The 10 Best Turntables With Bluetooth Output
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in May of 2020. While most new record players still operate like those that have been used for decades, some companies have realized the benefits of merging old and new technologies. In addition to normal usage, these modern turntables allow you to stream your classic record collection to your favorite Bluetooth headphones and speakers for a simultaneously analog and digital listening experience. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 01, 2020:
In the world of vinyl record buyers there is definitely a split between serious collectors and those who have a modest collection that they occasionally listen to for fun. For those in the latter category who definitely care about audio quality but don't want to pay the price for an audiophile-worthy machine, the best options on our list are affordable models like the Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT and the Sony PS-LX310BT. These turntables are considered automatic, which means that after setting the size and speed of your record they will take care of dropping and retracting the needle by themselves. They also have a button which mechanically raises or lowers the needle but holds it in place laterally, which simulates a sort of pause function. They may have fixed cartridges that can't be replaced and counterweights that can't be adjusted, but they will sound perfectly fine to most people's ears.
If even the aforementioned models seem too expensive, you may want to check out budget options like the ION Audio Air LP and Boytone BT-37B-C. These selections will get the job done, but be aware that these types of players tend to apply a lot of tracking force with their unbalanced tonearms. This can cause damage to records over time, and while this won't be a problem for most people it means that they shouldn't be used to play collectible records. Though they are adequate, when placed next to more expensive models it wouldn't be hard to notice their generally poorer build-quality and audio fidelity.
Those who are interested in a more robust, old school record player should check out midrange options like the House of Marley Stir it Up and Teac TN-280BT. You can tell that these players are more robust just by looking at them due to their inclusion of actual counterweights and anti-skate controls, as well as a proper headshell assembly. Automatic functions are sacrificed in turn, but these features allow you to get a great sound from your records by dialing in your tonearm or even upgrading your cartridge down the line.
Most record players with Bluetooth transmission capabilities are on the lower-end of the spectrum compared to turntables at large, and this is because of the way Bluetooth itself works. By definition it is a compressed digital audio format, and in most cases it is incapable of streaming the full quality of a vinyl record to wireless speakers and headphones. While this generally leads to the assumption that there's no point in making a high-end turntable with this capability, models like the Pro-Ject T1 BT and Pro-Ject VT-E BT are some of the very few players which feature both Bluetooth transmission and super high-end components such as glass platters and Ortofon cartridges. These options are, unsurprisingly, far more expensive. Unless you crave durable materials or are looking for something that you can also integrate into an actual Hi-Fi for premium sound-quality, these models might not be worth the price.
Pro-Ject Phono Box E BT If you find that none of these modern options meet your needs in terms of functionality or aesthetics, consider picking up this Bluetooth enabled preamp from Pro-Ject Audio Systems. This little device can add wireless functionality to any record player, which opens up your selection to both vintage turntables and new players that lack an integrated transmitter. Though it can accept line level signals, in most cases it will be best to switch off your device's built-in preamp to take advantage of its high-quality amplification circuitry. project-audio.com
Sonos Special Edition Turntables Sonos speakers have become a very popular option for wireless music setups due to their sound fidelity, as well as the fact that multiple speakers can be synchronized in a way that's difficult to achieve with Bluetooth. If you already have a Sonos system, or are thinking about setting one up, check out these specialized turntables that have been modified by the company in order to be compatible with their Wi-Fi streaming standard. sonos.com