Choosing All-in-One Turntables
In a world of digital music tracks and downloads, record players and all-in-one turntables still have their place. DJs and audiophiles alike enjoy the unique listening experience of vinyl, and all-in-ones let you capture your music digitally for excellent sound on the go.
Types of All-in-one Turntables
Depending on exactly what you want to do with your music, there are many turntable record player types to consider. These include:
These have a design based on the record players of the past, many with wooden bodies and some even with trumpet-style speakers for a true conversation piece. Look for those that play records at different speeds, so they accommodate both full-length LPs and smaller 'singles' records.
Suitcase turntables offer the option of portability, letting you pack them up and take them along wherever you go with their convenient carrying handles.
DJs take their equipment with them and put their own spin on tracks, literally, so DJ turntables are often compact and portable so you can carry them from gig to gig. Many use a belt drive mechanism to turn the platter while protecting against motor vibrations. Others use direct drive, which offers easier spinning and control.
All-in-one Turntable Features
If you want to convert the tracks on your vinyl records into mp3 or another digital format, pick a turntable with the right software capabilities. Even models with vintage designs may offer this feature. Larger, less portable models are good choices for use with home stereo systems, while suitcase turntables and DJ turntables are more compact for easier portability.
Many larger models also have dust covers to keep the platter, stylus, and other components clean, both during and between uses. If you have many formats of music to integrate with your vinyl setup, look for a multi-function, high-end turntable with the ability to connect to and stream music from other devices, receive radio signals, or play CDs. Professional DJs should seek out turntables that offer easy scratching and spinning, as well as adjustable dials for tweaking the sound output and showcasing their signature style for their audience.
All-in-one Turntable Accessories
Many turntable accessories are also available for upgrading or repairing your record player. There are cartridge styluses and needles, some of which feature diamond tips, as well as replacement dust covers. For your professional music or DJ work, try high-output phono cartridges that deliver a high gain and signal-to-noise ratio. For enhanced sound quality, you can add more speakers to your system, or you can choose a turntable with speakers already included. You also can keep vinyl records clean and maintain their sound quality with anti-static brushes, velvet pads, or wet vacuum tools. Check out the varied selection of all-in-one turntables B&H Photo and Video offers, so you enjoy your vintage vinyl, or convert your collection.