If vinyl is your life, and you want the best possible sound from a turntable (and you can afford it), these are the decks you need to know about.

We have high standards anyway, but when it comes to high-end turntables they're raised that 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.

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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 £9000

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 £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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Under £20000

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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