In case you hadn't noticed, vinyl and turntables are very much back in fashion. The format, once thought to be on its last legs, is riding a new wave of popularity. We've put together three complete turntable hi-fi systems to help you hear your vinyl at its best.

We've put together three superb stereo systems, each using a different turntable. All three turntables are five-star products in their own right, so even if you're just looking to upgrade your record player, you could do a lot worse than any of those listed here.

If you're looking for a complete turntable system, we've matched each deck with an appropriate stereo amplifier and a pair of speakers. You can rest safe in the knowledge that each pairing will do the relevant turntable sonic justice. Again, the amps and speakers are all excellent products and should be on your shortlist should you be thinking of upgrading any of your current components.

There's a budget vinyl system, midrange system and a high-end option should be ready to splash some serious cash. Without further ado...

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Best budget turntable system

Audio Technica AT-LP5, £330

Onkyo A-9010, £200

Q Acoustics 3020, £190

Total = £720

We're smitten with the new Audio Technica AT-LP5. It's a great entry-level turntable and ticks a number of boxes. For starters, it's easy to set up and use - out of the box it's pretty much plug 'n play and the fact it uses its own built-in phono stage is a real bonus for usability. Add impressive sound quality to the mix and you've got a great budget turntable.

Onkyo's A-9010 is a stunning stereo amp for the money and fills a gap in the market where there's been a real shortage of talent lately. The design is functional rather than flamboyant, but the captivating sound is what's crucial here.

We finish off our first vinyl hi-fi system with a brilliant budget standmounter from Q Acoustics. The 3020 speakers walked away with a What Hi-Fi? Award in 2015 and rightly so - they're sensibly priced and boast class-leading sound quality.

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Best midrange turntable system

Rega Planar 3/Elys 2, £625

Rega Brio-R, £480

Dali Zensor 3, £300

Total = £1405

Rega's Planar 3 has dominated its market sector over the years thanks to subtle adjustments year after year to keep it ahead of the pack. Its latest incarnation is the best yet, with a number of different tweaks all adding up to create an even clearer and more insightful-sounding turntable.

It doesn't always make sense to partner stablemates with each other, but in this instance Rega's own Brio-R stereo amp is the perfect match. Not only does it sound sensational, it also happens to be fitted with an excellent moving-magnet phono stage which helps bring the best out of that talented Elys 2 cartridge.

The Dali Zensor 3s are a great, affordable pair of speakers that punch well above their weight. They're an easy listen but exciting with it, and will keep you entertained for hours.

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Best high-end turntable system

Clearaudio Concept, £1000

Rega Elex-R, £900

Tannoy Revolution XT6F, £999

Total = £2899

The Clearaudio Concept has picked up numerous What Hi-Fi? Awards over the past few years and it's not difficult to see (and hear) why. It's a classy-looking deck and, like the Rega Planar 3 above, it's ready to go out of the box. Add excellent all-round sound quality and you've got a premium turntable that's tough to beat.

We return to Rega for the partnering amplifier but we move up a price bracket to the talented Elex-R. It really is ideal for the job - the internal phono stage works extremely well with the Clearaudio turntable, and the sound they deliver together will have you hooked.

To feed off the Rega's infectious sound, we've opted for an entertaining pair of floorstanders from Tannoy. The XT6Fs are superbly finished for the money, and are flexible and versatile enough to turn their hand to any genre of music.

 

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