Vinyl is the biggest sale The point is not sound. It is a physical experience: shiny, fine records; Liner note large writ; Covers that you want to frame and hang on your walls; And, of course, the way the stylus spins on the garbage surface, reproducing the music of your favorite artists as if by magic.
Maybe you’ve always been interested in creating a setup for listening to LP and 45’s shows but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re like Julian Chokkattu, senior associate editor at Wired, who owned the record. But not a turntable Run it. You’ve probably got a complete stereo vinyl plastic setup but you’re looking for an upgrade. No problem. There are many affordable and great record players to choose from, and most of them will easily connect to any audio system you already have. I’ve tested several turntables and these are my current favorite topics util utility, more lux options for those looking for audiophil-grade words from budget-friendly classics.
Updated March 2021: We’ve added the MacIntos MTI 100, our ultra-high-choice.
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