2017 Best Buys: Which is The Best Portable Turntable?

Providing a proper storage for your turntable might be a bit tough. You need a shelf or a record player table where you can put it on. That will be a problem if you do not have a budget. That is why most vinyl collectors end up buying a portable turntable.

I have come across various types of record players which are unbelievably stunning based on its design and performance. If I have extra bucks for a nice shelf, storage box or a record player table, I would not mind spending more for a nice turntable. The sad story is, I don’t. Which is why I find it very practical to give up my budget onto a better improvisation - a portable turntable.

What is a portable turntable? Is buying one worth your money? Which is the best portable turntable on the market?

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What is a Portable Turntable?

portable record player

Throughout the years, many users have shifted from the usual record player or a vintage record player to a portable turntable. Many, including me, have found it more feasible when it comes to performance, price and storage.

The difference between a portable turntable and the usual one could be like an inch apart. All the features, mechanism or parts are more likely the same. A portable turntable is just added a little twist that makes it more preferable by some users. It is usually encased in a wooden or vinyl box, commonly in a suitcase-like cabinet. Some are customized with a sturdy support, such as a stand. All of these added features make the portable turntable easier for storage and display, and sometimes, in a good and affordable price.

The name itself, “portable” turntable, describes it much better. It is customized with a case or stands to make it easier and convenient to be carried or moved wherever you want to.

Why You Should Consider Buying a Portable Turntable​

It is always nice to listen to your favorite vinyl records wherever and whenever you want to. Unfortunately, a typical record player might not always come in handy. Well, of course, you need to handle it with extra care every time you move or carry it someplace else. Hence, if you want a turntable but have major concerns about room space, storage and budget, a portable turntable might be the best option for you.

Top 3 Best Portable Turntable​

Once you have decided to buy a portable turntable, the next you should do is find the best ones on the market. I would love to assist you on that. Listed below are the Top 3 Best Portable Turntable on the market.

​1./ Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad Portable USB Turntable

Crosley CR6232A-BR

The Crosley Nomad Portable Turntable is one of the portable turntables on the market that has the best and elegant suitcase designs. It is structured with vinyl wrapped chrome snap enclosure. The handle and locks keep it secured whenever you have to carry it anywhere.

Aside from its portability, it is loaded with stunning features that every record player lover would love. It is a 3-speed turntable that plays 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. You can also use the USB jack to transfer and edit the vinyl records to a Windows or MAC computer. It also has multiple output options for external speakers or and headphones. The RCA audio out allows the turntable to connect to other speakers, headphones or earphones. The auxiliary port is also available which makes it portable audio ready for smartphones, CD players and any other MP3 devices.

The Noman Portable Turntable also ensures great sound quality from its speakers. The woven grill cloth covers the integrated speakers for truly portable audio.

Pros

  • 3-speed turntable
  • Features auxiliary port for smartphones, CD players and MP3 devices
  • Features a USB port for transferring and editing music from vinyl records
  • Structured with a stylish wooden suitcase
  • Has multiple output options for external speakers and headphones

Cons

  • Good sound quality but not great
  • Tone arm and stylus look cheap
  • Does not play records at times

Conclusion

The elegant suitcase design is what caught my eye. I know I have to test it for the performance and sound quality first, but I knew right then and there, I would spend my bucks on it. I have always wanted to carry my record player wherever I go, and this Crosley Nomad Portable Turntable saved my day.

The features seem like the high-end turntables on the market which I find more impressive. It is a 3-speed turntable with multiple outputs for devices, external speakers and headphones. I also like how I can edit and transfer the music from my vinyl records through the USB port. For the sound quality, I found it good but not great.

On the other hand, I found some downsides about the Crosley Nomad player. There are times when the player does not play some of my records. The needle or stylus and the tone arm also look cheap. The needle broke after a few months.

It is recommended for those who are buying a turntable for the first time. The Crosley turntable is a great investment for the beginners and also for some long-time collectors. However, with the issues concerned, this is the type of portable turntable that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and handling. You should be careful at all times.​


2./ Electrohome Archer Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable Stereo System​

Electrohome Archer Vinyl Record Player Classic Turntable

​The Electrohome Archer Vinyl Record Player is also one of the best buys I found online. Just like the Crosley Nomad portable turntable, it is encased in a stylish suitcase inspired from the 1960’s. It is complemented with handles and locks to keep the record player secured and safe to carry wherever you go.

It is a bel-driven turntable that plays 7, 10, and 12-inch records at three different speeds – 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. This allows you to play all of your favorite records from your vinyl collection. A 3.5mm auxiliary input is also available which you can use to play music from different devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet, smartphones or any MP3 player.

The built-in stereo speakers deliver full-range high-quality sound that can fill up your room with great music. But if you like listening to your playlist privately, an output is available where you can connect your headphones or earphones.​

Pros

  • 3-speed turntable
  • Features 3.5mm auxiliary output for smartphones, tablets, or any mp3 devices
  • Plays 7, 10 and 12-inch records
  • Provides full-range sound with its built-in speakers
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Looks cheaply made
  • It skips on records at times
  • The sound quality is not so good

Conclusion

As a vinyl record collector, I have all sorts of records in my collection. That is why it is a big deal if my turntable has the capability to play any type of vinyl record. Portability is a big plus! Electrohome Suitcase Record Player did not let me down on that. I like the features, particularly the auxiliary output. It allows me to play all the songs in my playlist from my gadgets.

I could say that the Electrohome portable turntable is a good buy in terms of the price but the structure could have been better. It looks a lot like plastic and cheaply made though the sound quality is quite impressive. Since it does have issues, this is recommended for those collectors who just need an addition to their collection but not as the main player of your records.

The sound it delivers is not great but not bad. I guess that makes up for it. However, there are still instances where the record skips when being played or doesn’t play at all.


3./ TechPlay CTA99 3speed Portable Turntable​

TechPlay CTA99 3speed portable turntable

Ranks on the 3rd spot on our list are the TechPlay CTA99 3-speed portable turntable. It includes a sturdy stand where you can place your turntable on. So if you don’t have enough space for a shelf or table, you won’t have to worry about it with this TechPlay CTA99 portable turntable. The stand is incredibly lightweight yet sturdy which provides great support for the record player. The installation is quick and easy!

Not all portable turntables include a durable support thus the TechPlay’s turntable stand is truly outstanding. It does not only complement the turntable but your interiors as well. The design itself is inspired by the retro classic style!

TechPlay portable turntable allows you to play all kinds of records in your collection. The 3-speed setting also makes it possible. And if you also want to enjoy your other playlists from your other devices, you can do it through the auxiliary port. The built-in speakers maximize the high-quality sound! But if you prefer listening with your headphones or earphones, an output is available where you can connect them to.

Pros

  • Delivers high-quality sound
  • Features auxiliary port for smartphones, tablets or any other MP3 devices
  • Features an RCA audio out for external speakers or amplifiers
  • Includes a stand
  • 3-speed turntable
  • Features a wooden construction with a cloth cover

Cons

  • Does not feature a USB port
  • A bit pricey than the other brands

Conclusion

It seems difficult to find a portable turntable such as the TechPlay CTA99. The stand sums up a great deal which, I think, is just right for the price. Otherwise, I would be forced to find a stand that would perfectly match with my turntable. That means another dime to spend.​

There’s nothing new with the features actually, but I like how everything’s plain, simple and not complicated. Hence, recommended for beginners and all-time vinyl collectors. The multiple output options are just what I needed. However, I wish there could be a USB port for transferring or editing music.

I find the sound quality very impressive. It sounds great and it plays all my records seamlessly and without any scratches. The output is also available where it allows me to play my playlists from my phone. If I want to boost the volume, I can connect additional speakers or an amplifier through the RCA audio out. Overall, the TechPlay is worth a penny.


Final Words

After searching for the best portable turntable, the products listed above are some of the great deals on the market. I was actually contemplating between the Crosley Nomad Portable Turntable and the TechPlay CTA99 Portable Turntable with a stand. Both have outstanding features, but of course, there were loopholes I couldn’t miss. However, regardless of what they can offer, I still ended up with the TechPlay CTA99.

The Crosley suitcase turntable is great for portability and storage. The USB port is a plus which is what the TechPlay is missing. Despite that tiny lapse, I still prefer a turntable that is easy to display. The TechPlay includes a sturdy stand that provides great support. Just need to tighten some screws and it’s good to go! It is also lightweight, though, so I still can move it wherever I want to.

It plays all the records perfectly and with great sound quality. It can fill up the whole room without any distortion or skips. This is also one of the reasons why it stood out among all the turntables on the list. I can also amplify the volume with additional speakers through the RCA audio out. The multiple ports for devices and headphones make the turntable even better. It is indeed a great buy!

If you’re still in search of finding the best portable turntable, hope this guideline helps you.​

Erin Taylor
 

Chief editor of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.

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