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Au­dio Tech­nica AT-LP3 £200

July 2017 A fully au­to­matic turntable that doesn’t scrimp on per­for­mance, this is the ideal en­try-level deck for those look­ing to dip their ‘vinyl toes’ in. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 13 x 44 x 35cm

Pro-ject Es­sen­tial III £240

Oc­to­ber 2017 Another ex­cel­lent turntable from Pro-ject. The Es­sen­tial III is easy to set up and of­fers a de­tailed and mu­si­cal per­for­mance. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 11 x 42 x 33cm

Rega Pla­nar 1 £250

Best turntable un­der £500, Awards 2016 The mod­i­fi­ca­tions Rega has made to the Pla­nar 1 haven’t hin­dered the fan­tas­tic sound. It’s an en­ter­tain­ing turntable with no ob­vi­ous flaws. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 36cm

Au­dio Tech­nica AT-LP5 £330

Best USB turntable, Awards 2016 A plea­sure to use and lis­ten to, the LP5 boasts both ease of use and the added bonus of a USB ouput. At this price there’s none bet­ter. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 16 x 45 x 35cm

Rega Pla­nar 2 £375

Au­gust 2016 Forty years old and still go­ing strong, the Pla­nar 2 is a big leap up from the RP1, but also of­fers great sound at a com­pet­i­tive price. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 36cm

Sony PS-HX500 £300

May 2017 A turntable with the abil­ity to rip vinyl into hi-res files, but it’s also an en­ter­tain­ing deck with a big, open sound. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 11 x 43 x 36cm

Rega Pla­nar 3/Elys 2 £625

Best turntable £500-£1000, Awards 2016 Rega builds on the 3’s pre­de­ces­sor by adding ex­tra servings of clar­ity, pre­ci­sion and in­sight. The re­sult is the best RP3 yet. Speed 33.3, 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 36cm

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