Are you searching for the best turntable under $200? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Alongside the ever-changing landscape that is music, the way in which we listen to our favourite songs has developed over time.
Cassettes, CDs, iPods and MP3 players have all had their time, but turntables have gone full circle. After all, there is something about listening to a vinyl record that seems so pure.
Turntables have made a triumphant comeback, and the market is as competitive as ever. $200 is a considerable budget for a quality record player, and there is lots to choose from.
Let’s take a look at 8 of my favourites.
Top 8 Best Turntable Under $200 Reviews:
1. Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK-USB
At $129, the Audio-Technica AR-LP60BK-USB is a reasonably priced turntable that performs all of the main functions of a higher-priced alternative, without hurting your pocket as much.
The aesthetics are understated, but still manage to give off a real classy feel. The plastic chassis is available in either black or silver, and the streamline tonearm and hood mean that this model could easily pass as a higher end spec.
A huge upside of the Audio-Technica is that it has the ability to rip your vinyl collection to digital files, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about losing your favourite records.
It takes a little bit of handy work to set up this turntable, but shouldn’t take any longer than 20 minutes to do so. The belt needs attaching, and the aluminium platter requires positioning, but don’t let that put you off – it is truly quite simple to set up, and very much worth it.
With a simple press of a button, the tonearm lowers onto the record. The same push of a button easily and handily turns off your music. It couldn’t be simpler.
Newcomers into the vinyl revolution will be hard-pressed to find a better turntable, while the more experienced listeners shouldn’t be put off by the affordability. Take it for what it is, a bargain.
Things I Like
- The affordability is difficult to ignore
- The presentation is slick
- Recording from vinyl onto digital is a really simple process
- The fully automatic functionality
2. Victrola Navigator 8-in-1Just look at this beauty. One glance at the Victrola Navigator screams ‘vintage’, and it’s a look that I can’t get enough of. However, the aesthetics are about the only thing that is old school about this turntable. You can listen to CDs and cassettes as well as your vinyl records. On top of that, you can plug in your smartphone via Bluetooth, USB or cable connection.
You’d be forgiven for expecting a turntable in this price range to be lacking in audio quality. You’d be wrong. Its built-in speakers do the trick and more.
The three-speed turntable offers the flexibility to listen to your favourite songs exactly how you want, and the ability to record from vinyl to MP3 makes this a standout option.
Victrola have been around for years, creating more than 8 million record players and radios. They have every right to be mightily pleased with this effort. Nostalgia lovers – this one is for you.
Things I Like
- The built-in speakers produce impressive sound quality
- Ability to play CDs as well as cassettes
- Its overall ‘retro’ feel
- 1gb space
3. Victrola 50’s Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth TurntableAre you looking for a turntable that simply plays records? Then this option isn’t for you. The look is about the only thing that is retro here, with another Victrola product full to the brim of features.
Much like the above, records can be played in three speeds, with the ability to listen to CDs, the radio or external music through your smartphone or tablet.
Does the Vitrola 50’s Retro turntable allow you to record your vinyl records to a digital format? Yep. Does it have built-in quality speakers? Yes. What about Bluetooth? Absolutely!
This throwback turntable comes in four colours, offering flexibility in the exact look that you’re after.
It’s a brilliant option for beginners and has AM/FM capability to broaden your horizons in terms of what you regularly listen to.
Victrola have hit the mark with this one.
Things I Like
- It’s a very simple turntable to use
- The three-speed functionality
- Its adaptability with Bluetooth, AM radio, FM radio & CD player
4. 1byone Nostalgic Wooden Turntable
I know, I know. Another ‘nostalgic’ turntable. But there are just so many stunning retro looks out there.
The 1byone Nostalgic Wooden Turntable is one of the best-selling vinyl record players on the market, and it isn’t difficult to see why.
In reality, it offers the complete stereo system. As with many of the turntables listed in this blog, it can play CDs, radio, and music from smartphones.
However, unlike many of the others on the market, it boasts a wireless transmitter that allows you to play music from anywhere in your home – at three speeds of vinyl! That is a huge bonus of this particular turntable.
Despite being extremely durable, the 1byone record player is lightweight, making it easy to transport with you wherever you see fit.
The impressive sound quality of the built-in speakers shouldn’t be understated. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
The old school exterior is counteracted by its modern interior. You get the best of both worlds.
Things I Like
- The wireless connection gives additional ways to listen to my favourite songs
- The high-quality sound is as close to an external speaker as you are likely to find
- It is portable and lightweight
5. Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK
Moving away from the classic look, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK brings us back into the modern era.
Whereas many vinyl lovers are all about that retro design, some like to listen to their records on a more familiar system.
If you find yourself in the latter group, this could be the turntable for you. If you’re looking for a system that doesn’t take up too much room, this could well be the ideal option. Weighing in at just 2.6kg, the AT-LP60XBT-BK isn’t overly obtrusive.
Much like the initial Audio-Technica product further up the page, this turntable features a start and stop button, meaning much less interaction with the tonearm. The benefits of that? You guessed it. It is much less likely to become damaged.
Again, the ability to connect wirelessly to your smart speakers or similar sees this turntable offer something that many of its rivals cannot.
If you want to be taken back in time with your music, you may be best looking elsewhere. However, if practicality is more of a priority, you won’t go far wrong here.
Things I Like
- The wireless connectivity is a huge plus point
- It doesn’t engulf an entire room and is in fact quite stealth-like
- It’s super lightweight, making it easy to transport around
6. Sony PS-LX310BT
Slick, stylish and subtle. You didn’t really think I was going to compile a list of turntables without including a Sony product, did you?
To begin with, it looks stunning. Secondly, it couldn’t be easier to use.
Say goodbye to the days of having to purchase an alignment gauge, cartridges, a phono stage etc. Simply plug in and go.
The set up takes less time than it does to sit and listen to your favourite song. With all of the ‘techy’ features that you would expect from a Sony product, this no-nonsense turntable gets a big thumbs up from me.
Again, this is an ideal option for beginners, but also offers a fully automatic deck with built-in phono stage for those who consider themselves to be vinyl experts.
Things I Like
- Comes with phono stage and Bluetooth
- Slick look and easy to set up
- Plug in and go
7. Fluance RT80 Classic
The penultimate turntable that I like is the Fluance RT80 Classic. Made from a fiber-board cabinet, it is a lightweight option with a hollow cabinet to offer a secure feel.
Fluance turntables are often engineered with solid components, and the RT80 is no different.
Let’s cut to the chase here. Listening to a vinyl is all about the experience, and a huge part of that revolves around the sound quality.
This is where the Fluance RT80 Classic steps up its game. It is designed to optimize sound quality and is belt-driven to produce an analog sound. It is able to do so through use of its Audio-Technica cartridge and a diamond-tipped stylus that is designed to track your record grooves. The attention to detail here really is impressive.
If the sound being produced is a priority, Fluance have you covered.
Things I Like
- Super sound quality
- The clear cabinet to protect the turntable
- Records are automatically stopped at the end, preventing wear of the stylus
8. MUIFA Bluetooth Output Turntable
The MUIFA Bluetooth Output Turntable looks like a futuristic product, and has all of the gadgets to support that very feel.
Its premium cartridge minimizes vibration, ensuring a more stable and smooth sound.
It hosts the ability to stream via Bluetooth and record your vinyl collection to a digital platform.
Fitted with a belt-driven system, anti-skating stub, a start/stop knob and tonearm lift lever, MUIFA have left no stone unturned with this effort.
Once again, the transparent cabinet offers some reassuring protection to the stylus and turntable itself, and its compact design makes it easy to take with you on the go.
Things I Like
- Futuristic design
- Impressive sound quality with minimal vibration
- Easy to use
The Best Turntables Under $200 FAQs
What is the difference between a turntable and record player?
Technically speaking, the two are much of the same. In general, a record player is regarded as low end, while a turntable is considered to be a high-end alternative.
Which vinyl records can be played on my turntable?
All turntables, no matter the price or specification, can play 33 and 45 RPM records. Those classified as three-speed turntables, like the Victrola and 1byone products in this blog, can also support 78 RPM. Older records tend to be 78 RPM, so there is a chance that you will have to replace your stylus to play them. Is your record collection from after the 1950? If so, you shouldn’t need to worry about 78 RPM.
What does LP stand for?
We’ve all heard of records being referred to as LPs, but how many of us actually know what it stands for. I’ll tell you; it means Long Playing. Simply put, it’s an album. It’s longer than a single, and also longer than an EP album.
Does vinyl sound better than Spotify?
Perhaps I’m biased, but Vinyl sounds better than any digital format ever could, including Spotify. Putting aside the fact that buying a record is an experience that every music lover should enjoy, the quality of sound isn’t compromised. Listening to music on your phone, tablet or laptop, the audio has been compressed in order to fit as much as possible onto the device. Stay pure, stick with vinyl.
How should I store my records?
You are best keeping your records in a cool and dry place. A comfortable room temperature of 65/70 degrees would be ideal. On top of that, you’ll want to keep them away from direct light, in order to maintain quality.
Hopefully, after reading the above, you are much more comfortable in selecting an affordable turntable to listen to your beloved collection on. All of the systems that I have discussed have their own strengths, and a lot of them come down to individual taste. Personally, the Victrola Navigator 8-in-1 takes some topping. Its 1gb of storage space compliments an ability to play CDs and cassettes as well as your favourite records. Its three-speed capability offers much-needed versatility in terms of the type of vinyl record that you can play. Throw in some excellent quality built-in speakers, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Alternatively, the 1byone Nostalgic Wooden Turntable is another beauty of a retro record player. A complete stereo system, complimented with a wireless connection, makes this the turntable for every occasion. It’s one of the best-selling turntables on the market, and I can’t fault it.
If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, the Sony PS-LX310BT is the turntable for you. It’s slick and subtle in both its aesthetics and usability. The set up couldn’t be easier. Just plug in, select your record, and immerse yourself in the music.
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