Turntables and record players

Decided to start a vinyl collection or updating your record player? We’ve tested a selection of turntables to see which sounds the best.

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If you’re just starting a vinyl collection or replacing an old faithful, there are several factors to consider when buying a turntable.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an audiophile, these are basics you should consider:

  • Direct drive or belt drive? One gives better speed accuracy but the other reduces noise.

  • What are you plugging it into? If your amplifier or receiver doesn’t have a phono line in, then you’ll need a turntable with a built-in pre-amp.

  • Are you getting the right needle? An elliptical stylus picks up more information than a conical one because more of its surface touches the record. However, audiophiles claim conical styluses are better for old worn records.

  • Once you get your vinyl, what’s the best way to store it? Stand them up, don’t lay them down. Don’t place them next to anything that vibrates, and never anywhere too hot!

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Turntable buying guide

Before investing in a turntable, make sure you know what to look for.

Read the guide