Best turntable and powered speaker bundles for 2019
We've paired turntables and powered speakers for a simple record playing system
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Vinyl is making a comeback. Budding audiophiles are experiencing the warmth of analog sound and the joy of a well-designed album cover for the first time. People like me, who grew up buying albums, are rediscovering the pleasures of an afternoon spent haunting a local record shop, hoping for a "find" or two to suit the mood of the day.
So, do you have to buy a bulky amplifier, receiver, tower speakers, etc. to play vinyl these days? No indeed. We’ve bundled some popular turntables with powered stereo speakers to give you ready-made, relatively compact, easy-to-operate record playing systems.
We don’t really believe there's such thing as a one-size-fits-all system, so read on to get an idea of the best turntable stereo systems for your specific needs.
Our top picks for 2019
A digitizer's dream: Audioengine A2+/Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Bundle
Some people think of vinyl as the antidote to digital music. I prefer to think of them as complementary ways to enjoy my favorite music.
Of course, I love getting cozy at home, putting an album on the turntable, and enjoying the cover art and liner notes while I relax. I also like being able to take my favorite tracks with me when I drive to work or go on vacation, without having to buy a duplicate digital copy.
Voilà! The USB output on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB turntable lets you connect to a computer and digitize your favorite albums so you can have the best of both worlds.
Best sound quality: Audioengine HD6/Pro-Ject DC Esprit/Phono Box Bundle
Many of our bundles feature a built-in phono preamp in either the speakers or the turntable. That’s the most convenient, space-saving choice.
Experts and audiophiles generally prefer to use an external preamp. While it takes up a little more space, a separate preamp offers better sound quality, more gain, and lower noise.
Each element of this system gives you a bit of a sonic advantage. The Pro-Ject DC Esprit is a notch above an entry level turntable, and it’s packaged with a Phono Box preamp from the same company. The handsome HD6 speakers in this bundle help, too, with extended bass response down to 50 Hz.
Most stylish: Audioengine HD3/TEAC TN-400S Bundle
For my part, I favor the warm walnut tones of the Audioengine HD3/TEAC TN-400S bundle. The curved tonearm on the turntable adds an elegant grace note.
What if I want something different?
We're like a good pizza joint that lets you choose your own toppings to suit your palate. If you'd like to build your own bundle, our Advisors can help you put together a system that matches your unique listening requirements, as well as your budget.
And don't worry if you need a little setup help when your bundle arrives. Free lifetime tech support is included with your Crutchfield purchase.