Looking for a DJ turntable but can’t quite figure out which one to choose?
Let us help you a little by throwing in 5 more options. These aren’t quite like other turntables out there – we actually believe that they are among the best DJ turntables available out there, so you are highly likely to find what you are looking for in this post!
If you are looking for a solid DJ turntable for not so much money, then Pioneer’s PLX-500 DJ turntable may be the right option for you. This model doesn’t have the bells & whistles of more expensive models, but it’s a great option for the money.
At the heart of the PLX-500 DJ turntable is a direct-drive motor that allows for a steadier RPM and effortless scratching of the record both forward and in reverse. The motor also has 3 speeds – 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm, which is pretty typical for DJ turntables.
In terms of connectivity, the PLX-500 DJ turntable is great as well. The PLX-500 has an RCA phono/line output that allows you to connect your sound systems without an external amplifier. Besides, it has a USB output that allows you to transfer your vinyl collection to your Windows PC or Mac.
· The direct-drive motor makes this thing great for scratching
· 3 record rotation speeds
· USB and RCA ports
The TEACH TN-400BT DJ turntable is quite an eye-catcher thanks to its wood-like texture. When it comes to looks, this is arguably the most gorgeous DJ turntable on our list.
Aside from looks, this thing is quite functional as well. Most notably, it is a little bit more flexible in connectivity options than all other DJ turntables on our list.
The TN-400BT features RCA, a USB port that allows you to transfer your vinyl collection to your PC, and even Bluetooth! That’s right, the TN-400BT is able to transfer music to Bluetooth-enabled devices. The sound quality certainly will be lacking due to the limitations of Bluetooth, but for some people, this may be the feature that will make them buy precisely this DJ turntable.
TN-400BT also has a belt-driven motor. Since the belt will absorb some of the noises and vibrations produced by the motor, you are getting a pretty decent sound out of this thing.
The TN-400BT also has a built-in phono amplifier – like many other DJ turntables at its price point – so you won’t need to have your own amplifier to get it working.
The not so good thing in this DJ turntable is that its control panel differs significantly from what you are getting in most other turntables. The TN-400BT may thus need some getting used to.
Besides, this thing doesn’t have the popup light next to the platter. This light isn’t a must-have, but it may be an essential feature for some people.
· Gorgeous design with wood-like accents
· Reduced vibrations thanks to the belt-driven motor
· 3 speeds
· USB, RCA, and even Bluetooth output
· The control layout may need some getting used to
· Doesn’t have the popup light present in many other turntables
This DJ turntable is pretty comparable with the Pioneer PLX-500 turntable overviewed at the very beginning. The main difference of the ATLP12-USB turntable seems to be its more flexible pitch controls – this turntable allows you to adjust the pitch adjustment range.
Other than that, both DJ turntables have 3-speed direct-drive motors that you could expect good sound quality from.
The ATLP12-USB DJ turntable has the same outputs as well – namely, RCA and USB. Audio-Technica also includes the Audacity software on a disc – this is a nice touch, but you could freely download Audacity online, not to mention that not too many people have disc drives nowadays.
With that said, the motor of this thing seems to be a little rumbly – had the motor been quieter, this DJ turntable would be perfect, especially for the price.
· Allows for easy scratching
· 3 motor speeds
· Flexible pitch controls
· USB and RCA outputs
· The motor of this thing isn’t the quietest one
If you are ready to spend the money on an excellent DJ turntable, then the SL1200G Technics DJ turntable is a great option. This thing costs a lot, but it does give back on the investment.
Technics has worked hard to decrease vibrations and inconsistencies in this DJ turntable to reduce audio distortion as much as possible. Among the bells & whistles Technics has employed in the SL1200G DJ turntable for vibration reduction is a coreless direct-drive motor, a rigid platter with rubber on its rear surface, even weight distribution, and a lightweight magnesium tonearm.
As a result, you are getting one of the most well-balanced and fine-tuned DJ turntables on the market. And while the SL1200G turntable functionally is very similar to much cheaper DJ turntables, it’s going to be unparalleled in the sound quality department.
· Excellent sound quality
· Easy scratching
· Highly-balanced construction that minimises sound distortions
· 3 motor speeds
· Very expensive
· Only has RCA output
And the last model on our overview of the best DJ turntables is the PLX-1000 DJ turntable by Pioneer. This DJ turntable is somewhere in the middle of the Technics SL1200G and the cheaper DJ turntables overviewed at the beginning.
Pioneer has chosen the same direction as Technics when designing the PLX-1000 – vibration reduction. And while Pioneer hasn’t gone to as great lengths as Technics – which is why this thing is much cheaper – the results will definitely be noticeable.
The PLX-1000 features a heavy and die-cast zinc chassis that’s specifically designed to reduce vibration and resonance. Aside from that, the lower part of PLX-1000 is reinforced with 8mm resin and a 9mm layer of a “vibration-dampening” material at the base. The tonearm is also insulated with rubber to again reduce vibrations.
There are a few minor downsides in the PLX-1000 DJ turntable – namely, it has only 2 motor speeds and an RCA output. 3 speeds or USB outputs are merely fancy features for some people though, and if sound quality is quite important to you, then the PLX-1000 DJ turntable will be a much better option than something like PLX-500.
· Good sound quality
· The direct-drive motor makes scratching easy
· Well-balanced construction
· Only 2 motor speeds
· Only has an RCA output port
How To Choose The Best DJ Turntable?
We have these 5 great options, but how do you choose the very best one? Let’s talk about a few things that you should pay attention to in DJ turntables.
Belt-driven vs direct-drive
What’s up with direct-drive and belt-driven motors? Which one is better?
Well, it depends.
Some DJs prefer direct-drive motors because they allow the platter to be rotated backward without damage. Direct-drive turntables are thus much better for scratching.
Others prefer belt-driven motors – these motors can deliver better sound than direct-drive units since their belt drive actually absorbs some of the noise and vibration produced by the motor. But belt-driven turntables don’t allow for easy platter reversal, not to mention that the belt is actually a weak point that will sooner or later need maintenance or replacement.
Manual vs automatic
DJ turntables can also be manual or automatic.
In manual turntables, the DJ is required to lift the tonearm and place it on the record manually. An automatic turntable does this automatically.
The good thing about automatic DJ turntables is that they allow you to go where you have left off. This isn’t as easy to do on manual turntables. And while the two turntable types don’t tend to be different in sound quality, automatic turntables have the edge when it comes to convenience.
Do you need a phono preamp?
Do you want to use your own phono preamp? If so, then you don’t really need your DJ turntable to have a built-in preamp.
Otherwise, you should definitely look for a DJ turntable that has its own integrated preamp. Integrated preamps usually aren’t the best, but they at least allow you to avoid buying a preamp separately.
Pay attention to the cartridge
Finally, pay attention to the cartridge included with the DJ turntable.
There are two types of turntable cartridges – moving magnet cartridges or moving coil cartridges.
Turntables with moving magnet cartridges tend to be cheaper while not being that much worse than moving coil cartridges. But if you want the best sound quality, then a moving coil cartridge would be the best option.
Both cartridge types can also have either spherical or elliptical needles. Spherical needles offer better tracking and reduced chance of skipping, but they tend to wear out vinyl records sooner and deliver somewhat worse higher frequencies.
Elliptical needles with their large contact area offer better high-range frequencies, but they are pricier than spherical needles, and they also aren’t as good for scratching.
Hopefully, our little post helps you with finding that best DJ turntable!
DJ turntables are much more complex than what we’ve explained, so there’s still much for you to learn. But for getting started, our guide should be enough.
Make sure to understand what you want exactly, don’t rush your decision, and you should be able to get the best option for your money!
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