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16th November, 2022

6 best budget DJ turntables under $500

At DJ City, we’ve been working with DJs of all levels of skill and experience for years. We understand what it’s like getting started in the business and trying to find the best budget turntable. And we know how important it can be for even professional artists to find the best turntables at affordable prices.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the 6 best budget DJ turntables. All of these models come in below $500, but if you’d like to explore our entire range you can do so online here as well. 

Budget DJ Turntables: The 6 best options

1.Numark PT01 Scratch Portable Direct Drive Scratch DJ Turntable

The Numark PT01 Scratch DJ Turntable might be compact and lightweight enough to make it the perfect portable companion but it’s still more than powerful enough to adorn any home or professional studio.

Completely scratch-ready from the get-go, you can begin mixing and DJing to your heart’s content from day dot. As far as features go, the Numark PT01 comes with a built-in scratch switch that can be adjusted, sound card, USB connectivity, and the Groove Tool stylus and cartridge. 

The ergonomic control knob allows you to easily stay in control of the beat, as does the playback option complete with a ⅛” input. Extra little options include a removable slip map, dust cover and carrying handle.

What’s it going to cost? The Numark PT01 comes in at just $219.00.

SHOP: Numark PT01


2.Gemini TT-1100USB Belt Drive Scratch DJ Turntable

For passionate fans of vinyl DJing, the Gemini TT-1100USB is where it’s at! With all the internal features you’d expect and love and bonus hardware specs like shock absorption, this is one of the best budget turntables around. 

The robust ABS base and aluminium platter and tone ensures long term durability so you can enjoy reliability for your turntable. On a more technical level, the Gemini offers a +/-10% variable pitch slider, USB connectivity, anti-skating controls, reverse playback function and dual soft touch buttons.

The package includes Audacity recording software as well to help you get started on your music mixing as soon as possible.

What’s it going to cost? The Gemini TT-1100USB costs just $249.00.

SHOP: Gemini TT-1100USB

3.Reloop RP-1000MK2 Pro Belt Drive Turntable

The Reloop RP-1000MK2 is among the best budget DJ turntables for several reasons. For one, it boasts a newly designed top panel and highly aesthetic metallic buttons that are still great to feel and use. 

It uses a belt driven motor to decouple the drive unit so you don’t have to worry about pesky vibrations and distortion. The handy +/-10 % pitch range, multiple speeds, playback functionality, anti-skating mechanism, universal pick-up system connectivity, and hydraulic lift arm all contribute to what is one impressive DJ turntable.

The package also includes a removable headshell and slipmat, as well as an optional dust cover.

What’s it going to cost? The Reloop RP-1000MK2 costs a bit more, at $369.00, but is still well under $500.

SHOP: Reloop RP-1000MK2

4.Reloop SPIN Portable Turntable System

The Reloop SPIN Portable Turntable System is a favourite for DJs wanting a compact piece of equipment to keep up with their mobility. Ready from the moment you unbox it, the Reloop SPIN brings three playback speeds, pre-installed 45 millimetre crossfader, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB connectivity and aux inputs, so you have everything you need.

It’s portable for more reasons than one too. Designed for optimal shape, weight and size to make transport a breeze, the multiple and flexible power options let you perform and mix music wherever and however you need to. 

What’s it going to cost? The Reloop SPIN turntable costs $399.00.


5.Reloop RP-2000MK2 Direct Drive DJ Turntable

The Reloop RP-2000MK2 is designed from end to end to ensure you’re able to create music the way you were born too! The newly upgraded turntable features a unique top panel, enhanced-feel metallic buttons, a quality direct drive motor, and diecast platter engineered to absolute precision. 

From a technical standpoint, the Reloop has it where it counts: +/-8 % selectable range precision pitch, multiple selectable speeds, anti-skating mechanisms, and a statically balanced tone arm with hydraulic lift and a perfect S-shape. 

Sold with a removable headshell and slipmat, the Reloop RP is among the best budget DJ turntables under $500!

What’s it going to cost?

The Reloop RP-2000MK2 might be on the more expensive side of this list at $429.00 but it’s one dependable turntable!

SHOP: Reloop RP-2000MK2

6.Reloop RP-2000 MK2 Direct Drive Scratch DJ Turntable with USB

Rounding out our best budget turntables, this Reloop RP-20000 comes with a few goodies the previous option does not. Just as dependable, and featuring similarly enhanced buttons, top panel and feature, this budget turntable transfers its motor force to the drive hub directly. Why does that matter? The higher torque produced power much quicker.

Additionally, you’ll enjoy universal SME connectivity, clear haptic feedback, and all the other features and benefits you’re looking for contained within a sturdy, metallic unit. There’s even a button for illuminating and extending the aluminium target light, so you can easily and quickly identify where it is even in the darkest and dimmest of settings. 

What’s it going to cost? Our last entry on this list, this Reloop RP-2000 MK2 comes in at the very end of our budget at $499.00 but if you want professional-level dependability, this is the way to go!

SHOP: Reloop RP-2000MK2 with USB

Turn to DJ City for the Best Budget DJ Turntables

There you have it: the six best budget DJ turntables for under $500. From beatmatching to mixing and even scratching, if you’re serious and passionate about your DJing, investing in a turntable is a must.

But that doesn’t mean you have to invest a fortune.

For more information about any of our top budget models or for customised advice, make sure to contact the DJ City team today. 


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