The Best & Most Affordable Turntables Under $200

Buying a cheap and affordable turntable is something everyone wants. I am sure you don’t want to spend a lot of money in buying a record player. Different brands manufacture turntables in different price range and sometimes it’s difficult to choose the best one.

If you don’t care about the money you spend and want a quality product, then you can go for any turntable like the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB which is the best turntable in the market right now.

But not all of us want to spend a lot. The most important thing you need to remember is with less price comes less quality.

So the question arises:

In what price range should I buy a turntable?

I would say that in around $100-$200, you will get an amazing turntable with great features and excellent sound quality.

So today I’ve compiled a list of the best turntables you can buy under $200. I have reviewed many record players and the ones listed below are the best I could find from my research.

1. Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB

This is the second best turntable by Audio-Techinca. It’s belt-driven and has a built-in switchable phono preamp.

You can connect it to your speakers with the RCA output and enjoy your records. It can play 2 speeds (33/45) records and has a USB port which lets you connect this turntable to your computer and digitize your records.

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You also get Audacity software compatible for both Mac and PC to help you convert your files. It has an anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter.

The RCA cables are short which might be a problem but once you start playing it, you will feel in love with this record player.

Its looks are great and it will not take up a lot of space in your room. You will not have any problems setting up this turntable.

Since it is belt-driven, it means you cannot use it for scratching and DJing. But I don’t think you would use this great turntable for scratching.

Pros

Cons

  • Great sound
  • Affordable
  • Easy setup in less than 5 minutes
  • Nice spring-loaded disc cover
  • No tempo pitch slider
  • Short RCA cables
  • No way to adjust the arm weight

MY REVIEW:

It’s a sweet deal and you should grab it. At this price, no other brand provides turntables with so many great features without compromising the quality. Yes, it has a few cons but it’s not a big deal. Once you buy it, you will love it.

2. Stanton T62 

So if you want a turntable for scratching, Stanton T62 is the perfect choice for you. It’s a direct-drive turntable with a straight tone arm that improves tracking for scratching.

It includes a pre-mounted Stanton 300 cartridge on headshell. Can play two speeds (33/45) and it also has 2 start/stop switches for mixing. RCA outputs are also provided to connect this to your speakers.

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Audio-Technica AT-LP60 comes with no pitch control while this one comes with pitch control that allows you to change tempo/pitch.

The sound quality is very good. Better than your expectations. If you are starting as a DJ, this turntable is a perfect match for you.

You can get better turntables but it will cost you more than $200. And I don’t recommend you to spend a lot if you’re just starting out.

Pros

Cons

  • Pitch control
  • Exceptional sound quality
  • Straight tone arm
  • No Cons

MY REVIEW:

It’s simple and elegant. Nothing so fancy and it sounds great. This is the best direct-drive turntable under $200.

3. Pioneer PL-990

PL-990 is fully automatic and requires no manual operation. It’s highly sensitive and resistant to resonance which aids in tracking records better.

It comes with a built-in phono equalizer and also includes a moving magnet cartridge with a diamond-stylus. It has a belt-drive design and you will not find any fault in this turntable. Why?

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Because it’s a Pioneer product. The great feature is about this record player is that it’s fully automatic so you can just sit back and enjoy your records.

Pros

Cons

  • Fully automatic
  • Easy set up
  • Great sound quality
  • Non-switchable preamp

MY REVIEW:

This is a great choice for those who want an automatic turntable that plays their records without any troubles and costs very less.

4. Sony PSLX300

Operates on a belt-driven system and has two playback speeds (33/45). This turntable also has a fully automatic operation and has a static balance tonearm.

It comes with a USB output so you can connect it to your devices. You can also convert your records to MP3 files.

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The belt-drive system is completely noiseless which provides a much better listening experience. All you need to do is to set up this turntable which takes around 5 minutes and enjoy the music.

Pros

Cons

  • Inexpensive
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Automatic start/stop
  • Built-in stylus protector
  • No tonearm lock

MY REVIEW:

It is good choice for you if you want a turntable that is operated automatically and provides good sound quality.

5. Pyle PTCD4BT

Classic looks, modern technology. This is what Pyle PTCD4BT is all about. With its amazing classic looks, you get an amazing turntable with so many great features.

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Just connect it to any of your Bluetooth enabled device and enjoy music without having any tangling wires in your room.

Comes with a built-in CD player, cassette deck, AM/FM radio and also built-in stereo speakers. All this will cost you more than $300. But Pyle cares about its customers more than money.

Pyle PTCD4BT

So you get this turntable for less than $150. Some more great features of this turntable include RCA cables and a headphone jack for private listening.

Pros

Cons

  • Gorgeous vintage design
  • Built-in CD player
  • Cassette deck
  • AM/FM radio
  • Inexpensive
  • No cons

MY REVIEW:

Step back to the old days with a modern technology turntable. This vintage turntable will look great in your house and its really (really) inexpensive.

6. Numark TTUSB

This turntable has somewhat similar looks to Stanton T62. It has some really cool features like an adjustable pitch control, adjustable anti-skate control and 1/8” stereo line input.

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It comes with Audacity software compatible for both Mac and PC so you can digitize your records hassle-free.

Something great about this turntable is that it has a replaceable cartridge unlike other brands.

Pros

Cons

  • Replaceable cartridge
  • Good quality sound
  • USB support
  • No hum
  • No cue lever
  • No dust cover
  • No auto lifting

MY REVIEW:

Despite its flaws, it is a good turntable and you get what you buy. It’s affordable and has some really great features.

7. Electrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player

This vintage natural wood stereo system has some awesome features. It has an AM/FM radio, CD player and also an AUX input for connecting your smartphones and other devices.

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It has built-in speakers which sound great. This turntable is belt-driven and is fully automatic which can play 3 speeds so you can enjoy all your vinyls.

Pros

Cons

  • Vintage design
  • Great sound quality
  • No Cons

MY REVIEW:

This is a 3-in-1 turntable as it has a CD player and AM/FM radio included. So I would highly recommend this product.

8. Electrohome Signature

This is another great Electrohome turntable with so many different features. It can play vinyl records, AM/FM radio, CD player and MP3s through USB.

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The authentic wood cabinet with gives this turntable a vintage look. Its looks can attract anyone and will look great in your room.

The sound quality is excellent with no distortion. The only problem you may face with this record player is that there is no output jack for connecting speakers.

Pros

Cons

  • Vintage design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • No distortion
  • No frequency drift
  • No output jack for speakers

MY REVIEW:

The only con of this turntable may stop you from buying this because you may want to connect this to your home stereo. I would recommend you to look for other options mentioned in this list.

List of the best turntables under 200

Conclusion

So this was the review of the best turntables under $200. You can pick your turntable from this list because I’ve researched many turntables under this range and these are the best ones. And if you want a turntable under $100 range, you can check this list.

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