While you can spend a lot of money on a turntable, the real sweet spot for a turntable is around $300. The best model at this price point is not a simple toy and can be considered a true hi-fi. They offer high-quality vinyl sound quality and high-quality components. Unlike cheaper players, spending a little more on these will buy you a turntable that’s built to last.
Best under $500
The Pro-Ject might be a little over $400, but it shows that you can get paid for a little more. As far as sound quality goes, it really brings out the best out of your records. It delivers refined highs, wide, detailed mids and soft lows. Its glass plate also looks lovely. The only “problem” with the T1 is that it’s ergonomically awkward — the switch is on the left rather than deep in the front, and you need to apply a little upward force to move the tonearm away from the rest.
A New Generation of Turntable
The T1 from Pro-Ject Audio Systems is the first T-Line turntable, aiming to deliver true high-fidelity sound on a limited budget. Boasting premium materials, stylish aesthetics and a rich, lively sound, the extensive development process has ensured that there has been no compromise made in the sound performance when achieving such an affordable budget. The stylish CNC-machined plinth, available in High Gloss Black, Satin White or Walnut finish, features no plastic parts and is carefully manufactured to ensure there are no hollow spaces inside, therefore avoiding unwanted vibrations within the chassis. Carrying this philosophy through the design, the glass platter is also a heavy, zero-resonance design. Avoiding the flaws of plastic or lightweight steel alternatives. Finally, the purpose-chosen turntable feet also do a good job of isolating the T1 from ambient vibrations around your hi-fi system.