Turntables and phonographs have been the centre of attention for music enthusiasts who like to keep aesthetics at best. This is because vinyl records can deliver high-quality sound and also give a vintage feel at the same time. In general, turntables are better than record players or phonographs in many ways. Portability is the one main feature that sets them apart. Additionally, turntables do not come with built-in speakers, which means that you can further control the audio output and overall aesthetic by getting great external speakers of your choice. To help you find the best turntables for your living room, we have curated a list of four options. Note that these have been curated based on their listed features as well as their availability on Amazon.
The Pro-Ject Essential II Digital USB Turntable has an 8.6-inch aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings for accurate playbacks. The turntable comes with a TOSLINK optical output to help you connect it to nearly any digital system and achieve the best possible audio. This turntable comes with a belt-drive with a low-vibration synchronous motor to ensure low operating noises. As a result, you don’t have to listen to the sound of the turntable itself, instead of the music. The device has a low-resonance platter with a stainless-steel spindle and Teflon-coated brass bushing for smooth rotation and accurate speed. It has an Ortofon OM5E cartridge and dustcover that comes included with the package.
The Numark NTX1000 Turntable comes with a full-size platter with a high-torque direct-drive motor. It has two-speed designs: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM for different requirements. The device comes with an S-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking, and this tonearm has features such as height adjustment, damped cueing and anti-skate control for added convenience. The adjustable counterweight on the turntable should deliver a good tonearm balance. All of this should result in high-quality audio. The turntable also features a pitch fader with a reset button. It has a start and stop time knob for adjustable time ramping. This feature helps users to use it more efficiently without the need to turn the turntable off at a certain point.
The Jensen JTA-230 Turntable is everything a traditional turntable should be – all in a beautiful, modern form factor. This belt-driven, three-speed stereo turntable offers pitch control, volume and tone control, a stereo headphone jack and stereo speaker system, auto-stop switch and a dust cover. Plus, users can listen to their favourite music downloaded on their iPod or other MP3 players via the aux-input jack and directly encode MP3s from the turntable or aux line into the PC. The pitch control feature lets users adjust the record speed for a better experience and better customisation. The power indicator on this device lets users know when the device is connected and ready to be used. The auto-stop feature is crucial as it enables users to stop music automatically without stopping the device manually. The most exciting part is the stereo headphone output through which users can connect any high-quality headset and enjoy music.
The Jensen JTA-222 Stereo Turntable has a ceramic cartridge. The ceramic material inside the cartridge produces an electric signal in response to the bending of the stylus. These ceramic cartridges are less sensitive to external noises and vibrations. The tonearm is straight and is made of plastic. The operation of this unit is pretty much manual as it has an auto-stop feature but doesn’t have an automatic arm-return. This means that the platter will automatically stop when the needle gets to the end of the record, but users have to lift the tonearm to return it to its rest manually. This turntable is belt driven and supports the three standard speeds: 33⅓, 45 and 78 rpm. Finally, the turntable has two internal front-facing speakers.