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Sony - USB Stereo Turntable - Black

Experience the nostalgic sound of vinyl with this fully automatic belt-driven turntable that supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm record playback speeds and features a USB output for importing your favorite records' tracks to a PC.
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4
Great for the price Posted by: from: OKC on This turntable performs well, but the lack of a pre-amp is very noticeable. Even so, I would recommend this turntable for what it does fairly well, Switchable EQ is nice, and a damped tonearm movement with automatic operation is appreciated. Some more expensive models don't do this, and tonearm handling is very important. Installing the belt drive and platter is easy. The rubber mat on the platter is thin, but adequate. Some background rumble is audible at times, but is barely noticeable. The included software is not impressive, but easy availability of better software mitigates this fault. Instructions for recording USB and monitoring via the PC are confusing. The short RCA cable requires extension to connect to the amplifier. Not cool. Fortunately I'm using this turntable to digitize my LP collection, so am satisfied to leave it offline for now. Considering the price, this is still a good buy, and in spite of the faults I am very happy. It would be easy to spend more for less functionality.

14 out of 14 found this review helpful.

5
Great sound, easy to operate and set up Posted by: from: on I purchased this turntable as "open box". When I opened it, everything was in accounted for. After reading the manual, assembly only took me five minutes. Now came to recording. The software provided is for Windows only. For those of you who have a Mac like me, you can download Audacity, which is an open-source recording software. When starting up for the first time, go to the Preferences (Command-,) and in the input choose USB AUDIO CODEC and click OK. No drivers are necessary. Once I did this, I was up and running. I was surprised with the sound quality; it sounded great!! I especially liked the automatic function, which prevents the records from being scratched. For the price, this turntable serves the purpose. The assembly instructions were clear and I had no problems at all. Replacement parts for this turntable are available at www.sony.encompass.com. The model number is PS-LX300USB. Here are the part numbers for the following: Drive belt 9-885-117-87 Sylus 9-885-135-44

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

5
Great for ripping vinyl to MP3 Posted by: from: Greensboro on I usually have this plugged to my receiver (and no you don't need a pre-amp) so I can listen to my old vinyl through my sound system. It sounds great. I can also hook it to my MacBook Pro, my Macintosh or my Windows computer and convert vinyl to MP3. I have even used a Linux computer for this purpose. In addition I can connect it to my iPad and record using GarageBand. It's very versatile because it's a USB device. I use Audacity for converting the stream to digital but I have also used GarageBand, QuickTime, Cubase, Logic, Ableton, ProTools, etc. Basically, you can use any program capable of capturing an audio stream. Your system will recognize the device as a sound card. Then you set the preferences in your audio program to use that device for audio input. You can record the audio as one continuous stream, or one song at a time. If you record one continuous stream you can break it up into songs later.

15 out of 15 found this review helpful.

5
Great turntable and easy to use. Posted by: from: San Antonio on I bought the Crosley portable turntable and the USB sound is really bad. So I returned it and since Japanese Sony products have a great reputation, I decided to buy it. Well it turns out that it has a great sound and the sound forge software is so easy to use. It took me 15 minutes to set it up and start recording. I worked on the first try, I didn't have to tweak it over and over to make it work...I just love it...thanks Sony for this great product. The only thing i wish it had, was an ear phone plug, but if you connect it to your laptop, you can use the laptops ear phones to listen to it.

18 out of 18 found this review helpful.

4
Pretty good Posted by: from: SLC, UT on I bought this record player simply to play the vinyl I collect, and because I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars more on something else. It was very simple to set up, it sounds and works great. The only two things that are a minor inconvenience is that the cord is a little short, and a needle replacement was a little hard to find, but I found one. If you are looking for one, you can find one on LPGear.com. It's about 30 bucks, so it's kind of spendy. Just don't be stupid like me and hit the play button by accident so it plays all night and wears down the needle lol. So overall, this product is great and I would recommend it to anyone just looking to listen to some vinyl.

31 out of 31 found this review helpful.

1
Worst birthday ever Posted by: from: on I bought this turntable as a gift for my husband's birthday after reading good reviews here. The turntable arrived on time and intact, and I excitedly wrapped it along with several of his favorite albums. He was overjoyed to open it and started setting it up the next day. The software that came with this product asked for an item number, which was nowhere to be found. When we contacted Sony for more information, my husband was told that this product hasn't been in production since 2009, and because it is "SO OLD" they wouldn't be able to help us. This prompted my husband to ask me where I got it, and how much I paid for it. I was mortified. After some online sleuthing, he finally got the turntable to work -- it took over an hour to figure out, and he's no slouch! But, it gets worse. When he put a record on, it played way too fast. He found other reviews saying they had the same problem, and the support response was that the motor was defective and would need to go in for repairs. Remember -- this was a new turntable right out of the box. Unbelievable! Not only am I embarrassed, but incredibly disappointed that a gift could turn out so bad. I now have a bunch of vinyl and a special stand, with no workable turntable. Needless to say, I'm taking this back and demanding a refund. My advice -- literally buy any turntable but this one. Surely you can find one from this decade that will work better. If only Best Buy sold time machines so I could go back and save myself the hassle and embarrassment.

26 out of 27 found this review helpful.

5
Excellent value for money Posted by: from: Cambridge MA on I hooked this up to my Bose Companion 3 Series II powered speakers and it sounds pretty amazing. I just got into vinyl and didn't want to spend $500+ on "audiophile" equipment. After giving a couple of cheaper products a try (they sounded quite horrible) I picked the Sony turntable and it sounds really good. For comparison, I played the same album on my iPod (I buy 256kbps AAC files on iTunes) connected to the same Bose speakers and the Sony turntable sounds just as good. Perhaps the "audiophile" level turntables sound even better, but if it sounds atleast as good as my iPod, that's good enough for me! Don't waste your money on anything lesser though - I tried and returned 3 different products before getting this one!

27 out of 28 found this review helpful.

4
Nice audio cleanup Posted by: from: Colorado Springs on I just received this turntable as a gift, and plan to use it to convert my vinyl albums to CDs. It was very easy to plug and play using the USB port, and I have tried it on 8-10 albums so far. The audio cleanup software is pretty successful at removing pops and hiss, not perfect, but much cleaner than the original. When using the USB connection, however, there doesn't seem to be a way to adjust the recording level, so I have gotten some distortion/clipping on some albums because the recording level was too high. If I could adjust the recording level, this would be much better - maybe using the line-in jacks would allow adjustment. The software is not at all successful at recognizing the tracks. I am currently saving the music file as one long track, and then seperating them manually using another piece of software (audacity). It's a bit of a manual process, but the end result is a pretty nice CD of an old (in some cases almost 50 year old) vinyl record. I have not tried this player connected through my stereo receiver, only through my computer. It can play 45's and 33's and has an adjustment for the record size as well. It also has a little flip down stylus guard which I like.

12 out of 12 found this review helpful.

4
Met my expectation. Posted by: from: on I am fairly new to listening and collecting vinyl. The first turntable I bought was a Crosley Cruiser. Looks nice but the sound quality was awful. I made a step up and bought this Sony turntable a few days ago. The difference is like day and night. It sounds so much better because there is a built in pre-amp and an overall better stylus and mechanisms. It will allow you to transfer music onto your PC and PC ONLY computer. The downside is that it does not come with the software for MACs. Unfortunate but the majority of the LPs I bought I already have them on some type of digital form already. Overall, I really am loving it.

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

4
Good for the entry level Posted by: from: New Jersey on I was shopping locally for a turntable because I did not want to order one online and have to wait for it to arrive. I found this one at a local best buy and picked it up. It requires some assembly, but that is very simple. It functions quite well, and the sound is really good. What I find bad about this turntable is I feel like I now need to upgrade to a better one. I find that several records skip when they don't have significant scratches. Maybe the tone arm assembly is too small or too light. I'm not sure. This isn't an issue with all my records, but I do wonder if a better turntable would solve that problem. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this to someone who looking at an entry level turntable. I love listening to music on it. But I will soon be looking to upgrade.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

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