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Stanton T92USB USB Direct Drive DJ Turntable
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- Professional Quality Turntable Featuring High-Torque Direct-Drive Motor
- Sturdy Construction for the Ultimate in Durability
- USB and S/PDIF Outputs for Easily Transferring Music from Vinyl Records to your Mac or PC
- Includes Software for Transferring and Editing Music Files
- Includes Audiophile-quality Stanton 300.v3 Cartridge Pre-mounted on Headshell
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|Item Dimensions||7.3 x 20.5 x 17.4 in||9 x 21 x 17 in||17.8 x 13.9 x 6 in||4 x 12 x 4 in||7.28 x 20.47 x 17.36 in||7.28 x 20.47 x 17.36 in|
|Item Weight||22.4 lbs||23.59 lbs||23.5 lbs||7.72 lbs||14.6 lbs||15.7 lbs|
The Stanton T92 USB Turntable is the best way to record a vinyl library into your computer. The T92 USB is a professional-quality turntable featuring a high-torque direct drive motor for the ultimate in stability. The T92 USB also has USB and S/PDIF outputs, so users can archive their massive vinyl record collection onto a Mac or PC with ease. Music editing software is included to make the transferring process simple and the program gives you the ability to edit and clean up your music files for professional use. The T92 USB also boasts an S-Shaped tone arm for lower distortion and reduced record wear, built-in DSP with keylock for controlling tempo without affecting pitch, and many other features for professional DJs or serious archivers alike. This T92 USB package also includes the industry standard Stanton 300 cartridge for superior audio quality, a custom slip mat for added control, and dust cover for protection.
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The turntable platter is fairly heavy cast aluminum. It doesn't come with a rubber mat, just a wool-like slip-mat. I guess that's more use to a DJ, but a rubber one would have been nice for home use. The tone arm seems to be decent quality for a turntable of this price. It's like Stanton ripped off the design of this turntable from the SL-1200MK2. But then, so did Audio-Technica on their direct-drive USB turntable. It takes a standard headshell, so you can buy an extra one if you have more than one cartridge. The controls and switches seem fairly solid and well-made. For all you get it's a bargain.
If you're really concerned about getting the best possible sound out of this thing, toss the cartridge that comes with it. I upgraded to a Shure M97Xe ($59) and that was a mild improvement, then I did some homework and went with a Audio-Technica AT440MLa and that is one great little cartridge for $99. It's well worth it to me.
There is a learning curve to the software, so be prepared to spend some time learning it, like we used to actually LEARN software in the old days, not simply hit the "gimmie it now" key like some chimp. You're going to have to break up your song tracks or record them song by song. It's no big deal for me, really, and it's actually fun.
If you REALLY want to get the best sound out of this turntable, plug it into a proper stereo system, using the "phono" out rather than the "line" out setting. The difference is the fairly muddy bog-standard cheapo pre-amp that's built into this thing. I have a home stereo CD recorder, and I did some test recordings using the different outputs on the T.92 USB. Here are my conclusions:
USB Out: I couldn't get it to work cleanly on my computer, without loads of static. But that's probably down to my PC or the other USB devices I have plugged into it, such as a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard. I Googled this and I guess it's a fairly common problem. I gave up on it. I suspect that since the USB also comes off the built-in phono pre-amp, it too would be muddy by comparison to the "phono" output.
Line Out: The worst quality, relatively speaking. It's muddy. Your cartridge (whichever one you choose) and this turntable are capable of so much more. You're limiting yourself and shooting yourself in the foot using this.
Coaxial Digital Out: A little better quality than the analog line out, but remember that this "digital" output still comes off of the not-so-high-quality built-in phono pre-amp.
Phono Out: Hooked to my receiver, this is the best sounding mode available. The wav files (CD's) that I burned in all three modes show this very clearly. Using it as proper turntable, the quality is like night and day. Really.
So the bottom line is if you're buying this to tranfser your old vinyl to CD, the best bet is to plug it into a receiver, the way God intended turntables to be. Even if you have to get your receiver and PC side by side to do it, it's worth it. Use the phono pre-amp in your receiver rather than the one in the turntable, you'll be glad you did. Or buy a separate, better phono pre-amp. If you have to use the "line out" setting because you have no "phono" input on your amp or receiver, just know that you're not getting the best performance out of this turntable and your cartridge. But I suppose if you never hear the A/B comparison, you won't know what you're missing.
The only other drawback is the lack of a real, plastic dust cover. Stanton gives you a cloth cover that fits really well, but it looks a little naff and of course it won't really protect the tone arm.
I would give it 5 stars but for the slightly muddy built-in pre-amp and the cloth dustcover.
The cartridge and stylus that ships with this player are decent, but if you're looking for optimal sound from hi-fi LPs or old 78s you'll want styli that better match the different grooves these two record formats have. An elliptical stylus matches the LP groove shape better than the conical stylus the Stanton T92USB ships with. And a fatter stylus for 78s keeps the needle from bottoming out in the wider grooves of the 78s.
Because these are difficult to locate, I'm sharing one source I found that can provide both types of styli. At [...], I found the Stanton D500-3M standard 78/transcription stylus, which fits the cartridge the T92USB ships with. Also found a cartridge/stylus combination better suited for hi-fi LPs, the Stanton 680E.V3 cartridge with an elliptical LP stylus.
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