Often, starting up your own record collection isn’t a clean cut affair. If you were present to witness the 80s, it’s more than likely that you already have a steadily built up collection from your teens to your 20s – even if they have been gathering dust in the garage ever since.

For those few records that survived the damp and came out the box unscathed and unwarped, a trip down memory lane is enough to make you want to splash out on a brand new turntable.

So, when you’re ready to fire the old records back up and begin adding to your collection again, these are our top tips for choosing a new turntable.

What’s your priority?

When choosing a turntable – especially your first (or first in a long time) you need to know what you’re looking for.

If your priority is budget, you’ll know that you aren’t going to be getting the highest quality turntable. You’ll need to compromise on something, so it’s important to think about now what kind of system you’re looking for.

If you want a budget-friendly all-rounder that will restore your records in all their former glory, as well as caring well for your new ones, we recommend the Pro-Ject Primary Turntable. At £189.00 it won’t set you back thousands, but its 8.6” aluminium tonearm and sapphire bearings will allow for optimal tracking.

Check your music taste

While turntables are built to cover all musical tastes and cater to any kind of music, it’s possible there are some that will house classical better than heavy metal.

Take into account your own music tastes when you’re choosing your new turntable as there may be certain features worth looking out for that will allow you the best possible listening experience for your music.

Choose timelessness over fashion

Shopping for a brand new turntable is an exciting experience, especially since there seem to be so many to choose from.

However, it’s important to keep a cool head and not let your eagerness get the better of you.

Rather than picking the shiniest or most exciting looking turntable, take your time to do research of each aspect and make your decision based on sound quality over how it will look next to your TV.

For the ultimate timeless turntable, we recommend the Pro-Ject 2Xperience SB DC Turntable in Olive, Mahogany and Piano Black or Walnut. It’s always going to look classy and it will provide you years of incredible record play!

Looking to start up your own record collection? Have a look at our entire range of turntables here or get in touch for some personalised recommendations!