For all of you music aficionados we’re going to take a look at some of the best audiophile turntables under $2000 of this year! Now, before we get started, let’s be clear about what an audiophile is exactly, just in case you are new to the world of turntables. Audiophile turntables are simply defined as a turntable that is made for the “hi-fi enthusiast”, meaning that we love our music and for the sound that we hear to be as lifelike and clear as absolutely possible. Depending on how you use your turntable-whether you’re a DJ or simply a vinyl lover(beginner or veteran) this will, in part, dictate which exact turntable aspects will be more important to you than others.
For example, if you want to jam out on a Friday night with your buddies and a few cold ones that you would want the music to bring down the house, right (not too loud though if you have neighbours)?
For the purposes of this review we are going to focus on some of the top audiophile turntables of 2018 that are under $2,000 and geared to every man (or woman) that’s interested in acquiring a great record player to use for their growing vinyl collection. Happy reading!
So the Clearaudio Concept is a couple hundred dollars short of 2000 ($1800 on Amazon) so it is one of the higher-priced ones on the market right now, but you can’t put a price tag on quality. The Clearaudio Concept comes with a belt drive system that is equipped with a synchronous motor, in addition to a pre-mounted MM cartridge. The heavy duty aluminum is comprised of TPE technology for superior resonance damping and sturdiness with the advanced silver cartridges (mentioned above) and spools.
- The sound from this particular turntable is pretty clear and it is fairly easy to set up for your various preferences.
- It is also incredibly sturdy and resilient so it is definitely a turntable you can expect to have around for a while.
- If you decide to purchase this particular turntable be sure to place it on a very sturdy surface or the tonearm will pick up vibrations of whatever surface that it’s on if it’s not sturdy enough.
The Audio Technica is actually under $500 Amazon so it may definitely be in the price range for some; the Audio Technicacarefully identifies and addresses each variable that undermines the pure signal retrieval of the turntable and, as a result,there is an elegant and cost-effective solution of the highest quality. The Audio Technica is hand-crafted in the USA by one of the world's leading turntable manufacturers and achieves an unmatched level of neutrality. There is a unique platter design that is responsible for ahigh level of quality sound, in addition to being able to further neutralize the resonant LP, which is an energy damping interface mat.
- This particular turntable has a USB output that connect directly to your computer which is pretty awesome, not to mention high-torque multi-pole motor if you are looking to do some serious DJing.
- The price of the Technica is also another added bonus, especially for the quality!
- The only real negative with this turntable is that the platter that comes with the Technica is incredibly wobbly which can become a huge inconvenience, especially if you have to return the turntable.
- There also needs to be better instructions included in regards to setting up the cartridge.
The ProJect 6 Perspex is right at the $2,000 mark on Amazonand is made of acrylic plinth and is also acoustically designed as an inert sandwich construction of platter with a combination of MDF and vinyl layer as the mat. There is a pre-mounted 9” tonearm with 99 CC evolutions and a 5P connect-it phono cable with RCA plugs. Purchasers can also expect a Sumiko Blue Point special EVO III cartridge to be included, which is an added bonus.
- The ProJect 6 Perspex is incredibly easy to setup and the manufacturer does offer a 4 and 3 year protection plan, but be ready to come out another $100+ for that option.
- There is, however, technical support available, so that is definitely a bonus.
- The sound that the ProJect offers is also amazing and it is a perfect fit for those who are new to the world of vinyl and for those who are veterans.
- The Sumiko cartridge that comes with this turntable stopped working only after a couple of months which is a huge bummer.
The Rega RP6 is about $2000 on Amazon and is a well-crafted, fully automatic turntable, with a sleek, gloss-back design. The RP6 has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. Excellent build quality, reliability and ease of use combine to make a product which, if used correctly, will offer you a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allows us to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high quality parts necessary to reproduce music accurately.
The RP6 is amazingly fitted with a hand assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing and a low vibration low noise 24v motor assembly which is individually hand tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration. The minimalist design of the Rega RP6 and the use of extremely high quality components ensure that your turntable should last for many years.
- The instructions for assembly are extremely clear and straightforward- very easy to understand!
- No matter the kind of music that you decide to listen to you will for sure get the sound and clarity that you are looking for!
- This is one of the pricier turntables on the market, but the quality that it offers is definitely worth it!
The PRO JECT Xtension 10 Turntable SuperPack will cost you roughly $3,999 or so and comes equipped with a low-resonance, high-density acrylic chassis and platter. The belt drive system is made of endless silicon, in addition to an aluminum straight type tone arm. It also has an industryleading torque motor (up to 4.5 kgf/cm), in addition to an ultra-stable platter and floating motor mount construction.
- This is definitely a solidly made turntable and the sound is awesome! You are definitely guaranteed to get professional quality with this one.
- This is not a turntable that you want to use if you are into scratching and getting festive with the turntable.
- This particular turntable is more suitable for those who just want to listen to some good old records and relax.
- The belt system can also be a little frustrating at times because it tends to pop off as soon as the motor is turned off.
What additional equipment will I need?
The answer to this primarily depends on how active you plan to be with the turntable; if you just want something to enjoy those records on, and then a simple table will probably be enough for you. However, if you are heavily into DJing, you will want to invest in other equipment, which naturally will cost you more.
Are there any turntables that are Bluetooth compatible or can be hooked up to my PC?
Keep in mind that these will probably be more expensive than the traditional turntables that aren’t compatible with a Bluetooth or PC.
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All in all, the audiophile turntables reviewed here are pretty amazing, it just depends on how much you are looking to spend and your musical needs are.