The Boytone BT-37B-C is an inexpensive all-in-one model, and though it’s not as robust as higher-end selections it’s hard to beat the amount of features it provides. It’s able to play cassettes and MP3 files, and can receive both AM and FM radio with an integrated tuner.
- Can record to sd cards or usb drives
- Built-in preamp is subpar
- Construction feels cheap
1byOne Belt Drive
The 1byOne Belt Drive is a choice worth considering for those who are focused on aesthetics. It’s hard to deny the pleasing retro look of its wooden finish and silver controls, but some may find it overpriced given that it is comprised of budget parts internally.
- Audio-technica cartridge included
- Anti-skate system
- Some assembly required
The Victrola VPRO-2000 is designed to resemble the legendary Technics SL-1200, though it should be noted that it doesn’t use a direct drive mechanism despite its appearance. It offers several features that are uncommon among affordable wireless players.
- Counterweight for balancing tonearm
- Pitch slide with quartz lock
- Pairing can be finicky
Ion Audio Air LP
The Ion Audio Air LP is very affordable in terms of both Bluetooth enabled models and turntables generally. This accessible device is adequate for the listening needs of most, but its lack of a counterweight means that it shouldn’t be used to play very valuable records.
- Auto-stop function
- Uncommon 78 rpm setting
- Usb connectivity for digitization
Pro-Ject VT-E BT
The Pro-Ject VT-E BT is a well-built choice with a novel appearance. Its minimal plinth, vertical orientation, and external pulley create an eye catching look, but its lack of automatic features make it less practical for those who aren’t serious enthusiasts.
- Threaded clamp keeps records secure
- Exposed band is easy to adjust
- Very expensive option
The Teac TN-280BT is a midrange model that offers a decent compromise of build quality and features. Its MDF plinth and plasticky parts leave something to be desired, but its inclusion of a counterweight and a replaceable headshell are a step up from cheaper options.
- Anti-skate control
- Die-cast aluminium platter
- Pairing can be difficult
The Sony PS-LX310BT is a simple, durable design that makes a solid choice for both enthusiasts and casual users alike. After selecting the size and speed of your record with the appropriate dials, just hit start and playback will begin automatically.
- High-quality aluminium tone arm
- 3-position gain switch
- Comes with a 45 adapter
House of Marley Stir it Up
The House of Marley Stir it Up combines modern Bluetooth streaming with retro turntable technology. Those who are interested in a more old school listening experience won’t mind manually placing their needle, and will enjoy its proper counterweight and anti-skate controls.
- Made from bamboo
- Replaceable cartridge
- Onboard volume dial
Pro-Ject T1 BT
The Pro-Ject T1 BT is one of few wireless models that uses audiophile-quality components. While it’s generally a straightforward device, those who frequently switch between 33 and 45 RPM should be aware that changing speeds requires manually adjusting the motor pulley.
- Solid glass platter
- Premium ortofon cartridge
- Single-piece aluminium tone arm
The Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT is an automatic turntable with a pleasantly compact form factor. In addition to streaming over Bluetooth, it can output a phono or line-level signal for use with standard stereo systems via an included cable.
- Relatively inexpensive
- Decent preset tracking force
- Easy pairing process