Do DJs still use turntables in 2022? Simple answer, yes! Technology now ensures that the sound reproduction from a turntable is of the highest quality, and there are a few other technological advances thrown in for good measure, e.g. torque speed, minimal vibration etc. The majority of units are extremely reliable, as well as durable, and are now direct driven (motor) as opposed to belt drive. This creates a faster start-up time, stronger torque and more consistent speed. Here we have selected the top 5 DJ Turntables for 2022. The Technics SL1210 Mk7 stays true to the Technics philosophy of high-quality sound reproduction and features advanced technology that provides reliability, and durability.
Technics SL-1210 Mk7 Direct Drive Turntable
The Technics SL1210 Mk7 stays true to the Technics philosophy of high-quality sound reproduction and features advanced technology that provides reliability, and durability.
The unit contains a coreless motor (which removes the iron core from the motor) and eliminates the leading cause of cogging (which is what causes the platter to spin unevenly). The platter construction is two-layered, with deadening rubber on the back which gets rid of any unwanted resonances. The vibration-reducing features remove destructive vibrations from reaching the records to add reassurance that the sound remains clear.
The Mk7 S-shaped tonearm has been statically balanced, so it works accurately to read the groove on the record. The gimbal suspension construction and high precision bearing allow for exceptional tracking performance with nominal stylus jumping, even when scratching.
The unit also features detachable power and phono cable, incorporates a traditional design, pitch control function for accurate and stable pitch changes, and a stylus illuminator which is bright and has a long-life LED. The SL-1210 Mk7 is direct drive, has turntable speeds of 33 1/3, 45rpm, starting torque of 1.8kg·cm, 0.7s from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm, wow and flutter of 0.25% WRMS, and the turntable platter made of Aluminium with a 332mm diameter. The tonearm is 230mm long with a 15mm overhang, tracking error is within 2 degrees, the arm adjustment range is 0-6mm, the stylus pressure range is 0-4g, and cartridge weight range is 5.6-12g.
Pioneer PLX-1000 High-Torque Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
Next up, we have the Pioneer PLX-1000 which was released to mark Pioneer DJ being 20 years in the DJ industry. This traditional yet modern, turntable features the latest technology within a familiar design layout. It has a direct drive system installed, which is where the motor and turntable are directly connected, and it provides a sturdy and stable rotation.
The PLX1000 produces high-quality sound output thanks to several features built into the unit. Firstly, rubber tubing has been installed inside of the tonearm to reduce howling, avoid feedback and improve isolation. The turntable is of solid build and includes 8mm thick resin, heavy die-cast zinc casing, and 9mm thick vibration-dampening material; which all aids in minimising vibrations throughout. Both the audio and power cables on the unit are detachable, which massively reduces the chances of cable damage.
The PLX 1000 is direct drive, has an aluminium die-cast platter with a 332mm diameter, has a 33 1/3, 45rpm rotation speed, a 4.5kg·cm starting torque, a start time of 0.3 seconds (at 33 1/3rpm) and a wow and flutter of 0.1% or less WRMS (JIS WTD). The universal S-shaped tonearm is a gimbal-supported type bearing structure with static balance, is 230 mm long, has a 15mm overhang, 6mm arm adjustment range, within 3 degrees tracking error, 0-4g stylus pressure range and a 3.5-13g cartridge weight range.
Reloop RP-8000 MK2 Direct Drive Hybrid DJ Turntable
The Reloop RP8000 Mk2 is a hybrid DJ turntable which has been designed and developed in conjunction with some of the top turntablists in the world. It is crammed with features and is made for use with Serato DJ Pro Software. Unlike a traditional turntable, you will notice there are eight large and durable LED performance pads, a digital LC display and a USB port.
There are three speeds available, 33, 45, 78, and a height-adjustable tonearm base. The aluminium die-cast chassis features an anti-vibration and isolation construction, ensuring no interference. Ideal for Scratch DJ turntablists, where you can switch between DVS to vinyl mode, and there is the possibility of connecting two mixers to the unit at one time. On the face of the unit is a digital display that shows vital information such as key, scale, pitch, BMP and deck assignment, along with a rotatable LED needle light. The Smart USB link transforms the turntable into a mini beast, where up to four turntables can be connected for battles or complex Scratch routines.
The RP 8000 Mk2 is direct drive, hybrid DJ Turntable with a 332mm diameter platter, has a 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm rotation speed, 2.8-4.5 kg·cm starting torque, a start time of <0.2 seconds and a wow and flutter of 0.01% or WRMS. The universal S-shaped tonearm is statically balanced, is 230 mm long, has a 15mm overhang, 0-6mm arm adjustment range, within <3 degrees tracking error and a 3.5-8.5g cartridge weight range.
Stanton ST.150 M2 Direct Drive DJ Turntable
The Stanton ST.150 M2 is a worthy contender for this list. The unit is direct driven, has an ultra-stable damped platter, features adjustable brake speed, a reverse function and Quartz Lock selectable pitch control.
With its heavy-duty aluminium construction, it also features liquid filled isolation feet which provide fantastic stability, lowers any resonant bass frequencies and is shock absorbent. The ST150 M2 also comes with a full copy of Deckadance 2, which is a DJ software application specifically designed for use with Stanton products.
The Stanton turntable is direct drive, has turntable speeds of 33 1/3, 45rpm and 78rpm, wow and flutter of <1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 1/3 rpm, an electronic braking system and a 332mm turntable platter made of Aluminium die-cast. The tonearm is a static balanced S-shaped arm with Cardan’s suspension and detachable headshell, is 194mm long, has a tracking force range of 0-3g and a cartridge weight range of 13-18g.
There you have it, our top 5 DJ Turntables for 2022. Turntabling is an art, and having the best technology to hand is essential. It is good to see developments and improvements being made with music technology, and these are no exception. After reading this if you have any questions then please feel free to contact us.