Turntable on sale: The best record player deals 2023

The best record player deals 2023

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To the uninitiated, turntables can seem intimidating, pricey things. But with the vinyl revival in full swing, there are some awesome record player deals to be had – and some great budget turntables on the market.

Whether you’re planning to purchase your first budget turntable or want a more premium option for your hi-fi system, you can save big on turntables from big brands. 

Want a cheap record player for the kids? Or looking to upgrade your existing music system? We’ve tracked down the best record player deals around, as well as the cheapest prices on our favorite turntables.

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Fluance RT81 $350 $249 at Amazon (save $101)
The RT81 is an instantly likeable deck that won’t let you down. It sounds good out of the box and can be easily upgraded at a later stage. A talented musical turntable.

Denon DP-400 $589 $499 at Crutchfield
Another record player we haven’t tested ourselves, but Denon is a hugely respected audio brand so it could be worth trying this one out. The DP-400 has a built-in phono preamp and spins at 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm – perfect for those older collections.

Want the best record player at your chosen price point? Below you’ll see all our favourite, five-star turntables, and where you can find the cheapest price on each one.

The best deals on the best turntables

Pro-ject Primary E

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Rega Planar 1

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Rega Planar 1 Plus

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Project Juke Box E

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Rega Planar 2

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Clearaudio Concept

£1,810

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Audio-Technica AT-LP5x

£379. 99

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Top-Seller

Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Record Player With Bluetooth

$219.00

Top-Seller

Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Record Player

$149.00

Blemished:$119.20

Top-Seller

Gemini GTT-5000 Modern Classic Belt Drive USB Turntable Pack With Pair of Speakers

$299.95

Top-Seller

Gemini TT-900WW Vinyl Record Player With Bluetooth and Dual Stereo Speakers

$149.95

Blemished:$119.96+

OpenBox:$131.96

ION Classic LP Record Player

$99.99

OpenBox:$62.99

Top-Rated

Audio-Technica AT-LP120XBT-USB-BK Wireless Direct-Drive Turntable

$399.00

Gemini TT-900BB Vinyl Record Player Turntable With Bluetooth and Dual Stereo Speakers Black/Black

$149.95

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Fully Manual Belt-Drive Turntable

$849.00

Used Audio-Technica ATLP2X Record Player

$99. 99

Available at:Monterey Park, CA

Condition: Great

Used Used SANSUI SR-222 Record Player

$299.99$449.99

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Available at:Albany, NY

Condition: Great

ION LP Wireless Streaming Turntable

$149.00

OpenBox:$131.12

Reloop TURN-5 Direct Drive Hifi Turntable System

$899.99

Blemished:$604.99

Audio-Technica AT-LP60XHP Package with AP-LP60X Turntable and Headphones

$199.00

Gemini TT-900BW Vinyl Record Player Turntable With Bluetooth and Dual Stereo Speakers Black/White

$149.95

Blemished:$119.96

Audio-Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit

$29.99

Stanton STX Limited Edition Portable Scratch Turntable

$249.00

OpenBox:$219.12

Audio-Technica AT-LPW30BKR Fully Manual Belt-Drive Turntable

$329.00

Gemini TT-900BR Vinyl Record Player Turntable With Bluetooth and Dual Stereo Speakers

$149. 95

New Arrival

Audio-Technica Sound Burger Portable Bluetooth Record Player

$199.00

Audio-Technica AT-LPW50BT Manual Belt Drive Turntable

$499.00

Gemini TT-1200 Belt Drive Turntable With USB Interface

$199.95

Used Used Angel’s Horn HP-H003 Bluetooth Record Player Record Player

$199.99

Available at:Braintree, MA

Condition: Excellent

Used TASCAM GB-10 Record Player

$64.99

Available at:Dayton, OH

Condition: Good

Used Numark PT-01 Record Player

$99.99

Available at:Rockville, MD

Condition: Good

Keep listening to my records – Style

Vinyl records and turntables are experiencing a new boom. Most artists release collectible versions of their albums, and audio equipment manufacturers have paid special attention to record equipment. According to the Avito service, in 2022 the sale of vinyl players increased by 10% compared to 2021, and the sale of records increased by 44%. We turned to Mikhail Borzenkov, the author of the most popular video blog in Russia about audio engineering Borzenkov, the host of the Science and Technology program on Ren-TV, Mikhail Borzenkov, to find out what you should pay attention to when choosing a player.

Mikhail Borzenkov

Photo: From the personal archive

Mikhail Borzenkov

Photo: From the personal archive

First you need to decide which player you need. To get acquainted with vinyl, you should turn to affordable models in terms of price. They are easy to use, so thanks to these players you can get to know the audio technique better and understand it better. Yes, and they will have no problems with sound.

Mikhail Borzenkov: “There are two companies that make budget (and not only) turntables for vinyl, these are the Austrian Pro-Ject and the English Rega. They have younger models that cost around 20-30 thousand. This thing looks like a board on which there is a platter (a record is placed on it) and a tone arm on the side – a simple and minimalist device. This is a very simple and orthodox construction that has two giant advantages: first, no additional elements of the player interfere with its playing, second, it is so simple that it almost never breaks. I had these kind of players, they work for years. I bought my Pro-Ject 15 years ago at Avito. Three times cheaper than in the store – and it was almost new. Worked faithfully for me for five years. Almost 20 years have passed, and he continues to work, and there has not been a single breakdown during this time.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Some manufacturers present models that do not require additional equipment: they play the record and output the sound, all in one “box”. With the seeming convenience of such players, it is better to bypass them. You won’t expect high-quality sound from them, but they can ruin the record.

Mikhail Borzenkov: “The record player you need to buy should not play by itself. It needs to be included in something – some kind of speaker, music center, Hi-Fi system, etc. The point of the player is to create the maximum decoupling from any vibrations that would come to the pickup needle. And if a box is taken and a speaker is inserted there, the purpose of which is to create vibrations, this is basically evil. From any phone, the sound will be better than from such a player.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

As a rule, these same “games”, that is, players with a built-in speaker, are the cheapest. They cost about 7-10 thousand. And this plastic g **** has one most unpleasant property: it ruins your records. A turntable is an electromechanical system, in which the word “mechanical” is the main thing. Accordingly, if you have a box made of plastic that costs a penny, this means that there are no exact mechanics there. Due to the fact that all this mechanics is very rough, her movements are rigid, and she sips records. On such a player, a dozen listening to the record can lead to noticeable damage to the track and deterioration of its sound. Therefore, I warn you, first of all, against buying a cheap player that plays itself: all these Crosley, Ion, Watson should not be bought in any case, because you will not get any pleasure from communicating with vinyl, nor the sound quality, and even ruin your records “.

For many, the issue of novelty is important: buy from hand or go to the store for a new, untouched model? If the previous owners handled the player with care, its condition will be no worse than on display. The generation of the model is much more important than whether it was used by someone before.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Mikhail Borzenkov: “Here the dividing line runs between new and vintage players, that is, those that were made before 1990s. Vintage turntables are in many ways an interesting and wonderful thing, but I would by no means advise you to start with this. Maybe you’ll be lucky and it won’t break. But my experience: everything breaks and always. You still have to drag him to the master for prevention. Plus, there may be such breakdowns that a beginner does not even know. For example, a malfunctioning motor, due to which the speed of the player turns out to be defective: it spins faster or slower than it should. And you, for example, have no experience with listening to records, and they will continue to play slower or faster. Problems can be with the pickup head, with the tuning – it is also quite complicated. Pro-Ject and Rega – you don’t need to do anything there at all: you take it out of the box and listen. And the vintage models, created in the era of the greatness of vinyl… All these counterweights, anti-skating and the like. Some tonearms even I can’t set right away. Serious instructions are required, and you buy a vintage turntable from your hands – there, of course, there will be no instructions in 99% of cases. In general, there is no need to get into this vintage story, because it is for those who have already dived in, figured it out and are ready to face difficulties.”

Ilya Petruk

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