Christmas is near and, just like every year, we are putting forward our product selection to help you find ideas for gifts to give (or to treat yourself). So you will find a list of inspirations for all the budgets.
Before beginning, we recommend that your read our tips and hints regarding how to choose a turntable and the questions to ask before you make a purchase. This recommendations guide enables you to know the criteria on which you concentrate to refine your choice regarding the purchase of a turntable.
1. Christmas gift ideas for beginners in the analogue world
Do you have a member of your family or relative who wants to set out on the adventure of analogue listening? Take advantage of the Christmas period to offer them a turntable!
You could not have missed the Pro-Ject VTE turntable as it is THE great new Pro-Ject product in 2016. Intended chiefly to meet a need for originality in its design, this turntable proposes high quality audiophile sound quality despite the mechanical constraints caused by its vertical position. A musical and original Christmas gift to offer for 2016!
The Rega Planar 1 turntable is, here again, a new product for 2016. The Planar series from REGA recently replaced the RP series of the British brand. As their name indicates, the Planar 1 replaces the now renowned Rega RP1 turntable. Many improvements have been made to this new version, both at the technical and aesthetic technical level, particularly with a more 'meticulous' finish. Already awarded by the What Hi-Fi magazine, we have not yet finished hearing about this! A must to offer for Christmas!
This turntable is also proposed exclusively on maPlatine.com with its performance pack. This pack will boost the performances of this Planar 1 turntable thanks to the Rega Bias 2 cartridge, the high performance belt and the platter mat that comprises it. You will receive this version of the Planar 1 with the performance kit fitted, set up and thoroughly tested by our technicians.
With the Pro-Ject Debut III Record Master turntable, Pro-Ject creates the new from the 'old'. Indeed, the turntable Debut III is a best-seller of the Austrian brand. In this Record Master version, Pro-Ject a has provided many improvements to this turntable, and particularly its change of electronic speed that can rapidly change reading speed. A perfect Christmas present for those who have a large collection of 33 rpm and 45 rpm records in their parents' or grand-parents' attics!
2. Christmas present ideas to perfect or upgrade your Hi-Fi system
Short on ideas for Christmas presents for a relative who wants to upgrade their High-Fidelity system? Discover our selection of turntables to offer during this festive period.
The RPM3 Carbon turntable of the Pro-Ject brand has an original design in three different colours. The main advantages of this record player? Its completely new tonearm in this price range: 'S' shape, materials used in its manufacture… The cartridge supplied as standard on this RPM3 Carbon turntable is the outstanding 2M Silver from Ortofon. The offset motor is also one of the strong points of this RPM 3 Carbon. Its audiophile qualities have proven themselves and have been extensively covered by specialist magazines. It also received the much coveted EISA award! In short, it is a highly upgraded turntable with excellent manufacture that will be a superb Christmas present to place under the tree.
This Pro-Ject The Classic turntable is also a 2016 new product. Visually, it has absolutely nothing to do with what we usually see from the Austrian manufacturer. And also acclaimed by the specialist press, it has already been awarded by Soundstage Hi-Fi and the highly coveted EISA award. Its manufacturing quality provides a superbly defined and dynamic sound quality. The Pro-Ject The Classic turntable will be a fine Christmas present, especially for music lovers with very eclectic taste. It is indeed extremely versatile.
The Whitemotion turntable is a maPlatine.com exclusive designed in collaboration with Clearaudio. For a budget under €1,000, you can offer a turntable with 'Made in Clearaudio' audiophile qualities (a first for the German manufacturer). Whitemotion was manufactured so as to respond to very simple specifications: a refined profile with uncompromising performances.
3. Christmas gift ideas to enhance your Hi-Fi system
Are you are looking for a gift idea for a music and analogue enthusiast? Discover our selection of prestige turntables that will enhance a good quality Hi-Fi system.
The Pro-Ject 6 Perspex SB turntable is an improved version of the 6 Perspex Acryl DC turntable. If you are a fine connoisseur of the Austrian manufacturer Pro-Ject, you will have guessed: SB means Speed Box. Indeed, this 6 Perspex SB turntable now features a built-in speed controller. It is used to change playing speeds electronically. Naturally, you will have suspected, it is not the only advantage of this turntable. Thanks to its technology and manufacturing quality, this Pro-Ject 6 Perspex SB turntable is still a great success for Pro-Ject. A Christmas present that is sure to delight someone!
The German Clearaudio brand proposes a WOOD version of its famous Concept turntable. It is true that you cannot see much difference at first sight, apart from the wood finish. But this is actually what makes all the difference! Manufactured in birch plywood, it produces outstanding audiophile results. So this Clearaudio Concept MC Wood turntable combines great performances (necessarily due to the MC cartridge) and aesthetics. What is more, this turntable is ready to use immediately… Practical when you want to offer it as a Christmas present!
The Kuzma Stabi S turntable is among many new products this 2016. and we could not go on without mentioning this turntable as it greatly surprises with its atypical design: a cylindrical 'T'. Thanks to the technologies implemented by the Slovenian Kuzma brand, this Stabi S renders a neutral and very natural sound quality. Although recently arriving on the market, this turntable has already been awarded by the What Hi-Fi magazine. And given its performances, this is probably only the beginning... A superb audiophile gift to lay at the foot of the Christmas tree!
4. Christmas present ideas for building up the rest of your Hi-Fi system
As you may have already noticed, maPlatine.com now proposes a High-Fidelity dedicated offering. You can find all you need to fully build a Hi-Fi system!
Does one of your relatives already have a turntable but no high-quality Hi-Fi components to reach its full potential? Or else relative who is also an adept of analogue music over digital music? This High-Fidelity category will probably give you some ideas for Christmas gifts!
In this selection of quality Hi-Fi products, discover a wide choice of Hi-Fi speakers, amplifiers, Hi-Fi sources of all kinds (CD players, DAC, etc.), audio headphones, and many others... In short, great Christmas presents in view.
5. Think about accessories as Christmas gift ideas
Do you have a member of your family or a relative who is already well equipped in terms of Hi-Fi equipment? Think about cleaning accessories as Christmas gift ideas!
Indeed, maintaining your equipment and records is vital for obtaining audiophile level results. To help you, we recommend that you reuse our tips and hints for cleaning your records, or for reducing the static electricity of the records.
Regarding cleaning accessories, you have a wide choice, irrespective of your budget: brushes, inner sleeves, record cleaning machines, cleaning box sets, spray, etc. These products are essential items that are sure to help the person receiving this Christmas present ;)
We hope that this Christmas purchase guide will help you find the perfect gift to lay under the Christmas tree for your music loving, audiophile relatives. If you require personalised advice, you can naturally contact our technicians by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).