How to Choose Best Professional Turntables Buyer’s Guide (2018 Update)

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We covered a bunch of factors during the creation of this top list of the best professional turntables. Our team had to consider price, material, brand, warranty, user score, and many more aspects of many professional turntables. Believe us: the list is not prejudiced at all since we used feedback from real users of these professional turntables. However, we recommend you to conduct your own research before making a choice if you want to get the most suitable professional turntables for you.

If you think that choosing the best professional turntables is easy you are very wrong. Many manufacturers constantly compete for your wallet and release dozens of models every month. If you do not want to waste your whole day on picking the best professional turntables, simply use our top list!

Top 10 of Professional Turntables of 2018

Name and Features Image Rating Details
1. Audio Technica At-lp120bk-usb Direct-drive Professional Turntable
Direct-drive, high-torque motor, includes professional cartridge and head-shell.
Audio Technica At-lp120bk-usb Direct-drive Professional Turntable
4.8
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2. Denon DJ VL12 PRIME (Best Classic Design)
Isolated motor design, for optimal signal-to-noise ratio, and switchable low and high torque motor settings.
Denon DJ VL12 PRIME
4.5
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3. Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Professional Turntable (Most Unique Design)
Selectable 33/45/78 rpm speeds.
Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Professional Turntable
4.3
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4. Audio-Technica (Best Lightweight)
Audio-technica direct drive professional stereo black turntable w/ usb lp & analog.
Audio-Technica
4.3
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5. Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Direct Drive Professional Stereo Black Turntable (Best Performance for the Price)
This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a usb output that connects directly to your computer.
Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Direct Drive Professional Stereo Black Turntable
4.0
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6. Audio-Technica
Silver.
Audio-Technica
3.8
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7. Audio Technica At-lp60bk Fully Automatic Belt-drive Stereo Turntable
33 1/3 and 45 rpm.
Audio Technica At-lp60bk Fully Automatic Belt-drive Stereo Turntable
3.3
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8. Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Direct-drive Professional Turntable (Best Transitional Design)
Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and usb connection to your mac or windows computer.
Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Direct-drive Professional Turntable
3.3
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9. Audio Technica At-lp1240-usb Direct Drive Dj Turntable
Connects directly to your computer.
Audio Technica At-lp1240-usb Direct Drive Dj Turntable
3.0
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10. Audio Technica At-lp60bk Turntable
Integral dual magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.
Audio Technica At-lp60bk Turntable
2.5
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Includes usb cable and mac and pc-compatible audacity software, switchable built-in preamplifier with line-level rca output cables. Selectable 33-1/3.45, and 78 rpm speeds; +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent pitch adjust; high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock. Direct-drive, high-torque motor, includes professional cartridge and head-shell. Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator. If you are purchasing the product for a sales area outside the usa, you should consider purchasing the turntable from your sales region. This unit is set to operate on 120v ac. S-shaped tone arm assembly with adjustable counterweight, anti-skate adjustment, tone-arm height adjustment and lock.

Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and usb connection to your mac or windows computer.

 

 
Top Pros
Selectable 33-1/3.45
Includes usb cable
Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier
S-shaped tone arm assembly
Top Cons
I have not had any problems.
 

What exactly I should pay my special attention to when choosing a professional turntables?

If you are buying a professional turntables for the fist time in your life and do not really know much about it, you should always look carefully for user reviews from other customers. Learn from the experience of other people and try to find a professional turntables according to its material and assembly quality.

 

 
№ 2. Denon DJ VL12 PRIME , Professional Turntable with True Quartz Lock and Rgb LED Light Ring

Isolated motor design, for optimal signal-to-noise ratio, and switchable low and high torque motor settings. Built-in rgb lighting illuminate s platter s edge, color selection and brightness controls, and 2-speed operation 331/3 and 45 rpm (45 rpm adapter included). Isolation feet eliminate unwanted vibration and feedback. Rugged all-metal tone arm base and high-quality brushed metal controls. S-shaped tone arm for accurate tracking, adjustable pitch range: 8%.16%.50%.

 

 
Top Pros
Built-in rgb lighting illuminate s platter s edge
Rugged all-metal tone arm base
S-shaped tone arm
Isolated motor design
Isolation feet eliminate unwanted vibration
Top Cons
Takes up too much space.
Does not offer enough features for such a high price.
 

 

 
№ 3. Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Professional Turntable (black) with Extra At95e Cartridge

Highlight: balanced tone arm with soft damping control and direct drive high-torque motor. Material: cast aluminum construction. Ability: selectable 33/45/78 rpm speeds. Feature: usb output connects directly to your computer. Bundle includes: audio-technica professional turntable (black) with cartridge bundle, audio-technica at95e cartridge, ac power cord, dual rca (f) to 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (m) stereo adapter cable, dual rca (f) to 1/8″ / 3.5 mm (f) stereo adapter cable.45 rpm adapter, usb cable, audacity software (mac & windows).

 

 
Top Pros
Bundle includes
Top Cons
The design is rather boring.
 

 

 
№ 4. Audio-Technica (at-lp120bk-usb) Direct Drive Professional Stereo Black Turntable W Usb Lp and Analog + Bluetooth Bundle with Wireless Headphones

Bundle includes: audio-technica direct drive professional stereo black turntable w/ usb lp & analog – over the ear bluetooth headphones w/transmitter/receiver – d4+ vinyl record cleaning fluid system w/ dust brush. Included in the box: atlp120usb professional stereo turntable (black) – headshell/cartridge – ac line cord – dual rca (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable – dual rca (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable – 45 rpm adapter – usb cable – recording software. The audio-technica professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a usb output that connects directly to your computer. Audio-technica authorized dealer – includes full audio-technica USA warranty.

Audio-technica direct drive professional stereo black turntable w/ usb lp & analog.

 

 
Top Pros
Included in the box
Audio-technica authorized dealer
Bundle includes
Top Cons
It gets dirty very fast.
 

What should I do if I receive a wrong item instead of my professional turntables?

There is no need to worry since the support team will help you to return your money or replace the wrong item with the chosen professional turntables. Simply contact a support agent and describe your situation to get all the required help.

 

 
№ 5. Audio-technica At-lp120-usb Direct Drive Professional Stereo Black Turntable Bundle with Turntable and Mackie Cr Series Cr3 3 Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors (pair)

Bundle includes: audio-technica at-lp120-usb professional stereo turntable (black) and mackie cr series cr3 – 3″ creative reference multimedia monitors (pair). This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a usb output that connects directly to your computer. A usb cable and adapter cables are included along with mac- and pc-compatible audacity software to digitize your lps. The audio-technica direct drive professional dj turntable delivers a host of features that are suitable for use in nightclub dj booths, mobile and home dj applications.

The at-lp120usb features a rugged cast aluminum construction with line outputs.

 

 
Top Pros
Bundle includes
The at-lp120usb features a rugged cast aluminum construction
A usb cable
Top Cons
May be too heavy for some people.
 

 

 
№ 6. Audio-Technica (atlp120usb) Professional Stereo Turntable W Usb Lp to Dig, Silver + Bluetooth Bundle with Wireless Headphones

Audio-technica authorized dealer – includes full audio-technica USA warranty. At-lp120usb has a built-in pre-amp so you can connect it to virtually any receiver, even if the receiver didn’t have a phono input. It connects to any auxiliary input. Included in the box: audio-technica at-lp120usb direct drive professional dj turntable w/ usb output direct drive professional stereo usb turntable – audacity software (mac & windows) – usb cable – adapter cables – 1 year warranty. Bundle includes: audio-technica professional stereo turntable w/ usb lp to dig, silver – over the ear bluetooth headphones w/transmitter/receiver – d4+ vinyl record cleaning fluid system w/ dust brush.

Audio-technica professional stereo turntable w/ usb lp to dig – silver.

 

 
Top Pros
Audio-technica professional stereo turntable w/ usb lp
Bundle includes
Audio-technica authorized dealer
Included in the box
Top Cons
Cannot be used as a universal product.
 

 

 

Integral dual magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus. Signal-to-noise ratio: 50 db (din-b). Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with rca output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers. If you are purchasing the product for a sales area outside the usa, you should consider purchasing the turntable from your sales region. This unit is set to operate on 120v ac. 2 speed turntable – 33 1/3 and 45 rpm. Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter. Power supply requirements: 120v ac.60 hz.3w.

 

 
Top Pros
Fully automatic operation
2 speed turntable
Integral dual magnet phono cartridge
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier
Top Cons
The product will not survive a fall.
 

 

 

If you are purchasing the product for a sales area outside the usa, you should consider purchasing the turntable from your sales region. This unit is set to operate on 120v ac. Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and usb connection to your mac or windows computer. Selectable 33-1/3.45, and 78 rpm speeds; +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent pitch adjust; high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock. Includes usb cable and mac and pc-compatible audacity software, switchable built-in preamplifier with line-level rca output cables. Direct-drive, high-torque motor, includes professional cartridge and head-shell. Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator. S-shaped tone arm assembly with adjustable counterweight, anti-skate adjustment, tone-arm height adjustment and lock.

Note: kindly review the videos under the image section and user manual under product details for set up and user guidance.

 

 
Top Pros
Selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier
Includes usb cable
S-shaped tone arm assembly
Top Cons
Does not offer enough length.
 

 

 

If you are purchasing the product for a sales area outside the usa, you should consider purchasing the turntable from your sales region. This unit is set to operate on 120v ac. Direct drive high-torque multi-pole motor for demanding dj use. Professional features for dj use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. Usb output – connects directly to your computer; includes audacity software.

 

 
Top Pros
Selectable 33/45/78 rpm speeds
Professional dj turntable
Professional features
Direct drive high-torque multi-pole motor
Top Cons
May be uncomfortable for people with excessive weight.
 

 

 
№ 10. Audio Technica At-lp60bk Turntable (black) W Knox Carbon Fiber Vinyl Brush and Cleaning Kit

Kit includes: audio technica at-lp60bk fully automatic belt-drive stereo turntable w/ knox carbon fiber vinyl brush cleaner & cleaning kit. Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with rca output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers. Includes: two output adapter cables (dual rca female to mini-plug male & dual rca female to mini-plug female).45 rpm adapter, removable hinged dust cover. At-lp60 fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation with two speeds: 33-1/3.45 rpm with anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter. Integral dual magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.

 

 
Top Pros
Kit includes
At-lp60 fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier
Integral dual magnet phono cartridge
Top Cons
Lacks versatility.
 

How did you create this rating list with the best professional turntables?

During the creation of this buying guide, we had to look through hundreds of professional turntables. Our team compared many products from various brands in order to find the most optimal model with the best price to quality ratio. The goal was to determine professional turntablesthat offer the most value for their money, and we think that we have achieved it.

What exactly did you take into consideration while making the list of the best professional turntables?

We considered so many factors that it is nearly impossible to tell you about all of them. Believe us, we did not forget about anything. Price, material, user score, and other characteristics of professional turntableswere used to create this TOP list. We tried our best to help you choose the best professional turntables!

What warranty period is considered optimal for professional turntables?

We think that a two-year warranty is more than enough for a decent professional turntables. There are many premium options with a lifetime warranty, but we do not think that it is necessary. We recommend you to simply replace professional turntables with a new one after some time.

How much money do I need to buy the best professional turntables?

If you want to buy a reliable professional turntables, then you should remember that it costs a decent amount of money. Of course, there are many cheap models, but they do not last for too long. We recommend you to buy professional turntablesfrom our rating list since they offer the best price to quality ratio.

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