When it comes to serious music listening and extreme care for your records, a high-end turntable is something you need. Many audiophiles do not care about money when it comes to having the best turntable.
In such cases, a good turntable with exceptional quality and looks is very important. Such good quality turntables do not ruin your records no matter how long you keep using them. Most of these turntables fall under $150-$300 range.
Going above this range will give you much better choices but it’s not necessary because there are some really fantastic turntables that will cost you less than $300.
In this list, I’ve mentioned the very best turntables less than $300.
- 0.1 1. Audio-Technica AT-LP120
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- 0.3 2. Stanton T92USB
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- 0.5 3. Pioneer PL30
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- 0.7 4. Reloop RP-2000M
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- 0.9 5. Pro-Ject Essential II
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- 0.11 6. TEAC TN-300
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- 0.13 7. Numark TT250 USB
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- 1 List of the best turntables under 300
I like to call it the unrivaled turntable. Yes, it’s so great that you can’t really compare this to any other turntable.
AT-LP120 is a direct-drive turntable which means it’s also suitable for DJ’s both newbies and professionals. It has a high-torque motor, a very professional cartridge that brings all your records back to life.
It can play 3 speed records and also convert them by connecting the turntable to your computer via USB connection. You get Audacity software compatible for Mac and PC that will help you digitize your records.
Other features include: tonearm height adjustment, anti-skating adjustment, an adjustable counterweight and lock. It also comes with a switchable built-in phono preamplifier with line-level RCA output.
This turntable is perfect for both personal use and professional use. Whether you want to listen to your old records at home or take impress your friends by showing your DJ skills, this turntable will never disappoint you.
You can choose from two colors; black and silver.
Ask anyone about this turntable and you will hardly find any bad review. This turntable exceeds all others in terms of quality, price, design and features. This is why many people (including me) call this as the best turntable in the world. I recommend AT-LP120 to everyone.
Stanton T92USB is not far behind the race when it comes to great quality turntables. It has a direct-drive operation and a sturdy construction for ultimate durability.
It comes with USB and S/PDIF outputs that let you connect this turntable to your computer and convert your records with ease. It includes a Stanton 300.v3 cartridge premounted on the headshell for excellent sound quality.
The turntable weighs lighter than Audio-Technica AT-LP120. Some cool features of this turntable include a built-in DSP with keylock which helps in controlling temp without affecting pitch and a dust cover for protection.
Perfect for professional DJ’s, audiophiles and beginners.
It has a few cons but the pros totally outweigh them. The turntable is good for everyone and your money will not be wasted. If you’re not getting AT-LP120, then buy this one. It’s the best choice for you.
3. Pioneer PL30
Perfect for audiophiles and is very cheap compared to the previous turntables we discussed. It is fully automatic with dual-layered chassis with 4mm-thick metal plate.
It also has a built-in phono equalizer. A high performance MM cartridge is also included which gives a nice sound quality.
Some more features of PL30 include a detachable AC power cord, acrylic dust cover with removable hinges and gold-plater RCA connectors.
If you’re not bothered about the USB port, then go for this turntable. It’s cheap compared to others and since its made by Pioneer, you can’t question the quality and sound of this turntable.
This quartz driven turntable has a direct-drive operation and is a good choice for DJ’s who want to scratch their records.
The black metallic finish makes this turntable look elegant and simple. It is also capable of connecting a remote starter and beat control which makes it a better option for professional DJ’s.
The electronic motor is very powerful and it also has an electronic brake. It can play 2 speed records and is fully manual.
Since this should be operated manually, I would not recommend this to beginners. It’s better to get an automatic turntable. But if you’re a professional or have knowledge about turntables, then you can go for it.
Pro-Ject Essential II is a belt-driven turntable which comes with Ortofon OM 5E cartridge. It is also compatible to a wide variety of cartridges. The DC motor minimizes any unwanted vibrations and plays records smoothly.
A bid drawback of this turntable is that it has no USB connection. You can get the USB model of Pro-Ject Essential II but it will cost you an extra hundred dollars.
Also there is no digital output in this version of the turntable.
If you want the same turntable with USB connection, it will cost you a lot. So it’s better to stick with this one. The sound is great and so is the design. But if you still want a turntable with USB, consider other options available in the list.
6. TEAC TN-300
This manual belt-drive turntable looks great and the sound is just amazing. It plays 33 and 45 RPM records smoothly and also has a USB output that lets you convert your records.
It has Audio-Techinca’s MM type cartridge AT-95SE. It includes both line and phono outputs with a high inertia platter which gives a much better sound quality.
Its design is good and it looks stylish anywhere. You can choose from many different colors.
This is one of the best TEAC turntables and is really worth buying. You will never be disappointed by this one as it has everything and does everything you want.
It plays records very smoothly and sounds great. The quartz-controlled direct-drive DC motor provides amazing speed accuracy and can play 2 speed records.
The USB connection lets you connect it to your computer and digitize your records. The high torque motor also provides ideal amount of resistance perfect for DJ’s who want to use it for scratching.
A really cool feature is the light that illuminates the records under dim light indication record’s speed.
It is good for new DJ’s who are just starting out. I would not recommend this turntable to professional DJ’s because it lacks many features professionals would want to use.