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best turntables under 200 Unlike turntables under $100, where you almost certainly have to sacrifice a feature (or several) that you really want, with the best record players under $200, you might be able to get everything you’d like.

There are a lot of players in this price range, but most are not great. I’ve looked at all the popular options and narrowed them down to the five best. Three of them ended up being retro-styled turntables. I considered swapping one out for a more modern one, but decided against it. I wanted to present the best 5 players.

[Disclaimer: these players were priced under 200 at the time of writing and may have suffered a price increase since.]

In addition to the three retro players, the list includes one basic, but high-quality turntable and one DJ turntable. There is no portable suitcase style player. I almost included one, but to be honest, if you want a suitcase player, you can get them for less than one hundred dollars. There are several included in my post of turntables under $100.

 

Comparison Table: Best Record Player Under $200

ProductSizePlaysSpeakersPortsRating
Victrola VTA-600B
20.4" x 12.1" x 12"

18.9 lbs.
vinyl, CDs, cassettes radio, digitalyesheadphone jack, USB, 3.5 mm aux in, RCA aux in, Bluetooth8.6 / 10
Fluance Turntable
16.5" x 13.8" x 5.5"

14.1 lbs.
vinylnoRCA out8.4 / 10
Crosley CR704C-PA17" x 12.5" x 10"

16 lbs.
vinyl, CDs, cassettes radio, digitalyesheadphone jack, USB, 3.5 mm aux in8.2 / 10
Stanton T62
20.5" by 7.3" by 17.4"

16.5
vinylnoRCA output8.6 / 10
Electrohome Wellington 4-in-1
15" by 12" by 21"

19.6 lbs.
vinyl, CDs, radio, digitalyesheadphone jack, USB, 3.5 mm aux in8.6 / 10

 

The 5 Best Turntables Under $200

 

Victrola VTA-600B Aviator 8-in-1 Turntable

The Victrola VTA600B Nostalgic Aviator Turntable has an elegant classic design. It comes in three colors and will look great in any home. It plays any size and speed of record.

It also plays MP3 music files, CDs, cassettes and streaming radio. It can also record your vinyl or CD collection to MP3 using the USB port. It has internal speakers, but they are not as good as some of the other players on this list. And unfortunately, the RCA jacks are input only, so you can not use them to connect to an external stereo system. If you want to use external speakers, you have to use the headphone jack, which means the speakers must be powered.

Because of the weaker speakers and the lack of RCA outputs, I would only recommend this turntable to those who already have powered external speakers and who really like the design. That said, the VTA-600B has Bluetooth capability, which is lacking in most players under two-hundred dollars. It also comes with a remote control.

Features

  • 17 by 12.5 by 10 inches — a fairly large player
  • Weighs 18.9 pounds — a bit heavier than many others
  • Crafted of luxurious wood — looks great anywhere
  • Bluetooth enabled — play music wirelessly from any Bluethooth enabled device
  • Built-in stereo speakers — these are good, but not great
  • Plays vinyl, CDs, MP3s, cassettes and AM/FM radio — any format you might have
  • Plays 7, 10 and 12-inch vinyl discs at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM — plays any record
  • Plays audio files from smartphones, tablets, etc — enjoy your whole music collection
  • Record from vinyl or CD directly to USB — no computer needed
  • Remote control — control everything from anywhere in the room
<< See complete list of features on Amazon >>

Pros

  • Upscale and elegant, reminiscent of the players from the 1950s and 60s
  • High-quality, durable materials
  • Plays all record sizes at any speed
  • Plays CDs, MP3 files, cassettes and AM/FM radio
  • Connects to external devices via Bluetooth, 3.5 mm aux in or RVA inputs
  • Remote control included

Cons

  • No RCA output to connect external speakers
  • Built-in speakers not as good as competiting units

Summary

The Victrola VTA600B 8-in-1 Turntableis a great-looking and versatile player with one big weakness: the speakers and the lack of an RCA output. Apart from that, you get a ton of value for your money.

You can connect any device via the various inputs: RCA, 3.5 mm auxiliary input and Bluetooth. You can record from vinyl or CD to MP3s and you can play your old cassettes or just listen to the radio.

Personally, I only buy turntables I can hook up to my existing stereo system, which makes this one a no-go for me. If you have powered external speakers, that becomes a non-issue and the Victrola Aviator turntable is a great buy. Click the button below to read the customer reviews on Amazon.

 

Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable

The Fluance High Fidelity Turntable is the most expensive unit on this list and it has the fewest features. This does not mean you should ignore it. Premium components and a high build quality make this the best sounding turntable on this list by far (the T62 is close, but it is meant for DJs).

An Audio-Technica AT-91 cartridge and diamond-tipped stylus combine with a balanced aluminum S-type tonearm to retrieve every detail from your records’ grooves. The gold-plated RCA outputs and the preamp ensure those details are transmitted to your stereo system without any loss in quality.

Isolation feet and an aluminum platter keep outside vibrations from interfering with the stylus as it runs through the grooves. Reverberations are kept to a minimum for the best possible sound quality for under $200. The only real drawback is that the Fluance only plays two speeds and only vinyl. But purists don’t really want their turntable to do more than that anyway.

Features

  • 16.5 x 13.8 x 5.5 inches — an average-sized player
  • Weighs 14.1 pounds — lightest player on this list
  • Premium components — high-quality sound and sturdy construction
  •  Audio Technica AT91 cartridge  with diamond-tipped stylus — outstanding clarity and protects your valuable records
  • Balanced aluminum S-Type tonearm — keeps stylus deep in grooves to retrieve every sound detail
  • Plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM — plays most standard records
  • High quality Texas Instruments preamp — connect to any external unit with auxiliary or line input
  • Gold-plated RCA line outputs — captivating signal clarity
  • Sound isolation feet and aluminum platter — significantly reduce reverberation for better sound
<< See complete list of features on Amazon >>

Pros

  • Beautiful design and durable materials
  • High-quality cartridge and stylus for premium sound quality
  • Aluminum platter and isolation feet to reduce vibration that could affect sound quality
  • Preamp so you can easily connect to external stereo system
  • Gold-plated RCA outputs to reduce loss in signal quality

Cons

  • No internal speakers
  • No headphone jack
  • No Bluetooth connectivity or USB port
  • Only plays vinyl and nothing else

Summary

The Fluance turntable is easily the highest-quality unit on this list and it has the highest price to match. The high-quality components ensure that it plays records better than most players costing twice as much. If you’re looking for the best possible sound quality in this price range, the Fluance is the only option.

If, on the other hand, you want an all-in-one player that can play your whole music collection and that has built-in speakers, this is not the unit for you. This record player plays records and nothing else. But it plays them unbelievably well, given the cost. Click the button below to read the customer reviews on Amazon.

 

Crosley CR704C-PA Musician Turntable

The Crosley CR704C-PA Musician Turntable has an elegant classic design that looks great in virtually any home. It’s actually the most expensive unit on this list, but it plays music in any format and delivers a high quality sound from its built-in speakers.

It plays 3 sizes and 3 speeds of vinyl, MP3 music files, CDs, cassettes and streaming radio. It can also record your record collection to MP3 directly to a USB storage drive. A diamond-tipped ceramic needle provides warm, natural tones without damaging your records and the dynamic full-range stereo speakers fill your room with those tones.

Features

  • 17 by 12.5 by 10 inches — a fairly large player
  • Weighs 16 pounds — a bit heavier than many others
  • Crafted of hardwoods and veneers and smoothly finished in Paprika — looks great anywhere
  • Diamond-tipped ceramic needle — sounds better and protects your valuable records
  • Built-in dynamic full-range stereo speakers — warm, rich, clear sound
  • Plays vinyl, CDs, MP3s, cassettes and AM/FM radio — any format you might have
  • Plays 7, 10 and 12-inch vinyl discs at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM — plays any record
  • Plays audio files from smartphones, tablets, etc — enjoy your whole music collection
<< See complete list of features on Amazon >>

Pros

  • Upscale and elegant, reminiscent of the players from the 1950s and 60s
  • High-quality, durable materials
  • Great sound quality
  • Plays all record sizes at any speed
  • Plays CDs, MP3 files, cassettes and AM/FM radio
  • Connects to external devices (iPhones, iPads, other tablets and smartphones, etc)

Cons

  • No RCA output to connect external speakers
  • No headphone jack
  • No Bluetooth connectivity or USB port

Summary

Despite a recent price increase the Crosley CR704C-PA Musician Turntable is still priced incredibly low, especially considering all the features. In addition to 3 sizes and 3 speeds of vinyl, it plays CDs, MP3, cassettes and AM/FM radio.

The dynamic stereo speakers sound great, especially considering the price range. Unfortunately, it does not have the capability to connect to external speakers or headphones.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one record player with a vintage look at a low price, the Crosley CR704C-PA is easily the best option. All other similar models cost more. Click the button below to read the customer reviews on Amazon.

 

Stanton T62 DJ Turntable

The Stanton T62 was designed with DJs in mind. If you are not a DJ, you’re probably better off going with a different model. As a DJ turntable, the T62 only plays vinyl and nothing else. But it has a lot of useful features meant specifically for DJs and all components are very high quality.

The T62 has a powerful direct-drive motor that delivers a strong torque and a straight tone arm. The motor ensures consistent rotation speed and the straight tone arm tracks with incredible accuracy, making it great for scratching.

The Stanton T62 DJ Turntable also comes pre-installed with the popular Stanton 500.v3 cartridge and a high-quality slipmat for greater control. These features along with the high build quality are unexpected at this price. This is a great value for both beginning and professional DJs.

Features

  • 20.5 by 7.3 by 17.4 inches — about average in size
  • Weighs 16.5 pounds — a bit heavier than normal turntables, but this is good for DJing
  • Straight tone arm — improves tracking for scratching
  • Pre-mounted Stanton 300 Cartridge — a legendary high-quality cartridge
  • 2 Start/Stop Switches — good for mix or battle setup
  • Pitch control fader — change the tempo/pitch with a range of plus or minus 10 percent
  • High quality slipmat — gives you added control
  • Plays 7, 10 and 12-inch vinyl discs at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM — plays any record
  • RCA outputs — hook up to external speakers
  • Plays vinyl at 33 RPM and 45
<< See complete list of features on Amazon >>

Pros

  • Easy-to-operate direct drive turntable for DJs of all skill levels
  • High-quality, durable materials
  • Great sound quality
  • Specialized turntable for DJs
  • Low price

Cons

  • Great for DJs, but not the best choice to just play records
  • No Bluetooth connectivity or USB port
  • No headphone jack
  • Only plays vinyl (not MP3s, cassettes, CDs or radio)

Summary

Considering all the features and the high build quality, the Stanton T62 is a real bargain. For DJs, this is probably the best value available. Of course there are more advance turntables on the market, but they cost quite a bit more.

The Stanton features a straight tone arm for excellent tracking and comes pre-installed with the legendary Stanton 500.v3 cartridge. It has two start/stop switches, a pitch control fader and a high-quality slipmat.

Any DJ will appreciate these features. If you are not a DJ and you want an all-in-one record player to play your vinyl collection, as well as your music in other formats, I would not recommend the T62. This is a turntable made specifically for DJs.

 

Electrohome Wellington Vinyl Record Player

The Electrohome Wellington is one of the most popular vinyl record players on the market. The all wood acoustic cabinet and the retro design take you back to simpler time and are a large reason Electrohome’s player has become such a hit.

Despite the classic appearance, this is a very modern turntable. It can play vinyl records, CDs, AM/FM radio and audio files from tablets or smartphones using a USB port. It has built-in stereo speakers that will fill your room with warm, natural hi-fi sounds.

Features

  • 15 by 12 by 21 inches — smaller than most, but a bit taller
  • Weighs about 19.6 pounds — lighter than most
  • All-wood acoustic cabinet with real wood finish — sturdy, beautiful and produces a great sound
  • Old-style back-lit rotary tuner dial and knobs — looks like an old-fashioned radio, but visible in the dark
  • Fully-automatic belt-driven turntable — less noise distortion from the motor, so better sound quality
  • 4-in-1 configuration — plays vinyl, CDs, streaming AM/FM radio and digital files via USB
  • USB and 3.5mm auxiliary input slot — allows smartphone or tablet connectivity
  • Can play 7, 10 and 12” records — all standard sizes
  • Can play records at speeds of 331/3, 45 and 78 RPM — will play any record
  • Dual full-range dynamic speakers and headphone port — great hi-fi sound quality for the size and price
  • Diamond-tipped ceramic needle — improved audio performance and won’t damage records
<< See complete list of features on Amazon >>

Pros

  • Portable and lightweight.
  • Made of durable materials.
  • Plays vinyl record, CDs, streaming AM/FM radio and digital files
  • Plays all standard record sizes and speeds
  • Classic vintage design, elegant look and old-fashioned construction
  • Gorgeous antique controls and knobs with a backlit readout
  • Lower priced than many competitors

Cons

  • No auxiliary output to connect external speakers (you can use the headphone jack, though)
  • Some users report wobbling when playing new records
  • Entire record will record as one MP3 track, unless you manually stop after each track
  • Sound quality is great for the price, but does not match top-of-the-line record players

Summary

The Electrohome Wellington Vinyl Record Player is a great option for many people. It does not cost too much and despite the low price, it comes with a lot of useful features. It can play vinyl records of various sizes at different speeds, CDs, digital files and AM/FM radio.

The built-in speakers produce a great hi-fi sound that beats most similarly-priced units. It does not equal high-end players or a good set of external speakers, though. And unfortunately, it does not have RCA outputs to connect to a stereo system, but it does have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

The main selling point of the Wellington is the retro-inspired design. It costs less than other retro units, but has the same or more features. If you like the design, this is the player to get. Click below to check out the reviews on Amazon.

 
 

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