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Best Bluetooth turntables 2021: wireless record players

Best Bluetooth record players Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Bluetooth turntables you can buy in 2021.

The popularity of vinyl continues and that means more and more people buying turntables for the first time or upgrading their existing record players. And one feature proving increasingly popular? Bluetooth.

The best Bluetooth turntables deliver great wireless sound from your vinyl to a pair of Bluetooth speakers or headphones, making listening to vinyl – and building your vinyl system – easier than ever.

In this list there are talented turntables ranging from affordable to expensive, and there's even an Award-winning just-add-speakers system fully loaded with on-board amplification that you can send tracks to via Bluetooth, rather than connecting wireless speakers or headphones the other end.

The landscape of vinyl is changing with the times, and with our pick of the best Bluetooth record players, you can come along for the ride too.

Best bluetooth turntables

1. Sony PS-LX310BT

A fully automatic deck with oodles of character.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 11 x 43 x 37cm (HxWxD) | Motor: Belt drive | Cartridge: MM | Phono preamp: Yes | USB: No | Bluetooth: Yes | Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45 | Finish: Black

Reasons to Buy

Entertaining sound
Easy to use
Plug-and-play

Reasons to Avoid

Purist alternatives sound better

Not only does this Sony leave you with little to do during set-up – just attach the belt to the platter – it does pretty much everything but shaking the vinyl from its sleeve, too.

You can pair the PS-LX310BT with up to eight Bluetooth devices and, in our tests using headphones, the connection was strong enough to walk into another room, close the door and even go outside.

Sony has given us a ‘plug and play’ fully automatic deck, included a phono stage, thrown in Bluetooth and priced it at the low end of the market. It could only score more highly for usability if it somehow took the LPs from their covers. 

What's more, it sounds ridiculously fun. More traditional decks, such as the Award-winning Rega Planar 1 can be more mature in their performance, but when you consider this fully-automatic deck's list of features, it's hard to believe it can sound this good with such a price tag.

Read the full review: Sony PS-LX310BT

2. Pro-Ject Juke Box E

An Award-winning turntable system.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 11.8 x 41.5 x 33.5cm (HxWxD) | Motor: Belt drive | Cartridge: MM | Phono preamp: Yes | USB: No | Bluetooth: Yes | Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45 | Finish: Red, white, black

Reasons to Buy

True just-add-speakers convenience
Capable, even-handed sound
Good range of features

Reasons to Avoid

Some will hanker after more power
Baffling remote control

The Pro-Ject Juke Box E is based on Pro-Ject’s well-regarded Primary turntable and is tricked out with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge, amplification (25W per channel into 8 ohms) and Bluetooth receiver, meaning you can stream music to its amp as well. All you need to do is add a pair of speakers or headphones and you're good to go.

It’s an all-in-one system that demands very few compromises, given its price. It’s also an all-in-one system that we can’t easily argue against in favour of separates. The Juke Box E delivers convenience and backs it up with Award-winning sound quality. You can't really ask for more than that.

Read the full review: Pro-Ject Juke Box E

3. Cambridge Audio Alva TT

An interesting spin on premium turntable design.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 13.9 x 43.5 x 36.8cm (HxWxD) | Motor: Direct drive | Cartridge: MM | Phono preamp: Yes | USB: No | Bluetooth: Yes | Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45 | Finish: Grey

Reasons to Buy

Solid build
Clear, detailed presentation
Impressive midrange

Reasons to Avoid

Sound lacks a little dynamics and drive

This is no ordinary premium turntable. Cambridge Audio has added a twist or two of its own by fitting it with a built-in phono stage, direct drive motor and Bluetooth connectivity. 

The fact it's aptX HD Bluetooth means the Alva TT can stream your vinyl wirelessly to compatible Bluetooth headphones or a wireless speaker in hi-res audio quality, 24-bit/48kHz.

Sound quality is good, with vinyl given an open and airy soundstage and vocals a particular highlight. If you want a simple home hi-fi system with a premium turntable as your source, the Alva TT could be just the ticket.

Read the full review: Cambridge Audio Alva TT

4. Elipson Omega 100 RIAA BT

A pleasant-sounding deck with plenty of features.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions: 12 x 45 x 38cm (HxWxD) | Motor: Belt drive | Cartridge: MM | Phono preamp: Yes | USB: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45 | Finish: Black, white, red

Reasons to Buy

Defined, insightful and musical
Impressive bass
Simple to use

Reasons to Avoid

Nothing at this price

As well as giving you the ability to archive all your records on your computer via the USB port, a built-in phono stage means you can plug the Omega straight into your amplifier. The Bluetooth connectivity means whether you have wireless or powered speakers, you needn’t have any physical connections whatsoever.

That said, Elipson has still directed its main focus towards designing a turntable that sounds good, ensuring this deck is much more than just an impressive list of features.

Read the full review: Elipson Omega 100 RIAA BT

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