The Best Turntables for Your Budget

Make the Most of Your Record Collection with a Quality Sound System

A red Rega turntable on a white background.

There’s no shortage of record stores here in Atlanta. We have Comeback Vinyl, Fantasyland Records, Moods Music, Wuxtry Records, and so many others. If you’re a record collector, or if your friend or family member loves vinyl, there’s no better way to treat them (or yourself) this holiday season than with an upgraded turntable. 

The equipment you use to play records can make or break the musical experience, so it matters which turntable you choose. In this article, we’ll break down the best turntables for different budgets and share our turntable accessory packages at HiFi Buys in Atlanta, GA. 

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Best Turntables by Budget 

Whether you’re listening to acoustic or electric, find the best record player for your budget. 

Up to $500: Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB 

What makes a good record player? Turntables work like microphones, picking up information from the record’s grooves—as well as surrounding distortions and vibrations. Because of this, the best record players need to create as little noise or vibrations as possible. 

Even at a lower price point, Pro-Ject’s T1 Phono SB is made without any plastic parts or hollow spaces, eliminating undesirable vibrations. Its glass platter is infinitely better than plastic platters you’ll find on cheaper turntables, and the table’s feet help to absorb vibrations. This is an excellent choice for the starter system! 

Up to $750: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

If you have the budget for something a little more refined, that takes us to the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO. Pro-Ject upgraded its already heavy metal platter with thermoplastic elastomer technology to damp resonances, creating a noiseless operation that won’t interfere with the music. 

You can effortlessly change replay speeds with more precision and accuracy. The Debut Carbon EVO is also an eye-catching addition to any sound system, available in high-gloss black, red, and white, or real walnut wood. 

Up to $1,500: Rega Planar 3 

The Rega Planar 3 takes the cake for the top of our list. It won What Hi-Fi?’s Product of the Year award for the past six years, and for good reason. The body’s rigid design prevents unwanted resonance that could distort music, resulting in a clear, polished sound. It’s available in three gloss finishes: red, black, and white. Its glass platter includes a sleek Optiwhite edge, adding shine and class to the experience. 

HiFi Buys’ Accessory Packages

Starter Pack for New Turntables 

Shopping for an aspiring record collector? Our Vinyl Starter Package ($49.99) includes a stylus cleaner and record brush to ensure the turntable plays clearly every time a record’s set down on the platter. 

Vinyl Collector

Our Vinyl Collector Package ($499.99) is made for the audiophile who’s ready to step up their game. It includes the Pro-Ject VC-E record cleaning machine, protective MoFi inner sleeves, MoFi outer sleeves, and the MoFi cleaning solution. It’s the perfect gift for any audio lover—whether that’s a loved one or yourself. 

Discover Turntable Magic at HiFi Buys 

Need help setting up your record player after purchasing? Remember, a low-end turntable that’s installed correctly will always sound better than a high-end model that’s installed improperly. 


Contact HiFi Buys in Atlanta to learn more about our services, and visit our showroom to hear these turntables for yourself! Reading about a turntable is one thing—experience the music in person at HiFi Buys.

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