Best DJ Turntables 2024 | Juno Daily (2024)

We round up the best DJ turntables on the market, from classic Technics to specialist scratch decks.

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With the legendary Technics SL-1210 back in production and fresh products on the market from brands including Pioneer and Reloop, there’s a strong argument that the range of DJ turntables on offer is better than ever before. Vinyl may not be the only option for DJs as it once was, but despite the arrival of CDJs and DJ software, the turntable market is strong, buoyed in part by the vinyl resurgence. In no particular order, we run through the best options, from budget choices through to professional models.

Contents

  • What to look for
    • Conventional or specialist?
    • What do you get for your money?
  • The best DJ turntables
    • Technics SL-1210 MK7
    • Pioneer PLX-1000
    • Pioneer PLX-CRSS12
    • Reloop RP-8000 MK2
    • Audio-Technica AT LP140XP
    • Pioneer PLX-500
    • Reloop RP-2000
    • Numark PT01 Scratch
    • Stanton STX
  • In summary

What to look for

Conventional or specialist?

Looking through the options on our list, you’ll very quickly notice that most DJ turntables look very similar. The style and features of the classic Technics SL1200/1210 models set a blueprint which most other brands are happy to follow: solid construction, a pitch slider and simple looks.

The Reloop RP-8000 MK2 is the obvious choice for DJs who use digital vinyl system (DVS) software such as Serato or Traktor. It’s a clever hybrid turntable which includes controller features designed specifically for software.

The other unconventional turntable on our list is the Numark PT01 Scratch, which offers ultimate portability thanks to its compact size and built-in speaker. It even runs on batteries, meaning you could take it out when crate digging. A very different type of turntable altogether, but a good reminder that there’s much more to DJing than just sticking to the classics.

What do you get for your money?

Almost all DJ turntables are now direct-drive models, meaning they have better pitch stability and more power than the cheap belt-drive models which used to be common entry-level options. More expensive options look very similar to cheaper models, which means it’s sometimes not obvious what more you’re getting for your money.

In simple terms, more expensive turntables tend to perform better thanks to higher quality materials, more precise build and better components. At the top end of the market, you’ll generally find higher build quality but also more powerful motors and better quality sound thanks to better tonearms and superior electronics. You generally get what you pay for, and when you put the cheaper models side by side with pro-quality options like the Technics SL-1210 MK7 or Pioneer PLX-1000, it’s easy to see and hear the jump up in quality.

The best DJ turntables

Technics SL-1210 MK7
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The discontinuation of the iconic SL-1200/1210 caused widespread anxiety among DJs, fearing that this marked the end of what had been the industry standard DJ turntable since the 1970s. Thankfully its absence proved short-lived, with Technics’s parent company Panasonic retooling, redesigning and bringing back the SL range including the DJ-focused MK7 model. Almost every aspect has been modified and updated, from the new motor technology through to the composite materials used to construct the chassis itself, but it very much retains the original look and feel of the classic older models.

As we found in our review of the SL-1210 MK7, the new model lives up to the legacy of its much-loved predecessors. What more is there to say? It’s the definitive DJ turntable for a reason, and it’s still our favourite all-rounder. It’s not the cheapest model on the market and it’s easily beaten when it comes to features by models like the Reloop RP-8000, but it still sets the benchmark for solid build quality, reliability and feel.

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ProsCons
A great DJ turntableNot the cheapest
Tech specs
Starting torque1.8 kg cm
Wow and flutter0.025% WRMS
Dimensions453 x 169 x 353 mm
Weight9.6 kg

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Pioneer PLX-1000
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In the few years between the discontinuation of the ‘old’ Technics SLs and the arrival of the new models, there was a huge opportunity for a new brand to step in and fill the gap in the market for a solid, professional-grade DJ turntable. Decks from brands like Stanton and Numark have always been popular, but perhaps the closest thing to a Technics replacement came from an unexpected source. Pioneer DJ are best known for digital products, from their CDJs to DJM mixers, but the PLX-1000 and its little brother the PLX-500 (below) mark their entry to the turntable market.

Now that Technics have returned, the main selling point of the 1000 over the SL1210 is fairly simple: it comes in at a lower price point. Other than that, the formula is familiar: it’s the same basic look and feel, very similar sound and solid, durable construction. A worthy alternative to the MK7.

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ProsCons
A cost-effective alternative to the SL-1210PLX-500 is arguably even better value
Tech specs
Starting torque4.5 kg cm
Wow and flutter≤0.1% WRMS
Dimensions453 x 159 x 353 mm
Weight13.1 kg

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Pioneer PLX-CRSS12
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Most new DJ turntables follow a fairly well-established formula at this point, but the Pioneer PLX-CRSS12 is something unlike any turntable you’ve seen before. The easiest way to describe it might be as a cross between Pioneer’s own PLX-1000 and a vinyl-style controller such as Rane’s Twelve MKII, a hybrid setup which allows you to play vinyl records or use it as a ‘tonearm-free’ digital controller for Serato or Rekordbox.

The main selling point of the CRSS12 is that it gives you the best of both worlds. It might be the first hybrid controller to hit the market, but it makes you wonder why no one has tried this approach before. Whether you’re a DJ who wants to mix back and forth between vinyl and digital, or you’re putting together a club installation which works for as many DJs as possible, it keeps your options open.

The PLX-CRSS12 is a pricey option, but the only real alternative is something like a combination of a PLX-1000 and a Rane Twelve, which would be more expensive, less convenient and take up more space in your DJ booth. The convenience of the CRSS12 really does make it a unique option for anyone who needs the versatility of digital and vinyl.

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ProsCons
The best of both worlds, analogue and digitalNot the cheapest option
Works out cheaper and more convenient than separate turntable and controller
Tech specs
Starting torque4.5 kg cm
Wow and flutter0.15% or less WRMS (JIS WTD)
Dimensions453 x 159 x 353 mm
Weight12.2 kg

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Reloop RP-8000 MK2
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Established in 1996, just as digital DJing options first emerged, Reloop were relative latecomers to the turntable industry but quickly established themselves as major players. The Münster-based company dabbles in digital DJ controllers, but it’s committed to keeping the faith as far as turntables are concerned, whether that means traditional vinyl DJing or modern digital vinyl system (DVS) approaches.

The RP-8000 is the brand’s flagship turntable, aimed mainly at DVS users. It’s a good turntable when used the traditional way, simply playing records, but the whole thing was really built with Serato in mind, integrating digital controls and MIDI features for trigger actions. The direct drive motor takes care of timecode playback, while eight pads offer quick access to hot cues, loops and sample decks. Features like variable torque and adjustable stop/start speed also make it a versatile option for scratch DJs. All of this comes in at a very reasonable price point. A very impressive option for use with Serato.

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ProsCons
Excellent for Serato DJsVinyl purists won’t need the digital features
Tech specs
Starting torque2.8 – 4.5 kg cm
Wow and flutter0.01% WRMS
Dimensions458 x 144 x 354 mm
Weight11.8 kg

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Audio-Technica AT LP140XP
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Japanese brand Audio-Technica was founded in the early 1960s as a phono cartridge specialist, branching out over time into the headphone and microphone markets, with a sideline in sushi robots. Today, their flagship ART1000 cartridge retails for the thick end of £5,000 and is resolutely aimed at audiophiles rather than DJs.

The brand’s turntable range is admittedly a little more humble than their cartridge offerings, but worth considering nonetheless if you’re in the market for midrange decks. The LP140XP is a solid Technics-inspired option with a classic look and feel, featuring basic additions to the classic SL1200 formula such as removable RCA cables and adjustable pitch range. Very much a no-nonsense approach with very little in the way of embellishment or frills. Just a good, solid all-rounder, supplied as standard with the brand’s own impressive AT-XP3 moving magnet DJ cartridge.

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ProsCons
A solid option at a good priceNot many fancy features
Tech specs
Starting torque>2.2 kg cm
Wow and flutter<0.2% WTD
Dimensions452 x 352 x 158 mm
Weight10 kg

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Pioneer PLX-500
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The PLX-500 is the budget model in Pioneer’s small range, coming in at half the price of the premium model and offering a more basic spec aimed at home DJs rather than professional club use. Switching the 1000’s metal construction for a more basic plastic chassis, the 500 isn’t as rugged and it’s missing some of the features of the top model, like adjustable pitch range. However, it uses the same motor, so it’s fundamentally very close in terms of feel and sound where it matters. It also adds some handy features not found on the top model, such as a USB output.

The PLX-500 is clearly a much more humble offering than the PLX-1000 but that’s no reason to write it off. At this price point it holds its own as an alternative to the likes of the Audio-Technica AT LP140XP or Numark NTX1000.

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ProsCons
A superb budget optionPLX-1000 is definitely a step up in quality
Tech specs
Starting torque>1.6 kg cm
Wow and flutter≤0.15% WRMS
Dimensions450 x 159 x 368 mm
Weight10.7 kg

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Reloop RP-2000
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There was a time when entry-level turntables were the stuff of nightmares. Anyone who tried to hone their skills on a cheap pair of belt-drive decks will remember just how frustrating it was to try and beat match with low-torque motors and excruciatingly unstable pitch controls. Things are completely different these days, with various brands offering cheaper decks that genuinely live up to expectations, either as a budget option for home practice or as a way to hone basic mixing and scratching skills before investing in more expensive turntables.

Reloop’s beginner-friendly RP-2000 is a case in point, with a direct-drive motor and sturdy feel that belies its price point. Very much built in the mould of the classic SL1200 MK2, the RP-2000 is a bare-bones offering thatdoes everything well, with no frills and no fuss.

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ProsCons
Proof that budget turntables can be goodNo frills
Tech specs
Starting torque>1 kg cm
Wow and flutter<0.15% WRMS
Dimensions450 x 352 x 144 mm
Weight6.75 kg

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Numark PT01 Scratch
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Our next pick is something a little different. The market for turntables aimed at scratch DJs seems to have cooled slightly since peaking in the late 90s and early 2000s, most probably since the rise in DVS use has helped solve some of the challenges that faced vinyl scratch DJs. However, there are still interesting scratch-focused products to be found on the market. Numark’s PT01 Scratch is a good example: a lightweight, portable deck with a built-in ‘scratch switch’ (a bit like an on/off crossfader for fast cuts), aimed directly at scratch DJs.

There’s a small portable turntablism (‘portablism’) scene based around this kind of diminutive scratch deck, but it’s not hard to see the appeal of this kind of thing for other uses. The built-in speaker and headphone outputs would make it a nice option to carry round while crate digging, plus it’s also got a USB output for ripping records or sampling. Certainly the most unique option on our list but an interesting proposition for those who think outside the box.

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ProsCons
Portable funNot a serious option for mixing
Tech specs
Dimensions302 x 302 x 102 mm
Weight1.95 kg

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Stanton STX
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Stanton’s STX is the obvious rival to the Numark PT01, with both appearing fairly similar at first glance. It’s another seven-inch-only portable, battery-powered scratch deck, but the Stanton is a little more advanced in a few areas. Essentially you’re looking at a mini turntable with a built-in speaker, but also quite a few features you’d normally associate with DJ mixers; most notably, you’ve got a crossfader to cut the sound from the stylus, plus tone control and crossfader controls. In addition to the built-in speaker, you’ve got a surprisingly comprehensive range of inputs and outputs, with the ability to stream backing tracks from Bluetooth sources or an aux input, which are blended together with the output from the record. You can also listen using headphones, record directly to a USB stick or take the stereo output from line outs (no phono pre-amp or mixer required; the STX has a built-in pre-amp and sends out a line-level stereo signal).

Aside from the decent sound quality and precise, lightweight crossfader action, what’s impressive about the STX is the level of customisation; you can adjust the crossfader curve and precisely set the cut-in point as well as reversing the action, giving you full control over the way you cut the output of the cartridge. With reasonable power from the belt-driven platter, cutting and scratching is surprisingly effective for such a small turntable, with the Mini InnoFader Nano crossfader offering great feel and precision.

Whether you want a fun, portable deck to mess about with or a more serious performance tool, the STX offers great value, decent sound and a more comprehensive feature set than its rivals.

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ProsCons
A more serious scratch option than the Numark PT01 ScratchA specialist choice
Aftermarket mods available, including InnoFader Mini ProPricier than the PT01 if you just want a fun toy
Tech specs
Dimensions330 x 330 x 102 mm with cover (83mm without cover)
Weight2.4 kg

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In summary

The DJ turntable market is in good health, with value for money at the entry-level price range, and true professional options at the high end.

Our list ranges from beginner-friendly budget options through to pro models suitable for club use, but the bottom line with turntables is that you generally get what you pay for. That’s not to say that cheaper models aren’t very impressive these days, but if you’re able to step up to a mid-range or high-end turntable you’ll see and hear the benefits in terms of build quality and sound.

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FAQs

Best DJ Turntables 2024 | Juno Daily? ›

If you've ever been to a club, you've probably seen a DJ mix music using vinyl turntables and a mixer. While this setup is still popular and essential DJ equipment for some DJs, it's not the only way to DJ anymore. With the advent of laptops and DJ software, it's easier than ever to start mixing music.

Do DJs use turntables anymore? ›

If you've ever been to a club, you've probably seen a DJ mix music using vinyl turntables and a mixer. While this setup is still popular and essential DJ equipment for some DJs, it's not the only way to DJ anymore. With the advent of laptops and DJ software, it's easier than ever to start mixing music.

What record players do DJs use? ›

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Pioneer PLX-1000 TurntableRead more Avg Price: $653 High-end/Boutique
Reloop RP-8000Read more
Numark TT250USB Professional DJ Direct Drive TurntableRead more Avg Price: $240 Standard/Professional
Audio-Technica AT-LP120 TurntableRead more Avg Price: $299 Standard/Professional
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What makes a turntable good? ›

Principles of a good turntable

The heavier the chassis, the better the damping of the noise coming from the motor and the bearing. This also ensures a reduction of the vibrations from the speakers and surroundings.

What do most professional DJs use? ›

DJ Equipment Overview
  • DJ Decks.
  • A DJ Mixer.
  • DJ Software.
  • A Music Library.
  • Speakers.
  • Headphones.
  • A Laptop/Computer.
  • Audio Interface or other Recording Gear.

Are turntables making a comeback? ›

Alongside these there has also been a swift increase in the sales and manufacturing of new record players/turntables. The revival peaked in the 2020s decade, with various publications and record stores crediting Taylor Swift with driving vinyl sales.

How to choose DJ turntables? ›

Some of the essential factors that we consider include the speed, pitch controls, dimensions, type, and even warranty. You'll want a DJ turntable that can last you a while and is also versatile enough, so you can use it in the studio or even in a live event. DJs are the main purchasers of direct drive turntables.

Do most DJs use beat sync? ›

When Do DJs Use Sync? Established DJs use the sync button to allow them to do more complex and creative mixing and mix transitions, for example adding FX, 3 deck mixes, mixing vocal acapellas. Beginner DJs can use sync to help them create DJ mixes, however should not rely on sync for beat matching.

How do I record a high quality DJ set? ›

Record your DJ set using extra gear

You have two choices here: Use a dedicated piece of hardware that both captures and records your DJ set – Reloop has a kitsch little device aimed at DJs called the Tape 2 that can do it, or you could use a general hardware audio recorder like the Zoom H1N.

Should you buy an expensive record player? ›

While budget turntables can certainly deliver enjoyable tunes, the pricier alternatives often offer a more refined and nuanced experience. From tighter bass and richer midrange to crisper highs, the extra investment can elevate your listening sessions to music heaven.

Is Victrola or Crosley better? ›

Neither came close to the quality of the speakers featured in our best bookshelf speakers guide, but the Victrola had a much flatter response than the Crosley. The Victrola showed a reasonably flat response over an audio range from about 80 Hz to 15 kHz, versus about 180 Hz to 5.8 kHz for the Crosley.

How to choose a turntable? ›

7 Pointers to Consider When Buying a Vinyl Record Player
  1. Size and Speed. Size and speed are both very important when dealing with vinyl. ...
  2. How Do They Work? ...
  3. Can You Use Them? ...
  4. Manual vs Automatic. ...
  5. How Much to Spend. ...
  6. Maintenance and Upgrade Costs. ...
  7. Where Are You Going to Put It?
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How much does a decent turntable cost? ›

To get an entry-level turntable that won't cause damage and has good sound quality, expect to spend between $200 and $500.

How much should I spend on a turntable setup? ›

If you're a new record collector or just getting back into vinyl and looking for your first new setup, there is a sweet spot in the $500-600 range for entry-level turntables and speakers.

What's a good entry-level turntable? ›

The Best Record Players For Beginners To Spin Vinyl Music
  • Best Record Player For Beginners Overall: Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK.
  • Best Portable Record Player For Beginners: Victrola Revolution GO.
  • Best Upgrade Record Player For Beginners: Audio-Technica AT-LP3.
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Do people still use turntables? ›

Today, many houses across North America are inclined to vinyl trends and own record players or a turntable.

Are turntables still used? ›

Turntables are still, arguably, the best way to listen to your music if you are a true audiophile, and we'll tell you why!

What do modern DJs use? ›

Most modern DJ's are using a controller with a laptop as it's a much leaner setup and easier to transport. Not only that but it's much more convenient to use. The DJ Controller can actually scratch like a record player, cue media and play music files and even add effects.

Do DJs still scratch? ›

Subculture. While scratching is becoming more and more popular in pop music, particularly with the crossover success of pop-hip hop tracks in the 2010s, sophisticated scratching and other expert turntablism techniques are still predominantly an underground style developed by the DJ subculture.

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