Top 5: Best Direct Drive Turntable

 What is a direct drive turntable?  A direct drive turntable, works in a more direct way, where the motor is in direct contact with the platter, meaning that it can stop and start pretty much instantaneously.

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1. Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB (Best Budget) Audio-Technica is royalty when it comes to bringing some of the highest quality audiophile equipment to the masses, and this turntable is no exception. Do not let that relatively low price tag fool you – this turntable is fully capable .

2. Crosley C200 (Best Vintage) This turntable is easy to set up and look after over time, encouraging this at an early stage for beginners so that they might take these skills on with them. The construction is robust and seems as though it could take a beating.

3. Audio-Technica AT-LP5X (Best Sleek) The motor can stop and start at an ideally fast pace, fostering a relationship between the motor and the platter that is precise and sharp. The built-in phono preamp and USB output make this a truly modern affair

4. Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USBXP (Best Plinth) The operation is so fluid as to be effortless, easily customized, and adjustable. The platter is made of a robust aluminum polymer that is then dampened to further ensure that any extraneous vibrations from outside or from within the motor itself are quelled.

5. Pioneer PLX-1000 (Best) The sound response from the cartridge and everything else is pretty excellent, and the fact that you can so readily change the cartridge makes for an incredibly customizable and transportative user experience.