Do Record Players Need Speakers? (Answered)

Yes, a record player will need some sort of output whether it is built-in speakers, external speakers, or headphones. You have options for how you choose to listen.

The vinyl and turntable will play regardless of having speakers and that can be confusing since you will be able to hear a tiny bit of sound coming from the record player.

This is where the speakers come in to play, that sound from the vinyl and needle is amplified and sent to those sounds speaker sources to give you the full sound of the music.

You can control the volume and tone as you like.

Speakers for record players

There are a few options for you to listen to your vinyl.

How do the built-in speakers sound?

With the built-in speakers, it will depend on the quality.  You can have a high-quality record player or an inexpensive one so this will determine the sound from the built-in speakers.

In most cases with a built-in speaker, you can control the volume and bass to your liking.

External Speakers

With external speakers for a record player, they are just as good as any other speaker that you would purchase separately.  

You can find external speakers for anywhere between $20 and $200 depending on how much power you want and want to spend on them.

Headphones  

With headphones being used more often than ever before, they may be a great choice for some people who do not want to disturb others.  

The good part about this option is that you may already have a pair of headphones lying around the house, so no extra cost.

Bluetooth Speakers

With bluetooth speakers, it can be a great choice for people who do not have the room or want to add more equipment to their home.  

Most Bluetooth speakers are able to be hooked up to a smartphone and used as a speaker phone when needed.

The sound quality from these can range from very low-end to high-end depending on how much you are willing to spend.

Do record players have built in speakers?

Most turntables will come with some sort of output if they have built-in speakers; however, there are exceptions for this if the turntable is older or made for collecting purposes.

Turntables used to be sold without speakers because most people had their own personal stereo system already in their homes that they would use to hear music on vinyl.  

They did not need a built-in speaker.

If you are wondering if your record player has built-in speakers, it will depend on where you are looking within your home.

Most record players these days have either a small amp and speakers built into them or there need to be external speakers plugged into the back of the record player.

Where are my speakers on my record player?

The location for how your speakers are set up will depend on which kind of record player you have.

Most record players will have the speakers either on the back of them or on both sides of your record player.  

You can control how loud you want the sound to be depending on where you place these speakers.

If you are not sure whether or not your record player has built-in speakers, look at your user manual and it will tell you about which kind of output options that particular model comes with.

How do I set up external speakers for my record player?

Setting up external speakers is fairly easy if they are RCA cables.

The red and white part goes into the back end of your record player (soundbox) and then it goes into your speaker system, usually meaning plugging them into a power source, and then you are all set.

If you need to find the connector for your record player, just look in the manual.

What kind of speakers can I use with my record player?

There are many different types of ways that you can hook up speakers to your vinyl. The easiest way is through RCA cables.

You can plug them directly into your record player and turn it on; however, make sure not to leave the volume too high because there could be damage to your sound system or speakers if played too loudly for a long period of time.

Another option would be working with USB inputs if they are available on your record player.

This will allow you to connect your speaker wirelessly through Bluetooth.  If your record player does not come with a USB input, there may be an available audio input that you can use instead.

The last option for hooking up external speakers would be through headphone connections.

This option is great if you want to connect them quickly and not worry about the wiring behind the speaker system.

To sum it all up

With external speakers, they are just as good as any other speaker that you would purchase separately.

Headphones may be a great choice for people who do not want to disturb others around them.

Most Bluetooth speakers are able to be hooked up to a smart phone and used as a speaker phone when needed.

You can set up external speakers for your record player in a few different ways.  Your best bet is going to be through RCA cables, USB inputs, or headphone connections depending on what your record player comes with.