Until about ten years ago turntables and vinyl records despite their unique characteristics seemed to have been shelved and replaced first by CDs and then by digital music on the net and music streaming. Instead, in recent years there has been a great renaissance of vinyl, to the point that today it seems to be close to returning to being the best-selling physical musical medium.

When, at the beginning of the 90s, CDs began to completely invade the music market, with their undoubted advantages in terms of practicality, manageability and small size, turntables became for many years devices intended solely or almost for an audience of enthusiasts and nostalgics of the old format, and their use had decreased to the point that many manufacturers of even famous amplifiers had stopped including a turntable input in their products.

Now things have completely changed: almost all new amplifiers have a phono input, and for those who need it there are also countless separate “phono preamps” available for connection to an amplifier. In the Amazon catalog there are dozens of products of various types and prices, in this article we illustrate some of the best turntables with prices between 200 and 1000 dollars for all those who want to rediscover listening through vinyl and for those who want to replace their old runs with a more performing device.

niood now lists the 8 Best Turntables For Your Vinyl Collection In 2023:

1. Audio-Technica AT-LP120X

Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB Manual Direct-Drive Turntable (Analogue & USB)

LP120XUSB is the next generation of the acclaimed LP120USB, featuring a new design and improved functionality. It is a fully manual direct drive turntable, with adjustable anti-skate dynamic control. Plays 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. USB output allows direct connection to computer. 

The turntable is supplied with a detachable dual RCA output cable and is equipped with a selectable phono pre-amplifier allowing you to connect directly to your home stereo whether it has a dedicated phono input or not. Featuring an S-shaped arm with adjustable tracking force and an AT-HS6 universal 1/2″ protective shell with an AT-VM95E Dual Magnet phono cartridge, it is also compatible with any VM95 series replacement stylus. offering a wide choice of possibilities for every budget and application.

2. Denon DP-300F

Denon DP-300F Turntable for Audio Device

The Denon DP-300F is a simple to use and very flexible turntable. It is in fact an automatic model including arm, head and equipped with belt drive, with speed settable at 33 or 45 rpm. 

The DP-300 includes record size recognition (33/45 RPM) and has a solid aluminum base for vibration reduction. It also integrates a phono card for direct connection to a line pre input. Power supply AC 230 V, 50 Hz, consumption 12 W. Weight 3.2 kg. Dimensions WxHxD 434 x 122 x 381 mm.

3. Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO, Audiophile turntable with Carbon Fiber tonearm

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO turntable is a new turntable with an excellent value for money. The turntable is equipped as standard with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge which guarantees an open and detailed sound.

It uses a one-piece 8.6″ carbon boom and advanced damping techniques to eliminate vibration. 3 height adjustable solid metal feet are used to ensure even placement on any surface. Playback speed can be changed easily by pressing a button, and rotation is controlled electronically with the utmost precision, for more precise and stable speeds.

4. Pioneer PLX-500

Pioneer DJ PLX-500-K Direct Drive DJ Turntable, Black

The Pioneer PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces warm and clean analog sound. Solidly built with excellent vibration damping and precise audio reproduction, this high-torque deck features a USB output for digital recordings of your vinyl collection. 

Just like the PLX-1000, the PLX-500 is built to produce high quality vinyl sound. This turntable comes with all the accessories you need to get started: dust cover with sleeve holder, non-slip cloth and silver edition PC-HS01-S headshell (cartridge and stylus included). A product to consider also for DJs and for those who want to start mixing with vinyl.

5. Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT

Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Full Automatic Wireless Belt-Drive Turntable

The AT-LP60XBT is an entry level turntable from Audio-Technica, based on the famous AT-LP60 with the addition of the possibility of bluetooth wireless connectivity. It is a fully automatic, belt-driven turntable with bluetooth 3.0 support through which you can connect speakers, headphones or other devices wirelessly. You can still interface it to a turntable amplifier with a conventional wired connection. 

In both cases it offers excellent audio quality for the price, with the added convenience of automatic operation. Audio-Technica has been a leader in the design of phono cartridges for over 50 years and that experience is evident in the AT-LP60X-BT Dual Magnet cartridge with replaceable stylus. Guaranteed performance and ease of configuration.

6. NAD C 588

NAD C 588 Turntable Record Player

NAD is well known for innovative, high performance, yet affordable turntables. The C 588 is currently the flagship turntable in the NAD catalogue. It uses a precision AC motor, which ensures great stability in rotation speed. 

Added to this is a specially designed belt and rotating parts made of aluminum alloy machined to very tight tolerances to eliminate any eccentricity or vibration in the drive system. The tonearm is carbon fiber, custom designed. An Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is factory installed and offers great quality sound reproduction.

7. Rega Planar 3

The new Planar 3 is the renewal of an award-winning model from Rega. It uses the hand-built RB300 tonearm, a new 12mm polished “Optiwhite” glass platter, a lightweight double-bar base and a high-precision main bearing to eliminate any unwanted vibration and resonance. The motor used is 24V low noise. This product comes with a Rega Elys 2mm pickup, a high quality MM cartridge.

8. Rega Planar 1

Rega Planar 1 Turntable. Matt Black Finish with Rega Carbon Cartridge. 2021 Version

Planar 1 is the entry level of Rega turntables. It has received numerous awards for its excellent performance in relation to the price. It is a very easy to use turntable, thanks to the preset bias adjustment it is ready to play just a few moments after taking it out of the box. Simply place the counterweight on the back of the tonearm as far as it will slide, remove the stylus guard and choose the vinyl to listen to. 

It uses the hand-assembled RB110 tonearm, zero-tolerance bearings for minimal friction, and a 24V synchronous motor that reduces background noise and improves rotational stability. For those who want to listen to vinyl music with quality sound and with a product that guarantees durability and stability over time, at an affordable price,