It's been around longer than DJ software, existed prior to the DJ controller, and it's been the one instrument that has put the disc jockey on the map since the 1970's. Whether you're an audiophile or love to scratch, the DJ turntable is an essential tool. While some thought vinyl was fading only a decade ago, DJ software has only made our love for turntablism strong. If you want to get into turntables but don't know where to start, check out our list of best DJ turntables for 2018. Our list is based off of online sales, social media, and general industry buzz. We'll be updating this one, so make sure to check back every month or so. Now, without further ado...
A classic, a standard; call it what you want, but the Technics SL-1200 series has stood the test of time. While no longer available direct from Panasonic, DJs continue to swear by it. If you can get a killer price on it, take it. If you think you've got what it takes, find an older used pair and handle the repairs yourself. These turntables last longer than most DJ careers.
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Pioneer DJ PLX-1000
Don't feel like hunting down a pair of Technics? Many well-established DJs have said that, in a blind test, you'd never be able to tell the difference between the PLX-1000 and a pair of Techs. Intense torque, amazing stability, and a build that's designed to stand the test of time; Pioneer DJ has definitely hit a home run, and the PLX-1000 will be on the best DJ turntables list for years to come.
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Get some direct drive on a budget. Numark's TT250 not only offers some of the most affordable direct drive, but a USB connection for digital recording as well. Keep in mind that while this is direct drive, the torque is less than half that of the previous turntables mentioned. If you're tight on your budget, spring for this versus some ultra cheap belt drive turntables. Your DJ career will thank you for it.
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If you've been endlessly searching for a Novation Dicer with no luck, then the RP-8000 could be just what you're looking for. The built-in performance pads work seamlessly with Serato DJ or other DJ software. They're also built on a separate chassis, so there's no hope of needle skipping if you're heavy on your button pushing. These are an excellent turntable with extreme torque, and perfect for the MIDI DJ that wants to be more interactive with their turntables.
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If you love the feel of the Reloop turntable, but don't want performance pads, you can save a few bucks with the RP-7000. Same great torque, same great look, sans built-in performance pads. Take the money you save and get yourself some new high-end headphones.
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The built-in switchable preamp allows you to go phono to line. Use your standard 45's or some 78's on this versatile turntable. This is yet another unit that offers USB connection, as well as Audacity software for digital recording. The classic look and feel of the AT-LP120 and impressive torque go well with the more-than-affordable price.
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Pioneer DJ PLX-500-W
If you're an avid fan of Pioneer DJ equipment, but can't quite spring for the PLX-1000, the PLX-500 is a fine substitute. The white finish on this version is absolutely stunning. The lower torque is still better than any old belt drive turntable and you're still getting much more than what you pay for.
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Dj Tech SL1300MK6USB
Our first encounter with these was with some top battle DJs going in at NAMM a few years back. The color certainly pops and makes for a flashy DJ set. The solid torque and great stability with the tonearm help you step up your battle DJ skills without having to step up your wallet output. The SL1300 was one of DJ Tech's first impressive pieces, and continues to be just that today.
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Denon DJ VL12 PRIME
The prime series from Denon DJ brought a serious media player, mixer, and of course, turntable. The vibration isolation on this unit is top notch and pairs perfectly with the intenst torque. If you're looking for a bit of eye candy, this could be it. The LED surrounding the platter changes color at your command, and gives your DJ setup a sweet look. But remember, the VL12 Prime didn't make our list of Best DJ Turntables in 2018 for its looks. We want our gear outperform the others, and the Prime family does.
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Roland TT-99 3 Speed Direct Drive Turntable
Rolands 909 DJ Controller certainly took front seat as the company has pushed more towards DJ equipment, but the TT-99 is certainly an affordable unit that offers a lot of great features. High torque and pre-amp phono output give this unit a competitive edge in an ultra-competitive field. The white housing with orange tonearm is a unique look for those looking for something visually stimulating.
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So what do you think of our best DJ turntables for 2018 so far? Do you think we should be looking towards some straight tonearms? Got a deck that you think is worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments!