Best Record Players 2017
Buyer's Guide and Reviews

Best Portable Record Players 2017

So you want a portable turntable? Perhaps you want to relive the musical experience of your ancestors or it’s simply a hobby or interest you have. The phrase that pretty much sums up my view of turntables is “they don’t make them like they used to”. Logically there has been modern technology injected into the more recent versions of turntables with USB ports, wireless speakers, editing software and what not but at what cost?

What is my logic behind that ever so common phrase? Technology has become cheaper and much more accessible for people all over the world. This has seen many new brands come and go. Forget this. The best turntable brands are those with experience, brands established 50-100 years ago. Experience does equate to quality, although not necessarily the grand price but with the maneuverability of lightweight portability.

Model

Dimensions
(Inches)

Weight
(Pounds)

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver

13.9 x 6 x 17.8   

23.5

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System, Silver

14.1 x 3.8 x 14.2   

5.3

Electrohome Wellington Record Player Retro Vinyl Turntable Real Wood Stereo System, AM/FM Radio, CD, USB for MP3, Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording, Headphone Jack, AUX Input for Smartphones (EANOS502)

15 x 12 x 21

19.6

Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

13.4 x 13.8 x 6.4

5.5

Sony PSLX300USB USB Stereo Turntable + Audio Studio 9 + Usb Cable

13.5 x 3.9 x 15.7

6


1. Audio Technica AT-LP60 - The Best Portable Record Player Of 2017

Total domination. Not the most expensive, but this turntable is all class, an ode to the classic turntable. Audio Technica easily the most popular brand and with exceptional sound quality and portability can you blame them (consumers)? Although a slightly more traditional turntable compared to my number two, it keeps up in sound quality and for those wanting a turntable to play vinyl records, and this is the queen or king of the best portable turntables. It’s simplistic design, with two speeds 33 1/3 and 45 RPM does not mess around. This model does come in Silver, Black, Blue and Red for those wanting to match their décor or personality. This model is a portable turntable and that’s it, no fancy functions that in no way has affected this product's popularity or sound quality at a very reasonable price.

Full Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Review


The only thing differentiating between the Audio Technica AT-LP60 feature-wise most notably is the speed (this model has 3 speeds), USB function and the colors. Now for those tech geeks who want the top of the range, this is it. The Bees Knees of portable turntables. At a substantial cost, of course, three times that of the more traditional and simple Audio Technica AT-LP60. This model has a tri-speed function with the options of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. Handy for those who depend on that 78 RPM which AT-LP60 lacks. This model is of professional grade, allowing more control with a completely manual belt drive compared to the more traditional fully automatic belt in the AT-LP60.

Full Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Review


This record player is notably more retro in appearance with an array of modern features. The size and weight are comparable to the Audio Technical model although this baby has built in speakers, followed by a USB port and software for those more ambitious for converting vinyl records to digital formats. The software included has features to record, edit and convert files to MP3 format. This modern turntable also includes an auxiliary input jack, which allows you to connect your iPod, mp3 or other audio players or to headphones. This model comes with all the bells and whistle targeted at a younger crowd. Sound quality wise the Audio Technica is superior but with all the features and possibilities this model provides it is definitely more bang for your buck especially if you're not fussy in reciprocating the most original sound of vinyl records “back in the day”. Regardless this is definitely the best portable turntable with speakers in my opinion that I have found.

Full Jensen JTA-230 Review


Now my opinion of retro was defined perfectly (or so I thought) with the appearance of the Jenson in my number 3. However, this model takes vintage or retro to another level. I can imagine this style of turntable in my Great Grand Parents house listening to God knows what. Ok, I think you get the picture. Very vintage with an authentic wood body, funnily with modern features including CD, USB, AUX and headphone ports. Who would have known? This device comes after 100 years of perfection (yes they have been making turntables for 100 years!); the sound is authentic with the wooden body or acoustic cabinet some may say. This turntable doubles as a 4-In-One vinyl turntable, SM/FM Radio, CD and USB port. At a slightly more expensive price it balances the new with the old, and it includes inbuilt speakers, did I mention that? This model is for the oldie that wants to be a little hip transitioning from vinyl, radio, CD to USB and AUX. Who would have thought?


5. Sony PSLX300USB Stereo Turntable

It wouldn’t be right if Sony didn’t make an appearance, well many may be surprised. Sony isn’t known to dominate this medium and it has not released many models. Those they have released have great reviews. You can trust the quality with Sony, perhaps not as good as the others above but it will be worth the price (quite modest). A simplistic model with a completely automatic belt and dual speed options 33 1/3 and 45 RPM. Aesthetically I think the best way to describe it is halfway between the extremely modern Audio Technica (number 1) and the more retro Jensen (number 2). This model also sits somewhere between number 1 and 3 feature wise, with a more traditional feel in terms of automatic belt and dual speed yet with a USB port. This is for a more reserved buyer, who feels safe with Sony whilst wanting still a good portable record player.


Wrap Up

To wrap it up, I’ve given you my version of a list of portable record player reviews. I know there are many top 5 reviews out there making it a little confusing but I tried to make it as simple as possible. I will leave you with this thought to hopefully guide you into the best portable record player for you. Are you traditional record enthusiast that appreciates sound quality over modern bells and whistles? If so number 1 is for you. If you want to experience vinyl records with some extra bells and whistles at a leisurely level (and conservative price) I would go number 3. And finally for the musically talented, producers and DJ’s I would advise number 2, at a cost although at the highest standard of sound quality with professional features.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go into my garage and wipe the dust of my record player. If I can find it!

Best Record Player With Speakers 2017

Whether you are someone who is a traditional vinyl fan wanting a touch of modern technology or someone who wants to dabble in vinyls and still wants a record player that can be connected to their phone, tablet or mp3 device I have some options for you. Believe it or not, you can get the best of both worlds, many brands have managed to bring out record players with built-in speakers or a turntable with  speakers. Surprisingly there are some record players with speakers that manage to preserve the sound quality required to enjoy vinyls with the added bonus of being able to connect devices via AUX.

I’ve shortlisted some of the best record players with built-in speakers that I believe have the best sound quality for the hardcore vinyl enthusiast and others that want bang for the buck feature wise. No matter what your criteria is, my shortlist should have something for you. Here I have rated my top 5.

Model

Speeds

Converter Software

Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

3

Yes

3

Yes

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Turquoise

3

Yes

2

Yes

ION Audio Max LP | 3-Speed Belt Drive Turntable with Built-In Speakers & 1/8" Aux Input (Natural Wood)

3

Yes


1. Jensen JTA-230 - Winner Of The Best Record Player With Speakers 2017

Talk about vintage, this turntable is oh so retro reminding me of VHS and cassettes. Perfect for that modern hipster or an oldie wanting to relive their years. Now not only could this be an artistic feature in the room but let me tell you about the sound quality. This piece of technology delivers beautiful crystal clear sound, what many could dream of during the vinyl era. This is why I have rated this as my number one record players with built-in speakers, it will not disappoint. This model comes with all the bells and whistle targeted at a younger crowd with a more retro look. This baby has built in speakers, followed by USB port and software included for those more ambitious for converting vinyl records to digital formats. The software included has features to record, edit and converting files to MP3 format. This modern turntable also includes an auxiliary input jack, which allows you to connect your iPod, mp3 or other audio players and a headphone port.

Full Jensen JTA-230 Review


2. Electrohome Archer EANOS300

This record player is inspired by 1960’s, with a very retro suitcase appearance and making easy to lug your record player to your friend’s house or across the country on trips. Apart from looking pretty this turntable is a 3-in-one record player playing vinyls, through USB or through your phone or tablet connect to the AUX jack.  This record player is best for those who want to modernise their vinyl experience and not over complicating things with recording software. Its speakers are housed in all wood acoustic cabinet to enhance the sound quality but it falls just short of the Jensen although its vintage look may sway you.


Sound quality is comparable to the Jensen although a little more basic. I have absolute confidence in this brand although in terms of the consumers I know some of you will be reluctant. This turntable like all of those produced by 1byone features a 3-speed (33/45/78 RPM) belt driven player with built-in speakers. This model reassembles a vintage suitcase although not as sleek as the Electrohome, making it easily portable and ever so popular. This is the most basic model of turntable without the bells and whistles instead the more traditional features whilst producing undeniably good sound quality. The quality of sound produced by its speakers is the main reason this newcomer has shot through to the top with rave reviews from happy consumers.


4. Vibe Sound VS-2002-SPK

I’m not too familiar with this brand but it comes not so far behind the 1byone record player. It’s pretty difficult to find a good turntable that does not require and amp (has built-in speakers), because many manufacturers don’t succeed. It can be testing to produce a good turntable with speakers that produce good sound and somehow squeeze in many sought after features. Somehow this turntable does that, and not a large price. This may be appealing to you, if you're not too fussed over perfect sound quality and want a good reliable vinyl/speaker combo at a decent price. This turntable plays at 2 speeds (not for the hardcore vinyl enthusiast who needs 78 RPM) but includes USB, AUX and conversion software to convert your parent’s old vinyls into mp3 files. All in all this product probably suits a young person who wants to test the waters of vinyl playing and this enables you to do just that and function as a normal speaker.


Another brand I’m not too familiar with, although highly ranked by consumers (4/5) alike my top 5. This sits towards the bottom in terms of popularity. I’m merely placing this product number 5 instead of 4 because of popularity on sites such as Amazon. I trust consumers and if it’s a good product they will refer it and popularity will increase and so forth. Makes perfect sense to me. So this player is not necessarily better or worse that number 4 but it is double the cost. Hey, you never know, maybe rightly so. Now for the features, 3-speed belt driven automatic record player with USB, AUX and conversion software.  It’s a lot more appealing to the eyes, and I would not hesitate it to place it on the center of my mantle piece. Its sleek but simple wooden finish would win me over without a doubt.


Summary

So which one do you choose? If your choosing by sound, you can’t go wrong with the Jensen or Electrohome although the rest aren’t far behind. Experience means quality that’s why the most established turntable brands are rated as number 1 and 2 as my best record players with speakers. Now if you're looking for the modern and hip features with a more youthful feel I would head to the 1byone as an all rounder with sound and conversion software quality. Now for the aesthetics, many will want a turntable that reflects their personality or home décor. For the mantle piece, I would head straight to number 5 the turntable made by Ion (yes I am a sucker for wood, but it’s oh so sleek!). Now for the retro, I would call my number 4 retro, the turntable by Vibe Sound a VHS era feel. Now if vintage is what you want, a little bulky and hip I would go for the 1byone, it’s a start of beautiful things for 1byone and it comes in a retro blue or black. I love options.

The features of my top 5 are similar, the decision remains with you. To go with sound quality, looks or price.

I’ll leave it to you. Hope I’ve helped.

Best Record Players And Turntables Under $100 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned turntable and record player enthusiast or new to this technology most will treat the purchase of a new player as an investment. Every person wants to get their moneys worth, especially if it is getting up to the $100 mark. You want record player with great sound quality, portability or speakers perhaps all for a worthwhile price. And the brand, apart from the technology you are placing your money in a brand. I am here to give you my best record players under 100 dollars or if you want the modern terminology best turntable under 100. No matter what features you need or want I need to start out with the most reliable brands and best value buys which I will rate with my top 5.

Model

Speeds

Built In Speakers

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System, Silver

2

No

Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

3

Yes

3

Yes

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Turquoise

3

Yes

Pyle PLTTB1 Professional Belt-Drive Manual Turntable

2

No


1.  Audio Technica AT-LP60 - Our Pick For The Best Record Player Under $100

Just sliding in under the $100 mark I know, and maybe pushing some budgets but let me say this turntable is worth every pretty penny. This turntable is all class, an ode to the classic turntable. Audio Technica easily the most popular brand and with exceptional sound quality and portability can you blame them (consumers)? This model sets the standards for sound quality and for those wanting a turntable to play vinyl, this is the queen or king of the best portable turntables. It’s simplistic design, with two speeds 33 1/3 and 45 RPM does not mess around. This model does come in Silver, Black, Blue and Red for those wanting to match their décor or personality. This model is a portable turntable and that’s it, no fancy functions that in no way has affected this product's popularity or sound quality at a very reasonable price.

Full Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Review


Now you might be saying: Why should I pay double the price for the Audio Technica? The answer is that it all comes down to sound quality to me. If you are on a very strict budget that by no means is this a participation award of sorts. This model comes with all the bells and whistle targeted at a younger crowd with a more retro look. This baby has built in speakers, followed by USB port and software included for those more ambitious for converting vinyl records to digital formats. The software included has features to record, edit and converting files to MP3 format. This modern turntable also includes an auxiliary input jack, which allows you to connect your iPod, mp3 or other audio players and a headphone port.

Full Jensen JTA-230 Review


This brand is sitting at my number 3 solely due to the brand more recently breaking through the turntable market. Sound quality is comparable to the Jensen although a little more basic. I have absolute confidence in this brand although in terms of the consumers I know some of you will be reluctant. This turntable like all of those produced by 1byone features a 3-speed (33/45/78 RPM) belt driven player with built-in speakers. This model reassembles a vintage suitcase making it the most portable of turntables available. This is the most basic model of turntable without the bells and whistles instead the more traditional features whilst producing undeniably good sound quality. The quality of sound produced by this brand is the main reason this newcomer has shot through to the top with rave reviews from happy consumers.


4. ​Electrohome Archer EANOS300

This record player is inspired by 1960’s, with a very retro suitcase appearance and making easy to lug your record player to your friend’s house or across the country on trips. Another record player just sliding under the budget threshold, but packed with all the goodies those more modern vinyl enthusiasts may be looking for. This record player is very retro, perfect for those who are looking for a vinyl player to sit on the mantlepiece or as a feature in a room. Apart from looking pretty this turntable is a 3-in-one record player playing vinyl, through USB or through your phone or tablet connect to the AUX jack.  This record player is best for those who want to modernise their vinyl experience and not over complicating things with recording software. An inbetweener within my top 5 in regards to features but it is still one of the best turntables under 100 even at number 4.


I have read rave reviews here and there about Pyle’s turntables, however, I have remained reluctant. Despite having similar features to those on the market I am not too familiar with this brand. I am placing my trust in the rave reviews (many of them) by the consumers on Amazon. The most popular of the Pyle turntables is a technology packed turntable of professional quality. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this model is for a musician who wants to play around with pitch speed and tone. This manual turntable gives the user the more control over how they want their vinyl to sound. A little too complex for me, not my cuppa tea but this may be perfect for you if you’re a tech savvy vinyl enthusiast wanting to dabble in player controls.


Summary

Although my top 5 best record players under 100 dollars have restricted the choices, this set has not compromised the quality of my chosen record players. If I was to make my top 5 of best record players without the restriction of price tag I can tell you that at least 3 of these exact models would make the cut. So if you have a definite limit you can spend by all means choose from this list based on price. If utmost sound quality is your selling point head straight to Audio Technica it will not disappoint I promise you that. If you want absolute bang for your buck feature wise head straight to the Jensen unless you’re aiming for the stars and wanting to dabble with pitch and tone head for the Pyle turntable. And ,of course, the in-between without the complication for those more traditional vinyl enthusiasts go straight for the Electrohome. I hope my top 5 of the best inexpensive record players or if you prefer me say best record players under 100 dollars.

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