The word ‘digital’ may sound modern, cool, and hip… however, the true audiophile knows that there is no digital device in existence that can compare to the rich and accurate sound of an analogue turntable. this is because a vinyl record mirrors the original sound waves, without the necessity of all that digital conversion, which has the unfortunate habit of losing a portion of the original sound in the process.
However, not every turntable is up for the task of competing in the digital world, but you can count on these four powerhouses to do the job.
Audiowood “Barky” Turntable ($1300)
Before you go thinking that the “Barky” is all bark and no bite, you should know that its guts are made from a Rega cartridge and RB303 arm. The solid ash platform is stylish and rugged, and looks absolutely fantastic with a glass platter and adjustable legs.
The Pro-Ject Genie Turntable is a practical solution to your turntable needs. Its design is classic and simple, offering such professional-quality features as an ultra quiet synchronous motor, two-step pulley, aluminum tonearm, and resonance-optimized platter. Buy it Here.
Denon 100 Turntable ($2,500)
You could say this turntable represents a century in the making. This Denon is a celebration of Denon’s 100 years in the business. To celebrate, the chief production engineer has handcrafted these with the serious audiophile in mind. If $2,500 seems a bit steep, you can purchase the Denon DL-A100 100th Anniversary Turntable Cartridge ($400) separately, and add it to your existing player.
ClearAudio Master Reference Turntable ($19,000)
Nineteen grand can buy you a lot of high-end audio equipment. However, if you are looking for the best of the best, this ClearAudio turntable is hand built in Germany, featuring three separate motors, a “Side-Force-Free” belt drive, and Master TQ-I tonearm.