Until recently, any budget deck that could turn analogue music into digital had a Unique Selling Point. Now, though, you need a wider skill set
The record revolution isn’t seeing music lovers pledging themselves exclusively to vinyl and closing down their itunes and Spotify accounts, but is instead, for many of us, fuelling an accommodation between analogue and digital, where vinyl and streaming (and downloading) can coexist in harmony.
Indeed, for those wanting the best of both worlds, the answer could be a turntable with not only the ability to play records but also to rip them to digital files, making vinyl playable and pocketable.
That isn’t a privilege you have to pay through the nose for either, as this sub-£200 record-ripping turntable group test proves. (Just don’t go expecting the hi-res rips granted by the likes of the £450 Sony PSHX500.)
Here we have the “surprisingly inoffensive” four-star Lenco up against an even more affordable Audio Technica, and a Crosley desperate to avoid the dire fate of its two-star sibling. All three are bidding to be the ‘win-win’ audio solution to digital-friendly vinyl play – but which is more worthy of ‘My First Turntable’ status?