best turntables under $200

The best turntables under $200.In the past ten years, vinyl album sales have staged a comeback from the rise of the digital download age and are once again considered premier additions to a music collection. While the design of vinyl album sleeves play a part in the surge of record sales, the inimitable sound of analog recordings keeps listeners coming back for more. Because of this, having a trusty record player is a must. If digitizing your records is something you’re interested in, check out our piece on the best USB turntables.

Although the prices of the top quality turntables can be sky high,  and it’s true that options are limited under the 200 mark. If you can stretch your budget just slightly, then there are some truly amazing options (see: best turntables under $300).

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Do not get discouraged however as record players with lasting quality and pleasing audio reproduction can be found for under $200. It’s time to unbox the classics from your attic and hit the local record store; below are the top ten best turntables under 200 dollars.

Top 12: The Best Turntables Under $200

  • 01 – Fluance RT80
  • 02 – Audio Technica AT-LP3
  • 03Audio Technica LP60XBT/USB 
  • 04 – Sony PSLX300-USB
  • 05 – Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB
  • 06 – Pioneer PL-990
  • 07 – House of Marley
  • 08 – Stanton T62
  • 09 – TEAC TN100
  • 10 – Music Hall USB-1
  • 11 – Gemini TT1100-USB
  • 12 – Crosley C100A

Best Turntables Under $200 Of 2021 – Top 12 Models Reviews

 

12. Crosley C100A

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Belt Driven Turntable.
  • Diamond Stylus Needle.
  • Two Speed Player (33 1/3 and 45 RPM Records).
  • Adjustable Pitch Control.
  • Adjustable Tone Arm Weight.
  • Auxiliary Output.
  • RCA Phono Output.

OUR THOUGHTS

Even with a cheaper price tag, this turntable is outfitted with all the features needed to properly enjoy your albums. The S-shaped tonearm and accurately vintage aesthetics may not appeal as much to DJ’s but will more than suffice for listeners at home.

Other features like the included adjustable strobe pitch control and built-in phono preamps give this turntable more bang for your buck without having to add accessories later. The transparent dust cover ensures that the record player stays clean while not in use, but allows the user to observe the needle and tonearm while playing albums.

11. Gemini TT1100-USB

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Manual Belt Drive.
  • USB Port for Connectivity to Computers.
  • Audacity Recording Software Including.
  • ABS Enclosure Base.

 OUR THOUGHTS

The Gemini TT-1100 maximizes its belt-driven platter to produce a respite from excess vibrations overshadowing the sound. Additional advanced manual adjustments add to the ability to produce top quality audio production from your favorite records. As an added quirk, this turntable includes a reverse motor that allows you to play your records backwards.

With the addition of a pitch control switch and dual start and stop switches, this system is more ideal for DJs and recording artists. However, any user can make use of the included USB port to record any favorite records to digital files.

10. Music Hall USB-1

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Belt Drive.
  • Two-Speed Player (33 1/3 and 45RPM).
  • Aluminum Die-Cast Platter.
  • MP3 Encoder to Transfer Songs to a Computer or Music Player.
  • S-Shaped Tonearm with Detachable Head shell.
  • Built in Pre-amp.
  • Adjustable Pitch Control.

   OUR THOUGHTS

While many turntables under $200 may harbor cheap platters and noisy automatic drive systems, the Music Hall USB-1 is an exception. The set up out of the box is straightforward and the tracking, pitch, anti-skating, and turntable speed are all easily adjustable for producing clear and clean sound from your records.

The turntable comes with an Audio-Technica cartridge and space for an extra cartridge. The USB port and included software make recording songs to your computer a breeze.

9. TEAC TN100

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Belt Drive Turntable.
  • Three Speed Player (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM).
  • MM Type Phono Equalizer and Amplifier.
  • Automatic Tonearm.

OUR THOUGHTS

For a budget turntable, the TEAC TN100 takes its value over the top with added features like an automatic tonearm which will adjust on its own when placed above the record.

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The output from the system is also switchable between phono out and line out, which allow for the use of a preamp and phono equalizer to be paired with monitors and receivers. Make sure to invest in decent quality speakers to enjoy the most out of this turntable.

8. Stanton T62

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Straight Tone Arm.
  • Stanton 300 Cartridge Pre-Mounted on Head shell.
  • Two Playback Speeds.
  • Two Start and Stop Switches for Mixes.
  • RCA Stereo Outputs.
  • Manual Pitch Control Fader.
  • Included Cloth Dust Cover.

OUR THOUGHTS

With a direct-drive motor and straight tone arm, this turntable is perfect for DJs. The direct-drive capabilities will endure wear and tear better than a belt drive, although a quality preamp will be required to get the best sound out of an additional speaker system.

The straight tone arm will allow users easier tracking performance, and all together this system provides an experience best suited to performers rather than listeners. Undoubtedly one of the best turntables under $200.

7. House of Marley Turntable

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Belt Driven Motor.
  • Two Speeds (33 and 45 RPM).
  •  Bamboo Plinth.
  • Aluminum Alloy Platter.
  • USB Port for Converting Music to Digital Format.
  • Dust Cover Included.
  • Replaceable Audio-Technica Cartridge Included.

OUR THOUGHTS

Constructed from bamboo, the House of Marley system will turn heads as easily as it turns records. With all the requisite RCA, USB, and power cables easily accessible and assembly straight forward right out of the box, this is a product made for listeners and first time vinyl enthusiasts. A headphone jack on the back, as well as an option to use the turntable’s built in preamp, allows the user to customize each listening experience to suit any need.

When considering the lack of pitch control or stylus illuminator, this one’s not for DJ’s. Another handy feature for beginner vinyl enthusiasts is the table’s motor will only spin once the needle has been lifted over the edge of the platter and will stop moving once the needle reaches the end of the record.

6. Pioneer PL-990

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Two Speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM).
  • Low-mass Straight Tone Arm.
  • Precision DC Motor.
  • Phono Equalizer Included.
  • Universal-type Cartridge Connector.
  • Belt-driven Platter.

 OUR THOUGHTS

At first glance, the Pioneer PL-990 gives off a pleasing retro vibe with it’s 70’s, black case exterior and small buttons on the front. With these front buttons comes simplicity for those who are newer to vinyl players; the buttons control play and stop, speed adjustment, and a tonearm raiser switch.

While the cartridge cannot be upgraded, it is excellent quality for the price and the built-in preamp pairs well with any sound system.

5. Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB [old model]

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Two Speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM).
  • Fully Automatic Belt-Driven Motor.
  • Anti-Resonance, Aluminum Platter.
  • Integral Dual Magnet Phono Cartridge with Replaceable Diamond Stylus.
  • Built-in Phono Preamp.
  • USB Outlet to Convert Records to Audio Files.

 OUR THOUGHTS

When unboxing the Audio-Technica AT-LP60, a bit more experience may be needed to handle the initial setup; it involves careful positioning of the platter and attaching the belt. Afterwards, use of the system is straightforward with an automatic positioning and lowering of the tonearm once the start button is pressed.

The built in preamp allows a direct plug-in to your system with the flexibility to add an additional preamp for higher quality sound. Overall, this is a great budget turntable with the added ability to convert records to digital files… most definitely one of the best turntables under $200.

4. Sony PSLX300-USB

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Two Speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM).
  • Fully Automatic.
  • Built-in Phono Preamp. 
  • Static Balance Tonearm.
  • USB Audio Output.
  • Belt Drive Motor.
  • S-Shaped Tonearm.

   OUR THOUGHTS

The Sony PSLX300 USB offers features for beginner turntable users while being affordable. The fully automatic cueing is a helpful respite for those who don’t trust adjusting the tonearm on their own.

The heavy platter and rubber mat will eliminate the vibrations from the belt driven motor and the stiff tonearm and Sony cartridge enable respectable tracking for the price.

3. Audio Technica LP60XBT/USB 

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Bluetooth OR USB Technology.
  • Connect Wirelessly To Speakers With Bluetooth Table.
  • Convert Your Vinyl Into Digital Format with USB Table.
  • Fully Two Speed Automatic.
  • Built-in Phono Preamp.

   OUR THOUGHTS

At the start of 2019 Audio Technica announced a complete new line of turntables. Already a dominant force in the wonderful world of record players, We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the new models.

Once again the LP60 series (now the LP60X) is available in three different models, basic (LP60X), built-in bluetooth (LP60XBT) and the USB model (LP60XUSB). So depending on your personal needs and requirements they’ve got you covered.

Audiophiles tend to think less is more but casual listeners may find the bluetooth useful for connecting to audio devices and speakers and for those of you hoping to convert some of your old records into digital formats, USB might just be for you. All in all Audio Technica have created a great ‘budget standard’ record player.

2. Audio Technica AT-LP3

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Balanced straight tone arm.
  • AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge.
  • Hydraulically damped lift control.
  • Fully automatic.
  • Die-cast aluminum platter.
  • Built-in switchable phono-preamp.

OUR THOUGHTS

Yet another turntable from the ever present Audio Technica… I think we’re seeing a pattern here. Audio Technica are truly great at producing high(er) quality turntables to fit into that budget friendly zone.

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As said above, usually less is more when it comes to record players. Without all the additional bells and whistles such as USB and Bluetooth, it allows the manufacturer to focus on what really matters. The quality of sound that can be produced.

Also with the option of switching out the preamp and cartridge, the customization options mean you can really get the most out of your Turntable.

1. Fluance RT80

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Two Speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM).
  • Aluminum Platter.
  • Felt Turntable Mat.
  • Auto-Stop Feature.
  • Static Balanced S-shaped Tonearm.
  • Audio-Technica Cartridge.
  • Built-In Phono Preamp.

    OUR THOUGHTS

The number one product on the list of best turntables under $200 lives up to the title, combining sound quality, simple setup, and desirable features.

The exterior shows off a glossy black or walnut finish, giving this budget turntable a classy and retro feel while making it desirable to display at home. The Fluance RT80 contains a convenient automatic platter which will start spinning once the tonearm is taken from its resting position, but will stop once the tonearm is returned or when the record has ended. The included Audio-Technica cartridge provides a decent tracking experience and is replaceable along with the needle.

With a quality preamp already installed and an abundance of easy to use features, the Fluance RT80 is a great choice for beginners and seasoned turntable buyers alike.

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