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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Excellent Entry Level Turntable
Posted by: RHEDTH from: Nashville, TN on
I recently picked up this turntable at my local Best Buy, and I was extremely happy with my purchase before I even walked out the door. The cashier rang it up and after sales tax and everything it was about $140 -- and I began to hesitate. The cashier asked why and I explained I had seen it online for a LOT cheaper. She asked me where, I told her on Amazon's website.. and she immediately had a manager come over and look it up and they matched the price for me. They did this all on their own as I not only didn't force the issue or even ask, but I didn't even know they did that in the first place. So I was incredibly thankful that they took the time to save me what would end up being about $40.
I got it home, opened the box. Item was packed well. The consumer is responsible for putting the belt and plate on but it was very, very easy and I had the thing together in less than 2 minutes. Brought it to the living room, plugged in my Bose Companion II speakers with the RCA output cord built into the turntable. Put on a 12" LP and was immediately happy.
If you don't have a separate pre-amp -- no worries, the built in pre-amp is perfectly capable of filling up a room. I would certainly suggest at least decent speakers. You can plug these into 2.1 computer speakers, but if you're going cheap with those, you won't be fully utilizing the sound quality this turntable is pushing out. The Bose speakers I mentioned earlier are at least 3 or 4 years old and I swear by them. Best $100 you could spend at an electronics store. I use them with my TV, Computer, and now my Sony Turntable.
My only complaints; The software to make mp3's from your records is for Windows only.. and I use a Mac. It's still possible to perform the task but if you're a Mac user the included software is only useful as a beer coaster. The turntable is pretty much all plastic.. and therefore feels somewhat fragile. Other than that, my only other complaint is the hardwired RCA output -- it works perfectly fine but the cord is extremely short.. so unless you plan on having your setup be very compact.. you'll need to grab an RCA extension cord.
If you're just getting into turntables, or need to replace your old one without breaking the bank -- this offering from Sony should be on your shopping list.
74 out of 76 found this review helpful.
Great turntable when you have proper expectations!
Posted by: GRJJH77 from: Grand Rapids, MI on
Great turntable when you have proper expectations!
After some time with the Sony turn table I am convinced that many of the negative reviews this turntable gets are the result of either improper expectations or issues with the included software for ripping MP3s.
Addressing the later first, the included software isn’t great and has some issues with 64bit operating systems. I don’t use it, you can use any audio program you want including Audacity that is available completely free. On that note the USB function of this TT works great. You just have to select the Turntable as your source when you are doing your recordings. Alternatively since the TT has an included Pre-Amp you can run line-in right to the sound card and not have to worry about USB or driver issues.
But this is a turntable and ultimately I bought it to listen to vinyl records. I am very happy with it’s performance here. It’s important to understand that for 129.00 you are not getting a pro-level turntable but it’s far and above the cheapo options out there. The cartridge is not changeable, but the stylus is. It’s fully automatic and supports 33 1/3 or 45RPMs. Sorry no 78s but I don’t have 78s so I’m not counting that as a downside because I had that expectation going in. It’s fully automatic so you pop your record on press a mechanical button and it queues its self to the beginning of the record. It will also stop and return the tone arm on its own at the end of the record. You can manual queue using the UP/DOWN button as well. The sound is solid for my rig a decent but not super high end Denon with Yamaha tower speakers.
You do have to place the platter (Aluminum) and set the drive belt when assembling for the first time but it’s made super easy. The mat is rubber and not felt like some higher end systems. The construction is plastic not metal but I don’t have a problem with its appearance.
Is this a pro/dj level TT? Absolutely not and I hope you’re not looking in the 130.00 range for such an item. If you want to upgrade your cartridge, scratch vinyl at parties or tweak you anti-skate and tracking force this isn’t for you. I’d suggest starting at minimum with the Audio-Technical LP-120 and going up from there. If you want something at a low price to listen to vinyl with a good sound that can connect via USB, phono inputs OR line-level RCA inputs this is it. The RCA cable is hard wired and a little short but pick up an extension and your’ fine. A great value!
A note on “hum” a have seen a few reviews complaining of hum. This TT is sensitive to being placed close to your speakers/sub and will pass some of that back. Like any TT placement and leveling is important. Also, it will pickup noise if the volume is high and the cover open/off. Not an issue with the cover closed for what it’s worth.
44 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Makiegin 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.
38 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Excellent value for money
Posted by: Riskyrisk79 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!
32 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Great turntable and easy to use.
Posted by: riogranderiver 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.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
So far, so good
Posted by: dmanning from: Michigan on
This is a review on just the sound of the player.
I have not tried to record anything yet. I may amend the review at that time. This is just a review of the sound. Firstly, I am using the phonograph with my Yamaha receiver and surround sound (Polk towers in front, yamahas everywhere else, powered sub).
The player was pretty easy to put together (read the instructions to make sure I got it right) and took ten minutes. Basically it is putting the wheel on and attaching the rubber band that turns the wheel. Someone said something about having to put it on, but think about it- you don't want that band sitting stretched unused at the warehouse, getting brittle. You want it sealed so it is fresh and lasts longer when you open it.
I bought the audiophile edition Appetite For Destruction LP at the same time from BB. I am no audiophile, but I do own a ton of SACDs, DVD-Audios, remasters of classic albums, imports, reg. CDs, iPods, shuffles, tapes, etc. I know what I like and have heard about everything. I still think I am just a guy who likes music. That said, I love what I'm hearing so far.
While I will abmit I'm a sucker for surround sound and am blown away by SACD's like Pink Floyd and DTS 5.1 music like Queen that I can hear all around me, for stereo purposes, this sounds fantastic. I can't imagine a higher priced player that I would be able to tell the difference on.
People claim that the music is warmer and If I know what they are saying, I think it might be true. Axel Rose doesn't sound like he is right in my face like he does on CDs. He seems a little more blended, although you can pick out all the instruments w/out a problem.
The crackle in between sounds takes me back to the 1970s listening to my K-Tel records in the basement. The first time I bumped the player and it skipped I waited for my older sister to yell at me. It's nice being older now :)
If you have LPs and no player, why not? You can make use of those LPs and they sound nice and clear. You also have the ability to make them into mp3s, if you so choose.
Thats it. I'm off to ebay to look for my next LP.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Great for ripping vinyl to MP3
Posted by: Nedford 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.
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Good USB Sony turntable
Posted by: malinalli from: Riverside, CA on
If you do not want anything that is high tech this turntable is perfect. The program provided to hook your turntable to the computer very easy to use too. Overall nice turntable
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Larry396 from: Fenton MO. on
I purchased this turntable for another room in my house. I have an old thorns turntable in another room. I have been through a few turntables and pre amps over the years with poor results. reason, hooking a turntable to an amp without phono input. Which I have done here, simply flip switch to input on the turntable and plug into back off your amp. The thorns turntable it is competeing with is a $900.00 turntable and stylis.
I am amazed at the playback quality of this turntable, ease of use, no poping or skiping. I have not recorded with this turntable, mostly interested in playback quality. For the price, go buy it now! A+
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Great for the price
Posted by: NotHappy20 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.