BY // 12.15.16

If you’re going to get a record player, spring for some studio-quality active monitors (active means you don’t need to buy a separate receiver, granted your record players comes with a built-in preamp or you buy a stand-alone preamp). Audiophiles will argue all day over what’s better, but the Yamaha HS8’s are a standard for a reason. Eagle-eyed readers will notice Yamaha’s distinctive white cones in the background of every studio photo from every famous musician. One monitor starts at $349.

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