Are you thinking that you are “too young” to be looking for a classic turntable? Do you think it’s only for the “ladies from the 80’s”? Well, that’s certainly not true!
We may be in the streaming age, but this hasn’t stopped vinyl sales booming. Especially after the new age technology of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections that enable all the quality music lovers to stay loyal to the roots-their passion for vinyl records. Audiophiles and analog devotees, as well as digital converts, are rediscovering the joys of record players and turntables. From classic turntables to portable turntables, and Bluetooth turntables, there are plenty of options to choose from!
(Bonus Read: What’s The Best USB Turntable?)
So if you want the ultimate experience of high-end professional sound and the smoothest quality for your favorite music, here is a list of best turntables for sampling for any budget for you!
The Sony PS-HX500 is the top choice as the best turntable for sampling. It was designed specifically for recording vinyl to digital audio, so it has everything you would need for sampling at audiophile level high resolution, plus some very useful, and even necessary features that are lacking in other sampling turntables. Like USB connection for your laptop or computer, and an included cartridge that produces decent audio quality (which can be upgraded if necessary in the future). Right out the box, it’s a perfect fit.
The Sony PS-HX500 sampling turntable uses a belt-drive motor, with a 9” tonearm. It features Sony’s “High Resolution” technology which produces what is described as a smooth, warm sound from vinyl at higher than the typical CD sound quality. This is great for audiophiles who want audiophile level sampling. The Sony PS-HX500 sampling turntable gets generally positive reviews from users, not just for its high-res sound quality, but for its ease of use.
- Enjoy all the smooth and warm sound expressions of your vinyl thanks to high-quality audio technologies that ensure the best possible analog playback.
- The integrated shell improves durability and stabilizes the cartridge for superior focusing and dimensionality of sound, while its lightweight structure improves traceability.
- Supports both phono and line output so you can play through integrated amp or external phono EQ.Turntable Speed - 33 1/3 r/min, 45 r/min
- Breathe new life into analog masterpieces with Hi-Res audio up to DSD quality. Just hook up the PS-HX500 turntable to your PC via USB, play a record and digitally archive the music from your favorite vinyl recordings in Hi-Res
- The HX500's supplied software lets you use a PC or Mac to conveniently edit tracks from both sides of an album and transfer them in high resolution to a compatible portable player or device for playback-anywhere and anytime
- DSD Native AD converter: The internal A/D converter supports native conversion from analog to DSD 2.8 MHz or 5.6 MHz digital.
What makes it the “best”? Well, it’s the cheapest item on this list. Added to the low cost, the sampling turntable is portable so that you can carry it around with you. It’s also belt driven, which produce the best sampling quality (less flutter and wow). Plus, you can connect it directly to your computer via USB for recording and importing your vinyl collection to your digital collection on your laptop or computer. Numark PT01USB sampling turntable contains its internal monitoring speakers, which though won’t replace your studio monitors, can certainly be useful. And despite it being belt-driven, it has pitch control capabilities of +/-10%.
The Numark PT01USB sampling turntable is great if you’re on a budget, a beginner, and constantly on the move. While not the “best” in terms of quality, (if you want high-end, add a couple of hundred dollars to your budget) it is certain “best” for the price.
- Class-compliant USB connection, includes USB cable
- ±10% pitch control
- Converts all 45s, 78s and 12-inch LP records
- Includes AC adapter or battery-powered by six "D" cells (not included)
- Built-in speaker
Here’s another one of the best turntables by Audio-Technica model in the LP series. The Audio-Technica AT-LP60 is a bit lower in terms of quality than our previous top pick, and we put it in here because it still competes with the top 10 and gives us some cash saving benefits as well. You can either grab this version or the USB, but the one we’re listing here without USB has been out for quite some time and has a lot of positive reviews. It has a built-in switchable phono-preamp, great quality cartridge, and platter for scratching, comes with the necessary cables, and typically is priced under a Benjamin.
We put this in here because it’s one of the rawest turntables out there; no extra spunk, just a raw table that gives you the essential features to scratch away. Grabbing two is still affordable as well. And as a cherry on top, you can grab the USB version just for a few more bucks!
- Fully automatic operation with two speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
- Professional, belt drive, aluminum platter
- Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
- Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus
- Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
Cosmetically speaking, this turntable might be the prettiest on the list with its glossy, minimalist look. However, don’t be fooled by its appearance – the Debut Carbon DC comes with an abundance of features. You get no noise from its decoupled motor during playback, which translates to a rich sound and consistent speeds. It also comes with a heavy steel platter, which promotes balance, increases tonearm stability and limits skipping. The most interesting thing about the DC that sets it apart from other record players is its single-piece carbon tonearm. Besides looking awesome, it also helps fight resonance with its stiff construction.
Easy to set up and use, this turntable can be a great choice for beginners. Other than the standard black and silver, it comes in a wide range of colors so that you can display your creative side.
5. Pioneer Pro PLX-1000
If you want the best turntable for sampling, with the flexibility of doing a little DJing on the side, the top choice is the profession turntable by Pioneer, the Pioneer Pro PLX-1000 direct drive turntable. It is certainly not the cheapest, but it offers some industry standard features which, for sampling, can be a little overkill. But it’s a good “ultimate” all-around sampling turntable if that’s what you’re looking for.
The Pioneer Pro PLX-1000 is direct drive turntable. The direct drive may not “generally” be considered ideal for sampling, as they can be prone to Wow and Flutter. But this is a high-end professional turntable. Some of the liked features include detailed and clean sound quality, easy to set up and maintain, tough and beautiful design and lots of extra controls that no other turntable offers!
- The high-torque direct drive ensures stable rotation and exceptional control
- Heavy-mass, die-cast chassis prevents resonance and vibrations
- Multi-tempo control lets you instantly Pick up or slow down the track to +/-8%, +/-16%, while a simple reset button instantly reverts to +/-0%
- Interchangeable power and audio cables can be easily connected and replaced, and Pro-grade gold-plated RCA jacks ensure low impedance and amazing sound quality
Bonus Read: Commonly Asked Questions About Turntables
When Did Turntables Become Popular?
Turntables became popular in the late 70s and early 80s. This was the disco era, and a lot of clubs had DJs sampling music and creating their beats. However, analog turntables were popular in the late 20s.
Turntables are still popular today, but most people prefer USB/Bluetooth turntables.
Why Are Technics Turntables Discontinued?
Panasonic, after 35 years, decided to discontinue Technics for one simple reason: it was an analog series, and they decided to go with modern turntables.
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So what are you waiting for? These players are perfect for you whether you’re a music producer, who needs high-quality samples for beats and composition, or a general user who just wants to enjoy your vinyl collection digitally. It’s time to leave the boring world of headphones and Bluetooth speakers and enter the world of classics!