Lenco LBT-225WA Good Housekeeping Review

Credits: Verity Burns | goodhousekeeping.com

Revive your record collection with these top-rated players

Whether it’s driven by nostalgia or TikTok – physical record sales are at their highest level in decades, which means more and more people are on the lookout for the best record player that they can listen to them on.

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably one of them. Maybe you’re searching for your first turntable and not sure where to start, or perhaps you’ve got a loft full of vinyl but nothing to play it on anymore. Whatever your situation, we can help.

We’ve tested each turntable in this list, so you can be sure that you’re choosing wisely – but if you need a little more guidance on what you should be looking for in your new record player, we have lots of great buying advice for you too. Keep reading for all of that, plus our pick of the best record players under £500.

How the GH Tech Team tests record players

We keep all the record players we test under £500, as we feel that is a solid budget to balance out performance, build quality, and features for most people. Enthusiasts can spend thousands of pounds on their pick of player, but we believe the majority of our readers will find their needs met within this £500 budget.

Once we have a record player in for testing, we take note of the quality of the materials used, how easy it is to set up and whether it includes any extra features that are worth your while. We compare this to other record players we’ve tested and consider the cost to ensure it’s of a standard that we would consider appropriate for its level.

Then – like when testing DAB radiossmart speakers, and multi-room speaker systems – we use it just as you would at home. We sit back and listen to records. We listen to a range of genres to assess the performance, but keep any other variables to a minimum, listening on the same amplifier and speakers to make it easy to hear character differences.

Where a turntable includes its own phono stage (the majority here do), we will largely listen to that when evaluating performance, but will always take a listen through an external phono stage too – this will almost always improve performance, but will cost you more.

BEST RECORD PLAYER FOR FEATURES

Lenco LBT-225WA

PROS
  • Balanced, energetic sound
  • Lots of features
  • Great value
CONS
  • Bluetooth can be tricky to pair

Lenco has enthusiastically embraced the vinyl revival and focused much of its attention on affordable turntables — including a few of the “turntable-in-a-suitcase” style designs we aren’t keen on.

However, the LBT-225WA is much more reminiscent of the brand’s original hi-fi heritage. It’s one of Lenco’s more premium decks and delivers several features for a good price.

Design-wise, it looks as good as some turntables that cost much more. It has an MDF plinth in a walnut finish, carbon fibre tonearm and glass platter. It’s a fully manual setup here too, with the slightly fiddly anti-skate weight design that we see in Pro-Ject’s pricier turntables, like the Carbon Debut Evo. This means you could upgrade this deck in the future, swapping out the included AT-VM95E cartridge if you wish to.

There are a lot of features here too, including a built-in, swappable phono stage, Bluetooth 5.2 and a USB connection for ripping your records into digital files. Great if you’ve got some old classics you want to take with you on the go.

We ran into some familiar struggles with Bluetooth but got connected after a couple of attempts — having the Bluetooth pairing as a button at the top right does make it nice and easy to get going.

Using the built-in phono stage, the LBT-225WA is a spritely performer, with plenty of energy, a good handle on dynamics and a good amount of clarity through the midrange. Its sound is leaner than the Rega P1 Plus, but there’s still enough punch to ensure it doesn’t sound lightweight.

Key specifications

Dimensions42 x 36 x 12.5cm
Weight6.64kg
Platter materialGlass
Phono pre-ampYes
OutputsRCA out, USB-C
Wireless connectivityBluetooth 5.2
RPM33 / 45

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