With the days getting shorter and the festive season just around the corner, the appeal of sitting inside with a warm drink listening to our favourite records is of growing appeal! But whether you want some time to relax or are generously thinking of a gift others, what are good turntables to invest in?
Sure, there is many of them out there, at Holburn we partner with a few key brands, selected for their quality based on their years of experience in the industry. We are official retailers of Pro-Ject, Rega and Michell, all offering a strong range of turntables at differing price points, all of which offer great engineering, build quality and crucially, audio quality.
Here is our pick of 5 great turntables, worth it at their 5 different price points to level up your vinyl experience this winter...
Entry level and audiophile are not typically words you'll find in the same sentence but the Pro-Ject T1 bridges that gap between affordable and high end. Aptly described as having a lively sound, the T1 brings vinyl to life in a way that other similarly priced turntables do not.
Incredibly minimal and stylish, the gloss black design stands out in any room, whilst the internals deliver a lot for the money. The tone arm has been built on legacy designs, created from a single 8.6 inch long piece of aluminium and low friction bearings guarantee this to be a solid performer in the home this year.
Another popular option in the sub £300 range, the Rega Planar 1 is a multi award winning turntable regarded as one of the best in the price range. Designed to be user friendly and ready to use straight out of the box, the Planar 1 will have you enjoying your favourite records in mere seconds making it a fantastic gift for any music aficionado.
Much like the Pro-Ject, the Planar 1 packs a lot of great parts into a low cost option within an extensive range. It utilises a low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibrations and give excellent playback, bolstered further by the addition of Regas new RB1100 tonearm fitted with Rega's bespoke zero play bearings.
Sticking with Rega, the most popular turntable in our store this year, the Planar 3, elevates itself from the Planar 1 with several upgrades and new technologies making it outstanding value for money at this slightly higher price point.
Mounted on a high gloss acrylic plinth, the RB330 tonearm is the cumulation of more than 35 years of design experience, the new component parts result in almost frictionless movement and less points of resonance than other turntables. If you want to level up without breaking the bank then the Planar 3 could be your best option.
The Gyro by Michell Engineering is pure desirability represented in a turntable. Its bold, eye catching design (understatement) is not just created this way to look good, but also to offer an extremely compactly sized turntable with minimal points of contact with the surface it sits on. The result.. a minimised transfer of vibrations into the turntable.
Requiring more of a 'set up' than the other turntables we have talked of here, it is a serious turntable for serious vinyl enthusiasts, but those who do will be rewarded with a beautiful audio experience, even and smooth sound with excellent timing. As What HiFi noted, the Gyro SE "packs a sublime punch – its even, cohesive and fluid sound makes listening a pleasure", bagging a 5 star review in the process.
High standards are the name of the game here, we wanted to show that the brands that offer value also offer serious performers and Pro-Ject X2 is a perfect example of this. Quite simply, build quality and high grade materials go a long way to creating high level of audio performance.
Taking a different design and performance approach to the Gyro, the X2 opts for a large, expansive and heavy base to reduce resonance to almost imperceptible levels. The audible result is a rich sound with excellent bass dynamics and equally impressive detail. Widely regarded as the turntable of choice in this price range, it would be a step up from most and worthy of your consideration.