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DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK - please do yourself a favor and read this review before you buy
on June 2, 2015
Save yourself time and money and do not buy this piece of trash! I bought this for my first record player and at first I thought it was okay for the price because I didn't know any better. I thought to myself "for $50 how could this POSSIBLY NOT be worth it?" I read all these 4 and 5-star reviews saying it's good for the price so I foolishly thought it must be worth it despite all these 1-star reviews. So I bought it and tried it out, and it started skipping a lot and didn't sound as great as I hoped it would. Depending on the record it would at best barely play the record, or a few whole songs on a record, but 50-75% of the time it would skip all over and was not enjoyable, whatsoever, by any standards. And it got worse and worse over time just like all the reviews say. But like I said this was my first record player so I was thinking maybe this is normal, maybe records just skip a lot and don't sound as good as I thought they do and maybe some don't play very well.
Well turns out I was WRONG. My friend who's been listening to vinyls for years and is a music major came over and listened to it. At first he was a little impressed that a cheap record player had all the different pitch and tone controls (which are useless by the way if you ever actually use them, when you move them even slightly off center it makes it sound horrible!), but after listening for 5 seconds he knew it was trash, or thought maybe something was wrong with it. We took the records that were playing the worst over to his house to play on his Sony PSLX300USB USB Stereo Turntable, and they played perfectly!! So he tried to help me fix/improve my junky Jensen record player in every way he could think of, cleaning/replacing the needle and adjusting the settings and cleaning the records of every speck of dust, but nothing improved the quality of the records even a little.
After dealing with this for a few months, and after a particularly terrible play-thru of a new record I bought, I decided to cut my losses and pawn that piece of junk and pick a new one. I tried to decide between my friend's Sony PSLX300USB USB Stereo Turntable (priced at $128 at the time of this review), the Audio Technica AT-LP60USB Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable with USB Port ($120), and the Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System, Silver ($99), and I went with the Audio Tenchnica one without the USB since I don't think I will really ever use the USB function and most new vinyls come with digital copies included anyways. I just tested it out and I LOVE it, its sexy and plays amazing. I was a little nervous since I went with the cheapest of the 3 options, but I'm pleased to say that I haven't had any of these issues or any other issues for that matter. I won't go too much into it since I'm not reviewing that record player right now, but "for the record" (I had to) it plays just as well as my friend's Sony PSLX300USB and was $28 cheaper and I would highly recommend it. If you're trying to transfer your vinyls to your computer then I would recommend you get the Sony PSLX300USB or the Audio Technica AT-LP60USB.