1. Crosley Cruiser
The Crosley Cruiser is an inexpensive product from the Crosley record player company. It’s reasonably priced, lightweight, and has good audio. Developed in the form of the mobile Victrola turntables back then, the Cruiser features a great design. It is made in a variety of designs yet defies ostentation, opening and closing in a straightforward suitcase cover with a grip and small body allowing you to bring it with you and use it whenever you may go.
Audio nuance is the greatest problem with the Cruiser, because it’s ease of mobility, basic style, and low cost prevents it from having excellent sound quality. Even though the Cruiser does include an RCA output port, the turntable on its own is not geared up to provide top quality sound, regardless of how great your audio cables are. Additionally, the audio is only provided with the player’s modest speakers. The small scale of the turntable can also backfire, and have the possibility of skipping issues with bigger 33 rotations per minute records.
Those aforementioned issues can be overlooked if you are purchasing the Cruiser for its design and simple plug and play functionality and not for its sound quality. If this is the case, the record player designed within a suitcase is the best choice for you.
2. Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB
The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is the best beginner turntable that comes with every function that you might require, which makes it an excellent turntable for individuals who do not have prior experience with vinyl records.
Without additional tinkering, it supports 33 ⅓, 45 as well as 78 RPM records. This wide support means that you will have the ability to play every album that comes your way. Additionally, there is a pre-installed phono preamp which means you do not have to think about obtaining one by yourself.
New record enthusiasts will enjoy the simple set up and functions while regular record lovers will surely love its features such as the vertically oriented tracking position, tracking power and easy to replace headshell. One of the downsides is that the appearance of this turntable is similar to a Technics SL-1200. However, it is not as pricey as that turntable and comes with great features as well, which makes it worthy of its price point.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB also includes a USB port for output that makes it possible for recording. Simply put, this turntable provides the ideal features for beginners and enthusiasts due to its easy to use features and more sophisticated characteristics.
3. Audio-Technica AT-LP60
If you are not prepared to fork out a lot of your hard-earned money on a good turntable but also want to have a somewhat good sound, this is the perfect turntable for you. Audio-Technica AT-LP60 features great portability, and have the ability to play the most popular formats of vinyl records. Additionally, it is also completely automatic, which means it’ll line up a record and move the arm by itself back to the resting position with no need for a manually operated handle.
The only downside with a cheap turntable is that there is no room for upgrades later. Due to its pre-installed phono preamp, you will not be able to replace it in the future for upgrades. However, you can swap the needle stylus when needed.
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