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Top 10 Best Bluetooth Record Player in the UK for 2022

Believe it or not, record sales are at an all-time high — whether it’s due to their cool aesthetic or superior sound quality, records are a fantastic way to revive old favorites and discover new ones. And thanks in part to the vinyl revival, turntables aren’t as expensive as they used to be, but it can be difficult to determine which players are not only worth investing in, but also how they’ll work once you have them. With the rise of Bluetooth among all of our devices, it was only a matter of time before that trend hit record players as well.

Gone are the days of worrying and fussing over audio cables, as these players can connect to your portable speakers, AirPods, or any other Bluetooth device you can imagine. Set up is easy and breezy, leaving you with plenty of time to focus on what matters most: listening to your favorite album. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best Bluetooth record players on the market — check them out below.

Top 10 Best Bluetooth Record Player in the UK for 2022

In this list, there are talented turntables ranging from entry-level to premium, and they are the best Bluetooth record players in the UK for 2022.

1. Sony PS-LX310BT Bluetooth Record Player

We loved this record player so much that we wrote an entire review dedicated to this product and named it one of the top Christmas gifts of the year. While you should absolutely go and read our full review, the tl;dr version of it is this: Sony’s player is an extremely versatile and well-constructed Bluetooth record player that will fit seamlessly into your existing audio setup, whatever it may be. Already have high-quality speakers? Slot this in with no issue. Looking to invest in a quality amp at some point? There’s a setting for that. Want to just connect it to your AirPods? You’re good. We really can’t recommend it enough. It more than earns its reputation as the best Bluetooth record player available today.

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2. Pro-Ject Juke Box E Record Player Red

The Pro-Ject Juke Box E is based on Pro-Ject’s well-regarded Primary turntable and is tricked out with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge, amplification (25W per channel into 8 ohms) and Bluetooth receiver, meaning you can stream music to its amp as well.

It’s an all-in-one system that demands very few compromises, given its price. It’s also an all-in-one system that we can’t easily argue against in favour of separates. The Juke Box E delivers convenience and backs it up with Award-winning sound quality. You can’t really ask for more than that.

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3. Fluance RT81

The Fluance RT81 is an excellent starter turntable. It’s simple to set up and use for newbies but you can switch out the cartridge to squeeze out more performance later on. Newbies also won’t have to worry about getting a separate phono preamp, as one is built in. However, you can turn it off if you want to use a better external preamp.

The only downside is that Fluance’s advertised “auto-off” feature simply turns off the platter, preventing excessive needle wear but you’ll still have to return the arm to its resting place yourself. You’ll also have to manually queue records, which isn’t a deal breaker by any means but is something to consider for those looking for a fully automatic record player. The Denon DP-300F is a great choice for those looking for a fully automated record listening experience.

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4. ION Audio Air LP Bluetooth record player

We’re big fans of the ION Audio Air LP, which is arguably the best value entry-level Bluetooth record player. Sound quality is perfectly passable, and we also found the Bluetooth range meant we could position separate speakers in different rooms to enjoy our music wherever we found ourselves.

The Audio Air comes in a couple of classy finish options, and is small enough so as to not dominate the space. Throw in USB connectivity for backing up your collection and you’ve got a package which is, certainly at this price, hard to beat.

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5. CAMBRIDGE ALVA TT

The words ‘audiophile’ and ‘wireless’ are seldom seen in the same sentence together, unless the words ‘cannot be’ are included too.

Audiophilia has always included a hair-shirt element, a strong suggestion of ‘no pain, no gain’. Well, Cambridge is here to demonstrate what can be achieved when you attempt to rewrite that particular rule.

The Alva TT is a sturdy, beautifully made audiophile-grade direct-drive turntable with enough going on in terms of tone-arm, moving-magnet cartridge and integrated phono stage alone to justify its price.

To make a diverting product pretty much compelling, Cambridge has added Bluetooth connectivity up to a hi-res aptX HD 24bit/48kHz quality. Which means you can wirelessly stream vinyl to your system, at a truly high-end standard, from a turntable that’s positioned somewhere you’d like it to be rather than where it insists on being.

And it’s almost a formality to report that it sounds great, with all of that lovely vinyl expertise where warmth, timing and rhythm are concerned. It looks and feels good while it’s doing it, too. Mind you, no amount of clever wireless thinking is going to stop you having to get up every 15 minutes or so to turn the record over.

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6. Victrola VSC-550BT-BK Bluetooth Wireless Suitcase

Hundreds of five star reviewers were impressed by this Victrola record player, especially for the price. (And even though it’s called a turntable, it qualifies as a record player because of the built-in speakers.) One customer bought it for her musician boyfriend and reports, “He is in love with it.” Though audiophiles probably won’t love it, hundreds of customers say this was great for their first record player. It has three speeds, built-in Bluetooth, and decent speakers — everything you need to get started, according to one customer. Another shopper just needed a turntable that was aesthetically pleasing enough to leave out but also “small and portable” for her room, because she doesn’t have “much space.” For what it is, she enjoys it so far, though she wishes “the speakers sounded better, but they aren’t terrible.” And one reviewer actually sees the average speakers as a plus: “Its imperfections add to the vintage-sounding experience.” He listens to records from the Beatles and Elvis on this machine and thinks it sounds very authentic.

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7. Audio-Technica AT-LPW40WN Manual Two-Speed 33/45RPM Turntable – Walnut A

Modern tech meets vintage needs in this turntable, which offers 78RPM playback as well as aptX bluetooth capabilities. If you want to level up, then the USB port offers aptx HD quality audio. The design is also stylish and simplistic, with a hard wooden finish against the silver platter, tonearm and footstools.

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8. Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth

For those that want a clean-looking Bluetooth turntable that offers a high level of sonic performance, the Pro-Ject Essential III Bluetooth is the best option in my opinion.

The Pro-Ject Essential III is great for the seasoned vinyl spinner that fancy high-quality sound. And that is willing to pay a bit more to achieve that.

Pro-Ject 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.

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9. Victrola 50’s Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable

Victrola is one of those brands that have existed for more than a century and whose products you know for a fact won’t disappoint. We didn’t want to take chances though and had to try the 50s Retro 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable for first-hand experience. There’s a lot to love about this model, but let’s start with the design.

It’s made in an iconic retro design that makes you reflect on ‘60s music when you first see it. From the box shape to the chrome, metal detailing at the front, it certainly does look like a classic music system. In black, it looks quite neat, but it is the red option that had us vowing to own it.

To the more practical side of things now, the Vitrola 50s is a 3-speed turntable and will play all types of records: 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM. If your records collection is a mixture of all three speeds, you’ll be glad to be able to play them all from one device.

The Vitrola 50s is more than a turntable/vinyl record player. It’s also a CD player, radio, and MP3 recorder. It can play both AM and FM radio bands, operate like a regular CD player, and play wireless music via Bluetooth. To turn your vinyl records to MP3, the turntable uses USB encoding and recording software. Simply connect the turntable to your computer using USB and use the recording software that comes bundled with the turntable to record the music. The software is PC and Mac compatible.

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10. Record Player with Speakers Vinyl Record Player Wireless Turntables

This record player combines simplicity with style. Its chic wooden base adds charm to any room. Then, its quality turntable and speaker set the entire tone. You can play a variety of records on this player, no matter if it’s 7 inches or 12 inches. Its straightforward and manual turntable has a sturdy cartridge to help keep sound nice and clear. This is great for those hoping to learn how to use a turntable. We cannot forget to mention that this record player doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, just in case you decide to switch to your favorite playlist.

Although this record player is portable, it does not come with a handle or carry case. However, it is pretty lightweight and has a durable clear cover to protect the turntable. This makes it safe and easy to move this record player around.

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Does Bluetooth ruin sound quality?

For highly passionate music listeners with expensive Hi-Fi systems, 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.

In my own testing and experience, I have found that Bluetooth is fully acceptable for casual music listening.

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.

Summary

A lot of major audio brands have joined in the Bluetooth turntable fun, with slick spinners from Sony, Cambridge Audio and Pro-Ject available all coming in at various price points for most budgets. One of the greatest things about Bluetooth decks is how simple they are to use…

On one hand they have the potential to remove the need for wires completely, while on the other, many of the best Bluetooth record players also come complete with built-in phono preamps (so skipping a separate preamp to boost the signal from your turntable). That means they’re about as plug and play ready as possible, if you choose to go old-school.

You will need powered, Bluetooth ready speakers and perhaps a pair of wireless headphones to make full use of the tech, but otherwise you should be up and running with the push of a couple of buttons.

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