AudioRumble rating 55/100
What We like
Extended versatility with lots of features and options.
Decent enough performance across the board.
Fairly solid build quality.
What We don't like
A tad bit too bulky for our taste.
|Playback speed:||33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM|
Those looking to get into the world of vinyl on a budget have few options to choose from. One such turntable is the Boytone BT-17DJB. This model is currently one of the best you can get under $100.
The very first thing you will notice about the Boytone BT-17DJB is the fact that it looks nothing like your regular turntable. At least nothing like those higher end models. The base of the turntable is made of decent quality MDF, however, it looks more like a ’90s stereo than anything else. In fact, if the dust cover wasn’t semi-transparent, you probably wouldn’t even know you’re looking at a turntable.
The entire package is wrapped in black wood grain vinyl, which definitely improves its appearance. In terms of pure aesthetics, Boytone BT-17DJB is a decent looking unit. Those who demand need to have a conservative looking turntable will probably find it less appealing. Just keep in mind the price you are paying for this unit. At this point – it’s a bargain, to say the least. Once we cover some of its features, you will realize that looks aren’t all that important.
At its very core, Boytone BT-17DJB is a belt driven turntable with variable speeds. The quality of the drive system is decent but nothing outside of the average for this price range. The tonearm does come with a removable cartridge, which is definitely a plus.
The platter is a very basic one and doesn’t extend to cover the full diameter of the record. Again, nothing out of the ordinary for this price range. What really makes Boytone BT-17DJB so special is the fact that it comes with a built-in AM/FM radio, cassette deck, and MP3/WMA support.
At the front of the unit, you will find the USB port as well as an SD port. That’s a pretty decent expansion capability considering the price. Naturally, you can convert the music from your records to any of the media we have just mentioned. Last but not least, you have the remote control.
The general performance of the turntable portion of Boytone BT-17DJB is decent. The entire setup is fairly limited due to its simple hardware. You won’t get audiophile level sound, but you will get an acceptable tone quality. Using any of Boytone BT-17DJB’s many features is made super easy thanks to the large control panel at the front.
Buttons are clearly labeled and you also have a small LCD display to help you navigate various menus. Reliability is always an issue with turntables in this price range and we are happy to report that Boytone BT-17DJB didn’t have any significant issues. Depending on how often and how hard you run it, you might find it to be fairly consistent.
In all honesty, this is a bang for the buck champion of this segment of the market. Not only does it offer everything its competition does, but it goes a few steps further.
Boytone BT-17DJB is a jack of all trades, there's no other way to put it. The level of performance it offers is on the same level with the most of its competition, however, it's far more versatile than most. One of the several downsides to owning one of these is the fact that it doesn't really look like a turntable.
AudioRumble rating 55/100