In mid-December of last year, I decided that I really wanted to upgrade my turntable from the Audio Technica AT-LP60 to something a bit more high end. I set myself a budget of no more than $500 and began my quest to learn about the possible options. I queried a Facebook group I belong too to get some opinions on different options in and around my price range. I was given a myriad of makes and models to look into which excited me to no end. When I decide on a big money purchase, and I am definitely calling this a big money purchase as $500 isn’t chump change, I do a lot of research, read a lot of reviews, and weigh the pros and cons of all options I am interested in until I feel certain I know which one I am going to buy.
With a list of about fifteen different turntable recommendations, I began widdling it down based on features and brand reputation. I weighed cost along with ease of use, input from trusted vinyl gear fanatics, and online reviews from both end-users and tech industry insiders. My choices came down to five models: U-Turn Orbit Special ($450), Pro-Ject Carbon Debut ($400), Fluance RT83 ($350), Fluance RT85 ($500), and the Audio Technica AT-LP120 ($250). Read the blog here.