Is vinyl is your format of choice? Do you want the best possible sound from your records? And (last but not least) do you have the necessary budget? Yes? Then these are the decks you need to know about.

We have high standards in general, but when it comes to high-end turntables they're a little bit higher. That's because these things don't come cheap - quite the opposite - and we know the people buying them have the same exacting standards. These are finest high-end hang-the-expense record players to have graced our testing rooms.

There aren't too many retail prices listed here - products as esoteric as these are quite often only available through a select few outlets. But there are links to each and every review, so you can get a proper feel for just how capable these record players are.

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Under £3000
Under £4000

VPI Prime

Reviewed on 2nd October 2015 at

A previous Award-winner, the Prime is good enough to remind you why you got into hi-fi in the first place.

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Under £6000

Clearaudio Ovation

Reviewed on 28th March 2014 at

This is the Clark Kent of turntables - its superpowers are hidden under its conventional looks. It's a pleasure to use, and expertly treads the fine line between excitement and refinement.

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Under £10,000

McIntosh MT5

Reviewed on 6th January 2017 at

Visual flair comes courtesy of the light-up platter, while electronic speed control makes it super convenient to use. 

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Under £20,000

Linn Klimax LP12

Reviewed on 21st April 2017 at

Linn's LP12 is one of the finest turntables around. This Klimax version may be expensive but it is a massively capable and neatly configured deck.

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Under £30,000

Kronos Turntable

Reviewed on 5th June 2014 at

Woof. A vinyl player that puts our (admittedly considerably less expensive) reference kit to shame, the Kronos is authorative, open, and a hugely capable product. The Rolls Royce of turntables.

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