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Sony - USB Stereo Turntable - Black

Model: PSLX300USBSKU: 8734569

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1589 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable when you have proper expectations!

    Posted
    GRJJH77
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Entry Level Turntable

    Posted
    RHEDTH

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Turntable

    Posted
    Diabrettic
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    I have had this player for the larger part of a decade now, and I have to say that it's a quality piece of work. Great sound quality and longevity. I haven't had to replace the needle and it sounds great. I have been using the USB ability to record with Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio. This is a reason I removed 1/2 a star. The recording and software work well, but not perfectly. This may be related to the cable I use but there is some noise in the recordings created with this turntable and software. The is a high pitched noise in the background of some recordings I have made, only really audible when the song is quiet or between tracks. I also advise you tread lightly in the room you are recoring in because a stomp on the floor can be reflected in the recording. Regardless, it's still an awesome way to buy new music and get it on your iPod, or in my case, Zune. The other 1/2 star is lost because a ew years into owning the turntable it became a little bratty. You normally just press start and automatically the arm raises, moves above the album, and gently lowers itself into place and begins playing. Mine, however, will only do that sometimes. Other times It will lower itself, immediately raise itself, move back to the arm rest, lower itself, and stop spinning the platter. Worst is when it gets above the outermost edge and raises and lowers itself in perpetuity. The way to fix these problems is to manually raise the arm, flip down the needle cover, move the arm as far right as it will go, and allow it to lower itself before manually placing it back on the rest. The try again. Or just avoid the whole thing by placing the needle on the track manually. All in all, a fantastic turntable. A great investment despite its few flaws that I hope to use for ten more years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      SonyListens

      Hello Diabrettic, thank you for your feedback and for choosing SONY. Best regards, Oscar.Sonystyle

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy

    Posted
    Allison
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    Buying a turntable was way more stress than I anticipated. I did lots of online research and expected to purchase an Audio-Technica. But when I looked at their more reasonably priced models in person, I wasn't super impressed. I asked for advice from the salespeople but they didn't make me feel much better. So I went to Best Buy hoping for more. I didn't find A-T when I went but instead this Sony. It looked more well-constructed, sleeker, and was a good price. The next problem was I didn't know what speakers to get. I had thought about Blue Tooth, but this didn't come with it. Fortunately, one of the salespeople was very knowledgable and helped me go through options (sorry I can't remember his name, but he was at the Albany Crossgates store). He showed me how to get the Sony turntable up and running when I got home (super simple but would've been a pain had he not shown me), and, even though this model is designed to go with a receiver, he found a set of computer speakers (Logitech Z323) that would work w/o a receiver because I wasn't ready for that kind of set up. If this sounds overwhelming, that's why I'm glad I went to Best Buy! I don't normally shop there preferring to do most things online, but I really am glad I went and talked to an actual person with expertise. I should add that I didn't feel pressured in any way to get a certain thing or spend more than I wanted to. I got useful information that helped me get what I wanted. I had spent weeks doing research and hours that day going from store to store (4 in total) and was about ready to call it quits. But after Best Buy, I walked out confident in my purchase, had no trouble getting everything working at home, I'm pleased with the price I paid, and I love having a record player again. It works like a charm. If I had the money, I might consider doing a receiver set up next time, as the speakers are good but sound less like the old time record player I remember (maybe not a bad thing). But all in all, I'm happy with the Sony turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good

    Posted
    dmanning

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great record player!

    Posted
    DaveRGroh

    I was fortunate enough to find this great turntable at my local best buy for about a third of the full-price because it was an open-box special. I'm loving this player already. The Sony software it comes with is great too. It allows for simple vinyl to MP3 conversion should you choose to backup your classic albums with that snap, crackle, and pop that today's crisp CD's lack. (Not necessarily a good things for those of us who grew up listening to vinyl.) Don't get me wrong, I love listening to music on CD's, but sometimes the nostalgic side of me wants to listen to the crackling and popping of the records. The overall sound quality is great. Setup is simple. I'm guessing the turntable I purchased was returned because someone probably didn't read the manual and thought the player was defective. There is some minor assembly required. There is the silver platter which must be put in place as well as the rubber pad on top of the silver platter. First, however; there is a rubber belt wrapped around the base of the silver platter. This belt MUST be placed around the piece which spins the platter. If you do not do that first your player will appear to be non-functional. If you're not the type to read manuals (like myself) you may miss that. In any case, this is a great player and I was lucky to get a great deal on it. The retail price seems a bit high for me... especially when there are players on the market that you can get for 99 bucks, but it's definitely a good quality product! I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants to convert their classic albums to a digital format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice audio cleanup

    Posted
    rwrcos

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, easy to operate and set up

    Posted
    Akira808
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    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

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Akira808,
      We're really glad to hear that you're having a good time with your turntable! Thank you for choosing Sony!
      >Joffrey

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst birthday ever

    Posted
    SuzieTX

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price

    Posted
    NotHappy20

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for ripping vinyl to MP3

    Posted
    Nedford
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Play My LPs Again!

    Posted
    RoanokeRJ
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    I finally dusted off my classic vinyl records and old turntable. The turntable did not fare too well after almost 30 years in storage. I purchased this Sony unit because the price was good and I wanted a quick replacement for the old one. I also needed the built-in pre-amp since my stereo receiver did not have the proper phono input jack. This turntable lives up to the old saying: you get what you pay for. It is very lightweight with lots of plastic. The operation is super easy, utilizing a few cheap plastic buttons. It's like a beginner piece for a tween. It does come with a dust cover and a needle/cartridge, of which I am still not sure how to replace if needed. But hey, the thing works. I've played a few LPs and they sound great. I was just looking to have some fun and listen to a few tunes that are not available on disc or streaming and this turntable did the trick. If you're looking for a high tech component to complete your multi thousand dollar set up don't buy it. If you just want to spin a few discs and show three younger generations how we lived, knock yourself out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sony in the dark ages

    Posted
    Toots39
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    We purchased this turntable yesterday to transfer vinyl to computer. Took the packet out of the box to read information and found that the software is only compatible through Windows 8/8.1. I did some research to see if there was a download to update to be compatible with Windows 10, there wasn't. I then called Sony and was told that they don't have software for Windows 10 yet. I told them they did because I was looking at it (http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/audiostudio/techspec). She told me that the software that came with the turntable was developed in 2008.....again, not my problem if you are selling 7 year old software. She also told me that the turntable is plug and play and there is not software. I informed her that was incorrect because there is a cd included with editing software. Even though they OWN the software, they will not send a link to get compatible software for their equipment ("because it is a different divison".....lame excuse, still Sony) that has outdated software at no charge to the consumer, they just want more money from the consumer. Part of the reason I chose this is because it had the included software. Therefore, I will be returning this to Best Buy and go with a different turntable, and will NEVER even consider Sony again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Too sensitive

    Posted
    Maze
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    Usually you can fix skips easily by applying light pressure over a record groove about 1-3 times. Not with this turntable! It actually created even more skips. The arm and stylus is way too sensitive and flimsy. I had a cheapo 25 bucks record player that played many records flawlessly, this Sony one? It skips even on brand new records. I've changed the stylus after having this turntable for only three months & have to constantly clean it, for after playing like four records, you get a staticy sound. Oh, and if you wanted to do DJ scratching with This thing? Forget it! The belt on the drive slips off even pushing the platter backwards even once! This is absolute junk for a brand name. I wanted to get a more high end record player with a replaceable belt drive, thinking I would have a quality, long lasting turntable I could remedy by replacing belts after much play rather than burning through $25-50 turntables every few years, but this turntable was an absolute poor investment!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Maze, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to hear your experience with the turntable. We take these feedbacks very seriously and apologize that we failed to deliver the quality experience with the unit that you deserve. I'll be forwarding this to the team for further improvements and possible changes. Best regards, -Mark sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this turntable!

    Posted
    Vickster

    Very happy with the quality of this turntable. It is easy to set up and plays all my LP's beautifully. I also installed the Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio software on my laptop to record my albums using USB connection. The software is very user friendly with a wizard that walks you through creating the sound files. It works perfectly! I have recorded whole LP's and 45's as wav files then converted to mp3 format. To hear the vinyl sound on my car stereo is awesome! I love it. You can see in the picture the record fits completely on the turntable - it doesn't hang over the edge like other turntables. The lid is attached and open in the pic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple design

    Posted
    MNNorwegian
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    Before purchasing this record player I did a lot of research on what would fit my needs. I am new to the vinyl so I didn't want to start with something top of the line, nor did I want to go overly basic. This is a good, middle of the road record player. It does offer a switch on the back for Phono or Line. Meaning if the receiver you are using has a built in phono preamp, you can use that. If your receiver doesn't have a phono preamp, you can use the built in one on the record player. The only drawback on the built in preamp is that it is not very powerful. It works but you have to turn your receiver up quite a bit. I have a Sony surround sound receiver and had to turn the volume up to about 35 to hear the vinyl at a normal lever. If you were watching a movie and had the volume at 35, you would be uncomfortable because that would be overly loud (although you would drown out anybody chatting during your movie). I bought an external phono preamp (not from Best Buy, they don't really sell those from what I found) and now I listen with the sound around 17 or 18 and it sounds great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good turntable for your vinyl records

    Posted
    John
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    I got this record player for Christmas and have only used it once so far. I have to figure out how to get the volume louder while playing it through my PC Desktop. Otherwise I will just get a portable speaker, or hook it up to my surround system. I've got options. From the one time I used it, the sound was crystal clear and excellent. You do have to follow the directions and assemble the unit by putting the belts on so the unit will work, didn't expect that but it was easy for the most part. Haven't listened to records in probably 30 years now. Never thought I would ever get back into Vinyl but I have as a collector, basically looking for rare soundtracks never before released on CD, Cassette, or Digitally..So it works out pretty well..wish the LP's were not quite so expensive but at this point what isn't??

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value for money

    Posted
    Riskyrisk79
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great turntable and easy to use.

    Posted
    riogranderiver

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price

    Posted
    Geekish757
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    My husband and I have collected hundreds of albums and quite a few turntables through the years. One by one our old turntables have bit the dust, and repairing them has been a nightmare. I finally decided to go with the easy solution as a stopgap, until we can find a new system that is not computer dependant and/or costs a fortune. This turntable hits the spot. Set up was a little bit of a challenge, but after realizing the belt was not adjusted correctly, the next album on the turntable was a pleasure to listen to. We have this plugged into a vintage receiver with a nice set of vintage Sony speakers, for a good sound. It is perfect for our needs. We have not yet tried the MP3 option, but are looking forward to it. I would highly recommend this turntable to anyone looking for a good sound, a clean look and ease of set up at a great price. PRO TIP: Add GEEK squad. Turntables are fickle. No regrets.

    I would recommend this to a friend