Gallery: 15 of the most beautiful turntables ever made

Gallery: 15 of the most beautiful turntables ever made

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From Lego DJ booths to handcrafted hardwood plinths, we’ve scoured the world of Hi-Fi for beautiful record players.

Engineers and DIY-minded individuals have continually experimented with turntables in pursuit of beauty, as well as perfect sound. The result of decades and decades of experimentation is an impressive stock of exquisitely designed and masterfully crafted record players. Whether it’s a dome-shaped turntable inspired by the first manned moon landing or an ultra minimalist ‘less is more’ design, we’ve rounded up 15 record players that are things of beauty.

A quick caveat before we proceed: as you might expect, some of the turntables that follow are difficult to obtain or are unobtainable altogether. If you’re hoping to purchase a deck, check out our features on budget players, DJ decks, home listening, eccentric machines and vintage turntables. Or better yet, enter our photography competition for the chance to win a brand new Rega turntable.


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Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000 – designed by Jacob Jensen, this is the world’s first electronically controlled tangential turntable. 

 

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable – features a carbon fibre tonearm.

 

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The Shrine  a hub of drawers and doors accessible only with keys, designed by Sigurd Larsena.

 

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Wega 3300 Stereophonic System – designed by Verner Panton.

 

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Reboot –  a minimalist player designed by Siddharth Vanchinathan.

 

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Custom Rega RP3 – features an acrylic plinth.

 

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Pro-Ject RPM 9.2 X – an acrylic turntable designed by Divine Audio.

 

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Sony Flamingo PS-F9 – the closest Sony got to producing a Walkman for records.

 

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The Nordic Concept Reference Turntable – designed by A Better Life Audio Group.

 

Michaell Electronic

Michell Transcriptor –  designed by John Michell, who also created the model Discovery spaceship seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey and built the eyes for Star Wars’ classic robot character, C3PO. 

 

Tree trunk

Silvan Audio Workshop – using natural hardwood and Rega components, a father and son hand-build these turntables.

 

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Electrohome 861 Apollo –  inspired by the first successful manned mission to the moon in 1969, Electrohome launched its Apollo series of record players in 1970.

 

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DIY Lego DJ booth – designed by Kai Mueller from Style Spy.

 

Red

Davinici Audio Gabriel – weighs 165kg and features four, yes four, tone arms.

 

T1

Transrotor Artus – weighing in at 220kg, this is currently the most expensive deck in the world.


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  • Pierre Luciani

    …in fact, the world’s first electronically controlled tangential arm / turntable is the
    Incredible Clement Schlumberger A1, A1b (from Pierre Clement, France), …. not B&O

  • Love that the B&O/Jacob Jensen is in here, first or not, the design is gorgeous.

    • Pierre Luciani

      absolutely … me too !!

  • also very famous with a special piano finish my ReVox B291/H9 turntable…

  • Graham Edwardo Hodges

    So sexy

  • evanrose

    Take a look at some of these: http://bddw.com/oddities/phila_audio_corp/

  • philippe

    Systemdeck II, a beauty.

  • Richard Moss

    My DIY TT is nice looking IMHO

  • Ben Gammon

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  • Ben Gammon

    The Detail about the Michell Turntable are incorrect. The Turntable there was designed by David Gammon of Trancriptors and was only ever legally produced under Licenced by J A Michell,

  • Ben Gammon

    This photo is of my Dads Skeleton which he owned since new this is sat on my dads speakers he made for the Factory they are outstanding just like his turntables

  • WoodMind

    What do you think about this ? or this ? my DIY .

  • Peter Ward

    My Nottingham Analogue Dais with panzerholz chassis and plinth on a slate platform.

  • Lenco.

    My Lenco

  • Leopoldo Estrada Aguirre

    i want to buy this Custom Rega RP3 – features an acrylic plinth
    but where can i buy it
    or
    i have to do it
    how can i construct this espectacular turnetable
    how pieces do i need
    and the instructions for make it
    some one can help me please

  • Laraine

    Whatever happened to elegant simplicity? Most of these look as though created by designers who had their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks.

  • Jeffrey

    Ever seen Thomas Brinkmann’s deck, made to play his records with two arms to create delay effects. Sweet piece of engineering. There is even a video of it working… http://p-exclamation.com/exhibitions/permutation-03-4-re-mix/

  • Scottyd

    I think you forgot about the most beautiful of them all!!…. Just sayen..

    • ndmspaint

      Logged in to post the same thing.

    • Baconsizzla

      I agree !!!! but they did show a Pic at least, they are inlaid into the Lego booth !

    • guyinsf

      Definitely an icon and one of the best sounding ever made but not one of the most beautiful IMO. It’s a rather conservative straightforward design.

  • something new and selling nowadays

  • Charles Jacquet

    I made this one !!!
    http://www.landemer.fr for more photos

    • kinetic static

      beautiful, well done

      • Charles Jacquet

        Thanks !

  • Arjun Mahadevan

    Left out the classic Dieter Rams turntable – http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8subamu7d1qed1f3o1_500.jpg. – a design icon by an iconic designer!

  • Stephan Mathieu

    My EMT 930, beauty, beast, ingenious engineering

  • Mike Thompson

    Pye Achoic 6 speaker stereo projection system c1963. There’s loads more.

  • tomfromthenews

    What is the value/function of multiple tonearms?

  • Most of these are just overkill…I’ll keep my Thorens TD-126 Mk IIIc that I bought new in 1983, thank you very much…

  • Marek Łabuda
  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Dual CS5000 in walnut

  • Biggus Dickkus
  • Ilker Tekbasaran

    Not even close to this one.

    http://www.calliopeaudio.com/

  • Bjørn Ove Strand

    I have a simple Yamaha P-28. A very stable and good turntable. Bought it 29 years ago. Must admit that it has started to play a little tune. Just hope it’s belt.

  • Errm Nottingham Analog ? This is a very strange list on beautiful?!