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Had my eye on this since reading some awards and reviews on other sites. Thankfully nabbed it in a sale. On first impressions the sound is beautiful. Really nice and crisp, with great ranges, either to an amp or direct to speakers using the built in amp stage.
After say 10-15 minutes assembly and rechecking I was ready to go. Threw on some new records, and some mint classics. All perfect. In some cases hearing them almost like for the first time. That good! I had zero issues with the instruction manual unlike others. It all seemed very clear to me the balancing process for the tone arm and so on.
My only gripe is the supplied power lead is very short. I can understand shorter phono cables given the cost and possible interference. But why power?
So I reserve 5 stars for kit I really think is worth it and this is IMO.
Having already owned the PS-LX300 for a year I though it was time to invest in a player that was a bit better. I personally love the design, though it's marmite to some, its simple and sleek with a nice sturdy matt black baseboard black hardware, a nice heavy plater and perspex box dust cover (easily removed if preferred during use). The simplistic tone arm feels substantial too and is easy to set up. Operation is a basic dial selector on the left hand side (on, 33 1/3rpm,45rpm. Again, it is all very minimal, simple, flush and straight, which I think gives it a kind of understated look.
I have been using this turntable for around a month or two now. I have listened to heavy and thrash metal, hard rock, pop, prog, acoustic, ambient and even crooners. Clarity and soundstage have been great. The table certainly leans slightly over to the high/treble side of neutral but I have still had enough low end from double peddle and bass that managed to sound tight and punchy. Recently listening to Sinatra, the imaging was very convincing with different parts of the big band instruments easy to make out as they wove around each other under Frank's singing. The turntable handled everything from the delicate woodwind, full string sections and plunky, tight upright bass with nice detail.
As an added bonus, using the USB out straight to your computer means you can save your record tracks as hi res audio files to take with you. The software is pretty easy to use too.
Overall I'd say this was great value (bought when it was £249. Sevenoaks sound and vision provided great service and actually dispatched this within a few hours. I'm sure I will spend many an hour enjoying albums with this turntable.
Got this turntable to replace an aging Dual cs 505 mk2 which gave me 35 years of service. Why this deck? well simply because of recording vinyl via USB in hi res. It's a very smart looking deck, very simple lay out and quite easy to set up. The deck is not semi auto so the arm does not lift at the end of a record only a minor niggle really.
After I had set it, The first track I had to play was "Bat out of Hell" very loud. I was blown away with the clearness and sound reproduction that hit me. This deck exceeded my expectations in build quality, sound and ease of use.
Fantastic player I now its been out for a few years but it has still won awards for each year it only has 2 speeds 45 & 33 so if your after the 78 don't buy this it does not have automatic arm on it but that does not bother me and you also have to build it up yourself which is not to hard to do just take your time In setting the arm weight as if you get it wrong it won't play right I'm playing though my only surround sound system and it sound brilliant can not believe I waited so long to buy it and it is dead easy you connect to your pc or laptop and copy your lp to them the software is easy and simple to use and can edit with it as well
For the price this turntable is excellent. My budget didn't stretch for the technics sl-1500c, however the Sony does not disappoint. For the price, the sound quality is excellent and well made. The USB ripper is a great feature to have as well. The built in phono stage is good and very useful, however using the phono stage on a high end amp does lead to much better sound quality. Even when listening over headphones via the amp, there is no noise, just excellent clean sound with the warmth you associate with vinyl. I would highly recommend this truntable to anyone who wants to spend less than £500 on a turntable. Easily audiophile grade sound quality product
This turntable is just perfect, sound quality is amazing, it just brings everything from my vinyls! In-built preamp has a decent quality. I am using just as a player, did not try the recording functionality so far. Also it just looks amazing on my living room. Still think that it is a bit expensive, but it keeps sony reputation on sound quality.
Very good quality turntable - sounds as good as anything you're likely to buy in this price bracket. Build quality is solid and it didn't take too long to set up. Instructions provided are clear - they may help you if you've never balanced your tonearm properly before. Haven't used the software so can't comment I'm afraid. One thing to consider - the in-built phono stage is a bit harsh and shrill. The phono stage on my 1999 Sony amp makes the turntable sound so much smoother and sharper. Put on a good quality pressing and it'll really impress Overall, a very good buy, but I would recommend pairing it with an amp with a proper phono stage to get the best out of it.