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Finding the Right Turntable

Finding the best record player for you can be a difficult and confusing process.  Most “big box” stores don’t carry them anymore, so the internet has become a popular place to find turntables for sale.  Here are a few things you might consider when buying a record player:

Price Range

This is a tricky subject because some people think you need to spend several hundred dollars to get a good quality turntable.  This really isn’t true.  In fact the record player with the highest rating on Amazon right now costs less than $100.  If you’re a DJ or an audiophile, you’ll need a more pricey alternative though.

Direct Drive or Belt Drive

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these terms, “direct drive” means that the platter of the turntable is driven directly by a motor.  A “belt drive” means that the platter is connected to a rubber belt pulley which is turned by a small motor.

Each type has their own advantages.  Belt driven turntables are much cheaper and the rubber belt helps absorb motor vibrations which can translate to the record.  Direct drive tables have better torque and are necessary for things like DJing.  Without getting too technical, direct drive tables usually have a pitch control which allows you to fine tune the record speed, which is useful for DJ “beat matching”.

Should You Get a USB Turntable?

Whether you’re new to collecting vinyl or you have an old collection of records, the USB turntable might be exactly what you’re looking for.  You can connect it directly to your computer and import those records right into your iTunes or onto CD.  Or perhaps you prefer the traditional stereo turntable hooked up to your receiver.  Pretty much every USB record player has stereo outputs anyways.  Either way, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for here.

Vinyl Resurgence

Once considered a dead format, vinyl has had a huge increase in popularity the last few years.  It’s always been popular with DJs and people who are into underground alternative music.  Punk, Hardcore, Metal and Indie bands continued releasing vinyl all throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s even when everybody was buying CDs and the digital music era began.

The popularity of records is a very welcome change for the record labels and bands alike.  A band can release the same album on 5 different colors and die hard collectors will scramble to get one of each.  Plus you can’t illegally download vinyl.  So everybody wins.

Browsing This Site

In the right hand column, you can browse through the different makes and models of turntables and accessories and even sort by price range.  If you feel so inclined (or are very bored), you can even read my blog.  I’ll hopefully have some helpful articles there as well as posting pictures and talking about some of my very best vinyl records from my collection.

If you have any questions at all, please shoot me an email on my contact page or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.  If you found anything on here useful to you, I’d greatly appreciate a retweet or a Facebook like.  Thanks again for stopping by!