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Best Turntable With Bluetooth Wireless

In this guide, we’ll look at today’s best turntables (record players) with built-in wireless Bluetooth technology. I will pick the top three Bluetooth turntables that I would consider buying for my money if I were in the market for a Bluetooth turntable.

Bluetooth makes your life easier and your house tidier. With Bluetooth there is no need to have lots of cables lying around.

Bluetooth connects your turntable wirelessly to wireless speakers and to wireless headphones. And you are free to place the turntable anywhere you want up to 30 feet away from the speakers.

You might lose a tiny bit of that magical vinyl sound with Bluetooth. It is a compressed and digital format. But if a slightly compromised sound quality won’t give you nightmares, then spinning vinyl with Bluetooth is a highly valid option. You will probably need good ears to hear a difference. And you can still enjoy all the other cool things that come with vinyl records.

For the absolute best analog vinyl sound, it is possible to connect Bluetooth turntables to a stereo receiver or to powered speakers using an old fashion signal cable as well.

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Top 3 Turntables With Bluetooth

Here are the Bluetooth turntables that I consider the best. These are Bluetooth versions of trusted and well-reviewed turntables from leading manufacturers.

There are a few smaller turntable manufacturers that seem to use Bluetooth functionality as a means to enter the market. But I’ll ignore those, and focus on well-established manufacturers. The safe bets.

Enough talk, here they are:

  • Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT
  • Sony PS-LX310BT
  • Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth

Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT

The Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT is the Bluetooth version of one of the most popular turntables ever, the AT-LP60.

It offers exceptional value for money and is one of those turntables that nearly all Hi-Fi critics and Turntable experts have on the top of their lists of best entry-level turntables.

This is probably the best buy if you want a cool looking and well-built budget turntable with Bluetooth.

It pairs with speakers, headphones or other wireless audio systems that are Bluetooth compatible.

Fetures

  • Built-in Bluetooth: Connects wirelessly to all Bluetooth speakers
  • Built-in preamp: No need for external preamp
  • Analog output: Can also connect through cable for the best sound quality
  • Fully automatic: Start and stop playing records with the touch of a button. The tonearm automatically returns.
  • aptX codec: Higher quality wireless sound than standard Bluetooth
  • Speeds: 33 RPM and 45 RPM

Pros / Likes

  • Low price
  • Outstanding value for money
  • Well built

Cons / Dislikes

  • Cartridge not upgradeable

Click here to check price on Amazon.

Sony PS-LX310BT

Another great option is the Sony PS-LX310BT. The leading Hi-Fi publication What Hi-Fi labeled this “one of the best sounding fully-automatic turntables we have ever heard” and gave it a score of 14 out of 15.

I would have a hard time choosing between this and the AT-LP60XBT above if I were in the market for a Bluetooth turntable. They have very similar features and specs. Both are great options. It might come down to current pricing and personal preference for design.

Fetures

  • Built-in Bluetooth: Connects wirelessly to all Bluetooth speakers
  • Built-in preamp: No need for external preamp
  • Analog output: Can also connect through cable for the best sound quality
  • Fully automatic: Start and stop playing records with the touch of a button. The tonearm automatically returns.
  • aptX codec: Higher quality wireless sound than standard Bluetooth
  • Speeds: 33 RPM and 45 RPM

Pros / Likes

  • Affordable
  • Great value for money
  • Nice design

Cons / Dislikes

  • Cartridge not upgradeable

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Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth

For those that want a Bluetooth turntable that offers a higher level of sonic performance than the two options reviewed above, the Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth is the best option in my opinion.

While the two turntables above can be categorized as great entry-level turntables that are fantastic options for a first time turntable, the Pro-Ject Essential III is more suited for the seasoned vinyl spinner that wants higher-quality sound. And that are willing to pay a bit more.

Pro-Ject is is known to manufacture some of the best turntables in the world, from entry-level turntables for beginners to high-end turntables for hardcore audiophiles.

The Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth is probably one of the very best sounding turntables on the market that is equipped with Bluetooth. And for even better sound, it is possible to upgrade the cartridge to a higher-quality one down the line.

  • Built-in Bluetooth: Connects wirelessly to all Bluetooth speakers
  • Built-in preamp: No need for external preamp
  • Analog output: Can also connect through cable for the best sound quality
  • Manually operated: Higher-quality tonearm that is manually operated
  • Ortofon OM10 cartridge pre-mounted: Can be upgraded
  • aptX codec: Higher quality wireless sound than standard Bluetooth
  • Speeds: 33 RPM and 45 RPM

Pros / Likes

  • High-quality cartridge pre-mounted
  • Upgradeable cartridge
  • Elegant design

Cons / Dislikes

  • Costs more than the cheapest entry-level turntables

Click here to check price on Amazon.

How does a Bluetooth turntable work?

A Bluetooth turntable read the record’s grooves and transforms them to an analog electrical signal just like any other turntable. That signal is then boosted and RIAA equalized by an on-board phono preamp. The on-board phono preamp then outputs a standard LINE level analog signal.

This LINE level signal is then applied to the on-board Bluetooth codec and radio transmitter that digitize, compresses, and transmits the signal wirelessly through an antenna.

When Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth headphones are paired with the Bluetooth turntable, they can pick up the wireless signal through an on-board radio receiver with antenna. The signal is then converted back to its original analog form by a Bluetooth codec. And then amplified and converted to sound waves we can hear by the drivers in the speakers or headphones.

The LINE level signal that is created by the on-board phono preamp on Bluetooth turntables can (usually) by outputted as an analog audio signal as well. So if you want to connect a receiver or powered speakers to a Bluetooth turntable via a signal cable, that is also an option.

You can read more about how Bluetooth turntables work and how you connect them in this Vinyl Restart article.

And if you want to completely geek out on Bluetooth and how it works, there is a great article for you at Wikipedia.

Does Bluetooth ruin sound quality?

For highly passionate music listeners, a noticeable reduction in sound quality might be experienced when using Bluetooth.

Bluetooth is digital and highly compressed. With the new aptX Bluetooth protocol, the sound quality that is slightly inferior to the sound quality of CDs. For those who remember that format.

(All three turntables recommended above come with aptX.)

Many stereo system manufacturers (like Sonos) have chosen WiFi as their wireless protocol rather than Bluetooth. The reason for this is that WiFi has a much higher bandwidth than Bluetooth and can transfer music with higher bit rates and less compression. And therefore, sounds better.

For most vinyl spinners, the sound quality from Bluetooth will be fully acceptable. Nowadays, trains and airplanes are stacked with people that listen to music through Bluetooth wireless headphones. And I don’t think too many of them are that bothered about the reduced sound quality from Bluetooth.

Bluetooth vs AUX/LINE

For passionate music listening, you can always use the turntable’s LINE level analog audio output and connect the turntable with a standard signal cable that comes with the turntable. This way you will not lose any of that beautiful smooth analog sound that vinyl records are loved for.

Feel free to check out our How To Connect a Turntable article to see every possible way to connect a turntable.

Conclusion

In this article, we have reviewed three great Bluetooth turntables.

If you are on a budget and are looking for an entry-level Bluetooth turntable, then the Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT and the Sony PS-LX310BT are the two best picks in our opinion.

For those that have a bit more money to spend, and are looking for a mid-range turntable with Bluetooth that offers a higher level of sonic performance, we recommend the Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth.

Resources

Audio-Technica Home – AT-LP60XBT

Sony Home – PS-LX310BT

Pro-Ject Home – Essential III Bluetooth