Top 5 record players under $1000

We’ve compiled the best five turntables under $1000, perfect for anyone wanting to jump into the world of vinyl for the first time.

Ignoring a slow in sales due to physical retail stores being closed for a portion of 2020, over the last ten years vinyl has made a significant comeback. At the start of 2020, vinyl saw a growth of 45%, beating CD sales for the first time since the 80s.

Is the increase in vinyl sales to stay or is it simply a fad? Who’s to say for certain, but if you like the idea of owning music in the large physical format, there’s no better time to jump in.

The market is filled with record players under $100, with built-in speakers, in vintage styling, in suitcases, etc., but the truth is, these will not improve upon the sound quality you can get from streaming an MP3 to a bluetooth speaker and in some cases may even damage your vinyl.

Find how you can order you own music on vinyl here.

$150 – $200

Sony PS-LX310BT – $198
1 Sony PS-LX310BT
  • Fully automatic belt-drive design – Offers a reliable way to listen to your vinyl music collection.
  • Stereo sound – Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.
  • Plays 33-1/3 and 45 rpm – Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Bluetooth connectivity – Enjoy seamless wireless connectivity with Bluetooth.
  • Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge – Equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet (MM) stereo phono cartridge.
  • USB output – Lets you digitize your vinyl records for easy backup to a computer.
  • Hinged detachable dust cover – Dust cover protects your vinyl records.

$400 – $450

Pro-Ject Juke Box E – $440.49 (sale price)
  • Completely factory-adjusted for instant playback and super easy setup
  • Bluetooth connectivity with 3 additional line inputs
  • 8.6” lightweight aluminum tonearm with sapphire bearings
  • Silicone belt drive system with low-vibration synchronous motor for quiet operation
  • Onboard power amplifier with 25 watts of power output per Channel.Power consumption:110W max

$450 – $500

Rega Planar 1 – $475
  • Belt-driven system – Enjoy superior sound thanks to the belt drive, which reduces vibration.
  • Stereo sound – Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.
  • Plays 33.3 and 45 rpm – Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge – Equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet (MM) stereo phono cartridge.

$500 – $550

Sony PS-HX500 – $500
4 Sony PS-HX500
  • Enjoy all the smooth and warm sound expressions of your vinyl thanks to high-quality audio technologies that ensure the best possible analog playback.
  • The integrated shell improves durability and stabilizes the cartridge for superior focusing and dimensionality of sound, while its lightweight structure improves traceability.
  • Supports both phono and line output so you can play through integrated amp or external phono EQ.Turntable Speed – 33 1/3 r/min, 45 r/min
  • Breathe new life into analog masterpieces with Hi-Res audio up to DSD quality. Just hook up the PS-HX500 turntable to your PC via USB, play a record and digitally archive the music from your favorite vinyl recordings in Hi-Res
  • The HX500’s supplied software lets you use a PC or Mac to conveniently edit tracks from both sides of an album and transfer them in high resolution to a compatible portable player or device for playback—anywhere and anytime
  • DSD Native AD converter: The internal A/D converter supports native conversion from analog to DSD 2.8 MHz or 5.6 MHz digital.

$650 – $700

Rega Planar 2 – $675
  • Belt-driven system – Enjoy superior sound thanks to the belt drive, which reduces vibration.
  • Stereo sound – Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.
  • Plays 33.3 and 45 rpm – Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge – Equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet (MM) stereo phono cartridge.
  • Glass platter – A modern touch to a vintage machine: the glass platter gives this turntable a little something extra.

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