Audiophiles who have experienced listening to vinyl know how much a record player works well from a great speaker more than any other music playback device. Vinyl records have that warm and organic sound that people have been missing in today’s smartphone/iPod era. Streamed music – the type of music you listen to on YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music – is compressed before you can play it, so it removes some detail and clarity of the audio. Listening to vinyl records is as close to “live” as it gets, giving you a listening experience with crystal clear sound staging and imaging.
If you have your own vinyl turntable, you have to be careful in buying a speaker. You want to make sure that the speakers will be compatible with also generate the same kind of organic music that made you love vinyl.
Here are the best speakers to connect with your vinyl turntable:
If you’re looking for an impressive speaker to pair with your vinyl turntable, Klipsch R-15M will fit the bill. It brings a balanced sound quality that is in a whole new level compared to your old speakers. This model has a 5.35-inch woofer with copper-spun cone and 1-inch aluminum horn-loaded tweeter that enables the speaker to produce impressive midrange. The copper-colored cone provides a good-looking contrast with the brushed black polymer body. It comes with an additional R-25C center speaker, but you can buy a set from Amazon that only comes in pairs. These speakers need to be connected to an amplifier or receiver to produce powerful sounds.
- Beautiful design with copper-spun cone
- Produces balanced sound quality with impressive midrange
- Great for small to medium-sized rooms
- May be hard to set-up for beginners
Edifier R1280T is ideal for playing on your vinyl turntable, as it produces great sounds especially for classic rock and other 20th-century music. It produces crisp highs and mids, but don’t expect a deep bass from these small bookshelf speakers. It features a 4-inch woofer and ½-inch tweeter that allows the speaker to expand its range of voicings. It offers a standard speaker wire connection but uses a remote control to control volume. It’s easy to adjust bass and treble settings with the knobs located on the right side of the speaker. This set is already powered, so you don’t need an amplifier or receiver for it to work. When it comes to flexibility, you can count on this speaker as it comes with speaker wire, an RCA to RCA cable, and aux to RCA. One big plus is that the speakers’ cabinets are made of MDF with an elegant wood finish.
- Supports different devices with a standard 3.5mm input and two sets of RCA inputs
- Comes in an elegant wood finish
- Doesn’t need an amplifier or receiver
- Comes with a remote volume control
- Speaker wire is a bit cheap
- On/off switch is on the back
Audioengine A2+ is versatile and sleek. If you’re not using it for your vinyl turntables, you can also use them as your computer speakers. They are small, unobtrusive and can fit very well with your room décor. It has a built-in digital audio converter that decodes digital audio sources and 3 input types so you can connect different kinds of devices. This pair comes as a two-way speaker that features a 2/4-inch silk dome tweeter and a 2.75-inch Kevlar woofer. It’s easy to set-up and includes all the needed cables. It comes in three different colors: black, red and white.
- Supports different devices with built-in DAC and USB port
- Comes in a great, compact design available in three different colors
- Easy to set up
- No adjustments for bass and treble
4. KEF Q100
The KEF Q100 is a certified Hi-fi speaker that can play really loud sounds with its maximum output of 107dB. These are passive speakers, so you need an amplifier or receiver for this. It is equipped with a one driver spot: a 5.25-inch woofer with a 1-inch aluminum tweeter in the middle. This unique setup makes amazing soundstage that won’t make you recognize any differences in volume or tone as you move around the room where the speaker is at. This ensures that when you throw a party with music, there will be no dead spots anywhere. The body is made of beautiful MDF cabinets available in black oak, American walnut, white and rosewood.
- Plays loud sounds with a unique soundstage output
- Available in different colors to match your interior
- Equipped with one driver spot
This one’s a remarkable speaker perfect for your vinyl turntables. It has a built-in phono preamp and Bluetooth for flexibility. When you’re not using them for your vinyl listening sessions, you can connect it to your PC or phone. It has an ideal, compact size equipped with 4-inch Kevlar drivers, 1-inch silk dome tweeters and a class D amplifier. It produces balanced sounds that let you enjoy vinyl to basic digital streaming and other high-fidelity formats. This can deliver crisp highs and balanced mid-range that lets you listen to your favorite songs the way it was meant to be played. It also comes with a remote control for easy adjustments to volume, tone, input, bass, treble, and balance. This speaker comes packed in a beautiful outer body that comes in 8 variants in gloss and matte finishes.
- Flexible, as it comes with phono preamp and Bluetooth
- Delivers crisp highs and balanced midrange sounds
- Comes with a remote control
- Has automatic standby feature
- Audiophiles may not be very impressed with the sound quality
Polk Audio T15 is a set of mini monitors are designed to work with a surround sound system, but works well independently. This is a two-way speaker with a 5.35” cone driver and ¾-inch silk dome tweeter that makes a balanced sound. However, it needs to be connected with speaker wire and a receiver and amplifier, which isn’t included. The simple, compact rectangular cube design of these speakers make them easily mountable on a wall. It’s made of MDF cabinets with an elegant black finish.
- Produces a balanced sound
- Wall mountable
- A bit shy on the bass
7. Micca MB42
Micca MB42 is a passive, two-way bookshelf speaker that needs to be connected to an amplifier or receiver. If your turntable has a built-in phono preamp, then this speaker will suffice. It produces an all-around sound that is crisp and clear for such a small size. This speaker is equipped with a 4-inch carbon fiber cone driver and a ¾-inch silk dome tweeter. It plays good mids, excellent vocal clarity and impactful bass with low distortion. On the outside, it has a classic and compact design that is easy to place with any décor.
- Compact and classic design
- Produces good mids and impactful bass
- May sound muddy when set at very high volumes
- No mounting hardware at the back