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Best turntables for 2022

We help you choose the right player to make your vinyl sound groovy

In this article: Our list of best turntables for 2022...

  1. Best value — Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO
  2. Best for Beginners — Sony PS-LX310BT
  3. Best for DJs — Audio-Technica LP140X
  4. Best for ripping vinyl — House of Marley Stir It Up
  5. Best for audiophiles — Mark Levinson No.5105 MC
  6. Best-looking — Fender x MoFi PrecisionDeck
  7. Most modern — Yamaha TT-N503

... with links to hundreds of customer reviews.

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istening to records is a nostalgic pastime for me. I grew up spinning discs on my dad's classic turntable (when I was allowed to touch it), and I've played vintage vinyl on-air as a public radio announcer. Heck, I'm listening to an Art Blakey album while I write this. Vinyl has always been with me.

For some, owning a turntable is a new experience as the analog format enjoys a renaissance in the 21st century. A great first 'table will go a long way toward building a lifetime of warm musical memories for them, too.

No matter where you fall on that spectrum, there's a perfect turntable for you. I've researched the questions turntable customers ask online, and found the best ones we sell here at Crutchfield that meet those needs.

Now, let's find your next turntable!

Our top picks for 2022

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC) Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge

Best value — Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

The original Debut Carbon was my go-to for this category for years, but Pro-Ject has introduced the Debut Carbon EVO, and it's the new "best value" champ. EVO stands for "evolution," and that's a good description of what's happened. They kept everything that was great about its predecessor — reasonable price, good looks, and high quality — and added some upgrades.

The biggest, and most welcome change, is the inclusion of a pre-mounted Sumiko Rainier moving magnet cartridge. It offers a nice, wide frequency response in the 15-25,000 Hz range, which ensures that you can hear every note in your favorite recordings. And they added sound-damping material to the platter, improved the motor and suspension, and added a convenient switch for electronic speed change from 33-1/3 to 45 rpm.

The Debut Carbon EVO is relatively easy to set up. It's a little old-school, in that it requires manual operation, and must be hooked up to an external phono preamp, but I kind of like that.

Sony turntable

Best for Beginners — Sony PS-LX310BT

The Sony PS-LX310BT is a great gift idea for a family member who loves their records, but may be a bit tech-averse. It's fully automatic, so you don't have to hover around waiting to lift the tonearm when a track ends. It frees you up to move around the house while listening.

It also has Bluetooth output, so you can play records wirelessly through portable speakers and headphones. Should you ever decide to hook it up to a conventional stereo system, the built-in preamp will simplify things. And it's at a very reasonable price point.

Audio-Technica LP120-USB Manual direct-drive professional turntable with USB output and built-in phono preamp

Best for DJs — Audio-Technica LP-140X

If you spin records professionally — in a club, at weddings, etc. — you need some features a casual listener might not prioritize. The LP-140X features a fast-starting motor that gets up to speed in a hurry, and a convenient cueing light that helps you find your groove even in the dark.

This 'table features a factory-installed AT-XP3 DJ cartridge that's designed for professional use, and it's mounted on a universal headshell, so you can upgrade whenever you like.You also get advanced features like forward and reverse play and variable pitch control that let you get creative and keep everyone dancing.

House of Marley Stir It Up turntable

Best for ripping vinyl — House of Marley Stir It Up

There are several turntables with USB outputs these days, but I like the House of Marley Stir It Up for its value price, sustainable materials, and uber-cool legacy from the family of reggae legend Bob Marley. It also has a built-in preamp, and you can even order it in a convenient record-playing bundle with matching speakers so you can start listening to records in a hurry.

Mark Levinson 5015 MC turntable

Best for audiophiles — Mark Levinson No.5105 MC

Turntables are vintage technology, but I've noticed that some of the best ones look positively futuristic. The Mark Levinson No.5105 MC is a good example — it's built on a rugged chassis with a stylish inch-thick, anodized black aluminum front panel and a sleek, tinted glass display. The platter follows the theme — it's a weighty thirteen-pound chunk of aluminum that delivers reliable speed and wobble-free rotation.

The company made choices that improve performance at every turn. I'm most impressed by the factory-installed Ortofon Quintet Black low-output moving coil cartridge. You'll need to pair this 'table with a compatible phono preamp, but it's worth it to gain the sonic benefits of the extremely accurate, responsive Shibata stylus.

Mark Levinson sweats the details in a charming way, too. The 'table has a built-in bubble level to help you set the adjustable feet just right, and it ships with a sculpted, high-mass record weight and a cool 12" x 12" gatefold record jacket that holds the turntable's elastomer platter mat.

Fender x MoFi Precision Deck

Best-looking — Fender x MoFi PrecisionDeck

Everyone has their own idea of what looks best, but I've never seen anything like this — the Fender x MoFi PrecisionDeck easily got the nod from me. It takes the stylish visual hallmarks of two great companies — Fender and Mobile Fidelity — and blends them perfectly to create a work of art that can play works of art.

This 'table's beauty is not just finish-deep, either. The underlying construction is essentially MoFi's exceptional audiophile turntable, the UltraDeck +M. It includes a rigid, lightweight aluminum tonearm with a pre-installed MasterTracker moving magnet cartridge that reads record grooves with extreme precision. And it runs very quietly, thanks to a 6.8-pound Delrin® platter, isolated belt motor system, and anti-vibration feet.

Yamaha TT-N503 MusicCast VINYL 500 Manual belt-drive turntable with MusicCast, built-in phono preamp and pre-mounted cartridge

Most modern — Yamaha TT-N503

Turntables are analog technology — but that doesn't mean they have to be stuck in the last century. The Yamaha TT-N503 is a very modern wonder — it features built-in Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Apple AirPlay®, and Spotify® Connect, so it can double as a streaming music source when you're not listening to records.

It's also equipped with Yamaha's MusicCast technology, which frees you to put the player anywhere you like and build a wireless multi-room system around it. There's also a phono preamp built in, should you choose to hook it up to your existing stereo system or a pair of powered stereo speakers.

Klipsch R-15PM turntable bundle

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Last updated 11/16/2021
  • D from LA

    Posted on 12/22/2021

    What's the model of the blue player on the header pic of the article?

  • Marvin Christman from Martinsville, IN

    Posted on 12/11/2021

    Do you think any high end manufacturer will ever start making record changers again? With vinyl making a big come back I would think someone would.

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    Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

    on 12/13/2021

    Marvin - I'm with you. I don't have any information that any are currently in the works, but it seems like the sort of functionality even first-time record collectors would want to use. Maybe we'll see it re-emerge soon.
  • Robert Prunty from Harrisburg

    Posted on 12/11/2021

    I really like them all but I do prefer the technique and I also like defender XM I think that's a great turntable too

  • Phil ansara from El Paso

    Posted on 12/3/2021

    You forgot the Canadian company Fluance rt 85 turntable at 500 bucks with it features best bargain turntable. I also own a pro ject turntable

  • A from Pricecity.

    Posted on 12/2/2021

    Worthless without prices.

  • Peter Varley from Buffalo Grove

    Posted on 11/24/2021

    Any list that omits the Rega 3 has no merit, whether you sell it or not. A Crutch field customer.

  • Dave Johnston from La Conner

    Posted on 11/23/2021

    You need a rega deck in there somewhere! Love my P8!

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    Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

    on 11/24/2021

    Dave - Unfortunately, we are not currently an authorized Rega dealer, so I don't have any first-hand knowledge of their equipment... yet. We're always looking to expand our offerings, and I never say never.
  • Brian from State College

    Posted on 11/21/2021

    Were no Technics models included because they're all out of stock?

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    Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

    on 11/22/2021

    You guessed it, Brian. I try to stick with stuff that people can actually buy if they are so inclined. With the weird global stock issues this year, I've had to change them fairly often. But rest assured we love Technics around here.
  • Richard from VALRICO, FL

    Posted on 12/20/2020

    Eric, Having owned 7 audio stores back in the 70's when it was vinyl, cassettes and reel to reel's and selling a lot of great TT's your comments and list of TT's just shows how little you know about this group of audio gear. We all know you own a Project Carbon which is a decent beginners TT with a terrible anti skate system. Trying to be cute and making suggestions about something you know little to nothing about makes you look like and idiot to those of us who have sold, assembled, and serviced 1000's of TT's and owned more that 25. I'm 67 and wanted a new table that was semi automatic to replace my old Thorens TD 160 MK ii so I picked up the new Technics SL 1500 C from you guys which is a built like a tank, beautifully simple design and allows me to change cartridges from MM to MC in a matter of seconds. Try that on a ProJect Carbon. Best table for under 1500$ in my opinion.

  • Paul from Des Moines

    Posted on 12/12/2020

    ????? If analog sound is so great and digital is so awful, why would you digitize the output of a turntable with WiFi, bluetooth, or USB?

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    Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

    on 12/14/2020

    Paul - The easy answer is: convenience. While I love listening to my records in my living room, and that's definitely where they sound best, it's also nice to be able to take them with me when I'm on a walk or in the car, and to do that, I have to digitize them. Also, some customers do it to preserve older record collections they inherited from relatives. Thanks for the question!