The digital ease of streaming is a convenient way to listen to a huge variety of music. However, it can also be a lovely, celebratory thing to play a single record. That does, of course, require a turntable.
There are a wide variety of turntable types out there. If you aim to use vinyl as one of your primary ways to listen to music, you’ll want a proper, semi-traditional turntable. That means a turntable with a direct drive motor, that you will plug into a receiver, which will in turn be fed to passive speakers. Modern turntables have tons of extra features, but the basics haven’t changed all that much in decades.
You could also opt for an all-in-one system, with a turntable, amplifier and speakers all in one unit. These were really popular in the 1950s, and many models today use that sort of Victorian wooden design language. But today, they’ll include other features, like far smaller and superior speakers, headphone jacks and even Bluetooth.
You could also opt for a portable turntable. These tend to be highly simplified, tiny and will fold up into a sort of briefcase. If you want to bring your records over to a party—maybe even to DJ—a portable is a good option. Another ideal use might be somebody who’s just getting into vinyl for the first time: many portable turntables are inexpensive and easy to use.