The 7 best turntables

John Cusack in High Fidelity, appreciating some vinyl.

John Cusack in High Fidelity, appreciating some vinyl. | Photo: Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

The world of record players and vinyl can be intimidating to the uninitiated because the gear that playing records requires (preamps, amps, receivers) can make it seem like an expensive, overly complicated hobby. But that’s not true, according to the experts we spoke with — including DJs, record store owners, and general vinyl geeks — all of whom assured us that you don’t need more than a turntable and a pair of powered speakers, or speakers with a built-in amplifier, to get started (Audioengine powered speakers, like the A2+ model on this list, are a good brand to start with, according to DJ Prestige of Flea Market Funk).

When we chatted with the experts on the best turntables for people new to the world of playing records, each had…

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