Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Turntable

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    This best pick for budget turntable is a little different than the rest. If you need USB built in then look elsewhere. But, if you already have a sound card with RCA inputs, or simply want a good quality starter turntable, The Pioneer PL-990 fits the bill.

    The PL-990 is a fully automatic turntable with a straight tonearm and belt-driven platter that will spin at 33.33 or 45 RPM. It comes with a moving magnet cartridge with a universal mount. Universal mount makes it easy to replace or upgrade the cartridge in the future. However, note that the built-in phono preamp is not switchable. So, more than likely, if you are at the point of considering a cartridge upgrade, you may very well be on the path to a more expensive turntable as well.

    As with all turntables in the budget category, specs are good, but not great. The Pioneer PL-990 is a good entry point to vinyl reproduction, and with less going on in the inside, there is less to go wrong as well.Rating: 4.25/5

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