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Au­dio Tech­nica AT-LP3 £200

Best turntable un­der £200, Awards 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

Sony PS-HX500 £280

Best USB turntable, Awards 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

Au­dio Tech­nica AT-LP5 £330

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

Pro-ject De­but III S Au­dio­phile £325

June 2018 Its solid de­sign, smart fin­ish and nat­u­ral tre­ble re­in­force the De­but range’s knack for de­liv­er­ing great, af­ford­able sound. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 42 x 32cm

Pro-ject Juke Box E £370

July 2018 An im­pres­sive all-in-one sys­tem with a level of func­tion­al­ity that’s dif­fi­cult to repli­cate in in­di­vid­ual sep­a­rates for a sim­i­lar price. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 42 x 33cm

Rega Pla­nar 1 Plus £329

July 2018 A win­ning com­bi­na­tion of con­ve­nience and qual­ity. Its fuss-free set-up and a hugely en­joy­able sound make for a bril­liant per­former. Speed 33.3 & 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 36cm

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

Clea­r­au­dio Con­cept £995

Best turntable £800-£1200+, Awards 2017 A thor­oughly sorted, easy-to-own pack­age with tremen­dous sound, com­bin­ing punch, ex­ten­sion and tonal vari­a­tion in equal mea­sure. Speed 33.3, 45, 78rpm Size (hwd) 14 x 42 x 35cm

Rega Pla­nar 3/Elys 2 £625

Best turntable £500-£800, Awards 2017 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

EAT B-sharp Su­per Pack £1370

July 2018 EAT’S ‘en­try-level’ deck is a fine one that can count among its tal­ents a sense of con­trol, sure com­po­sure and a well judged sonic bal­ance. Speed 33.3, 45, 78rpm Size (hwd) 14 x 46 x 35cm

Rega Pla­nar 6/Ania £1400

Best turntable £1200+, Awards 2017 A re­fined, ar­tic­u­late and pre­cise turntable that’s lovely to lis­ten to. It re­quires good sys­tem-match­ing to get the best out of it though. Speed 33.3, 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 37cm

Rega Rp8/apheta £2300

De­cem­ber 2014 A ter­rific turntable that sets stan­dards at the price. A de­tailed sound de­liv­ered with su­perb agility, strong dy­nam­ics and ex­cep­tional pre­ci­sion. Speed 33.3, 45rpm Size (hwd) 12 x 45 x 36cm

VPI Prime £3750

Awards 2015 A con­fi­dent-sound­ing pack­age that can or­gan­ise with the best and main­tain com­po­sure even when faced with the most chal­leng­ing mu­sic. Speed 33.3, 45rpm Size (hwd) 18 x 54 x 40cm

VPI Prime Sig­na­ture £6000

Fe­bru­ary 2018 An up­graded ver­sion of the stan­dard Prime that builds on that model’s strengths, with more in­sight, stronger dy­nam­ics and a lovely sta­bil­ity. Speed 33.3, 45rpm Size (hwd) 18 x 54 x 40cm

Linn Kli­max LP12 £18,670

July 2017 A might­ily ex­pen­sive deck that has the un­mis­tak­able feel of real qual­ity. It’s start­ingly bet­ter than pre­vi­ous LP12 turnta­bles. Speed 33.3, 45, 78rpm Size (hwd) 14 x 45 x 36cm

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