Vinyl is making a huge comeback. Based on a report by Forbes, the sales of vinyl reached its 28-year high in 2015. In the same year, turntables also sold more than any other home audio product on Amazon. In spite of the emergence of music streaming services, it’s amazing how many people are still considering vinyl records. Even this generation’s top music artists like Adele, Lorde, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift released vintage formats of their albums.
Before considering to purchase vintage albums, you will need a turntable. You will need a decent turntable that will not ruin your records. If this is your first time investing in a turntable, it would help to consult a buyer’s guide for turntables. Here are our own recommendations when it comes to looking for the perfect turntable for your needs.
- Take a look at the price range. The first thing to keep in mind is the amount of money you are willing to spend for a turntable. There are turntables that are available for less than a hundred dollars. However, take note that there is a catch to anything that is bargain. Many budget models tend to skip after just weeks of use. If you are looking to get into vinyl and are planning to collect records, do yourself a favor and invest in a high quality unit. As the adage goes, you get what you pay for.
- Consider the features. For casual listening, you can buy any basic turntable out there. But if you are planning to buy the newer models, expect several more features offered other than simply playing a record. You can buy one that has all the relevant cables such as the USB cable that lets you connect it to your computer. There are also models that have a built-in preamp, perfect for long listening sessions.
- Check if the unit can handle some upgrades. You never know how much you will get hooked into vinyl. And by the time you are already fixated on it and become an audiophile, you might be thinking of getting an upgrade. The higher-end turntables offer lots of upgrade possibilities for the essential parts like the cartridge, belt, and tonearm. On the other hand, the cheaper ones are built in a way that you cannot change the components. The needles or the stylus tends to wear out over time and should be changed after every 1,000 hours.
- Be mindful of space. It’s pointless to have a great turntable when you don’t know where in your house you are going to put it. There are units that will not take much space even if they already have built-in speakers, while there are some that are bulky.
Deciding to get into vinyl is a major decision. You eventually will need money to invest in additional equipment and records but it is all worth it because you will get to enjoy a whole new music experience. Vinyl lovers cannot agree more that records offer more warmth and great sound better than any other kind of music player.