Turntables have been making a comeback recently. Audiophiles prefer the audio quality of vinyl records compared to its digital brethren. Also, there is a sense of nostalgia for those who are old enough to have used turntables in their youth. Telefunken was a name which brings back memories.

When it comes to vintage turntables, there are two options. One is buying a used turntable on a garage sale or Craigslist. An alternative you can consider is buying a new vintage-looking turntable. This way you’ll get what you’re looking for and be sure the device will play your favorite records for years to come.

Best Vintage Turntables

Electrohome Wellington Record Player

Electrohome Wellington Record Player

PROS

  • Stunning vintage appeal
  • Compact, portable design
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Bluetooth-enabled

CONS

  • Prone to wobbling
  • Audio quality could be better

This vintage turntable is a good buy for the person wishing to buy a vinyl turntable. The Electrohome Wellington comes in a cabinet made of wood mahogany. This 4-in-1 turntable plays CDs, vinyl records, MP3s with an auxiliary input. You can hook it to most types of digital playing equipment such as smartphones or tablets.

The Electrohome Wellington also comes with built-in speakers. The speakers produce good quality audio. It also comes with a headphone jack for personal use. The Electrohome Wellington has a USB port that is useful when you have tracks in MP3 format. It comes with a diamond-tipped ceramic needle. The needle ensures better audio quality without damage to your records.

Some customers liked the compact design and the sound quality. Some liked the convenience of the versatility of the Electrohome Wellington to use either vinyl or CDs. Few customers found this turntable to be defective with their records skipping and the turntable wobbling during use.

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Electrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player

Electrohome Winston Vinyl Record Player

PROS

  • Stunning retro design
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Made with real wood veneer
  • Fully automatic

CONS

  • Bulky, boxy design
  • Heavy at 15 pounds

Electrohome Winston is much like its brother, the Wellington. It can play vinyl records and CDs, has an AM/FM radio and a 3.5 auxiliary input for use with your iPhone, iPad, tablet or smartphone. That’s quite a lot. Winston is also encased in a real wood veneer. It differs in having a 3-in-1 turntable. The belt-driven turntable is fully automatic and can spin 7, 10 or 12-inch records. Speeds are 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPMs.

Some buyers were very happy with their purchase. They thought the cabinet looked beautiful and felt solid. Most customers loved the turntable. However, a few said their units came with worn down buttons.

Electrohome produces some of the best record players under $200 on the market, so make sure to check this one out.

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Victrola Nostalgic 6-in-1

Innovative Technology ITVS-200B

PROS

  • Bluetooth-enabled turntable
  • Able to stream music
  • Compatible with non-Bluetooth enabled devices
  • Versatile features
  • User-friendly

CONS

  • Audio quality could be better
  • Heavy, bulky design

Victrola Nostalgic 6-in-1 is excellent value for money. It is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream music with the turntable. It also comes with a 3.5 mm auxiliary jack so you can hook the turntable to non-Bluetooth enabled devices. The player has a built-in speaker and a 3-speed turntable with speeds of 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPM.

Some customers thought it was excellent value. It was well packaged with all functions working. Others loved the user-friendliness, it was easy to use for all ages. Some users say the quality of the Victrola Nostalgic 6-in-1 could be better with an AM. Few people complained about sound quality.

All in all, if you’re looking for one of the best players under $100, this one is definitely worth taking a closer look at.

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Tips and Buying Guide

Why Buy a Vintage Turntable?

Why would you be looking for a used vintage player? There are several reasons:

  • Tight budget – the cost of a vintage turntable may be substantially less than a brand new one.
  • Nostalgia – looking for a turntable from “back in the day.”
  • Sound quality – some people believe that an old turntable has better sound quality than a newer one.

Cueing a Vinyl

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Buying an Actual Vintage Turntables?

Shop around, check out both garage sales and online ones. The prices can vary greatly, so not being in a rush is a huge advantage. Eventually you will find a good player within your budget. Since it’s a used item, make sure to test it out before buying. If the sound is really good (or at least decent, depending on your budget), you’ve found a winner. Rust and fraying are some of the problems to look out for.

When choosing a vintage turntable, make sure you buy some cleaning accessories. It’s extra important to keep both your record and the player itself clean, so it serves you well for the years to come.

If you’re a handyman who loves a challenge, buying a player that has some flaws is an interesting option. Not only will this be a challenge to fix it up, but you’ll also be able to get it for a really low price. That’s what I call killing two birds with one stone.