We have focused mostly on hi-fi turntables in this list, but there is another side of the turntable world, turntables for DJs.
Turntables designed for this market are by no means of a lower quality than others on this list; they just place the focus on different aspects of a turntables design.
In general, they are built far more robustly because they are commonly transported from one location to another. DJ turntables also often use a direct drive system to spin the platter instead of the traditional belt-driven method. The direct drive system provides greater torque and gets the record spinning to the correct pitch faster.
If you are looking more towards DJ turntables, then the PLX1000 by Pioneer should be high on your list of considerations.
The high-torque direct drive motor will get the record to proper pitch impressively fast and ensure it stays there with reliable, stable rotation.
The tempo control slider has three ranges to pick from with the press of a button; +/-8%, +/-16%, and +/-50% giving you an enormous range to work within, while the reset button will take you instantly back to 0%.
The heavy-mass, die-cast chassis is strong enough to handle the road while still preventing resonance and vibrations. This strength is due to the lower part being reinforced with 8mm-thick resin, and vibration-damping material being used at the base.
However, one thing to remember is there is no cartridge and stylus included with this table, adding additional cost but also the chance to pick the best cartridge for your needs.
The DJ who wants a high-quality turntable designed for their industry.
The audiophile looking for a home turntable.