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Best Turntables for Sonos

If you have one or more Sonos products at home, chances are that you are passionate about good sound and elegant design. In this guide, we’ll pick the very best turntables that match the sound and design of your Sonos.

Sonos doesn’t have to be only about digital music streaming. Several Sonos products work great for turntables too. We’ll look at how to connect a turntable to Sonos later in this guide.

What does a turntable need to be great for Sonos? 

First, a built-in preamp. Turntables come with and without built-in preamps, but our focus will be on the ones with a preamp included. This way, we don’t need a separate preamp. The result is a cleaner setup with fewer boxes and fewer cables.

Second, we probably want an elegant and modern looking turntable that matches the design language of Sonos products. So our focus will be on turntables with modern designs. And we’ll ignore the vintage looking and DJ style turntables.

And third, a great turntable for Sonos must have good sound, but still not cost a fortune. It will be overkill to connect a $2000 high-end turntable to Sonos. But we’ll still want a turntable with great sound so we’ll ignore the most basic (and lowest quality) turntables.

The 3 Best Turntables for Sonos

Here are the three turntables I consider the very best options for Sonos. Sorted from most inexpensive to most expensive.

All these are quality products from acknowledged manufacturers that are well reviewed by Hi-Fi critics and generally loved by owners.

1. Audio-Technica AT-LP60X

If you are on a budget, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X (updated version) is probably the best option for you. It looks great and is one of the most popular turntables on the market today.

Even though it is an inexpensive turntable, it generally receives good reviews from Hi-Fi critics and it is considered to be one of the best best sounding turntable in its price range. And, as opposed to some of the even cheaper options out there, it is not known to damage records.

At this price point, we will of course not get the very best sound quality. That would be too much to ask for, even tho the AT-LP60X probably sound best in its class. If you are a casual vinyl spinner, the sound quality will probably be fully acceptable. If you, on the other hand, are picky about sound quality, one of the options reviewed below will probably be a better pick for you.

The AT-LP60X is fully automatic and can play 33RPM and 45RM records. It is available in four different color combination.

PROS

  • Low cost
  • Built-in preamp
  • Modern design

CONS

  • Can’t upgrade cartridge
  • Good sound, but not great

Click here to check price on Amazon.

2. U-Turn Orbit Plus (with preamp)

Personally, I can’t think of a better turntable option for Sonos than the US made U-Turn Orbit Plus with preamp.

It offers the perfect balance between price, performance, and design in my opinion.

Designed and manufactured in Massachusetts, US by real and authentic turntable enthusiasts, the Orbit Plus has become a huge success since it was launched in 2012. It is well reviewed by Hi-Fi critics and owners.

If you want a very good turntable for your Sonos, you will not go wrong with the U-Turn Orbit Plus.

PROS

  • Great Sound
  • Nice Design
  • Many Color Options
  • Cartridge can be upgraded for even better sound

CONS

  • Cue lever costs extra

Click here to check price on Amazon.

3. Rega Planar 1 Plus

If you are super serious about design and performance, it might be worth it to stretch your budget to afford a Rega Planar 1 Plus.

Rega is one of the turntable manufacturers in the world with the longest traditions of making very high-quality turntables. And they are probably the most respected Turntable manufacturer today.

With their (relatively) low priced Rega Planar 1 Plus, they combine the award-winning Rega Planar 1 turntable with the award-winning Fono Mini preamp into a package that is hard to beat and that offers very high value for money.

Rega turntables are known to sound great and to be of great build quality. And in my eyes they have the most elegant design too. They look and feel very expensive.

Yeah, you guessed it. I use a Rega turntable for my vinyl spinning as well. A Rega Planar 2 to be exact. And I am a huge fan of Rega products.

If you are really serious about picking the absolute best turntable for your Sonos, this is the one for you.

PROS

  • Great sound
  • Elegant design
  • Very high-quality preamp
  • Cartridge can be upgraded for even better sound

CONS

  • Might start to get expensive for Sonos

Click here to check price on Amazon.

How to Connect Sonos to a Turntable

There are currently 5 Sonos products that can be hooked up to a turntable. So to listen to vinyl on Sonos you will need one of these.

  • Amp
  • Connect
  • Connect:Amp
  • Port
  • Play:5

The reason for this is that the device needs to have an analog signal input to be hooked up to a turntable. A turntable (with preamp) outputs an analog LINE level signal. And the 5 products above are currently the only Sonos products that have an analog LINE level signal input.

With the Amp, Connect, Connect:Amp and Port you connect the turntable directly to the RCA inputs using the RCA cable that comes with the turntable.

With the Play:5 you will need an additional 3.5mm Male to 2X RCA Female adapter. You then plug the single end of the RCA Female Adapter into the line-in port of Play:5 and attach the RCA cable from your turntable to the other end of the RCA Female Adapter.

It is all very simple and doesn’t require any technical skills.

Can We connect a Bluetooth turntable to Sonos?

Traditionally, Sonos products don’t support Bluetooth wireless. The wireless protocol used by Sonos products is based on WiFi. Bluetooth and WiFi are two different protocols that won’t play together.

And this is still true except for the newly introduced Sonos Move speaker that is the first product from Sonos that support Bluetooth.

So, if you have the Sonos Move speaker, there are two options to connect a turntable wirelessly via Bluetooth.

The first is to buy a turntable that have Bluetooth capability built-in. The best option is probably the Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT which is the Bluetooth version of the first turntable I reviewed and recommended above.

The second option is to use a Bluetooth adapter to make a non-Bluetooth turntable Bluetooth capable. I describe how this is done in detail in this article.

Related Questions

What is the difference between PHONO and LINE?

A PHONO signal is a very tiny signal that is outputted from the cartridge on a turntable. It is usually about 5mV in size. A PHONO signal also has reduced bass levels and increased treble levels because vinyl records are carved with reduced bass (and increased treble) to reduce the space needed to fit each song on a record.

A LINE level signal is a standard signal level of about 300mV that is used to connect home audio music sources to amplifiers, receivers and music systems like Sonos.

CD players, tuners, recorders and digital music streamers all output a LINE level signal from their analog outputs.

A turntable without a built-in preamp outputs a PHONO signal.

A turntable with a built-in preamp outputs a LINE signal.

What is a phono preamp?

A phono preamp converts a PHONO signal to a LINE signal.

When a PHONO music signal is applied to a phono preamp, the signal is amplified from about 5mV (usually) to about 300mV. The signal is also RIAA equalized so that it reaches a flat or neutral frequency response.

A phono preamp can be a standalone unit, or it can be built into a turntable or a receiver. There are also some powered speakers that come with a phono preamp built-in.

What is a cue lever?

A cue lever helps you safely and precisely cue your records.

https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-cue

What is the difference between Bluetooth and WiFi?

Bluetooth is designed to connect two mobile devices wirelessly over short distances up to 30 feet. WiFi is designed to provide high-speed access to internet over (relatively) long distances up to 300 feet.

WiFi has much higher bandwidth than Bluetooth. Home stereo devices that use WiFi to transfer music wirelessly (like Sonos) will have better sound quality than devices that use Bluetooth to transfer music wirelessly because of the higher bandwidth.

Bluetooth and WiFi are not compatible, and it is not possible to connect a Bluetooth device to a WiFi device.

Does Sonos connect to Bluetooth?

Most Sonos product use WiFi to transfer music. And are not Bluetooth compatible. The only exception (currently) are the Sonos Move speakers that is compatible with both WiFi and Bluetooth.

Recourses

Sonos Blog – How to connect a turntable 

Audio-Technica Home – AT-LP60X

U-Turn Home – Orbit Plus 

Rega Home – Planar 1 Plus