Top 5 Bluetooth Turntables – The Best Way to Wireless Vinyl

Somehow, the turntable has made a comeback, and if you hang around audiophiles, they’ve more or less convinced you to buy one by now. If not, their enthusiasm for Bluetooth turntables has got you sinking into research about turntables, and you’ve been looking up everything you can find on this old-world equipment. After all, few audio equipment manufacturers have managed to combine analog technology with modern tech perfectly to produce a state-of-the-art turntable allowing wireless connection. Moreover, the best Bluetooth turntable allows you to enjoy the crisp sound unique to record players from any smart device.

We’ve made it easy for you to grasp all there is to learn about turntables by putting together comprehensive details about turntables, how to choose one, what features are important in a turntable and why this is so. Learn why things like rotating speed, Bluetooth capacity, type of drive, and components like platter, tonearm, counterweight, and plinth that affect sound quality in a turntable matter.

Top 6 Bluetooth Turntables Review 2018

We must admit that we had plenty of fun researching into Bluetooth turntables. We came across true music aficionados, audiophiles and music teachers who breathe, talk, and live music. Spending weeks that didn’t seem long enough with these groups of folks made us aware of just how little we knew about music. But we’re glad we did it because we came out so much better-informed. And now, we bring this information to you. Find all the details, including a comparative table, in-detail reviews of each product, and a buying guide to help you find the best Bluetooth turntable for your desired sound experience.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT (Editor’s Choice)
Highly rated and affordable turntable with a replaceable diamond stylus and quality platter and belt drive reducing vibration
Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT
2. Akai Professional BT500 (Upgrade Pick)
Professional-quality turntable with all the must-have features included
Akai Professional BT500
3. HOFEINZ Vintage Natural Wood Turntable (Best Sound)
3 speeds, built-in speakers, and USB recording paired with a vintage exterior
HOFEINZ Vintage Natural Wood
4. Victrola Nostalgic Aviator 8-in-1 Bluetooth Turntable (Best Multifunction Bluetooth Turntable)
Entertainment center loaded with features and playing all three speeds
Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1
5. ABOX Bluetooth Turntable (Best Transfer Speed)
3-speed turntable with an outstanding look and decent sound quality
ABOX Bluetooth Turntable
6. Victrola 50's Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable (Budget Pick)
Classy 3-speed all-in-one record player with a USB recording feature
Victrola 50's Retro 3-Speed
Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Bluetooth capacity: 30 ft
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: replaceable diamond stylus
  • Pre-amplifier: included

More features: included dual RCA output cable, dual moving magnet phono cartridge, anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

For more than 50 years, Audio-Technica has supplied us with high-quality, easy-to-use, reliable, and really affordable turntables. This particular model not only boasts Bluetooth compatibility; it’s also a great option for a newbie due to its reasonable price and features like automatic start.

The AT-LP60BK-BT is a belt-drive turntable with Bluetooth capability. This simply means the platter is not directly joined to the motor but to an elastic belt which is then connected to the motor. In this model, the type of drive is a plus because it eliminates noise vibrations, meaning the signals you get are clean, with zero interference.

The AT-LP60BK-BT combines digital and analog aspects to give you a dual-technology experience, which you’ll love if you like to savor the nostalgic and fulfilling feeling that comes with operating a turntable manually. As much as you can use Bluetooth to connect the turntable to other devices and operate it, you also have the option to manually operate the turntable.

This turntable plays both 331/3 and 45 RPM records, meaning you’ll be able to play almost all your records, the maxi-singles and EPs included.

Its platter is made from die-cast aluminum, a material that is not only strong enough to last throughout the turntable’s useful life, but also has anti-resonance properties; it won’t transmit vibrations that might affect the sound quality.

The turntable comes with a built-in pre-amplifier, a switchable phono with RCA cables that can be connected to diverse audio systems, so you don’t have to additionally invest in a preamp.

PROS:
  • Connects up to eight devices
  • Uses a replaceable diamond stylus
  • Quality platter and belt drive reduce vibration

CONS:
  • Doesn’t have an adjustable tonearm weight

Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: elliptical diamond (ATN95E), replaceable
  • Pre-amplifier: yes

More features: die-cast anti-resonance aluminum, non-slip rubber mat, leveling bubble with adjustable feet

OVERALL RATING: 9.6 out of 10

The Akai Professional BT500 is every bit as premium at close proximity as it looks in pictures. It’s made in a refined design, with a rich Walnut finish to boot. If looks are important for you or you’re looking for a device that will upgrade the look of your studio, house or office, look no further.

But the BT500 isn’t all pretty looks and no bite. One thing you’ll appreciate about this turntable is that it not only plays music from Bluetooth-enabled devices but also connects to Bluetooth speakers. Simply (wirelessly) connect it to your favorite Bluetooth speakers and enjoy crisp sounds with no noise infiltration. Ensure that the speakers are disconnected from any other devices because if they are, they won’t pair with the turntable.

The platter is made from die-cast aluminum, whose anti-resonance properties enable it to block all vibration that could distort the music. The connecting high-torque DC motor reduces instances of noise distortion.

The turntable stays level and balanced, thanks to the adjustable feet and leveling bubble that allow you to adjust its positioning. The two complementing features also ensure a level needle drop. The BT500 uses an Audio-Technica magnetic cartridge, paired with an elliptical stylus, which perfectly complements the tonearm.

Bluetooth speakers aren’t the only type of speaker you can connect to the BT500. It also has RCA outputs through which you can connect the turntable to non-Bluetooth stereos and audio systems. You can also connect it to the computer via USB and use the accompanying software to convert your vinyl records to digital files.

PROS:
  • Bluetooth-out supported. Connects to Bluetooth speakers
  • Switchable phono preamplifier
  • Good sound quality
  • Comes with non-slip rubber mat

CONS:
  • On the pricey side

Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3, 45, 78 RPM
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: diamond
  • Pre-amplifier: no

More features: vinyl-to-USB Recording, 12-month warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

The HOFEINZ Vintage Natural Wood Turntable is a true vintage-style, belt-drive turntable with a modern touch. Its authentic solid wood style and glossy finish will beautifully complement both traditional and contemporary interior decor.

It’s designed to play all three speeds of records: 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM, which makes it valuable for anyone with a diverse collection of records in all speeds.

The beauty of classic turntables lies in their analog operation. In this model, HOFEINZ lets you enjoy the feeling of being in control with the auto cum manual tone-arm mechanism. While the tone-arm will automatically stop at the end of a record, you have the option to manually control it. Definitely makes you feel like it’s the ‘60s all over again!

Two-way built-in speakers bring out the sound in a clear, balanced way. Few turntables with speakers match the quality of sound projected by these HOFEINZ speakers. Unless you’re after a clubhouse surround effect, you probably won’t need to connect this turntable to external speakers. The audio output is loud and packed enough for listeners who just want to enjoy their music without all the superficial pomp.

You can connect any smart device with Bluetooth function to listen to your music. The turntable also has a recording function, which allows you to record your vinyl records in MP3 format via USB. You don’t need a computer or software for this; just plug in and record and you can take your formerly-vinyl music, now in MP3, anywhere with you. You’ll also be able to enjoy MP3 playback in the turntable.

PROS:
  • Easy USB recording
  • Top recording rate of 160 kbps
  • Comes with a 12-month warranty

CONS:
  • Bluetooth-out not supported

Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3, 45, 78 RPM
  • Bluetooth capacity: 33 ft
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: diamond, ITRRS-300
  • Pre-amplifier: not specified

More features: record directly from vinyl, CD, and cassette

OVERALL RATING: 9.4 out of 10

The Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1 is a belt-drive turntable cum entertainment center, pretty much like the name implies. It’s a multi-functional, super turntable with radio, CD player, cassette player and recording capability that seamlessly blends old and modern audio technology. You’ll be able to record any music on CD, cassette or vinyl directly to USB, in MP3 format, and won’t need to connect to the computer to do the recording.

It also has a 3.5mm aux-in and cable, which you can use to play music from any non-Bluetooth device. Granted, the sound is only as good as you’d expect from restrictive built-in speakers, but it performs a lot better than most turntables in this caliber. Should you desire the boom and punch of external speakers, you can connect these via cable to the headphone jack. Bluetooth is only supported as an input function, so you won’t be able to connect to Bluetooth speakers.

The radio function supports both AM and FM bands, and for the full radio effect, you get a rotary tuner to manipulate the dial the old-fashioned way. It comes with a remote control and, using this, you can operate the turntable from a distance. Bluetooth range is 33 feet, a distance that allows you to enjoy the music in a different room, with little interruption.

It’s somewhat retro design and natural look construction make it a fancy accessory in any room. You get great color options, too, with white and brown being top choices.

PROS:
  • 3-speed turntable
  • Multi-functional
  • Built-in speakers
  • Easy MP3 recording via USB
  • Connects to Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth devices

CONS:
  • Can’t connect to Bluetooth speakers

Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
  • Bluetooth capacity: 30+ ft
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: ceramic
  • Pre-amplifier: not specified

More features: vertical turntable, dual built-in stereo speaker

OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10

The ABOX Bluetooth Turntable from GooBang Boo is a classic little piece made in a lovely, retro natural wood design. It’s a vertical player, meaning your records will be held in an upright position while playing instead of the more conventional flat, horizontal position. It has the makings of a vintage turntable and, if you appreciate the feel-good vibes of classic turntables, this piece will resonate with you.

It’s also among the few Bluetooth turntables that support all three record speeds. You can easily play 331/3, 45, and 78 RPM records with this, and this alone makes it a great asset for anyone with a collection of the rarer 78 RPM records.

The turntable uses Bluetooth 4.1, which has better connection and data transfer speeds than the Bluetooth versions used on some rival brands. With Bluetooth 4.1, the turntable is able to automatically reconnect you if you venture out of range and get disconnected. That said, it has a Bluetooth range of 30+ feet, which can comfortably allow you to listen to your music from a different room in the house.

Unlike some turntables within its price range, this ABOX comes with built-in speakers, a major plus for anyone who doesn’t have speakers and isn’t ready to buy some just yet. Just plug and play. However, the sound quality isn’t what you’d expect from a good stereo system, so to get that boost in audio and possible a bit of bass, you may want to connect it to some good old external speakers.

PROS:
  • Classic, retro design
  • Fully automatic
  • 3-speed supported
  • Comes with an extra ceramic needle

CONS:
  • Record can get wobbly while playing if you don’t have the magnetic piece in place to fix this

Features
  • Speeds: 33-1/3, 45, 78 RPM
  • Bluetooth capacity: 33+ ft
  • Type: belt-drive
  • Stylus: diamond, ITRRS-300
  • Pre-amplifier: not specified

More features: built in CD player, USB capability, AM/FM radio

OVERALL RATING: 9.2 out of 10

Victrola is one of those brands that have existed for more than a century and whose products you know for a fact won’t disappoint. We didn’t want to take chances though and had to try the 50s Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable for first-hand experience. There’s a lot to love about this model, but let’s start with the design.

It’s made in an iconic retro design that makes you reflect on ‘60s music when you first see it. From the box shape to the chrome, metal detailing at the front, it certainly does look like a classic music system. In black, it looks quite neat, but it is the red option that had us vowing to own it.

To the more practical side of things now, the Vitrola 50s is a 3-speed turntable and will play all types of records: 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM. If your records collection is a mixture of all three speeds, you’ll be glad to be able to play them all from one device.

The Vitrola 50s is more than a turntable/vinyl record player. It’s also a CD player, radio, and MP3 recorder. It can play both AM and FM radio bands, operate like a regular CD player, and play wireless music via Bluetooth. To turn your vinyl records to MP3, the turntable uses USB encoding and recording software. Simply connect the turntable to your computer using USB and use the recording software that comes bundled with the turntable to record the music. The software is PC and Mac compatible.

PROS:
  • 3-speed turntable
  • Multi-functional with CD player, MP3 recorder and radio functions
  • USB encoding
  • Has a Bluetooth range of more than 33 feet
  • Great pricing

CONS:
  1. The elastic belt will eventually need to be replaced due to regular wear and tear

Buying Guide

Whether you own just a few records or are an avid vinyl records collector, it’s always good to have the freedom to listen to your records whenever you want to. This can only happen when you have your own turntable. The old turntable may have little use other than playing these records, but modern turntables can do so much more. This buying guide seeks to show you why you need a turntable, what you can do with it, and how to choose one.

Why purchase a Bluetooth turntable?

Among the many modern turntables you’ll come across, one of the most popular is the Bluetooth turntable. There are many factors that make this turntable desirable, not the least of which is the ability to connect to devices wirelessly. If given the option to choose between a wireless device and a device that uses a wired/cable connection, most people would go for the wireless device. The neat, minimalist look with no cables crisscrossing each other is a definite attraction.

Bluetooth turntable

Plus, you can connect it to any smart device, as long as it is Bluetooth-enabled. And which smart device isn’t? Goes to show the greater versatility in use you get to enjoy with this turntable vis-a-vis non-Bluetooth turntables. You can store your music anywhere – in the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android phone, tablet, and any other portable device, and pair this device with the turntable for crisp, clear music when you need it.

Features to consider before buying a Bluetooth turntable

A Bluetooth turntable, no matter how basic, isn’t a 10-dollar purchase. At the very least, you’ll spend $100 on one, possibly much more. You want to make your money count by making this a worthy purchase, and you do that by considering important features, as outlined below.

Rotating speed

There are generally three rotating speeds: 33-1/3 (often referred to simply as 33), 45, and 78 RPM. The rotation speed depicts the level at which the turntable enjoys peak performance. The earliest records developed, around 1925, performed optimally at 78 rotations per minute and were big compared to later versions. Even so, they could only offer 3–4 minutes of playback time. This is because the faster the record rotated, the smaller the amount of information it could hold. They were also brittle and prone to damage. Later, a smaller version, the 33 RPM record and which came to be famously known as the LP, was developed. It had a higher playback capability than the 78 RPM record and was also more durable. The 45 RPM record was the last to be invented. It offered a similar playback amount to the 78, but it was smaller and more durable.

Before further improvements on vinyl records could be made, advancements in radio technology were made, and thereafter, the tape and CD players were invented. That marked the end of vinyl records as these latter music formats became more popular, given they could pack more music information than vinyl records. Still, vinyl records continued to be used, especially by record companies.

The 78-RPM record was overshadowed by the 33 and 45-RPM records, but it’s still available in older, pre-1930 records. However, it’s not as widely in use or common as the other two.

When looking to buy a turntable for your records, check that it is compatible with the rotating speed of the records. Some turntables support only two speeds, while others support all three rotation speeds.

Bluetooth capacity

While the Bluetooth experience is generally the same in all devices, the Bluetooth range that’s supported in the turntable dictates the distance within which you’ll be able to connect to the turntable. If the indicated distance is 30 feet, it means you can get a connection, provided the Bluetooth device you’re using to connect to the turntable is within a 30-foot radius of the turntable.

Bluetooth capacity Turntable

Again, newer versions of Bluetooth may have faster data transfer speeds compared to older versions. So in two turntables with two Bluetooth versions, you may experience a faster connection in the turntable that has a newer Bluetooth version.

As you evaluate the Bluetooth capacity, check also whether the turntable only supports Bluetooth In or has both Bluetooth In and Out functions.

When only Bluetooth In capabilities are supported, it means you can only play music from Bluetooth-enabled devices.

When both Bluetooth in and out capabilities are supported, it means you can play music from your Bluetooth devices and listen to the turntable music on Bluetooth speakers of any kind.

Type: direct-drive vs. belt-drive

Turntables are usually of two types: direct-drive and belt-drive. Each type has its pros and cons. Understanding what these are in each will help you make a choice that’s right for the kind of experience you want from the turntable.

In both types, the record sits on a component known as a platter. It is this component that spins as the record plays. The difference between the two types is how the motor is located in relation to the platter.

In direct-drive turntables, the platter is in direct contact with the motor. As a result, the platter enjoys a more constant playback speed. Direct-drive turntables also have a higher torque, which causes less noise distortion. It’s also possible to spin the platter backward, DJ-style, for those scratch sound effects.

In belt-drive turntables, the platter is attached to an elastic belt, which is in turn attached to the motor. These turntables have less torque and, consequently, less accurate speeds. However, because the platter is insulated from the motor, very little noise from the motor reaches the tone arm. As a result, these turntables have better sound quality.

Stylus and platter

The stylus, also known as the needle, is the cone-shaped, diamond-tipped component that rests against the record and moves up and down between record grooves. It’s fitted into the cartridge and is fully removable. To allow for mobility, the stylus is connected to the tone arm.

Audiosetup Carbon Fiber Stylus Brush

The platter is the platform on which the record sits as it plays. In addition to holding the record in place, it also maintains the playback speed and serves as a cushion against noise – most notably motor vibrations – blocking this noise from reaching the stylus or tonearm and distorting the sound quality.

The platter should be firm and rigid. Choose a platter with a good weight because the heavier it is, the better it is at insulating the stylus against noise.

The denser the platter is, the less resonant it is, and this means little vibration filtering through to the stylus.

Similarly, when the platter is dense, it provides better consistency in speed playback. The platter is usually made from acrylic, metal, or MDF. You only need to weigh the advantages of each material over the others and pick what you feel would offer the best sound experience.

Tonearm

The tonearm is connected to the stylus and is responsible for producing sound in the turntable. It’s the component that balances and moves the stylus across the groove as needed. As the stylus comes into contact with the record grooves, it transmits vibrations through the wires inside the tonearm and onto the coils of the cartridge, where they are turned into electric signals.

Choose a turntable with a tonearm that is rigid and yet light enough to move freely, well-aligned, and fully adjustable.

Pre-amplifier

The pre-amplifier, also known as phono stage, phono preamplifier, or simply preamp, is a type of amplifier specifically designed to boost record player signals. It’s typically available as a built-in component in record players or as a stand-alone unit for use with record players. You won’t find in modern audio receivers, however, as these are not built for record player signals.

Extra features

Anti-skid weight

Additional features that are useful include:

  • Anti-skid weight to hold the stylus and tonearm in place
  • Quality plinth with the ability to successfully isolate vibrations
  • Sturdy counterweight to balance the weight of the tonearm and regulate the weight on the stylus at any given time

It may be important to consider the materials used on some of these key components, for example, things like carbon fiber for the tonearm and acrylic for the platter, as some materials are considerably better than others.

FAQ

A record player is the complete gadget/audio equipment that plays vinyl records, while a turntable is the part of the record player that holds the record. Often, people wrongly use the two terms interchangeably, but the technical definition, as pointed out in the simplified explanation above, shows two different items, albeit related in nature. As such, the record player will be composed of different parts made from different materials, but the turntable consists largely of the plate where the record sits. This plate is typically made from metal, which could be aluminum for the more expensive turntables or steel for cheaper models.

Only 3-speed turntables can play all types of vinyl records. By type, we mean record size, which is the only major difference between the three different types of records. The 78 RPM record is much larger than both the 33 and 45-RPM records, which are similar in size. You’ll need to look for a turntable that supports all three speeds if you want to be able to play any vinyl record you come across. They’re numerous in the market, with good examples being the ABOX Bluetooth Turntable, Victrola 50s Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable, Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Turntable, and HOFEINZ Vintage Natural Wood Turntable.

Choose a Bluetooth turntable that supports all three rotation speeds. That is: a turntable that can play 33 RPM, 45 RPM, and 78 RPM records. This way, whoever you’re giving the turntable can enjoy any record with ease, whether it’s the old-fashioned and bulky 78 or the smaller, more modern 33. A turntable that is fully automatic will be easy to operate even for people who are not tech-savvy or inclined to operating machines manually. If you’re gifting the turntable to someone who is older, consider getting one in vintage-style. It will bring them fond memories of the past.

Our Verdict

Choosing the best turntable for your needs may not be so simple, but with a comprehensive guide like this one, you get a good idea of what to focus on and which models to pay close attention to. It’s hard to pick a winner, but we like the Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK-BT best. It’s well-balanced with good proportions of all the various features that matter. Our best budget Bluetooth turntable is the Victrola 50’s. This one offers all the basic features that are desirable in any turntable without draining the pocket. Because it’s okay to occasionally spoil yourself, especially if you’ve been using a basic turntable for a while, the Akai Professional BT500 is a fantastic upgrade, barring the high cost. If you don’t want to spend $1,000 on a turntable just yet, get the HOFEINZ Vintage Turntable. Its sound quality is the closest there is to the sound quality of a high-end model.

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