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Turntables up to £499

Project Primary E

The Primary E is a new reduced cost version of the Primary turntable (detailed below), making entry into quality turntables cheaper than ever. The key changes are a simpler motor and power supply arrangement (a direct wired 240v motor in place of an external wall wart power supply), a single finish option and more basic Ortofon cartridge.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM1 prefitted

Lid: Yes

Finishes: textured matte black only

Project Primary E turntable: £189.00

Project Primary E Phono turntable with built in phono stage: £269.00

Optional extras:

Project Acryl-IT E Acrylic platter upgrade: £110.00


Rega Planar 1

The Planar 1 has just been revised for 2021 is an improved look, with a higher grade Matt finish available in either black or white on the light yet rigid laminated plinth.

The rest of the recipe is unchanged, and widely so! The RB110 tonearm it features a patent pending ultra low friction bearing design which is claimed to have zero play, and the headshell is integrated into the arm tube to make it as rigid as possible. A Rega Carbon cartridge is included and prefitted, so setup is as simple as pushing the counterweight into place.

The drive system uses a 24v motor with an aluminium pulley, using the new improved Rega EBLT drive belt onto the sub platter, with a thick 23mm phenolic platter that provides a great combination of low colouration and strong flywheel effect. The platter spins upon a brass bearing assembly which also has a patent pending design that improves fit and reduces stress on the contact points, whilst minimising the transfer of potential energy.

The clear acrylic lid is hinged and can also be easily lifted off, so the choice to use it with the lid or without during listening takes no more time than putting on an LP.

In our opinion (and that of many reviews and awards panels), this is the benchmark for ‘starter’ audiophile turntables. It has been incredibly well judged, offering great toe tapping musicality with refinement that is not normal at this price point. We can’t recommend it highly enough - another classic from Rega and one that’s exceptionally affordable too!

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Rega Carbon factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Matt Black or White

Rega Planar 1 turntable package: £299.00

Pro-ject T1

The T1 turntable is one of the more conventional designs to come from this prolific producer of new turntable models. In probably their biggest design change for years, it features a felt mat topped 8mm thick glass platter. The rest of the design follows their normal recipe for turntables at this level, it has an 8.6” long aluminium tonearm (with preset anti skate), an Ortofon OM5E cartridge pre fitted and a solid plinth with removable and hinged lid included.

Three versions of the  turntable are available, they are detailed in the pricing summary below.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon OM5E

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Gloss Black, White or Vinyl Walnut finish (as pictured below)

Pro-Ject T1 turntable: £299.00

Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB turntable with electronic speed switching and bypassable internal phono stage: £349.00

Pro-Ject T1 BT turntable with Blue Tooth transmitter with a circa 10m range and bypassable internal phono stage : £399.00


Edwards Audio Apprentice TT

The Apprentice TT is the new entry level turntable from Edwards Audio, due for launch summer 2021. More details to follow shortly.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional SC5 power supply)

Cartridge: Edwards Audio C50 MM cartridge pre fitted

Lid: Z lift off cover

Finishes: Grey, Black, White and Red gloss acrylic

Edwards Audio Apprentice TT turntable without cartridge: £329.95

Edwards Audio SC5 Power supply (optional upgrade): £279.95

Rega Planar 1 Plus

The Planar 1 Plus is a combination of the excellent Planar 1 turntable (detailed above) with a phono stage built into it, making it ready to connect straight into the Line Level input of any amplifier.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Rega Carbon factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Matt Black or White

Rega Planar 1 Plus turntable package: £385.00

Rega Planar 78

The Planar 78 is a mono, single speed turntable designed specifically for playback of 78rpm records only. It features the same 24v motor and RB220 arm as found on the Planar 2 with the phenolic platter from the Planar 1. A matching Rega mono RB78 cartridge is available, please see our cartridge section for more details.

Speeds: 78rpm only

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: Gloss Black

Rega Planar 78 turntable £400.00 excluding cartridge

Rega Planar 78 turntable £480.00 with Rega RB78 cartridge included

Project RPM1 Carbon

The RPM 1 Carbon features a new arm design from Pro-Ject, the ‘S’ shaped tube uses a carbon fibre layer wrapped around an aluminium core and is made using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar of pressure. The result is an arm Project claim is very rigid, well damped and low resonance.

 The motor is an AC synchronous design which is fed from an internal DC driven power supply. The main turntable bearing features a ceramic ball bearing, and the mdf platter is topped with a felt mat. An Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is factory fitted, making setup very straight forward.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M red prefitted

Lid: Optional extra, see below

Finishes: Gloss Black, Red or White

Project RPM1 Carbon turntable: £429.00

Project Cover-IT RPM 1/3, free standing acrylic cover suitable for the RPM1: £70.00

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

The Project Carbon combines the value for money underpinnings of the classic Debut turntable design with a beautifully made tonearm made whose tube and headshell is made from woven carbon fibre. To top it off the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge completes the package - a remarkably accomplished cartridge to be packed with a turntable at this price level.

Available in Gloss Black, White, Red Yellow, Green, Silver and Blue

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (can also play 33.3 & 78rpm with the addition of the 78rpm pulley kit)

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red

Lid: Included

Finishes: All the following are Gloss finishes: Black, White, Red Yellow, Green, Purple, Light Grey and Blue

Project Debut Carbon DC turntable package: £299.00

Optional extra:

Project Acryl-IT Acrylic platter upgrade: £110.00

Edwards Audio TT4

The TT4 use features a three layer acrylic plinth, each level sandwiched by a vibration damping layer. The result is a low resonance and  lightweight plinth that also looks great. The tonearm is Edwards Audio own contained uni pivot design with an aluminium arm tube. The powerful AC motor features manual speed change as standard, but an electronic power supply can be added for improved performance and electronic switching between 33.3and 45rpm.

A high quality MM cartridge, the Edwards Audio C100, is factory fitted and the result is an excellent sounding turntable that is open, fast and very musical. Quite rightly is has already won a ‘product of the year’ award by the German ‘LP Magazin’.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional SC5 power supply)

Cartridge: Edwards Audio C100 MM cartridge pre fitted.

Lid: Z lift off cover (pictured below)

Finishes: Grey, Black, White, Blue and Red gloss acrylic

Edwards Audio TT4 turntable with C100 cartridge: £449.95

Edwards Audio SC5 Power supply (optional upgrade): £279.95

Rega Planar 2

The Planar 2 is a model that has been missing from the Rega range for several years, so it’s great to see it back.

What always made the Planar 2 special was the tonearm, and that’s still the case today. The new RB220 naturally features a one piece cast arm tube and has been fitted with a new patent pending bearing assembly which is claimed to offer zero play and ultra low friction.

The plinth is a high gloss black or white acrylic laminated design which is rigid, lightweight and very attractive. A 24 volt motor drives a new patent pending self securing main bearing, which is claimed to offer improved fit and reduced stress on the bearing, as well as reduced energy transfer into the plinth. On top spins a 10mm thick glass platter with white frosted edging.

Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: Rega Carbon factory fitted

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Gloss Black, Red or White

Rega Planar 2 turntable package: £475.00


Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

The Evo is the latest in the iconic Debut line of turntables from Pro-ject. As you’d perhaps expect with a design with such an illustrious history this is no radical redesign, instead there’s a careful reevaluation to find performance improvements  where possible, whilst continuing to offer great value and cosmetics at the same time.

The stiff and lightweight carbon fibre tonearm is factory fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, and high quality (but user replaceable) RCA cables are included. The motor is fed from an internal AC power supply (fed from an external ‘wall wart’ power supply) and on a new, damped motor plate which is more rigidly coupled to the MDF plinth than before. This plinth is now supported via three well engineered metal feet which are threaded to allow accurate levelling.

The steel platter contains has damping ring on its underside, which reduces resonance and adds a little more flywheel effect too.

Playback of 33.3, 45 and 78rpm is possible, with simple switch operation to go between 33.3 and 45. For 78rpm you swap to a different belt which uses its own ridge on the motor pulley (you will also need to change to a 78rpm compatible stylus, not supplied).

The plinth is available in a wide variety of 9 attractive gloss and satin finishes, please see list below, all are no cost options.


Speeds: 33.3, 45 electronic change (78rpm also possible by changing supplied belt, see above)

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red

Lid: Included

Finishes: Gloss Black, Gloss Red and Gloss White, Satin Black, Satin Fir Green, Satin Golden Yellow, Satin Steel Blue, Satin White, Satin Walnut veneer.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo: £499.00

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