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The best turntables and DJ turntables

DJ turntable for vinyl and DVS DJs

Record players and turntables are an indispensable part of the DJ world! Even though media players have now dominated clubs and festivals, many DJs continue to maintain their record collection and prefer mixing and scratching with the record player. DVS systems (for the feature DVS systems for DJs: software, hardware, review, outlook, status quo) combine analog technology with digital media, only with the “Wheels of Steel” there is the best of both worlds. Here you will find recommendations for devices that meet today's requirements. We also made sure that there is something for every budget.

Quick Facts DJ turntable

DJ turntables are still an essential tool for many DJs. A number of requirements are placed on suitable turntables. The pitch control, which is used to manipulate the tempo of the record while it is playing, is particularly important. Starting and stopping the sound carrier should also be done very quickly. Even when “nudging” and braking the record (important to keep the beat) you have to keep full control over the vinyl.

For DJs it is very important that the record continues to run smoothly after it has been "held" and then released again. Good turntables are driven directly by a motor and have a very precise synchronization. Some models have a curved tonearm, others have a straight tonearm. The shape of the tonearm determines the so-called system and the needle to be used.

Mix DJs usually prefer devices with a curved tonearm, while Scratch DJs often prefer turntables with a straight tonearm. So that the needle sits firmly in the groove, you have to be able to adjust the counterweight on the tonearm precisely. "Antiskating", a counterforce that depends on the position of the tonearm, is also important in this context. In techniques such as scratching, the needle must not jump, and low frequencies and resonances should also not have too much effect on the needle and the tonearm.

Another requirement for a DJ turntable is good stability. For this, the feet should have good cushioning and ideally also be adjustable in height. Some devices have a built-in phono preamplifier and thus provide a direct line-level output signal.

DJ turntables in the price range from 100 to 350 euros

Audio-Technica AT-LP120X USB SV

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120X USB SV offers a lot for a low purchase price. Pickups, matching cables and even a dust cover are included. In addition to the phono, the turntable can also output a line signal. This allows the turntable to be easily integrated into various setups. There is also a USB port, which further expands the range of applications. The digitization of records can be done quickly thanks to the USB connection. For bedroom DJs and vinyl beginners, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120X USB SV (here in the test) is a well-rounded thing, if you really want to DJ you have to invest more.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120X USB SV

Stanton T.62 M2

With its low price of less than 200 euros, the Stanton T.62 M2 is a turntable that already has the most important features for beginners, which are crucial for entering the world of mixing and scratching. The tonearm is straight and has the cartridge preinstalled. In practice this means that the turntable can be unpacked and connected straight away. The layout of the Stanton allows it to be placed in the battle position, just as many hip-hop DJs prefer. The biggest downer is the somewhat weak direct drive. This is primarily noticeable when stopping and letting go of the running record, but nudging and braking with the hand (important for mixing) still works well with the necessary instinct. If you want to get a taste of the world of DVS, you will find suitable software included as a bonus.

Stanton T.62 M2

Pioneer DJ PLX-500

The PLX-500 from Pioneer DJ is a really good turntable and costs just over 300 euros. The workmanship is solid, the sound is convincing, a suitable pickup is also included and the turntable has great damping against annoying vibrations. Even a cover has been thought of! The tonearm drifted outward during the Bonedo test, but the turntable was rated as having a very convincing performance. Whether mixing or scratching, the PLX-500 is a great all-rounder and, with its properties, is almost in the professional league. An audio interface is also included and makes digitizing analogue sound carriers a very convenient matter. There's nothing standing in the way of DVS either, Pioneer DJ has the right software in its repertoire with “rekordbox DJ”. However, this must be purchased optionally, which in this case adds up to around 200 euros.

Pioneer DJ PLX-500

Numark NTX1000

The pitch of the Numark NTX1000 is very sophisticated, three different levels (+/- 8, 16 and 50 percent) are not found everywhere. In the Bonedo test, our author certified that the motor had a very impressive pulling force - a very important property for DJ turntables. The quality and storage of the tonearm are also convincing here and an adjustable start and stop time are just as special as the extensive pitch. The turntable has a sound card that can only handle 16 bits and the connections are a bit difficult to access. A lid is included and for around 350 euros this Numark is definitely worth buying.

Numark NTX1000

Reloop SPiN

With the Reloop SPiN, the Numark PT01 Scratch, which is primarily intended for fans of portablism, has got a worthy competitor. In addition to the features that are particularly interesting for portablists (very good tracking of the needle, exchangeable crossfader, operation via USB power bank), there are also a few nice functions for vinyl lovers. The device also serves as a portable turntable apart from portablism. SPiN plays singles and LPs alike, has a Bluetooth input, a cinch output and even offers a USB recording directly on the device. The price is a bit higher, but there is a lot on offer - also for the eye

Reloop SPiN

Numark PT01 Scratch

Portablism is becoming more and more popular, so a recommendation should of course not be missing in this regard. The Numark PT01 Scratch definitely has a special position and for two reasons: On the one hand, because this device is primarily designed for mobile scratching of records in single format and, on the other hand, because it is the instantaneous for both beginners and professionals Reference represents. For less than 130 euros you can get started with this portable and battery-operated player - a great gift for every vinyl freak and scratch lover. If you can't do anything with portable plastic turntables, just read on - budding portablists check out our review.

Numark PT01 Scratch

DJ turntables in the price range from 350 - 600 euros

Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP

The AT-LP140XP is a very puristic device for today's standards. The manufacturer Audio-Technica focuses on the most important features and wants to offer them high quality at a low price. You get a height-adjustable tonearm, adjustable feet with decoupling and three speeds and three pitch ranges. In addition, records can also be played backwards. The manufacturer's AT-XP3 pickup is included, including the matching headshell, as well as a slipmat, the matching dust cover and cinch cable. Only a phono signal is output via the gold-plated cinch output, the turntable is also very classic in this regard.

Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP

Reloop RP-7000 MK2

For less than 500 euros, the Reloop RP-7000 MK2 is a very good turntable that attracts attention with a whole range of great performance data and features. Two start / stop buttons, a powerful motor, a very variable pitch range, adjustable torque and brake, stable synchronization, internal grounding, reverse button and more show the qualities of the RP-7000. Future owners have to purchase a single puck as an option, because it is not included in the scope of delivery and there is no dust cover either. Very small sacrifices that you have to accept for a really great turntable.

Reloop RP-7000 MK2

Reloop RP-8000 MK2

The Reloop RP-8000 MK2 takes the innovative concepts of its predecessor and refines it in the right places. In addition to the robust housing, the functional absorbers and the low background noise, it is especially the controller features that distinguish this device. The hybrid design is especially interesting for DJs who use turntables to control Serato DJ Pro. But not only the pads and the MIDI control section are convincing, but also extras such as the second separate output.

Reloop RP-8000 MK2

Denon DJ VL12 Prime

With the VL12 Prime, Denon DJ present a device that not only comes with a very modern design, but also brings very good performance to the table. The housing is robust and heavy and stands on shock-absorbing feet. The massive platter is illuminated with RGB light. The motor has power and a quartz lock is possible in every position of the pitch. The construction in the battle position is not hindered by annoying cables. The anti-skating is not fully developed and only minimally detracts from the otherwise excellent impression. The Denon does not come with a cover. The price is not even 600 euros - the bottom line is that the Denon DJ VL12 Prime is a very recommendable turntable.

Denon DJ VL12 Prime

DJ turntables in the price range from 600 euros

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000

The Technics SL-1210 MK2 is the most famous (DJ) turntable of all time. Almost all of the vinyl players presented here are based on this giant, at least in terms of design. Pioneer DJ, on the other hand, have played their way to the fore in the DJ sector with their equipment. With the PLX-1000 they have brought a turntable onto the market that is considered a serious alternative to the Technics classic. The processing is right and offers a robust and massive chassis. Vibrations are excellently dampened, the curved S tonearm is characterized by good isolation and damping. The sound is great, the pitch range is very variable and there is a reset button for the tempo. The engine and its strong torque are also impressive. The price? A little over 600 euros.

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000

Technics SL-1210 MK7

With the SL-1210 MK7, Technics has again fully concentrated on the needs of DJs and has finally reissued the classic par excellence. The manufacturer does not innovate with it, but only optimizes a few points. The engine control is improved and the direct drive runs more smoothly. In addition, the directional stability is now even more accurate, the housing is very well shielded against external interference. The extended pitch range and features such as reverse play make the SL-1210 MK7 desirable even for owners of the original. And the price is currently a little less than 900 euros, more appealing than the turntables developed for hi-fi freaks. The SL-1210 MK7 is of course also a very good turntable for pure music enjoyment.

Technics SL-1210 MK7