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Best Belt Drive Turntables 2017---Buyer's guide

Best Belt Drive Turntables 2017---Buyer's guide

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Belt Drive Turntables Specification Comparison

Brand Name Operation  Drive Method  Speeds  Cartridge Included  Buttons
Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Turntable Fully Automatic  Belt drive  2 speed  AT3600L  Check Price
Jensen JTA-230 Stereo Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3speed  Normal Check Price
Jensen JTA-222 Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable JTA-220 (Silver) Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
ION Audio Max LP 3-Speed Belt Drive Turntable (Piano Black) Manual  Belt drive   3 speed  Normal Check Price
Pyle PLTTB1 Professional Belt-Drive Manual Turntable  Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
Sylvania 3-speed Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
ION Audio Air LP | 3-Speed Belt-Drive Wireless-Streaming Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
PYLE-HOME PVNTTR22 Retro Belt-Drive Turntable Manual  Belt drive  3 speed  Normal Check Price
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01 • Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
DJ / Pro Audio Device - Turntables
Turntable Drive Type - Belt
Turntable Automation Type - Fully Automatic
Turntable Operating Speeds - 33/45
Turntable Phono Pre-Amp - True
Turntable Cartridge/Stylus Type - Integral Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus
Turntable Platter Construction - Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum
Turntable Dust Cover Included - True
Colour - Black
RCA Outputs - True
Product Height (mm) - 97.5
Product Width (mm) - 360.0
Product Depth (mm) - 356.0
Manufacturer's Warranty - 1 Year

Although the vinyl industry is back in trend, Audio Technica isn’t a newcomer as they’ve been in this industry for many years. This fully automatic belt-drive stereo turntable is the best record player with built in preamp if your budget is under $100. This model took us by surprise as it such an amazing model.

At a quick glance, you’d think that this model is worth twice its price. Design-wise, it is so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. It has a plastic chassis that gives off a really glossy look. Coloured in black, this is a 2 speed turntable (33 1/3 and 45 RPM). For $99, this model has die-cast aluminium platter and anti resonance along with built-in switchable phono pre –amplifier with RCA output. Worth it isn’t it?

What’s eye catching about this model is its Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus. If you’re wondering if there are any cons to this turntable, you’ll be surprised to find that there aren’t many. Although a little bit more solidity would be good, this is still an amazing entry level turntable. This model truly is worth every dollar spent.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Affordable.
 
HIFI-grade sound.
 
Not too big or heavy.
 
The RCA cable is too short.

 

02 • Jensen JTA-230 Stereo Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Features: Pitch control, hinged detachable dust cover, built-in USB audio adapter, Yes, Turntable
Brand:Jensen
Recommended Use: Recommended Use
Model: JTA-230
Material: Polycarbonate
Condition: New
manufacturer_part_number:JTA-230
Assembled Product Weight:8.4006 Pounds

Manufactured by Jensen, this is a 3 speed stereo turntable with built-in speakers. Jensen is an established company that was founded in 1927 and they’ve been manufacturing amazing audio products for customers. This model is a customer’s favourite and it may just be the model you want.

When it comes to convenience and affordability, this model is one of the best record players around. You’ll be able to play all your favourite vinyls at either 33,45,78 RPM. There’s a USB port with a cable that will be included to convert vinyl records to digital format. For your convenience, software will be included as well for recording, editiing and coverting your audio content to MP3 format. For only $39.95, you’ll also be able to connect your iPod, MP3 or other digital audio players via an auxiliary input jack. An amazing steal, this model also includes an RCA line-out jack and stereo headphone jack.

The only downfall of this product is that it is almost completely manual. However, it is still unbelievable for it’s price. This model is mostly made out of plastic which is why it is small and light. Not to worry as there are rubber paddings at the feet to prevent skidding. You’ll also be able to have pitch control for adjusting the record speed, volume control and tone control. This product runs on 120V 60Hz.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Needle that’s included works perfectly.
 
There is no automatic function for the tonearm.

 

03 • Jensen JTA-222 Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Size is 6.5 x 13.4 x 14.3 inches
3-Speed Stereo Turntable - 33/45/78 RPM, AM/FM Stereo Receiver, FM Stereo Indicator
External Stereo Speaker Output Terminals, Stereo Headphone Jack
Power Indicator, 2 Built-in Speakers, Dust Cover
Antique Wooden Case Design
Power: AC120V 60Hz

Another amazing model by Jensen, this 3 speed turntable is the best record player available in the market for its price. It gives customers a great listening experience and has all the features you need packed in one.

Priced at only $40.47, you’ll be able to play your vinyls at 33, 45, 78 RPM. It also has AM/FM Stereo receiver and FM stereo indicator which is fantastic. You’ll also have external stereo speaker output terminals and stereo headphone jack for your convenience. A power indicator can be seen along with 2 built-in speakers and a dust cover.

If you’re looking for a small turntable to be able to fit on your shelf, your choices might be limited. However, this turntable fits your shelves perfectly and really is compact. It has an antique wooden case design which is really sleek to draw your attention. This product runs on AC120V 60Hz. Great value all around.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Looks nice and has a retro touch.
 
Reasonably priced.
 
Skips a little bit when it comes to new vinyls.

 

04 • Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable JTA-220 (Silver)

SPECIFICATIONS:
12” HIGH
15” WIDE

As you’ve seen from above, Jensen has proven yet again that they are able to produce top notch turntables at an amazing price. This is another model by Jensen and is a 3 speed stereo turntable that comes with AM/FM Stereo Radio.

Always wanted to wake up to your favourite music? Well here you have it. Just load a CD and set the alarm, you’re good to go. It is a very affordable record player that’s priced at $30.9. Simple and perfect, this model is extremely easy to use with no hustles. It is one of the best modern turntables for its price.

However it doesn’t have an auto stop/start function but it has all the necessary features to suit your needs. It has an external stereo speaker output terminal and stereo headphone jack as well. It comes with 2 built-in speakers to make your money’s worth. Simple yet classy, this model is one to consider.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Good basic turntable.
 
Came with a plastic lid to keep the dust off.
 
Skips a little bit when it comes to new vinyls.

 

05 • 1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Item Weight:2.3 Kg
Product Dimensions:33 x 30 x 12.7 cm
Item model number:471UK-0003

If you’re looking for a model with great design yet has good features, this is the model for you. It has great styling with a beautiful wooden appearance, protective dust cover and has a really convenient front panel with playback controls. Looks are also important after all, aren’t they?

To get things started, you’ll be able to transform audio from vinyl records into MP3 format files for later playback on your computer and mobile devices via Vinyl to MP3 recording. That’s not it as you’ll also be able to select different speeds of 33, 45, 78 RPM and a 45 RPM adaptor is included so you can play every single vinyl from your collection.

It has front-facing stereo speakers to allow a full spectrum of sound to enable you to listen to both your vinyl records and MP3s in an exquisite manner. It also has an RCA output to easily connect your turntable to your own home sound system. All of this features for under $50 is such an amazing deal. This model is priced at $49.99 and is made of natural wood.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
The way it is packaged is nice and secure.
 
Sounds really clean with no skips.
 
Great for portable playing and recording.
 
Has a slight issue with its arm and needle.

 

06 • ION Audio Max LP 3-Speed Belt Drive Turntable (Piano Black)

SPECIFICATIONS:
Power: :12V DC 1A, Center pin-positive, tip negative
Cartridge:Ceramic
Stylus: Diamond tip
Dimensions: 15.23 x 16.14 x 4.05”
Weight: 7.71 lb(3.50kg)

When it comes to buying turntables, a person looking for an entry level turntable would often search for an all-in-one turntable.This turntable by ION is an all-in-one turntable with built-in stereo speakers which plays 3 speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. Now does that match your criteria? It does, doesn’t it?

Priced at only $66.88, this is one of the best deals you’ll be able to get. You’ll be able to connect to your computer via USB and convert all your records into digital music files using the free software provided. It is extremely hastle-free and it caters to all your criterias. It also has a 1/8” (3.5mm) AUX input that allows you to convert audio from cassette players and more. It’s amazing and really exceptional. It also has standard RCA outputs for optional home stereo connection plus a headphone output for private listening. It comes with a protective dust cover, 45 Adapter and felt slipmat in the packaging.

For its design, the plinth is design with an amazing touch of natural wood. Thus, improves the overall quality of this unit. An amazing feature for the design is the lid. It allows you to close while the record is spinning. That way, no more dust problems. Overall if you’re a casual listener, this is the model for you.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
It has the ubiquitous Audacity software. Thus, able to convert music to MP3 file via USB.
 
Basic and simple for beginners.
 
Skips a little bit when it comes to new records.

 

07 • Pyle PLTTB1 Professional Belt-Drive Manual Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Brand:PYLE
Model:PLTTB1

If you’re someone who wants to obtain a turntable that produces high-end sound but doesn’t want to fork out over hundreds of dollars, then this is the turntable for you. Priced at $71.24, this professional belt-drive turntable is worth every dollar spent. Pyle is originally from the US and they’ve been making audio products since 1960s. That being said, Pyle definitely produces top notch turntables.

It is one of the best record players for its price on the market. It has a weighted “S” tone arm and adjustable pitch control of +/- 16 percent with dual playback speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM). For precise speed adjustments, it has strobe lights to illuminate the outside-edge markings. Thus, making it one of a kind. Also, it has a start/stop switch for your convenience, anti-skating function and durable dustcover.

However, one of the cons of this product is that a slight hum from the belt drive might be heard if you put your ear close to the turntable while playing. That being said, it has an amazing design with a lid to close while playing to prevent dust from entering. To top it all off, it comes with a 1 year warranty as well.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Perfect for people who likes casual vinyls.
 
Perfect confition and everything is already pre-set.
 
Slight worry regarding cartridge replacement.
 
You’ll need to buy a separate preamp in order for this product to work.

 

08 • Sylvania 3-speed Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Height:5.39 in
Width:12.95 in
Weight:
Depth:16.34 in

When it comes to the brand Sylvania, you’d think of affordable turntables built in exceptional quality. That’s what most people look for in turntables nowadays isn’t it? Exceptional and affordable.

The Sylvania 3-speed Turntable is a belt driven turntable that has built-in speakers. This turntable allows you to convert your music to digital files via USB. That itself is a selling point enough to draw your attention. In fact, there are three different speeds where you are able to play your vinyls. It also contains an RCA output for andy additional speakers you may desire.

It is extremely portable and is of great quality. Coated in brown with details in black and silver, it really gives off an old retro touch. It has an amazing look to the unit. Thus, getting this model won’t be a mistake at all. This model is priced at $35.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Good price.
 
Looks amazing.
 
Has slight needle problems.

 

09 • ION Audio Air LP | 3-Speed Belt-Drive Wireless-Streaming Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Type:Professional turntable
Colour:Colour

ION Audio which was created in 2003 with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between classic and cutting edge products, they definitely have established themselves as one of the forerunners in the modern day industry of turntables.

This turntable is able to convert all of your vinyl records to digital audio files with its software called Audacity which is compatible with both Mac and PC. By ION, it is built with exceptional workmanship and quality. What’s eye catching about this turntable is that it has wireless streaming features. This allows you to play your records on your best stereo systems. It has a built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with an RCA output for any extra speakers needed. The mechanism used is a fully automatic belt driven operation that is able to play at two different speeds.

Coloured in black, it has an amazing modern futuristic look. It is surrounded by a die-cast aluminium platter to give it an extremely clean look. This model is priced at $71.47. With that price, you’d hardly find any better.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
It has bluetooth functions to connect.
 
Tracks well and sounds really clear.
 
Easy to use.
 
Bluetooth functions need time to connect.

 

10 • PYLE-HOME PVNTTR22 Retro Belt-Drive Turntable

SPECIFICATIONS:
Item Weight: 6.07 pounds
Item Size: 12.8 x 14.8 x 14.8 inches
Package Weight:6.35 pounds
Package Size: 12.5 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches

If you want a turntable with a vintage feel but has both vinyl and modern generation of playing, this it exactly the model for you. The PYLE-HOME PVNTTR22 Retro Belt-Drive Turntable is a 3-speed turntable that contains an auxillary output which allows you to play music from your very own mobile device. It also comes with an RCA output that gives you the option to add any additional speakers that you may need.

Convenient yet it has all the features you need. This turntable delivers an excellent performance and it won’t let you down. It is long lasting and you are purchasing a high quality product and a decent price. It has a ceramic stereo cartridge.

When it comes to design, its cabinet is handcrafted from wood in order for it to give off an authentic feel. It is extremely compact in size and is able to fit on to any shelves in your home. Without doubt, one should seriously consider this model. This model is priced at $39.95.

 

Pros: Cons:
 
Nostalgic look is nice.
 
It has a classic feel and good sound quality.
 
This product is packaged really well.
 
Bass is bad even when the turntable is hooked up to speakers.

 

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