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Best turntables you can buy, from affordable to absolute insanity

Technics SL-1200GR

Audio Technica AT LP60

U-Turn Orbit Plus

Thorens TD 190-2

Fluance RT81

Pro-Ject VTE-R

Crosley C10

Music Hall mmf-1.5

Pioneer PLX-1000

Rega Planar 3

Thorens TD-203

MoFi UltraDeck

Acoustic Signature WOW XL

Linn LP12 Majik

Oracle Delpi MK-IV

AMG Giro

SME Model 15A

Clearaudio Master Innovation

Onkk Cue DD

Almedio Optora Optical turntable

VPI Avenger Plus

Dr. Feickert Volare

Technics SL-1000R

Vyger Indian Signature IV

Are you getting ready to take the plunge for your first turntable? Or maybe you’re a long-time vinyl vet looking to upgrade?

In either case we’ve got you covered. Here are two dozen (!) of our favorite models, from “ultra-budget” to “sky’s the limit.” Technics introduced the world’s first direct-drive turntable, the SP-10 in 1970, and the direct-drive SL-1200 arrived in 1972.

The SL-1200 remained in production through 2010. It’s back, but I think Technics’ only misstep with the new SL-1200GR was in charging so much money. People willing to spend over £1,500 on a turntable — which last time I checked were definitely audiophiles — would probably be turned off by its DJ looks.

A ‘table with the same working parts sheathed in a more conservative-looking design would attract a lot more customers at this price.

For DJs, there’s always the Pioneer PLX-1000.

Price: £1,699; GBP1,299; AU N/A

Published: May 26, 2018 / Caption: / Photo: Steve Guttenberg/CNET

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