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

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Turntables -

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 PSHX500.)

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?

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