Believe it or not, record sales are at an all-time high — whether it’s due to their cool aesthetic, superior sound quality or simple nostalgia value, records are a fantastic way to revive old favorites and discover new ones. Turntables aren’t as expensive as they used to be, but it can be difficult to determine which players are not only worth investing in, but also how they’ll work once you have them. With the rise of Bluetooth among all of our devices, it was only a matter of time before that trend hit record players as well.
Gone are the days of worrying and fussing over audio cables, as these players can connect to your travel speakers, AirPods, or any other Bluetooth device you can imagine. Set up is easy and breezy, leaving you with plenty of time to focus on what matters most: listening to your favorite album. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up seven of the best Bluetooth record players on the market—check them out below.
1. Sony PS-LX310BT Bluetooth Record Player
At SPY, we loved this record player so much that we wrote an entire review dedicated to it. While you should absolutely go and read that, the too long; didn’t read version of it is this: Sony’s player is an extremely versatile and well-constructed player that will mold to your existing setup, whatever it may be. Already have high-quality speakers? Slot this in with no issue. Looking to invest in a quality amp at some point? There’s a setting for that. Want to just connect it to your AirPods? You’re good. We really can’t recommend it enough.
2. Victrola Vintage Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player
BEST ENTRY LEVEL
For those looking to get into record players in general, the Victrola Vintage Suitcase Bluetooth Record Player is smartly priced to be a great entry-level unit. As evidenced by its namesake, it collapses to a suitcase for easy portability, meaning you can easily take it—and your Bluetooth speaker—to a house party to instantly add some sophistication to any event, or just host a cool listening party. Even if you don’t have a Bluetooth speaker, 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 color assortments, so there’s a shade for everyone.
3. Musitrend Record Player Belt-Drive Turntable
Another suitcase-style player, this one from Musitrend is a wood-based player that’s trimmed with leather wrapping to create a unit that’s inherently striking from the moment you pull it out of the box. The contrast between the two materials makes for a piece that manages to look both vintage and modern at the same time, which goes for the technology behind it as well. Built-in speakers are augmented and enhanced by the inclusion of audio outputs as well as the Bluetooth functionality. However, there’s also a dedicated headphone jack for those who still have wired headphones of some sort.
4. Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT Bluetooth Record Player
Starting with this Audio Technica is where these players begin to enter into a more serious level of commitment and quality. By investing more into the player, you’re rewarded with an overall better experience (i.e., better quality parts and construction which leads to a better quality sound), and few companies can match the level of expertise that Audio Technica puts into their products. The AT-LP60WH-BT is basically an upgraded version of the brand’s standard player that includes Bluetooth functionality. The fully automatic functionality 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. If you’ve had a suitcase player for a while now and are ready for something better, start here.
5. MUIFA Bluetooth Record Player
BEST MID-LEVEL PLAYER
For those who want something better than the Audio Technia but aren’t willing to take the jump on the Sony player, this unit from MUIFA straddles the line nicely. In fact, this unit is basically a hybrid between the two, as it’s built similar in style to the Sony player while using Audio Technica components (specifically a moving-magnetic phono cartridge to ensure better quality sound). Additionally, the player is capable of encoding your vinyl to a computer via USB, which means you can make digital copies instantly. And, of course, it’s completely Bluetooth-ready.
6. TRNTBL Bluetooth Record Player
BEST NEW PLAYER
TRNTBL is the first physical product from record subscription service VNYL, so they know a thing or two about quality sound. What makes TRNTBL special is that the player, outside of a power cord, is completely wireless. Yes, that’s right, there’s no need to hassle with speaker cords or audio inputs, opting instead to Bluetooth and WiFi-based speakers to provide the sound. The company sells the player with an included Sonos speaker if that’s the route you’d prefer to go, or you can connect to existing Bluetooth devices. The other thing that’s neat for audiophiles is that the player actively realizes what song is being played and automatically adds to your Spotify account, providing instant digitization of your physical media for when you’re away from your player. Oh, and it comes in a variety of cool, unique colors.
7. HYM Seed Bluetooth Record Player
Any real steward of vinyl collecting will tell you that the second you add a high-end amplifier into the equation—that’s the moment that your listening experience gets taken up a notch. This player from HYM comes with one built-in, allowing listeners to test to see what the listening experience would be like before (potentially) investing in something nicer. Regardless, the sound quality here is going to be top-of-the-line, while also providing a Bluetooth output for those who want it.