The Best Turntables, the Most Respected Turntables

We’ve been wondering about just who would be on a list of the top contenders for the Champion of the World in several categories of high-end audio equipment.

Contenders are either the products we know to be great and hearing them several times actually *sound* great, those that we suspect to be great, and those that are generally considered to be great.

Note that some of this has to do with fashion, and some has to do with popularity, and some to do with actual performance.

To put it simply, if you won the lottery today – what would you want to audition tomorrow?


The big Continuum turntable (the hype has died down quite a bit, but I think it is still on the list)

The Clearaudio Statement (this has really good dynamics)

The Walker Proscenium (price has doubled in the last two years, yikes! but a top performer)

Goldmund Reference II

Rockport Sirius III (a classic and still a contender)

Brinkmann Balance and Lagrange (people find the simplicity and elegance very appealing, and they are a good performer)

Da Vinci AAS Gabriel (a set of interesting people we respect seem to like this turntable)


Others? Anybody? Remember they have to recognized as a top performer by at least some percentage of audiophiles.

There are a TON of turntables out there. The big Transroter has a lot of bling but it relatively unknown. The TW-Acustic has a lot of arms – but many turntables now support this.

If you know of others, please leave a comment!