When it comes to spinning vinyl, there are a lot of choices under $500, but not all of them are awesome, especially if you care about the way your turntable looks as much as the way it plays. Whether you’re a vinyl junkie or making a foray into the great you’d be hard-pressed to find a better setup than the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Turntable ($499). Including a table, tonearm and factory-installed cartridge you’re pretty much set up to go right out of the box, including fussy calibration and assembly.
RPM 1.3 isn’t just a looker either. Pro-Ject has infused it with first-rate technical features like a resonance-optimized platter, decoupled AC synchronous motor, tonearm milled from a single piece of aluminum, and most importantly, a high quality pre-installed Ortofon cartridge. Available in gloss white, red or black the RPM 1.3’s minimalist design looks as great as it sounds making it a killer centerpiece to your analog setup.
Buy Now: $499