Vinyl records have been making a comeback with many stores now stocking these items. This resurgence of vinyl has lead to many people looking to buy turntables. However, this can be a daunting task as there are many different types and you might not know which way to go. It is important that you consider certain points before you buy to ensure that you get the best turntable for you.
With Or Without Speakers
The first point you need to consider if whether you want a turntable that has built in speakers or not. A lot of turntables do not come with built-in speakers as they are meant to be connected to external speakers or a hi-fi system. You also need to consider that turntables with speakers generally cost more than ones without.
If you do not have a very large vinyl collection you should consider how much you are willing to pay. However, you do need to be careful when it comes to cost because with a cheaper price tag, come a number of other considerations. There are a lot of cheap turntables with built-in speakers, but they are usually plastic retro-style players.
If you are looking for a richer sound, or are looking to increase your vinyl collection, you should consider a slightly more expensive option. The problem with many of the higher priced turntables is that they do not come with built-in speakers so you will have to have your own. You may also need to invest in a preamp because many players are not powerful enough to drive the speakers.
Manual Or Automatic
When you look at turntables you will find that some are manual and others are automatic or semi-automatic. This automation refers to the method of placing the needle on the vinyl record. When you have an automatic system you just have to press a button and this is done for you, with a manual system you have to do this yourself and a semi-automatic system needs you to place the needle, but will take it off at the end.
Most of the more expensive turntables are manual. This is not generally a deal breaker, however, if you do not have a steady hand you could end up scratching the record.
Most turntables come with 2 speeds of 45 RPM and 33 RPM. The 45 RPM is used for singles which are smaller than albums while 33 RPM is used for album records. Both of these speeds are covered by all turntables, but there are some turntables with a third speed of 78 RPM.
The third speed is not actually used by most people because it covers the old 10-inch records of the 1950’s. When looking at a turntable if you are not going to be collecting old vinyl records then a 2 speed would be fine.
There are a number of points that you need to consider when you look at buying a turntable. Most of the cheaper turntables will have built in speakers. However, they will not give the same sound quality as the more expensive ones.