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Believe it or not, vinyl record sales are at an all-time high. Records are a fantastic way to revive old favorites and discover new ones, whether due to their cool aesthetic or incomparable sound quality. And thanks in part to the vinyl revival, turntables aren’t as expensive as they used to be. However, it can be challenging to determine which players are worth investing in and how they’ll work once you have them. With the rise of Bluetooth among all our devices, it was only a matter of time before we found ourselves on the hunt for the best Bluetooth record player.
Gone are the days of worrying and fussing over audio cables, as these players can connect to your portable speakers, AirPods or any other Bluetooth device you can imagine. Setting up is easy, leaving you plenty of time to focus on what matters most: listening to your favorite album. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best Bluetooth record players on the market — check them out below.
What To Look for in a Bluetooth Record Player
Every Bluetooth record player shopper out there will have their unique checklist of wants, needs and ‘nice-to-haves,’ so don’t let us talk you out of a device you’ve fallen in love with. Even so, there are a few features and considerations to keep in mind in your hunt for the perfect Bluetooth turntable.
Varying speeds — Particularly if your record collection is diverse, you want to ensure you can play all of it, so make sure your record player of choice offers both 33 1/3 plus 45 revolutions per minute (RPM) as well as 78 RPM.
Built-in preamp — Some record players have internal pre-amplifiers or preamps, meaning you won’t need to splash out on a separate one. A solid preamp is paramount, particularly when connecting the record player to external speakers or other audio systems.
Strong connectivity — The key with most Bluetooth devices is that you want to have enough power to share the signal over a wide home area without digital breakup. Check for user reviews that specifically mention signal strength; after all, if you take your phone with you when you leave the record player’s side and the music starts to pop and crackle, we’re really going back to the bad old days of dusty needles and cruddy sound, right?
Ability to rip files — Vinyl collections are coveted, and these recordings are rare in some cases. It pays to have that ability built into a record player if you need to back up your records and songs on a digital file. That usually happens via a USB output, and it’s a nice extra to have, particularly if you want to do something like sharing your grandparents’ wedding song with them over a Zoom anniversary call.
1. Sony PS-LX310BT Bluetooth Record Player
BEST BLUETOOTH RECORD PLAYER OVERALL
We loved this record player so much that we wrote an entire review dedicated to this product and named it one of the best gifts of the year. While you should absolutely go and read our full review, the tl;dr version of it is this: Sony’s player is a highly versatile and well-constructed Bluetooth record player that will fit seamlessly into your existing audio setup, whatever it may be. Already have high-quality speakers? Slot this in with no issue. Are you looking to invest in a quality amp at some point? There’s a setting for that. Do you want to connect it to your AirPods? You’re good. We really can’t recommend it enough. It more than earns its reputation as the best Bluetooth record player available today.
2. Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Turntable
Starting with this Audio-Technica, these players begin to enter into a more serious level of commitment and quality. By investing more into the hardware, you’re rewarded with an overall better experience (i.e., better quality parts and construction, which leads to a better quality sound). Few companies can match the level of expertise that Audio-Technica puts into their products. This turntable is basically an upgraded version of the brand’s standard player.
The fully automatic functionality of the AT-LP60X model means you don’t have to worry about placing the needle in the perfect spot, as the unit moves the needle automatically over for you. Start here if you’ve had a suitcase player for a while now and are ready for something better. Keep in mind that this record player is hard to find right now, and it goes in and out of stock on sites like Amazon and Target. We suggest buying it quickly if you find it for sale because first come, first serve.
3. Victrola Journey Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player
BEST ENTRY LEVEL
For those looking to get into record players in general, the Victrola Journey Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player is priced to be a great entry-level unit. As evidenced by its name, it collapses into a suitcase for easy portability. The player itself has built-in stereo speakers and audio-out jacks if you want to spring for an upgrade. Most importantly, it comes in a cornucopia of colors — over 20 so far — so there’s a shade for everyone. It’s important to note that this player has a Bluetooth receiver but not a Bluetooth transmitter, meaning you can play audio from your phone to this player’s speakers. Still, you can’t play a record out to another Bluetooth speaker, for example.
4. 1byone Belt-Drive Turntable with Wireless Connectivity
BEST MID-LEVEL PLAYER WITH USB OUTPUT
For those who want something better than the Audio Technica but aren’t willing to take the jump on the Sony player, this unit from 1byone straddles the line nicely. In fact, this unit is essentially a hybrid between the two, as it’s built similar in style to the Sony player while using Audio Technica components (specifically a stylus to ensure better quality sound). Additionally, the player can encode your vinyl to a computer via USB, which means you can instantly make digital copies. And, of course, it’s completely Bluetooth-ready.
5. Cambridge Audio Alva TT V2 Direct Drive Turntable with Bluetooth APTX HD
This turntable from Cambridge Audio is an excellent option for those looking for an audiophile experience combined with the convenience of Bluetooth. While certainly not cheap, it delivers both looks and performance. It features a built-in phono preamp to have a minimalist setup. With a new tonearm with a removable headshell, this is lightweight and strong and can track your records flawlessly. Plus, it streams Bluetooth APTX for premium sound quality. This turntable utilizes a direct drive rather than a belt drive.
6. Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player
BEST BUDGET PICK
Crosley has an entire line of retro-inspired Bluetooth record players; however, we recommend their Fawn Cruiser portable record player, available exclusively at Urban Outfitters. Like the brand’s other suitcase record players, this machine is stylish and portable — the Crosley Fawn Cruiser gets an upgrade with a vintage carrying case.
While this is more of an entry-level record player than a premium product, it’s still got everything you need for a solid vinyl record listening experience. This record player comes with three speeds (33 1/3, 45 and 78). In addition to its Bluetooth capabilities, this Bluetooth record player also comes with built-in stereo speakers, a headphone jack and RCA audio output. With its snazzy light green case, carrying handle and relatively lightweight, this vintage turntable isn’t just highly portable; it’s also one of the best Bluetooth record players under $100. Like other options with built-in speakers, the Bluetooth allows you to stream to the player, but not from it.
7. Pro-Ject T1 Turntable
Pro-Ject walks the line between beginners and audiophiles in both performance and price. They’re not cheap, but you won’t faint from sticker shock. They’re also beautiful looking, so they’ll be a welcome addition to any setup. The thin build gives it a sleek look, and it’s available in black, white or walnut. The built-in phono preamp and Bluetooth transmitter make it easy to have a nearly cordless setup.
8. Victrola The Eastwood Record Player
The Eastwood is the latest and greatest from Victrola. It’s got a sleek design you want visually from a record player with the sound quality you deserve. It’s got dual-Bluetooth connectivity which allows streaming music through provided speakers directly through the player and an external source through Bluetooth. The player is complete with three speeds so that you can choose your favorite for a tailored listening experience.
9. Fuse REC Vertical Vinyl Record Player
MOST UNIQUE DESIGN
While most are looking to bring it back a notch in terms of aesthetics when buying a new record player, some may be looking for something wildly unique. If that’s you, well, do we have something for you. The Fuse Vert vertical record player plays your records vertically instead of flat down. The design blends a vintage exterior with a modern idea to play your records in a way you never thought possible. This vertical vinyl record player will impress your friends and family with your music taste and how you play it.
10. Pro-Ject VT-E Bluetooth Record Player
BEST SPACE SAVER
Pro-Ject’s VT-E Bluetooth record player immediately sets itself apart with its unique all-black vertical design. Due to its innovative design, you can place it on a flat surface or even wall-mounted while your record spins. And thanks to its Bluetooth transmitter, you can customize your audio setup exactly how you like it. We like the idea of wall-mounting this record player in the living room and then carrying your Bluetooth speaker into the kitchen to listen while you prep dinner — but the options are vast. While it doesn’t outrank our other picks in terms of sound quality, thanks to its innovative design, this turntable earns its place next to Sony, Audio-Technica and Victrola on our list of the best Bluetooth record players.
11. LuguLake Record Player Retro Turntable
Bring it back a couple of years, or maybe, like, hundreds of years, with a phonograph-inspired record player that will have you granny grabbing her glasses. This record player from LuguLake is as retro as it gets, featuring the OG horn of yesteryear record players used to blast sound throughout interior spaces. Experience a more vintage, rich sound that will bring your tone your tunes down a few notches in the best way possible. Unlike those olden days, this record player can also connect to USB, AUX and play AM/FM radio.
12. Victrola VTA-75 Standing Bluetooth Record Player
BEST STANDING PLAYER
If you want to really make a statement with your Bluetooth record player, this standing player from Victrola is a great bet. With its included speaker, you can play records out of this dedicated port or stream music directly from your iPhone or MP3 device using Bluetooth. Additionally, the standing player will make a striking and attention-grabbing piece in your home, adding a bit of vintage-inspired sophistication. This player has a Bluetooth receiver, not a transmitter, so you can play music from your phone to the built-in speakers, but you can’t pair this with other speakers.
13. LP&No.1 Retro Belt-Drive Bluetooth Turntable with Stereo Bookshelf Speakers
There’s one issue with Bluetooth. To use Bluetooth, you need another device that will allow you to do so. Headphones, speakers and earbuds will all do the job, but if you don’t already have these devices lying around, you’re going to have to spend the extra coin and cop a pair separately. Thankfully, that isn’t the case with the LP&No.1 Bluetooth Turntable. This baby comes with two loud speakers that sit on either side of the turntable. Tons of booming reviews express surprise regarding how well it works given what you get for the price, so maybe you’ll love it, too.