Getting a sound system to play vinyl records? If so, it all starts with a good turntable. Here are some recommendations to get you started! Turntables are the devices that actually turn the record so the stylus can read the sound waves and transmit the signal to speakers.
The speed must be precise and the turntable needs to be stable to avoid skips and rumbling. So, buying a turntable is the basic piece of equipment you need. Now remember, this is not a record player. You will usually need to have speaker and a stylus cartridge for the turntable to work.
Audio Technica, AT-LP60 – Basic, Reliable, and includes the Cartridge. This is a great and respectable way to start building your sound system. Around $100 dollars.
Audio Technica, AT-LP120 – This turntable has a few more features that most people will never use. It does have a few features that help the sound fidelity and that will protect your records. This is a bargain at around $250 bucks.
Project, Debut Carbon – This is for the person dedicated to vinyl records and who has discriminating tastes in hi fidelity sound. There are better (and much more expensive) turntables, but the difference in fidelity is indistinguishable to most. Be ready to pay for a cartridge and amplifier, also. Comes with cartridge…around $370 dollars.