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Top 10 Vintage Turntables 2017

Now that vinyl data are making a widely-heralded comeback, you may need to replace the stereo system you got rid of while you concept CDs or MP3s had been going to be the very last word in music storage. Those vintage-style turntables integrate the classic sound and aesthetics of vinyl with a few welcome modern features, like digital controls and Bluetooth connectivity. When users buy our independently selected editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed TurntableElectrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player 3-in-1 Classic Turntable Natural Wood Stereo System, AM/FM Radio, CD, and AUX Input for Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 players (EANOS501)Bluetooth Record Player Turntable With Speakers Old Fashioned , Classic Style With AM/FM Radio USB Flash & SD Memory Card Readers for MP3 Playback Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording By Pyle (PVTT15UBT)Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Diamond Stylus, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Adjustable Counterweight & Anti-Skating, Solid Wood Cabinet RT811byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Supports Vinyl to MP3 Recording, USB MP3 Playback, and RCA Output, Natural WoodElectrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Natural Wood Hi-Fi Stereo System with AM/FM, CD, USB for MP3, Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording & AUX Input for Smartphones & Tablets (EANOS700)Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1 Bluetooth Turntable Entertainment Center, MahoganyCMC Portable Bluetooth 3 Speed Turntable with Built in Stereo Speakers, Vintage Style Vinyl Record Player,KhakiPyle PTCD54UB Bluetooth Vintage Classic Style Turntable Speaker System, Built-in CD & Cassette Players, AM/FM Radio, Vinyl-to-MP3 RecordingVictrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers, Aqua Turquoise (Bundle) Includes 1 Extra Needle Replacement!

Still Turning: The Timeless Turntable

Recent history confirms the old idiom that, given enough time, "everything old is new again." Take for example the resurgence of print book sales over the past several years, which had previously faced a decline and even some assumed extinction after the birth of the e-book.

Another ostensibly atavistic device that has enjoyed a recent return to popularity is the vintage turntable. Also simply called a record player, a turntable graced the living space of millions of homes throughout many decades of the 1900s. Records were largely supplanted by audio cassette tapes in the 1970s, which were in turn surpassed by compact discs in the later years of the 20th century. CDs saw their crown taken by digital music (usually in the format of the MP3) around the recent turn of the century. While cassette tapes and compact discs are unlikely to make a dramatic comeback to popularity, the record and its accompanying turntable certainly have.

The reasons for this are several, but the inherent attractiveness of a turntable -- and even of a record itself -- cannot be denied. While cassettes and CDs could be played by devices small enough to fit in a purse (and while digital music can be played using a device that tucks into a change pocket), turntables are by their very nature larger devices, as they must accommodate broad, flat records. Most turntables -- modern units made to resemble vintage options included -- are designed with aesthetics own mind, approximating the look of a piece of decor while serving as a functional device.

Simply put, when most people choose a turntable, they choose an item they want to show off. We perch our record players prominently in our homes, proud to have them seen and heard. Fortunately, advances in technology have allowed many modern turntables to be relatively compact without sacrificing the elegant stylings for which record players have always been prized.

When choosing a record player, you should first see it as a device to play music, of course. So consider the sonic features you want, such as a built-in radio, the ability to output to external speakers, the ability to accept inputs from a computer or digital music device, and the control features (knobs and switches or an LCD screen and buttons, e.g.). Once you have established a checklist of features you want your vintage-style turntable to possess, consider the space in which it will sit in the home (and whether or not portability is a factor), as that will help further refine your search. Finally, simply choose the unit that suits your technical and size considerations while still looking great.

How Carved Discs Make Sweet Sounds


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The same principles at work in a "modern" turntable have been understood for more than 150 years, yet many audiophiles still insist that the record is the best way to enjoy music. As for how a record player works, it is all a matter of controlled vibration.

The sound is imprinted on a record using a specialized cutting machine that carves minute formations -- essentially divots, bumps, and valleys -- into a record as it revolves. These formations are created in response the frequencies, or sound waves that are projected into and through the cutting machine during the recording process.

When a record is placed on a turntable, the process will be effectively reversed in order to create sound. As the record spins, the needle set into the stylus and bearing down on the disc rises and falls as it encounters the formations carved into the surface (they are far too small to be appreciated with the naked eye). The minute motions of the stylus are transferred to a magnet that is wrapped in the coiled wiring. When this wiring experiences the proper electrical current, it transfers the vibrations to an attached (or linked) amplifier, which then projects the electrical energy in vibrations we hear once again as sound waves.

Stereophonic sound -- when sound is produced from one device along at least two distinct audio channels, these being Left and Right in their simplest form -- is created by a record player when the needle encounters formations that maneuver it both up and down and from side to side. While records can produce rich stereo music, by the nature of their design, they cannot produce any more channels of audio, thus presenting at least one aspect in which digital music recording does surpass older technology.

The History of the Turntable


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The first noted mention of technology approximating that found in a turntable came in 1852. In that year, the word phonograph appeared in a New York Times advertisement, though it was in reference to a course related to the study of sonic technology, not referring to an actual device.

Simple devices that could record the vibrations made by sounds were developed in the later 1850s, but they did not offer the ability to play back the sounds responsible for the logged patterns.

The word phonograph, which is derivative of two Greek terms, phono and graph, which together essentially means "sound writing," would first be applied to an actual device in the year 1877. In that year, Thomas Edison revealed the first working device that could both record and playback sounds. The phonograph used a cylinder wrapped in tinfoil as the medium for recording sound, and the resulting recordings were rather unclear and easily damaged or destroyed.

Primitive as the early hand-cranked phonographs look in comparison to modern options, the same basics of the technology that carved grooves into a little cylinder would come to be used in record players popular throughout the 1900s and into the present. The first flat, disc-shaped records were introduced in the late 1880s, but would not dominate the audio marketplace until another two decades had passed.

By the mid-1920s, the cylinder was finally fully surpassed by the disc-shaped record once and for all; from then on, the record player would be refined and enhanced, but would retain its essential shape and function.


#10.Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers, Aqua Turquoise (Bundle) Includes 1 Extra Needle Replacement!


The Victrola portable suitcase turntable is an absolute classic and loaded with features. Portable design and carry handle make taking your favorite vinyl or Bluetooth tunes easy, no matter where the party takes you. Model VSC-550BT-TU.


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#9.Pyle PTCD54UB Bluetooth Vintage Classic Style Turntable Speaker System, Built-in CD & Cassette Players, AM/FM Radio, Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording


You spent a lifetime collecting it. Don’t settle for a system that only plays a small portion of your music. Embrace the best of the new and the old with a high-quality system that can do it all. Insert a USB flash drive loaded with MP3 digital music files, stream audio from an external device via the Aux input, find your favorite AM/FM radio station, insert a CD into the pop-out tray, play a cassette -- or spin a classic record!


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#8.CMC Portable Bluetooth 3 Speed Turntable with Built in Stereo Speakers, Vintage Style Vinyl Record Player,Khaki


It is made of a lightweight material which is wood but one that is of the highest quality and you can expect it to be durable, it is easy to transport from one place to the other. You don’t have to worry about it taking too much space in the car if you have to take it anywhere.


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#7.Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1 Bluetooth Turntable Entertainment Center, Mahogany


The beautifully crafted Victrola 8-in-1 wooden record player combines modern technology with a nostalgic design. It's ideal for people who value the original quality of vinyl, but also enjoy the latest in audio technology.


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#6.Electrohome Signature Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Natural Wood Hi-Fi Stereo System with AM/FM, CD, USB for MP3, Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording & AUX Input for Smartphones & Tablets (EANOS700)


Enjoy Your Entire Music Collection Most people have music that lives in more than one place. Whether it’s the warm tones of your favorite vinyl, AM/FM radio, MP3 music from your USB drive, CD, or listening to your smartphone music through the 3.5mm auxiliary input, the Signature Record Player offers a variety of ways to listen to music. The fully automatic belt-driven turntable spins 7, 10 and 12-inch records at three speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 revolutions per minute, so you can rest assured knowing that you – and your dad’s – entire vinyl library can be enjoyed.


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#5.1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Supports Vinyl to MP3 Recording, USB MP3 Playback, and RCA Output, Natural Wood


The Stereo record player proves that good things do come in small packages. The first thing I noticed about this record player was how small it was, but being as small as it is this record player is no slouch at all! Having the option to save my records as mp3's is a great bonus especially if you have records that you do not play often but still would love to hear the mp3 option is ideal. The speakers on this thing are pretty loud and even when I turn it all the way up it doesn't distort which is great.


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#4.Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player with Dual Magnet Cartridge, Elliptical Diamond Stylus, Belt Drive, Built-in Preamp, Adjustable Counterweight & Anti-Skating, Solid Wood Cabinet RT81


Superior Stylus Makes for a Pure Analog Listening Experience Your music will sound richer when the Audio Technica AT95E stylus rests in the grooves of your favorite vinyl record at a mere 2.0 grams of tracking force. The upgraded elliptical stylus is renowned for its freedom from noise and distortion, clarity on musical peaks, and channel balance.


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#3.Bluetooth Record Player Turntable With Speakers Old Fashioned , Classic Style With AM/FM Radio USB Flash & SD Memory Card Readers for MP3 Playback Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording By Pyle (PVTT15UBT)


The Pyle Vintage Turntable Speaker System combines yesterday's classic record playing style with today's latest technology. Built-in Bluetooth music receiver and full range stereo speakers allow you to connect & stream wireless music. The connection is simple and it works with all of the today's latest devices (like iPhones, Androids, Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, etc.). The elegant collapsible lid reveals the record player within and the system can quickly become the centerpiece and add flair to any room in the house.


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#2.Electrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player 3-in-1 Classic Turntable Natural Wood Stereo System, AM/FM Radio, CD, and AUX Input for Smartphones, Tablets, and MP3 players (EANOS501)


Enjoy an amazing audio journey with a classic design from Electrohome's 100+ years of history. Made with real wood, you can play your entire collection of vinyl records, CDs, AM/FM radio and even connect your smartphone or tablet. You have many options with this unique 3-in-1 system. The old-fashioned look will match any decor, while the rich sound from the speakers will play in crystal clarity.


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#1.Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed Turntable


The Jensen JTA-222 3-speed turntable with AM/FM stereo radio features two built-in front-facing speakers that project great sound! Additional features include external RCA speaker output jacks, stereo headphone jack, power indicator and dust cover. The antique wooden case design gives this turntable a classic look. It's powered by 120V AC power. The JTA-222 is packed with all the features you need, at a truly incredible value!


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