4 amazing turntables that don't break the bank

Turntables offer a way of enjoying your music that both taps into nostalgia as well as offering a means of playback infinitely more tangible than modern streaming systems.  Whether you are looking to play your vinyl records that have been gathering dust, or looking to get your first record and turntable, these four turntables from highly reputable brands offer a blend of performance and relatively low price.  The Rega Planar 3 for example, has been one of our hottest selling products across all categories over the last year, demonstrating that our love of vinyl is not only alive and well but is growing at an incredible rate.  Our full range of turntables can be viewed here.

 A Planar 1 Turntable in Matt Black, manufactured by Rega.

Rega Planar 1

This multi-award winning ‘Plug and Play’ design utilises our handmade RB110 tonearm, with pre-set bias and a factory fitted Carbon cartridge. Set-up is possible in under 30 seconds and delivers incredible performance well beyond its price point. Available in either a matt black or matt white finish the Planar 1 will look excellent in any home. As with all other Rega turntables this comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

The Planar 1 can also be purchased in the Planar 1 Plus variant which comes with a built-in phono-stage further adding to its ‘Plug and Play’ capabilities.

Popular turntable by Rega called the Planar 3
Replacing the multi award winning What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3) was never going to be an easy task. It took team of designers two years to develop the all new ‘Planar 3’ following the biggest re-design of the iconic ‘Three’ model ever seen. Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.

The new Planar 3 takes this design philosophy to the next level. A lightweight acrylic laminated plinth strengthened using a new improved double brace system mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) which forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly.

For those looking to step into audiophile performance this is a great place to start.

 Turntable made by ProJect with bluetooth built in

Pro-Ject T1 BT

The T1 from Pro-Ject Audio Systems is T-Line's first turntable to deliver true high fidelity sound quality for little money. This shines with high-quality materials, a stylish look and an incredibly lively sound. During the extensive development process, meticulous care was taken not to compromise on sound quality despite the incredible price. In addition, the T1 BT has a Bluetooth transmitter and a built-in phono preamp. So you can easily pair your bluetooth speakers and enjoy your favorite records on the go.

The stylish, CNC machined chassis, available in high-gloss black, matt white & walnut, contains no plastic parts and is made completely without cavities, so that no unwanted vibrations in the chassis can occur.

In keeping with this philosophy, the glass platter is also solid. In contrast to plastic or light steel plate plates, so unwanted resonances are effectively suppressed.
Audiophile design is raised to a completely new, affordable entry level

Debut-Carbon Evo is a fantastic turntable by ProJect

Debut-Carbon Evo

The Debut Carbon EVO is a premium, manual turntable designed to deliver a first-class audio performance with true high-end credentials. The Debut Carbon EVO expands on its predecessor's features, finishes and technical abilities thanks to newly developed engineering capabilities.

At the centre of the Debut Carbon EVO’s design is its 8.6” one-piece carbon fibre tonearm. Chosen for its optimal acoustic properties, carbon fibre is rarely found on turntables below £500, allowing the Debut Carbon EVO to stand apart from the competition as a special proposition. In combination with the pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge, special sapphire bearings, high-purity copper internal tonearm wiring and shielded termination box, the tonearm system delivers a true high-end sound quality with a detailed sound presentation that conveys every musical emotion.

The Debut Carbon EVO is most recognised by its expertly finished main chassis, available in nine elegant finish options. The traditional rectangular footprint has a timeless minimalism, and is made of MDF for its excellent anti-resonant properties.


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