With US vinyl record sales generating more revenue than Spotify and YouTube combined in 2015, it’s safe to say that vinyl is no longer “making a comeback.” It has very much arrived – and every working band is releasing their new album on wax and/or re-issuing their back catalog.
Everyone from that skater punk next door to your cool Uncle Jimbo is spinning wax again. And the reason is quite simple–vinyl is the warmest, purest way to listen to your music. From the looks of things, vinyl is here to stay. Whether you’re new to the vinyl scene or a hardened wax warrior, it’s never been a better time to be a music fan.
Let’s get right into it. And to make things super easy for you, please use the interactive table below to quickly compare sub-$1,000 audiophile turntables (and a few that cost a bit more than $1,000) against one another:
|Marantz TT-15S1||$$$||★★★★||Solid Plinth Belt-Drive Design|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP3||$$||★★★★||Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP5||$$||★★★★||USB output|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP7||$$||★★★★★||J-shaped tone arm|
|Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB||$$||★★★★||USB Direct Drive|
|Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB||$$||★★★★||USB Direct Drive/DJ Table|
|Music Hall MMF 5.3SE||$$$||★★★★||Dynamically Balanced Alloy Platter|
|Music Hall MMF 7.3||$$$||★★★★★||2-speed (33/45 rpm) pulley|
|ProJect Classic||$$$||★★★★★||Metal/MDF Chassis|