On this page you’ll find summary reviews for the best record player under 100.
You could be looking for the best record player under 100 for a variety of reasons…
You’re a beginner to vinyl or you want to break out your old vinyl collection gathering dust in the attic.
You’re on a tight budget and want something to play your vinyls on.
No matter where you are at the beginning of your vinyl journey – you’re probably wondering where to start…
So let’s start at the beginning…
Firstly, most websites providing information about the machines we use to play vinyl records on make the mistake of mashing record players and turntables together in one confusing lump. But there are actually very distinct differences between the two…
I wrote about the differences here, but I’ll briefly touch on the main ones before I get started since I’m sure you’re rearing to go to find the best record player under 100, to suit your budget…
Find a picture of any phonograph from way back when and you’ll notice that they all have built-in speakers or in much older versions a mono speaker. Yes, that’s the main difference between a record player and a turntable. Record players are self-contained units and you don’t need anything else before you can kick back and enjoy your vinyl records.
Turntables on the other hand require external speakers and sometimes a phono preamp to bring the sound to line level. Although some turntables do have built-in phono preamps.
Record players also have very little in the way of fine tuning their performance. Some will be factory fitted with pitch or tone controls but that’s pretty much the exception, not the rule. Turntables are usually more sophisticated and the higher end you go the more fine tuning is available. They also cost more than record players.
Now that you know the difference let’s look at the best record player under 100.
Actually there are a few of record players I consider the best in their price range. Each of these have been fully reviewed here at Record Player Pro. On this page I’ll give a brief summary of each and link to the full review.
I base my reviews on a set of 7 criteria which I think is very important when considering which record players make the cut – no pun intended there! 🙂 I delve into each of these features in detail on the full review pages but I’ll just mention them here for good measure.
The 7 Criteria for finding the best record player under 100:
- The speeds at which the unit can play.
- The overall size of the unit.
- The drive of the unit.
- The cartridge and stylus of the record player.
- The factory fitted speakers.
- The factory fitted bells and whistles.
- The connectivity the unit offers.