If you love listening to vinyl, then nothing is more important to you than the sound quality.
This comes not only from your turntable but also the speakers you use.
But with the amount of choice on offer how can you make sure that you get the best speakers that not only meet your budget, but they also give you the best sound quality as well?
After all, powered speakers, which is what my list will be focusing on, are the obvious choice when looking at the best-powered speakers for your turntable.
They are easy to use, compact and they connect directly to your turntable without the need for additional equipment, such as an amplifier.
So, I present to you my list of the ten best-powered speakers you can currently buy for your turntable.
It doesn’t matter if you are new to the world of vinyl or if you are looking to upgrade your current setup, there is something here that will appeal to everyone.
And each of the powered speakers that are on my list is some of the best-powered speakers you can buy for a turntable.
Let’s put the needle to the groove, get the record playing, and start.
10 Best Powered Speakers for Turntables of 2020
In a rush? Here is a quick rundown for you:
Now, let’s get to our list!
Edifier is a speaker manufacturer who not only product great-sounding stereo equipment, but they also do it with value for money in mind.
They always receive the highest praise from critics and regularly top best of Amazon lists.
It’s not hard to see why.
The Edifier S1000DB is touted by Edifier as the best of their best.
That means they are for the true audiophile.
The real vinyl fan who won’t compromise on sound quality.
When you compare them to any other speakers from Edifier these bookshelf speakers are the highest grade when it comes to delivering premium quality in both design and build.
They are a great choice for anyone who wants a great vinyl listening experience and because they are more premium than others in the same range from Edifier it makes them ideal for vinyl use.
For the price you can get them for the sound quality is superb.
They do sound great.
They are well-built and come with features such as Bluetooth and tone control.
They also deliver deep sounding bass, although not the deepest on my list, all the way down to 48Hz (-4db).
Klipsch is another speaker manufacturer based in the USA.
Like other manufacturers on my list, such as Audioengine, they are also known for high quality when it comes to creating speakers for turntables.
That is why they are on my list of the best-powered speakers you can buy for a turntable with their R-51PM model.
These are a great pair of powered speakers for any turntable.
They come with a built-in phono preamp as standard.
That means that if your turntable doesn’t have a preamp then you can use the one included with these to connect everything.
As standard, they offer Bluetooth connectivity.
This isn’t a feature that you have to pay extra for, unlike other speakers on this list.
For sound quality, everything is engaging and lively.
So, listening to vinyl on them, is, as you would expect, a fantastic experience.
They add an emotional depth to what you are listening to and this just compliments the overall rich sound quality and takes it all up a notch.
Because listening to vinyl is all about the experience and the emotion these are some of the best-powered speakers you can buy right now for your turntable.
They excel at playing vinyl and that is why I just had to have them on my list.
KEF LS50 Wireless
These speakers are really for the big boys.
If you want the best-powered speakers for your turntable that offer you the most power, then these could be for you.
I will be brave and say that the KEF LS50 Wireless could be the best sounding powered speakers on the market right now.
As you would expect then the sound quality is second to none.
These are truly active speakers.
This means if you didn’t know that active speakers give you one amplifier or driver in each speaker.
Each speaker houses a 30W amplifier which drives the tweeter whilst a 200W Class D amplifier drives the bass.
These powered speakers are also quite compact.
So, they give you great sound and can also fit the tightest of sound system setups.
If space is an issue, but money is not, and you want the best sound quality then these should be perfect for you.
In fact, with a pair of these, you can unleash the true sound power of most turntables out there.
Edifier is slightly cheating here with more than one entry in my list.
But when you see how good these are then you will understand why I just had to include them as well.
These are the best-powered speakers for your turntable if all you care about is value for money.
I’d heard so much about these speakers and how the sound quality and build quality, for the price, allowed it to punch far above its weight, that I had to check them out and that is what convinced me to put them on the list here.
For the price, they retail at they look and feel like they should cost a lot more.
But the beauty is that they don’t.
So, you are getting a bargain with these.
They give you a decent level of sound quality for the price, which makes them ideal for those who are new to vinyl.
And whilst they don’t deliver deep bass like many others on my list, or the highest music volume, if you are on a budget then these really won’t matter all that much.
Klipsch The Sixes
Not only does Klipsch give us powered speakers with the best sounding name on my list, but they also look the best for those who want a truly retro vinyl experience.
These powered speakers compliment retro turntables perfectly in their design aesthetic.
They blend this vintage look with cutting edge technology inside.
This in turn, as you would expect, means that the sound quality they provide is excellent.
But this is at the expense of a high price tag.
So, these are the best-powered speakers in terms of looks but not in terms of value for money.
Any speakers from Klipsch usually fill the room with a rich, warm, and lively sound that packs plenty of emotion.
The Sixes are no exception to this.
When you pair these powered speakers with a vintage-looking turntable you do get both great looking and great sounding speakers that don’t compromise on sound.
When you think of the best-powered speakers for a turntable chances are something from Audioengine always crops up.
And the A5+ is no exception to this.
They not only give you fantastic sound quality, but they also look great too.
As a bonus, they also feature a built-in analog amplifier which means that they appeal to hardcore vinyl fans.
You rarely see analog amplification included in a pair of powered speakers.
Especially when you look at the price that these typically go for.
The amplifier turns everything analog.
That means the turntable cartridge to the speaker drivers.
We all know that vinyl records give you smooth, rich and warm sounds, and this amplifier just increases that and the overall joy of listening to records in general.
Out of my list, these give you the best bass.
It’s deep, with a drop of just 1.5db at the 50Hz level.
They come with the option to have Bluetooth, but you can also choose not to if you want to remain low tech, and they come in three different designs.
White, black, and bamboo.
Be careful though because if you want the bamboo finish you will have to pay a little extra.
Audioengine is a USA company based in Texas.
Everything is designed and manufactured in-house.
Okay, it’s another Audioengine entry here.
But seeing as we are talking about the best-powered speakers for turntables can you blame me for reviewing so many of these in my list? These made the list because they are the flagship speakers from Audioengine.
Being the flagship, you would expect to get the best of everything: build quality, sound quality, and at a good price.
These offer a few nice upgrades if you already have a pair of Audioengine A5+ speakers and you are looking to upgrade.
These include a larger woofer that has been redesigned and a thicker cabinet as well as an upgrade of all the crossover components.
You still get the same full analog A/B amplifier built-in.
This gives you rich and smooth sound and makes them the ideal choice for the best-powered speakers for your turntable if you want great sound.
They come with Bluetooth as standard and do make your vinyl records stand out and take the sound to a whole new level.
They also come with a range of elegant finishes to choose from so they look perfect when hooked up to any turntable.
Kanto is a brand that not many vinyl lovers may recognize.
But they are fast becoming one of the most popular brands when it comes to powered speakers for turntables.
Kanto offers three different models when it comes to turntable speakers.
Out of these, it is the Kanto YU6, the biggest of the three, that gives you the best sound quality.
And that is why they made my list.
They come with a built-in preamp, which is a great addition.
It’s perfect for those whose turntable doesn’t already come with a preamp.
They come in a variety of colors and they give you great sound quality.
In terms of reviews, they are always glowing across the board.
That’s why they are included here, along with all the other speakers in my list that give you great sound quality for your vinyl.
The KEF LSX powered speakers made my list because they too are also a great option to consider if you are on a budget.
These are in fact, as any eagle-eyed reader will notice, another powered speaker from KEF who already has the KEF LS50 Wireless in my list.
But these are the smaller and cheaper version of those.
So, if the KEF LS50 Wireless are the ones you want, but they are a little out of your price range then these could be the best-powered speakers for your turntable instead.
You don’t get the full audio quality, and hardcore audiophile sound you would expect from its bigger brother, but that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that these are still high-quality speakers.
These speakers are also great if you think that the KEF LS50 Wireless are out of your price range, but you want something compact.
These give you the ideal balance of sound quality and size when compared to other powered speaker models from KEF.
As with the KEF LS50 Wireless, these speakers also give you one set of amplifiers in each speaker.
They are driven by a 70W amplifier for the bass and a 30W amplifier powers the tweeter.
Audioengine is also another manufacturer on my list who I bent the rules for by allowing more than one model to be presented.
But it’s Audioengine.
Anyone who knows their vinyl equipment knows that what this company produces is always worth a look.
And whilst these may not be the best-powered speakers for your turntable from the others on my list they still deserve a mention.
I added these for those who want a truly compact option.
If you are short on space but you still want the best sound quality, then these are a pair of powered speakers you should have on your radar.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that just because they are small, they aren’t good.
They are well built and deliver sound quality that really should be coming from full-size speakers – it’s that good for speakers of this size.
The Audioengine A2+are great multimedia speakers for computers.
So, if you are looking for small vinyl speakers that can also double up as computer speakers then you need to check these out.
How I Conducted My Research
Coming up with the list of just ten of the best powered speakers for your turntable was not an easy task.
I did a ton of thorough research to compile this list and I spent a lot of time doing research and conducting reviews of all the equipment on this list and comparing my findings with the industry and its thoughts.
When looking at technology for a community such as vinyl lovers, I know that they won’t stand for substandard reviews or lists, without any knowledge to back it up.
I don’t just want to give my opinion.
I blend this with reviews and findings from my own experience, with reviews from audio engineers who know what that they are talking about and can back up my findings.
I also base my list and reviews on my home vinyl setup.
I love to have a setup that gives me a sound profile and a specific sound for my vinyl records.
The beauty of listening to vinyl, after all, is the better sound quality when compared to digital audio formats, and, unlike these digital formats, it is the hardware that can truly make your vinyl listening experience as unique as you want it to be.
A Quick Buyers Guide
If you are new to the world of vinyl, then you may not know all that there is to know about how to get the best equipment and best overall sound quality.
For example, you may have read about needing something called a preamp with your new turntable, but you may not know what that is.
I’m going to give you a quick buyers guide that answers the most common questions that both new and seasoned vinyl lovers often ask.
Do You Need a Preamp with Powered Speakers?
This is a great question to start with.
If your turntable already has a preamp then you will see a switch on the back of it titled ‘Phono/Line’.
This switch must be set to ‘Line’ if you want to connect your new powered speakers to your turntable that has a built-in preamp as standard.
If you have looked on the back of your turntable and you do not see this switch, then it means that it probably doesn’t have a built-in preamp.
That means that it will only output a phono signal.
This phono signal is much weaker than a ‘line’ signal, and it is smaller also.
This signal must then be amplified by a separate phono preamp and once it has done that it can be routed to your speakers and that is what gives you sound from your vinyl records and your turntable.
You do this by connecting your preamp between your turntable and your speakers.
If you connect a turntable without a preamp built-in directly to a pair of powered speakers then the volume of any music from your turntable will be super low.
It also won’t have any bass.
This isn’t how you want to be listening to your precious vinyl collection, is it? That’s why another option you have is to choose a pair of powered speakers that feature a built-in preamp for you.
I have included some powered speakers that do just that in my list above so be sure to check those out if your current turntable doesn’t have a preamp built-in.
How Do You Connect A Pair of Powered Speakers to Your Timetable?
When it comes to connecting your turntable to your brand-new pair of powered speakers there are two ways you can do this.
The first is by using an RCA signal cable and the second is by using Bluetooth which is of course wireless.
Using an RCA cable is the traditional way of doing things here.
This cable usually comes with both the turntable and the powered speakers.
As technology has progressed more and more people are forgoing using the RCA cable and instead use Bluetooth.
To do this you need either a Bluetooth adapter or a turntable that supports Bluetooth.
Let’s go over both of these options in more detail now.
RCA Signal Cable
The way that most people connect powered speakers to a turntable is with one of these cables.
They plug into the turntable on one end and the other end goes into the speakers using the analog RCA inputs that are on the other ends.
If neither your turntable nor your powered speakers have a built-in preamp then you must add a separate preamp that acts as the connection between your powered speakers and your turntable.
If your turntable has Bluetooth built-in (or it has a Bluetooth transmitter) then you can connect your turntable to your new powered speakers wirelessly.
It’s a great way to connect your turntable because it eliminates the need for additional cables.
So, if you want a nice and clean vinyl setup, without any unsightly wires, and if your turntable supports it then Bluetooth is a perfect choice.
As you would expect though, the sound quality from using Bluetooth (in theory at least) is not the best when you compare it to the sound quality you get when you connect using an RCA cable instead.
This is because Bluetooth is a digital technology and is compressed, resulting in a reduction in sound quality.
However, when it comes to using Bluetooth for connecting your turntable to your speakers, I don’t think you will notice that much difference in a reduction of sound quality.
How Do You Choose the Best Powered Speakers for Your Turntable?
When you are in the market for powered speakers there are several factors that you must consider which I will go over here.
If you want deep bass on your vinyl listening, then you shouldn’t go for the pair of powered speakers that are the smallest.
The smallest pair, common sense prevailing, cannot give you the best sound quality.
That’s because the laws of physics mean that small speakers cannot deliver you great bass in your powered speakers.
That’s why you should focus on a pair of medium-sized powered speakers for your turntable.
Making sure you get great sound quality and value for money is a no brainer when it comes to buying a new pair of powered speakers for your turntable.
When it comes to building the perfect audio system the speakers are the part where, if you are on a budget, where most of the budget should focus on.
And when you are in the market for the best-powered speakers for your turntable you really should focus on getting the best sound for your budget.
I recommend that when it comes to your powered speakers budget the pair that you choose should cost you the same or a little more of what you paid for your turntable.
Doing this means that you get a pair of powered speakers that offer you the best sound quality and that is what matters when it comes to getting the most out of your vinyl collection.
Make sure you read reviews from trustworthy sources and critics before you spend the money on your new powered speakers.
This may seem obvious at first glance.
After all, you want not only the best sound quality but to be able to hear everything fully.
That’s why you should pick a pair of powered speakers that consists of two speakers that you can spread apart to get stereo imaging.
But if you just use your turntable for background music then a single speaker setup will work fine.
Make sure your powered speakers are from a leading manufacturer.
They have the best engineers and technology, so you know you are getting the best sound and build quality.
How to Break in Your New Powered Speakers?
When you first listen to your new powered speakers right out of the box, they may not sound their best.
The drivers inside them need time to soften up to be able to move freely.
This takes around ten hours of use and during this time the sound quality of your powered speakers will improve gradually.
How to Place Powered Speakers for The Best Sound?
When you are placing your powered speakers, you should go for a triangle formation to get the best sound quality.
The distance between each speaker in this setup should be the same.
Doing this makes the soundscape much bigger and gives you more width and depth.
Why Do You Need Wireless Powered Speakers?
Using wireless powered speakers has become a popular option amongst vinyl enthusiasts.
And from how things look this popularity looks set to keep increasing.
Even traditional high-end passive speaker manufacturers are switching to wireless powered speakers.
They are a great way to save space and money.
If you want the best sound, then using wireless powered speakers combined with a traditional amplifier would be your best option.
But if you are on a budget then wiring up a normal pair of powered speakers can still give you great results.
Because you don’t need a separate amplifier or receiver when using a wireless powered speaker, it makes them much easier to setup.
And you don’t need a hi-fi rack to hold the usual components.
This makes using them a cost-effective solution.
What Are Passive, Powered, and Active Speakers?
These speakers need to be driven by an external amplifier or receiver.
The amplified signal is first applied to a cross-over and this filter sends the higher frequencies to the driver that is responsible for the high frequencies (the tweeter) and the lower frequencies go to the bass driver.
These types of speakers have the amplifier built-in.
They can be connected directly to music sources without needing a separate amplifier or receiver.
In powered speakers, the amplified signal from the built-in amplifier is routed to a passive cross-over.
The cross-over then sends the higher frequencies to the tweeter and the lower frequencies to the bass driver.
These speakers have one amplifier for each driver.
There is a dedicated amplifier for the tweeter and a dedicated amplifier for the bass driver.
These deal with high and low frequencies, respectively.
In this design, the music signal goes through the active cross-over before it gets routed to the amplifiers.
The cross-over sends the higher frequencies to the amplifier that powers the tweeter and the lower frequencies that power the bass driver.
Can I connect a turntable directly to speakers?
This can be done if the turntable already has a built-in preamp.
Are powered speakers better than passive ones?
They may not be any better or any worse.
Powered speakers require less space than passive ones because they do not need a standalone amplifier which means they also give you value for money.
After all, the speakers and amplifiers are combined.
Do powered speakers need an amp?
They have the amp built-in so a separate one is not needed.
Can a powered speaker power a passive one?
No, this is not possible.
They are not meant to do that.
Do passive speakers need power?
They do not need to connect to power.
This only applies to powered and active speakers.
What does ‘Frequency Response’ mean?
It describes the range of frequencies that a speaker can reproduce.
High-quality speakers usually have a broader and flatter frequency response curve compared to lower quality speakers.
How much space do you need to place powered speakers?
These types of speakers need very little space.
They can be placed on a desktop or bookshelf if space is limited.
What are studio monitors?
These are high-quality speakers designed for use in recording studios and film/tv/radio studios where the reproduction of sound must be as accurate as possible.
What are near field monitors?
This is a speaker designed to sit on a desktop or speaker stand which is placed very close to the listener.
They are often used in professional recording studios.
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