Best Starter Turntables
Interested in vinyl? Thinking of buying your first or maybe a new basic turntable? Here are some of teh cheaper turntables that we would recommend. We here at Vinylfanatics.com believe you should stay away from the funky but non-hifi tables like USB ones from Numark or retro style like Crosley. The following turntables may seem basic but concentrate their money and effort on where it matters, the sound! Of course you will probably get a bargain 2nd hand but if you don’t want to take the chance on that all the following tables should be available new.
Classic British turntable with excellent sound. Comes with a great starter cartridge in the Ortofon OM5e and the homegrown RB100 tonearm.
The Rega P1
Ever proud of it’s reputation as a defender of high quality sounds at great prices, Rega is delighted to announce it’s new progeny, the P1 turntable.
The first new addition to the Planar range of turntables for some time, we hope you’ll agree it’s worth the wait.
Featuring a completely new tonearm the RB100, this entry-level model comes ready-fitted with a cartridge, proving once more that you don’t need loads of dosh to afford a cracking record player.
For over 30 years, Rega has been the first name on everyone’s lips when it comes to turntables. With the new P1, Rega quality is now available at the lowest price ever.
The completely British-made P1 features:
· brand new Rega RB100 tonearm;
· high quality main bearing, sub-platter assembly and stabilised MDF platter for excellent speed stability;
· Ortofon OM5e moving magnet cartridge;
· Rega sound quality at an unrivalled price.
To find your local stockist please click here… please note that the P1 is not available in some markets.
Coloured turntable mats
Great value deck built in the Czech republic but designed in Britain.
No other analogue hi-fi product was more often honoured to be a real “Best Buy” than the Pro-Ject Debut III. A real bargain with outstanding sound quality!
Manual turntable with 8,6″ tone-arm
• Plinth out of MDF in matt black or with glossy black, glossy white, silver, red, blue and green surface
• 1,3 kg balanced steel platter with felt mat
• Bearing Block 3: Low-tolerance chrome-plated stainless-steel axle runs on a polished ball bearing in a brass bearing housing
• Motor decoupled to reduce vibration
• Special, resonance damping feets
Tonearm 8.6 D
• 8.6″ tone-arm with aluminum headshell made aout of one piece
• Inverted tonearm bearing comprises inverted hardened stainlesssteel points and sapphire thrust-pads
• Single-screw fi xing of armtube allows rotation for easy adjustment of needle azimuth despite fi xed headshell
• Silicon damped tone-armlift
• Ortofon OM5e
This may seem like a strange choice. This deck has been around for donkeys’ years and has served as the mainstay of all fashionable DJs. Millions have been sold and its built like a tank. Many hi-fi enthusiasts swear by this deck but normally change the arm for a proper tonearm and cartridge first. You may get a bargain 2nd hand. Unlike the previous belt-driven decks this deck is driven directly from the motor like the classic Garrards. This offers better stability at the expense of possible rumble from the motor.
A decent basic turntable from a classic Hi-Fi Brand
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