Audiophiles around the world agree that nothing beats the sound of vinyl in its purest form, which is perhaps why stereo turntables are so popular to begin with. Be it that you have an already impressive record collection or looking to start building one as a passion, you are definitely going to need a quality turntable to playback vinyl music the way it was meant to be played.
Increasingly popular are portable stereo turntables as well, mainly due to the fact that for the first time in forever, people other than DJs can actually afford them and not just the off-brand cheap versions. So let us then find out what are the ten best portable stereo turntables the market has to offer at this point in time.
101ByOne Belt Driven Bluetooth Turntable with Built-in Stereo Speaker
Built in a traditional style with a solid wood frame and a dust cover, this particular turntable from 1byone is bound to bring a bit of style into your home. This being said, it’s not the aesthetics alone that recommend it but its built-in full-range stereo speakers with a 2-way system, its vinyl-to-mp3 recording capability, its selectable 33 / 45 /78 RPM speed settings, its Bluetooth & Plug and Play connectivity that works with virtually all mobile devices, and a variety of other interesting features.
9Jensen JTA-460 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with MP3 Encoding System
Equipped with the capacity to convert vinyl music to mp3 without using a computer, the Jensen JTA-460 is definitely better than half the turntables out there. It also features an AM/FM Receiver with Digital Frequency, a belt driven 3-speed stereo turntable, built-in stereo speakers, and much more. Furthermore, it also comes with a remote control and SD/MMC Slots, features that are bound to come in handy at some point or another.
8Crosley CR49-TA Traveler Turntable with Stereo Speakers
Seemingly bulky at first sight, this portable turntable from Crosley features both stereo speakers and an adjustable tone control feature for good measure. Not only that, but its adjustable tone control is designed to be thoroughly flexible under any conditions, a feature amplified by its diamond stylus needle and dynamic full range speakers that recommend it for anyone looking for quality sound reproduction and versatility at the same time.
7Jensen 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with AM/FM Stereo Radio
This 3-speed stereo turntable comes with two built-in speakers and a stereo headphone jack but also with external stereo speaker output terminals as well. Interestingly enough, it is one of the few stereo turntables with AM/FM stereo receivers, a feature mostly overlooked by most manufacturers, but a very useful one nonetheless. Also interesting is the fact that this particular turntable is a lot more capable overall than most turntables in this price range.
6Crosley CR8005A-TU Cruiser Portable 3-Speed Turntable
Equipped with a belt-driven and an NP6 needle, the sheer audio quality you can expect from the CR8005A-TU is astonishing. It also comes equipped with a manual return tone arm for good measure, along with the capacity to play 3 speeds (33, 1/3, 45) and 78 RPM records. Not only that, but it also features dynamic full range stereo speakers capable of reproducing music at a tremendous fidelity along with RCA and headphone jack outputs for better connectivity.
5Electrohome Archer Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Stereo System
This 3-in-1 suitcase turntable record player is designed with style and portability in mind for you to enjoy your favorite vinyl wherever you may be. Portable and aesthetically pleasing, this particular turntable stereo system can very well play records or mp3s via USB or 3.5mm auxiliary input from virtually any device you connect it to. At the same time, it features built-in speakers with full-range high-quality sound reproduction capabilities, all housed in an all-wood acoustic cabinet.
4Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
Thanks to its selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and USB connectivity, you can connect this turntable to any Mac or PC with relative ease. You can also connect it to any mobile device with USB capabilities as well. As for the playback, this turntable can be set to play at 33-1/3, 45, or 78 RPM speeds with a +/- 10 percent or +/1 20 percent pitch adjust. It also comes with a switchable built-in preamplifier with line-level RCA output cables and a professional cartridge and headshell.
3Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable
The JTA-230 from Jensen, like the name suggests, is a 3-speed stereo turntable capable of 33/45/68 RPM playback. It also features a stereo speaker system that will play not only vinyl music but mp3s as well, just as long as you connect it to any mp3-storing device via its auxiliary input jack. We should also point out that if is equipped with a pitch control for adjusting the record speed, a volume control, a tone control, a power indicator, an auto stop switch, and a dust cover.
2Audio Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Capable of fully automatic operation, this cleverly designed turntable features a switchable pre-amp system with RCA Phono and RCA line connectors. It also boasts an integral dual-magnet stereo cartridge with a replacement stylus and a professional aluminum platter for a more professional look. Also interesting is the fact that it has 2-speed turntable playback capabilities that allow you to play music a 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds.
11ByOne Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable
This Portable Stereo Turntable from 1byone is one of the most popular turntables on the market today and it’s easy to see why. It features front-facing built-in stereo speakers designed to provide crystal-clear sound at all times, speakers that will playback not just vinyl records but mp3 files as well. For this purpose, you can connect it to virtually any type of mobile device you might have.
It also features RCA and headphone jack outputs along with line-in ports mounted on the side, giving you more options as far as music playback goes. At the same time, the sheer sound quality you can expect from this particular turntable is high above the standard most turntables in this price range have. Speaking of which, you aren’t likely to find any other portable turntable out there as capable yet as affordable as this one.
We should also point out that it comes equipped with a dynamic, balanced tone arm with soft damping control to ensure perfect fidelity, a feature most audiophiles look for in a portable turntable. As for the design, the Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable features a wooden cabinet with PU leather wrapping, enjoying a briefcase design that makes it lightweight and easy to carry.