When you buy a turntable from any Amoeba store now through November 15, you'll get $25 worth of USED vinyl - for FREE - to jumpstart your collection!
To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.
To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable
. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.
If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, Belt Drive Turntable
will work perfectly well for you.
How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp
If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether).
What the Heck is a Pre-Amp Anyway and Why Should I Care?
The pre-amp boosts the sound of the cartridge on your turntable up to the "line" level of an iPod, CD player or cassette deck. A lot of turntables come with built-in pre-amps these days and if that's the case, you don't need to worry about it. But if your turntable or receiver doesn't have a built-in pre-amp, you'll need to get one (you can get a decent one for around $30 at Radio Shack). Then your turntable will connect into the pre-amp which will then connect to your receiver (or your speakers if you have powered speakers).