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Best Turntable 2024: Six great record players

Vinyl’s resurgence continues as an older crowd rediscovers the format while younger generations experience it for the first time. Whatever your experience and knowledge, this list is here to help you find the best turntable.

While vinyl playback is an enjoyable pastime, getting to that point where everything is set-up so you can enjoy yourself is not always easy.

This list features the best record players we’ve tested in recent times. This list includes traditional wired spinners to wireless vinyl players for those after more convenience. We’ve judged on how easy they are to set-up, their feature set, build quality, how much value they offer, ease of use and last but not least, their sound quality. Turntables that score well in these categories will be in a chance to get a place on this list of the best turntables.

We’re always on the lookout for more turntables, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for now, continue to keep coming back during your search to see if we have a deck that scratches your vinyl itch.

Best turntables at a glance

How we test

How we test

Our audio experts use every turntable they test as their primary home music player for weeks while testing.

During that time they compare against competitors in the same price range, using a variety of partnering hi-fi components and different genres of music, from classical to dance. Where appropriate, turntables are also tested with a variety of different cartridges.

Ratings are based mostly on sonic performance, but also take into consideration build quality, ease of setup, and features.

Rega Planar PL1 (2021)

Best turntable
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  • All the essentials – motor, tonearm, cartridge and so on – are judiciously specified
  • Open, full and informative sound
  • Wears the right badge


  • Could have even greater low-end alacrity
  • Sound can be just a little laid-back

If we’re talking about the best value turntable, the Rega Planar PL1 (2021) is at the top of the list. Pound-for-pound it offers great performance for its £275 price.

There’s little to say about the PL1’s design, which doesn’t mess around with the turntable formula that’s been laid down for decades. There is a choice of matte white or matte black options, a change from the Planar 1. While there’s little in terms of design flourishes, our reviewer found the build quality to be more than acceptable for the price.

More substantial refinements have been made to the RB110 tonearm, which is pre-fitted with a Rega Carbon cartridge and offers an integrated clip for securing the arm as well as automatic bias adjustment.

Inside is a powerful synchronous motor with a redesigned PCB and aluminium pulley, the first time it’s been placed in an entry-level Rega deck. The new EBLT drive belt has been moulded, cryogenically frozen, and then barrelled to be perfectly round. All of this Rega considers to be integral for accurate speed and stability for the best tracking and performance possible.

On the sound front, the PL1 offered up a big, wide soundstage with some excellent separation and plenty of room for every element of a song to breathe, making Rega’s entry-level record player an enjoyable and easy listen. The low end offers texture and detail with treble equally as convincing, while the mid-range is packed with detail and character. Our reviewer found there was a unity to the PL1’s performance that made it an engaging listen. In every meaningful respect, the Rega delivers the performance you’d want for an entry-level model.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Rega Planar PL1

Pro-Ject Debut Pro

Best mid-range turntable
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  • Unified, eloquent and welcoming sound
  • Good build and finish
  • Fine specification


  • Not absolutely the last word in rhythmic positivity
  • Some equally admirable rivals

If your knowledge of vinyl and record players is more advanced, or you are looking to upgrade for a more affordable turntable, the Debut Pro from Pro-Ject is high on our list of turntables to consider.

In our reviewer’s words, the Debut Pro is “pound-for-pound” one of the best turntables in terms of performance. The low frequencies it exerts are controlled, well-formed and respectably deep, hitting with real purpose. The top end of the frequency range is area we found to be equally rewarding, with treble sounds biting but refraining from grating. And where midrange detail and information is concerned, the Pro-Ject is an eloquent performer.

In terms of features, the Debut Pro is equipped with the Pick It Pro cartridge, which is an adaptation of Ortofon’s well-regarded 2M Red cartridge. There is height adjustment available for the tonearm that no only helps to change the vertical tracking angle and azimuth settings, but also makes it easier to experiment with different cartridges should you want to. Record playing speeds include 33.3, 48 and 78rpm, though to play at the latter speed requires having to replace the flat drive belt with the round version Pro-Ject supplies with the player.

The design is as you’d expect if you’ve ever used a turntable. There are adjustable feet to help keep the record player flat on any surface it’s on, with an aluminium platter and belt-driven motor the other design elements of note. In essence, this is good build and finish quality.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Pro-Ject Debut Pro

Sony PS-LX310BT

Best affordable Bluetooth turntable
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  • Simple to set up and use
  • Phono stage and Bluetooth
  • Entertaining sound


  • Wireless performance suffers just a little compared to the wired alternative

After launching the PS-HX500, a player that delivered on affordability and performance; the PS-LX310BT repeats the trick but adds Bluetooth connectivity to its feature-set.

We’d admit that it’s not the most visually attractive, and though it is light, the construction is sturdy enough.

Convenience is the main selling point, from the set-up all the way to listening. It comes with a built-in phono stage and the set-up process only requires you add the platter and belt-drive. If you’re learning about vinyl, this would be a steady option to start with. Then there is the Bluetooth support, with a button to initiate pairing.

And once it’s up and running it’s a solid performer that favours smoothness. Our reviewer felt it extracted enough detail from vinyl tracks to make for an enjoyable listen. There’s decent heft to the bottom end, and acceptable drive and momentum to the presentation. While we felt the top end of the frequency is played safely, it’s an enjoyable listen.

As as expected, the Sony loses a bit of detail in Bluetooth mode compared to when it is hard-wired, but at this price it’s an excellent performer and an accessible turntable.

There is Audio Technica’s AT-LP60XBT to consider that offers similar features at a less expensive price, but we feel the Sony produces the better sound quality.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Sony PS-LX310BT

Clearaudio Concept Active

Best audiophile turntable
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  • Potent, revealing and spotless sound
  • Helpful specification
  • As close to ‘plug and play’ as these things ever get


  • Not all that adept rhythmically
  • Headphone amp is nothing special

The Clearaudio Concept Active is a record player that aims to make playing records more convenient but still exude high-end style. The deck has been nicely finished and looks excellent, offering no compromises in build quality.

The integrated phono stage stacks up well against standalone alternatives, although our reviewer felt standalone options have more feel for rhythmic expression. As is the norm for Clearaudio, the feature set is good: the plinth is designed to reject resonance and the driver decoupled to protect against vibrations.

It’s at this point the Active model diverges from the standard Concept deck, the ‘active’ aspect allows for a more straightforward plug and play functionality. There are several rocker switches: one to turn a subsonic filter on and off to minimise low frequency background noise, another to change the gain control and a third to switch between passive, variable and active inputs for the RCA output.

Choosing passive bypasses the integrated phono stage, while variable enables control over volume with an amplifier. Active uses the on-board phono stage and playing with the volume using the deck’s roller control. Once the configuration/switches have been sorted, it’s simply a case of plugging in and playing music.

As a listening experience, we found the Clearaudio to be an informative and expansive listen with a wide soundstage. It’s a precise-sounding player but not in the sense that it lacks passion. A play of Pixies’ Bossanova had our reviewer raving about the accuracy, alongside the animated and engaging description of the track.

There’s plenty of ‘oomph’ to the low end, while the mid range is expressive and acts as a vital component of the wider frequency range, while the top end is refined, filled with plenty of substance and detail. What we weren’t as enamoured with was listening to music through the headphone output, which is not the most engaging performance.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Clearaudio Concept Active

Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2

Best Bluetooth turntable
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  • Extensive specification by turntable standards
  • Poised, detail and engrossing sound
  • Built to last


  • Not the last word in audio excitement
  • Sounds better when hard-wired
  • lots of price-comparable alternatives

The Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 follows on from the original, offering wired and wireless Bluetooth streaming for connecting to wireless speakers or headphones.

The Alva TT V2 is one of the few that offers (lossy) Hi-res Audio streaming at a 24-bit/48kHz in aptX HD. That offers more convenience (and higher quality playback) for those who find the world of vinyl a little disorientating.

Not much has changed on the design front with its chunky aluminium platter, and direct drive design. Where it has changed is in the new design for the tonearm, bringing counterweight adjustment and anti-skate features; the headshell is detachable coming pre-fitted with a Cambridge Audio moving coil cartridge. There are dedicated inputs for stereo RCA connections, along with support for 33.3 and 45rpm speeds.

Our reviewer found there was a remarkable consistency to the Alva TT V2’s delivery over wired and wireless connection. There’s weight and detail to its sound, and while the top end can sound understated, there’s still plenty of attack and bite. The low end has a good level of extension, and the mid range packs in lots of detail. We found there was a remarkable cohesion and unity to the overall sound of the Alva TT V2, too.

We did note that a hard wired connection provided better handling of lower frequencies but for those who prefer convenience, then Bluetooth playback is a simpler solution than hooking up various hi-fi separates. If the price is too high, a more affordable option to consider is the Sony PS-LX310BT or Cambridge’s own Alva ST player.

Another option for those who have Sonos speakers is Victrola Stream Carbon. A wireless turntable built to work with Sonos speakers.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2

Monoprice Monolith Turntable

Best affordable turntable
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  • Good specification for the money
  • Nicely balanced sound no matter how you access it
  • Decent quality of build and finish


  • Sound lacks dynamic impetus
  • Not quite as plug and play as it thinks it is

Best affordable turntable goes to a surprising entrant with Monoprice’s Monolith Turntable. Monoprice has gained a reputation for offering high quality products at affordable prices in the United States, and they’re starting to make their way into the UK market, this record spinner is available for $249 / £249, the same price as the Sony LX310BT

According to our reviewer, despite the low price, the build quality is everything you could respectably hope for. Everything is put together well, the damped MDF construction feels both sturdy and substantial; with no visible seams or sharp corners. Colours come in gloss back and walnut veneer to match your surroundings.

The carbon fibre tone-arm is one we found to be very acceptable, with its straight design and pre-fitted Audio Technica AT-VM95E moving-magnet cartridge. You are expected to sort out the anti-skate and adjust the counterweight, with controls essentially a stop/start button below the tonearm and an automatic speed change (33.3/45rpm). Aside from having an auto-stop feature, the Monolith should be easy enough for most to operate.

There’s an integrated phono stage that can also be bypassed if you have a phono stage of your own. Connections flow from stereo RCA outputs and USB-B output (to make digital copies of your records), with Bluetooth wireless support also included for those who prefer some convenience.

You may expect a trade-off in terms of price and performance, but the Monoprice shoots above expectations with its performance. Our reviewer for that trade-off to be minor, finding the turntable to be a decently balanced, detailed and organised listen. Trade up from the integrated phono stage for a more expensive phono stage, and a sharper, more assertive performance can be had, but that only serves to make clear that the Monoprice’s internals do a good job for the asking price.

The Bluetooth performance is consistent with the character of its wired sound, though it suffers a loss of detail and low frequency impact, but in terms of tone, you can expect the same kind of performance. For those after an affordable turntable, consider the Monoprice Monolith Turntable a good alternative to the Sony LX310BT and the Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT.

Reviewer: Simon Lucas
Full Review: Monoprice Monolith Turntable


What is a preamp?

A preamp amplifies the weak signal generated by a turntable into a stronger signal so it can used by a receiver to create the audio you (eventually) end up hearing.

What’s the difference between 33, 45 and 78rpm records?

This relates to the speed (rotations per minute) that a turntable is meant to spin a record. It also refers to the size of the records, with 33rpm record the smallest and the 78rpm the largest.

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