Let’s be clear about what an audiophile is exactly, just in case you are new to the world of turntables.
Audiophile turntables are simply defined as a turntable that is made for the “hi-fi enthusiast”, meaning that we love our music and for the sound that we hear to be as lifelike and clear as absolutely possible.
So the Clearaudio Concept is a couple of hundred dollars short of 2000 ($1800 on Amazon) so it is one of the higher-priced ones on the market right now, but you can’t put a price tag on quality. The Clearaudio Concept comes with a belt drive system that is equipped with a synchronous motor, in addition to a pre-mounted MM cartridge. The heavy-duty aluminum is comprised of TPE technology for superior resonance damping and sturdiness with the advanced silver cartridges (mentioned above) and spools.
The Audio Technica is actually under $500 Amazon so it may definitely be in the price range for some; the Audio Technicacarefully identifies and addresses each variable that undermines the pure signal retrieval of the turntable and, as a result, there is an elegant and cost-effective solution of the highest quality. The Audio Technica is hand-crafted in the USA by one of the world’s leading turntable manufacturers and achieves an unmatched level of neutrality. There is a unique platter design that is responsible for a high level of quality sound, in addition to being able to further neutralize the resonant LP, which is an energy damping interface mat.
The Project 6 Perspex is right at the $2,000 mark on Amazon and is made of the acrylic plinth and is also acoustically designed as an inert sandwich construction of platter with a combination of MDF and vinyl layer as the mat. There is a pre-mounted 9” tonearm with 99 CC evolutions and a 5P connect-it phono cable with RCA plugs. Purchasers can also expect a Sumiko Blue Point Special EVO III cartridge to be included, which is an added bonus.
The Rega RP6 is about $2000 on Amazon and is a well-crafted, fully automatic turntable, with a sleek, gloss-back design. The RP6 has been designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. Excellent build quality, reliability, and ease of use combine to make a product which, if used correctly, will offer you a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Omitting unnecessary gimmicks allows us to concentrate the manufacturing costs on the high-quality parts necessary to reproduce music accurately.
The RP6 is amazingly fitted with a hand assembled RB303 tonearm, precision main bearing, and a low vibration low noise 24v motor assembly which is individually hand tuned to its circuit to further reduce vibration. The minimalist design of the Rega RP6 and the use of extremely high-quality components ensure that your turntable should last for many years.
The PROJECT Xtension 10 Turntable SuperPack will cost you roughly $3,999 or so and comes equipped with a low-resonance, high-density acrylic chassis, and platter. The belt drive system is made of endless silicon, in addition to an aluminum straight type tonearm. It also has an industry-leading torque motor (up to 4.5 kgf/cm), in addition to an ultra-stable platter and floating motor mount construction.
Best Turntables for Under $2000 – FAQs
What additional equipment will I need?
The answer to this primarily depends on how active you plan to be with the turntable; if you just want something to enjoy those records on, and then a simple table will probably be enough for you. However, if you are heavily into DJing, you will want to invest in other equipment, which naturally will cost you more.
Are there any turntables that are Bluetooth compatible or can be hooked up to my PC?
Keep in mind that these will probably be more expensive than the traditional turntables that aren’t compatible with a Bluetooth or PC.