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Whether you're looking for a new Hi-Fi record player or a DJ turntable, you've come to the right place. At Bax Music, you'll find a wide range of record players as well as essential accessories like vinyl record crates, replacement needles, slipmats, desks, maintenance gear and more.
Record Players and Turntables: What's the Difference?
Technically speaking, record players and turntables have been designed to do the same thing: play back vinyl records. In practice, however, there's a distinction that can be made: turntables refer to the decks that DJs use to spin records, while record players are your every-day devices for simply playing back LPs. This is why DJ turntables often feature a direct-drive system and a tempo slide while regular record players do not.
Important Accessories for DJ Turntables and Record Players
Phono Preamps and Attenuators
While most DJ mixers do have a phono input, a lot of amplifiers, mixers and speakers aren't outfitted with a dedicated input for phono signals. At the same time, not every turntable and record player comes equipped with an internal preamp and RIAA equalizer. As a result, the sound may be too weak. If your record player and amplifier don't match, a phono preamp can help out since it opens up the option to connect a non-preamplified record player to a modern speaker system. For more info, read our blog 'How to Connect a Record Player to an Amplifier or Speaker System'.
Cartridges & Spare Needles
One of the key components of every record and turntable is the cartridge which, in addition to other crucial parts, is home to the needle. Whether you need a new needle (stylus) or you're looking to upgrade the sound or scratch-and-mix performance of your turntable, you'll find what you're after right here.
Vinyl Maintenance Products
Keeping your records free of dust and dirt goes a long way towards a long lifespan and optimum sound reproduction, so don't forget to grab cleaning tools like an anti-static vinyl brush, cleaning spray and some microfibre cloths.
Frequently Asked Questions About Turntables
How much do record players cost?
A straight-up record player for your living room costs between £50 and £100, while the average budget-friendly DJ turntable goes for a couple of hundred quid. Professional models can easily set you back more than a grand.
Which DJ turntable should I go for?
If you're shopping for a DJ turntable, you need to pay attention to the type of model you're looking at. So check if it's a belt-drive or direct-drive model, check if the needle is spherical or elliptical, and look at the shape of the tone-arm. Also, make sure you check the type of cartridge that comes with it and whether or not the model has an integrated phono preamp or an audio interface. If you need a little more help, then see our DJ Turntable Buyer's Guide.