Dayton Audio B652-AIR
The Dayton Audio B652-AIR are a good starting point for those looking to ease their way into the world of record playing. Their extremely affordable price tag somewhat makes up for their flaws, which include middling sound quality and a rather uninspired design.
- Removable cloth grilles
- Ribbon diaphragm amt tweeters
- Materials feel cheap
If you’ve got more space on the floor near your turntable than you do on your bookshelf, check out the Pioneer SP-FS52 . Each unit stands upright and houses within its columnar body three surface woofers and a soft dome tweeter that, together, pack a serious audio punch.
- Balance low high and midrange sounds
- Sold individually
- Require a preamp
With acoustic-grade MDF cabinets, silk dome tweeters and a built-in phono preamp, the Kanto YU6 have everything you need to get the most out of those classic records. They’re a little pricey compared to similar-sounding models, but they’ll definitely look better.
- Attractive modern design
- 200-watt class d amplifier
- Bass could be louder
Marshall Woburn II
Anyone who’s ever used this company’s iconic guitar amps will immediately recognize the Marshall Woburn II . This Bluetooth-enabled unit features the same classic appearance, from the textured vinyl cover to the salt and pepper fret to the signature script logo.
- Analog controls and phone app
- Also comes in white
- Sound is a little dull
JBL Arena B15
They’re not the most aesthetically interesting option out there, but the JBL Arena B15 still perform reliably across a range of genres, thanks to the high-quality components inside. Just make sure your turntable has its own preamp, as these are passive versions.
- Can be added to stereo system
- Include wall mount brackets
- May require break-in period
Polk Signature Series S20
If you’re big on beats, you might want to consider the Polk Signature Series S20 . Not only do they nail the highs and mids with most music, but they also feature patented technology that helps deliver a deeper bass response than traditional rear-ported speakers.
- Anti-diffraction grilles
- High-resolution terylene tweeters
- Do not have bluetooth
Amid a market of subpar models that rely on cheap digital technology, the Audioengine A5+ stay true to the essence of vinyl with classic A/B analog amps that emit beautifully warm sounds. That, together with a simple, yet elegant, design, makes them worth considering.
- 5-inch kevlar woofers
- Mini-jack or rca input
- A little pricey
From a leading name in audio come the Klipsch R-15M , a versatile set that will feel as much at home alongside your records as your digital entertainment system. They’re extremely efficient in terms of sound production, which makes them louder than units of a similar size.
- 90-by-90 inch tractrix horns
- Spun copper img woofers
- Powergate amplifier available
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
True audiophiles will love the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 , which have a reputation among professional sound engineers as being some of the best out there. They’ll help get every little detail out of your records, whether they were pressed yesterday or 50 years ago.
- Gold 5-way binding posts
- Multi-element crossovers
- Also come in floorstanding version
For a high-end listening experience that is all the more enjoyable because you didn’t have to empty your wallet for it, turn to the Edifier R1280T. They’re one of the best values around, boasting full-bodied audio, attractive faux-wood exteriors, and a sub-$100 price tag.
- Analog dial controls
- Come with a remote
- Backed by 2-year warranty