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Best Affordable Record Player With Built in Speakers

Looking for an all-in-one affordable record player with built-in speakers? I have some suggestions for you. I’ll also offer some guidance on what to look out for and how to make a good buying decision on a budget.

I’m going to be honest – when it comes to budget record players, cheap parts can be revealing in sound quality. Having said that, there are my recommendations for affordable record players with built-in speakers.

Our Pick!

Victrola 8-in-1 record player

Aside from vinyl records, the Victrola 8-in-1 plays CDs, tape cassettes, FM radio as well as AUX and Bluetooth inputs. All inputs play through the Victrola’s built-in speakers

Budget Record Player Expectations

Modern record players with built-in speakers have many features which allow you to connect and play music off other devices as well as play your vinyl records.

Budget record players are not going to deliver exceptional sound quality but, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. If you’re on a tight budget, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy your vinyl records.

Here are some considerations when choosing the best affordable record player with built in speakers.

Speakers

In most cases, built-in speakers on a budget record player will be good for listening on your own. More than two people talking will drown out most budget record players with built-in speakers. Having said that, some affordable record player speakers do produce a surprising amount of volume.

The sound will always lack bass frequencies. Most built-in speakers are small and low powered. The speaker is typically a little larger than the tweeter from a bookshelf speaker. The built-in speakers usually produce a thin, tinny sound.

I know this probably isn’t selling it to you but, I think it’s important to manage expectations. We’re used to purchasing budget MP3 players which can usually sound good if you spend $30 or $300. Vinyl produces an analog sound. Analog is unforgiving when it comes to cheap parts.

We’ve previously looked at higher-end record players that don’t include external speakers, should you feel the need to compare.

Tonearm, Needle & Stylus

Budget record players have a fixed tonearm. A professional turntable has a balanced tonearm which allows you to adjust the pressure and, sometimes the height, to match the varying thickness of vinyl records. A fixed tonearm means your needle can only apply one pressure.

If your tonearm is too heavy, the needle will dig into the vinyl accelerating wear and tear. Your records will start to sound dull and lifeless. Not enough pressure and the needle won’t stay in the vinyl grooves properly, in some cases skipping which scratches your vinyl.
There is a fix for this. The recommended weight is usually given by the manufacturer. The issue with budget record players is information on correct tonearm weight is usually not offered by the manufacturer.

If the tonearm is too light, try using some putty to stick a dime to the top of the stylus. If you need more pressure – replace it with nickel. Add and remove until you arrive at the right pressure. This is going to take some trial and error if your manufacturer doesn’t include a recommended weight. You can use a scale gauge that is made specifically for measuring the pressure of tonearm on your vinyl.

If your tonearm is too heavy, you need to get some weight on top of the opposite end of the tonearm. This can be tricky because all fixed tonearms are different but essentially you need to lift the tonearm slightly to take pressure off the vinyl. Putty and coins are a good option for plastic or a small magnet if it’s metal. Again, this is going to take some trial and error and a scale gauge will come in handy.

What Is Considered Affordable?

I’ve judged affordable as everything under $150. If you want to focus on under $100, I have another post that focuses on the best record players under $100. Having said that, many of the record players on this list are under $100.

1. Udreamer Record Player

The Udreamer Viny

The Udreamer Vinyl record player is incredibly affordable and offers vinyl-playback capabilities from a 7, 10, or 12-inch record, as well as some other connectivity options. 

The Udreamer vinyl record player with speakers can spin records on 3 listening speed modes (33 – 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM) The turntable is belt-driven and the base is spring-loaded for shock absorption, allowing for uninterrupted listening, and a foldable dust cover protects the record and other equipment. 

Aside from vinyl playback, the Udreamer record player supports Bluetooth pairing, acting as a Bluetooth speaker with the classy aesthetic, and a USB input, where you can load a playlist to the drive and have the Udreamer record player play it back by itself. 

The onboard speakers operate in a left and right stereo configuration, and while the separation is great, the sound quality can be better. Since it’s fairly portable and really lightweight for a record player with built-in speakers, it’s a great way of taking your analog playback device around with you (it isn’t wireless, though) but if you’re wanting improved audio quality, you can always use the RCA line out to run an external speaker pair. 


2. Victrola 8-in-1 Record Player

The Victrola 8-in-1 record player is built to offer practically any playback method you could ask for, combining old school listening mediums with modern features, this is a great centerpiece for any home entertainment system.

The Victrola 8-in-1 record player supports vinyl record playback, as well as CD discs, FM radio, cassette tapes, Bluetooth, and auxiliary input. The Victrola 8-in-1 is fairly bulky as a result of this, but isn’t offensive to look at, as it’s elegant vintage-style design hides all the modern ports, controls, and functions. 

All the controls are found on the front of the record player, and it can also be controlled using the included remote. 


3. Arkrocket Discovery Record Player

The Discovery range of record players by Arkrocket are fairly affordable, easy to operate, and versatile. Rather than a strictly table-top design, Arkrocket include removable legs with their record players, allowing for free-standing use, and their record players in the Discovery range are available in a variety of colors. 

The Arkrocket Discovery record player beautifully combines vintage aesthetic and 3-speed record playability with modern features. The Discovery can accept Bluetooth pairings or spin your favorite record on one of three speed modes. The built-in speakers are 5W each, and operate in a stereo configuration, offering a reasonable soundstage. The built-in speakers sound great, though they aren’t very powerful, so you may feel the need to make use of the RCA output to run a separate pair of speakers if you’re looking for louder listening levels. 


4. Digitnow Bluetooth Record Player

Resembling a Hi-Fi system, the Digitnow record player marries the modern functionality of today’s stereo systems with vinyl playback capabilities. 

Dressed in a slick wooden casing with black hardware and controls, the Digitnow record player makes for a beautiful entertainment center core control unit. Aside from vinyl playback, the Digitnow record player supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as external speaker outputs. 

The speakers are situated in a left and right configuration on the Digitnow record player, each pushing 15W of power. Due to the speakers being separated from the main enclosure, the stereo spread is much better than some of the others on this list, but again, doesn’t get very loud. The Digitnow system sounds great as an entry-level record playback setup, but for audiophiles looking for high-fidelity vinyl playback, you may want to consider connecting a external speakers using the RCA output. 


5. Voksun Record Player

Incredibly compact and beautifully designed, the Voksun vinyl record player compliments any entertainment center and has all the features you’d want in a versatile system to act as the heart of your home entertainment area. 

Aside from vinyl playing capabilities on three speed settings, the Voksun also accepts Bluetooth pairings, AM/FM radio streaming, and auxiliary inputs, providing incredibly versatile use at a budget-friendly price of less than $100.00

The controls on the Voksun record player are discreet and easy to use, while all the outputs are hidden behind the unit. There is the option of running external speakers using the RCA outputs, which I’d recommend if you’re looking for fuller-bodied, high quality sound and stereo separation. The onboard speakers of this record player are good as an entry-level system, though.  


Conclusion

I understand that in many cases people can’t afford a decent turntable with speakers. But I think you’ll be surprised at how much you have to spend. Have a look at this post where I discuss some beginner record players.

As I say in almost every post, vinyl records produce an analog audio signal. Unlike digital MP3, turntables involve moving parts. Cheap parts are going to result in poor sound quality and you do run the risk of damaging your vinyl.

Our Pick!

VICTROLA 8-IN-1 RECORD PLAYER

Aside from vinyl records, the Victrola 8-in-1 plays CDs, tape cassettes, FM radio as well as AUX and Bluetooth inputs. All inputs play through the Victrola’s built-in speakers

Audiostance Author - Matt Hallowes
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Matt is a sound engineer and self-confessed vinyl-junkie! His work as a sound engineer includes both live production and venue installations. While traveling the world, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us!

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