Vinyl records are still a small part of overall music sales, but they’re definitely on the rise, there’s no doubt about that. Beyond that, many people have had records for years, or have had them handed down to them, or love to shop for old recordings in thrift stores—but you still need a good player.
If we could narrow down a list of the best record players available, which one´s would stand out?
Audio Technica, Technics, and Pro-Ject are brands that have really made an impact on today´s record player market. Why?
With Audio Technica record players, you get the high quality product brand reputation that has made a dominant stance in the digital music era. Established in 1962 in Japan, the brand is very well respected for its high quality products and great customer satisfaction, you can´t go wrong with they´re devices. And the company´s headliner in the line of record players is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable. It´s one of the best options available, with direct drive technology, which means no moving parts, in contrast with the older and classic models. This means better sound quality and less noise with each playback.
Technics is a company brand that branches out from the Panasonic Corporation, so you know they mean business. They have produced a long line of record players and accessories dating back to 1979. They´re latest turntable, the Technics SL-1210Mk5 , is one of the best record players available today, with great quality manufacturing and high customer satisfaction rating.
And lastly, Pro-ject is a newer company founded in the 1990´s in Austria, but has had international acceptance for it´s fine quality audio products. Very sleek looking devices and great headphones, recently the brand has also launched the Project Essential II Turntable, which has proved to be a fair contender amongst the top class of record players available today.
So it pretty much boils down to your budget and your personal needs. Do your research, watch online product demos, and surely you will soon be able to enjoy those classic records once more in the comfort of your own home.