Flipping a record and playing it through — and in order — represents an engagement with music that's been lost in the era of infinite, and mostly random, digital audio. The best way to spin: the updated Technics SL-1200GAE ($4,000), which improves on the original with a heavier platter and more reliable direct-drive motor. It's a deck that deserves a solid amp, and Monoprice's Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp ($149) reveals vinyl's warmth while also offering Bluetooth connectivity for your phone. Pair the rig with Audio Engine's P4 Passive Bookshelf Speakers ($249), which deliver tremendous sound despite their compact size.
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