of the whole sound system, you should also check connection possibilities. The audio output allows you to connect external audio devices to intensify the sound. And if you are interested in digitizing your records, look for the models with a USB port to connect your PC directly.
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Q: Which is better, a direct drive or a belt drive?
A: Although both these systems are adequate there is a difference between them. While a direct drive motor is attached to the platter without a belt thereby providing a better torque which will be an advantage for DJs, a belt drive motor is connected to the platter with a rubber belt, therefore absorbing any vibration. Compared to the belt drive the direct one is noisier since it contacts the platter. However, after some time the belt will need a replacement, although this process is neither difficult nor expensive.
A: Well, they differ mostly in a number of manipulations with a turntable. Working with manual devices you have to move a tonearm over the record by hand, while in automatic ones it moves on its own when switched on. Manual turntables have fewer parts thus providing smoother playing and causing less vibration. At the same time, a novice user or a DJ is more likely to choose automatic devices as they require much fewer movements and turn on with a single button.
A: The main purpose of a phono preamplifier is to enhance the volume of your turntable since the signal passed by the stylus is not very loud. In other words, turntables broadcast phono output signals that need to be transformed to a line level signal (AUX signal) to work with headphones or speakers. There are built-in pre-amps in some turntables. But don’t worry if there isn’t any since you can purchase them easily, even those of the higher quality are fairly affordable.
A: Not everyone knows that this option is available and that you, in fact, can upgrade some parts of your device. You can usually add/change slipmats, a cartridge, a belt (if you own a belt drive turntable), and a tonearm. If you are ready to invest money into your equipment in the future and make the sounding better you should consider a turntable that supports upgrading.
A: First of all, you should keep your equipment in a good condition. Even if there is a built-in dust cover on your turntable don’t forget to clean it and your records regularly. You can always purchase specialized tools and cleaning solutions in a shop or online. And remember to replace the removable parts when they wear out.
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