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Pleasantly surprised at the music sounds
on February 8, 2013
I bought this to take to the thrift store to listen to vinyl before I buy. I have used it to convert two albums to CD so far and the sound is very good- not audiophile quality for sure, but quite listenable and pleasant. I use "Spin it Again" software for recording to computer
PROS- Small and lightweight
Decent sound quality
Can hook up to amp via left and right RCA type cords-still need to have USB cord
connected- see comments below
Simple to use- pick up the tone arm and move it toward the record and the turntable
CONS- 45 records can only be played if you have an adapter, none included
45 records are played at 33 rpm speed, turntable has no speed adjustment- you
adjust playback speed in the software
No option for 78s and in fairness these need a special stylus to play properly
without damaging the record anyway
Others have noted speed variance, although I did not use a strobe to check my
speed it sounded quite close- there is a recessed screw in the bottom of the unit that
can be used to adjust speed if necessary
USB cord is the only power source option for the unit, there is no provision for
batteries or an external power adapter, so USB will need power at all times when in
No automatic tone arm return means you will need to pay attention and pick up the tonearm when at the end of the record, this is a manual turntable.
Others have written about a warped turntable mat. Mine has a slight lift at one end that could easily be either heated slightly and then have a weight put on it for a short time, or use some rubber cement to hold the matt down. It caused no problem in playback however.
Summation- does a good job, I am going to sell mine as I was given a portable turntable for my thrift shop treasure hunts, and I already have another setup for digital transfers. That said, this machine works fine for casual use and really cannot be beat for the price.