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Budget USB record player reviews

Last updated: 09 September 2015

Many modern turntables and record players now come with USB ports so you can connect to a computer and convert your records to digital formats such as MP3, WAV or FLAC. This gives you the option of listening to your music on a computer, smartphone or digital media player without having to buy a new digital copy. This can be particularly useful for preserving the contents of older vinyl albums and vintage music which may not be available in any other formats.

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We looked at a range of budget and entry-level USB turntables to find out if digitising your records is worth the effort, whether their sound quality stacks up, and if models in the lower price range are reliable. 

If you're looking for something a little more high-end, check out our hi-fi turntable test.

While some turntables in our test sell for less than $100, others push $200 or more, and may not seem like such a bargain. If you look at the cost of hi-fi turntables, you'll see that most start around the $350 mark and peak at nearly $1100. This is why all of the turntables in this test are considered budget models.

None of the tested models performed well enough that we could really recommend them. If you've got your heart set on one of these models, though, you can log in to see what our testers had to say about each one, including the three best performers of a not-great bunch.

You can also sort the results by vinyl playback score, if you're just interested in a cheap record player rather than the ease and quality of USB encoding.

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