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- Rating: (3.7) based on 168 reviews
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Model: PS-LX300USB
- MPN: PSLX300USB
- UPC: 027242731271
Sony PS-LX300USB Customer Reviews
Great for my needs
This is an excellent turntable for what I need. I just want to transfer some of my lps over to mp3 and this one does it well. I looked around the internet and there were many USB turntables out there that were cheaper, some by almost half. But when reading the reviews, I was unsure if one of those units would even work when it arrived. I found this one at Best Buy and while it's a little pricey, the quality is there as well as my peace of mind. I knew I could take it back to the store if I had problems.....but no need. It works great. The software is pretty easy to learn. You just have to sit down and take time to learn it. If you just want to play and/or transfer lps to your computer or to CDs, you will be happy with this Sony.
Review by Marshall1 ().
it's OK but not great
It works, I can play my vinyl and record it via USB but it isn't what I hoped for. The software supplied with it is very simple to use and does a reasonable but not superior job or removing pops and clicks. To get good sound though I had to order a pre-amplifier so I could use the RCA output. Sound through USB is poor, and that's running it into an excellent digital sound card and out through a very high quality speaker set. For the price it should have had more features and been able to play through the supplied RCA cords, which are hardwired and very short by the way, without a pre-amplifier
Review by RustedKnight ().
Purchased this turntable to record my albums/45's to my PC. Works great with great quality sound Very easy to install and software is great! Installed on Vin7 64 bit version, plug and play found and installed and i was up and running in less than 2 minutes. Good Product!
Review by Ugodata ().
Needed a new Turnable
Needed a new turnable since my older one requires an AMP and my new stereo system can support it. Stop by the store and saw this one real cheap. I am happy I got it was missing out on all my old LPs.
Review by NewCamcorder ().
Great turntable and easy to use.
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.
Review by riogranderiver ().
Don't Buy it !!!
The SONY Turntable does not work with WIndows 7, even though the printed manual sent with it has instructions for using Windows 7. The SONY techies will all tell you that it will not work with WIndows 7, and their manuals all tell them that. SONY's literature does not tell you that when you are deciding to buy it.
Review by WASTED ().
Very happy with this turntable!
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.
Review by Vickster ().
Equipment is perfect
It's the software that needs to be more user friendly. Took a while to get familiar with the software and how to merge tracks if it separated them. It can be done but does take an understanding of it before using it. Does have to be babysat for correct track recording. It can be recorded as 1 long track and manully separated or recorded 1 track at a time. Make sure you have your computer set correctly for recording inputs and playback. Could have been clearer in documentation.
Review by ckayakne ().
I purchased this turntable for another room in my house. I have an old thorns turntable in another room. I have been through a few turntables and pre amps over the years with poor results. reason, hooking a turntable to an amp without phono input. Which I have done here, simply flip switch to input on the turntable and plug into back off your amp. The thorns turntable it is competeing with is a $900.00 turntable and stylis. I am amazed at the playback quality of this turntable, ease of use, no poping or skiping. I have not recorded with this turntable, mostly interested in playback quality. For the price, go buy it now! A+
Review by Larry396 ().
worked for me
I used this product to convert my record collection into MP3 for my MP3 player. I wanted a product that would allow me to keep all of the "record noise" and this did the trick. I had to adjust the line-in volume (microphone.. even though I connected only via USB) in order to get a real nice quality. The microphone volume on mine was set to like 10% so that the record sounds as sweet as possible. On a side note: track recognition of the software was terrible and detected every record as one track.
Review by CBartle ().
Nice turntable, easy to use
i received this turntable for Christmas last year and it is just great. just put your album on and hit play its that simple.
Review by ArizonaSlim56 ().
Good USB Sony turntable
If you do not want anything that is high tech this turntable is perfect. The program provided to hook your turntable to the computer very easy to use too. Overall nice turntable
Review by malinalli ().
not a good product
I contacted the company that wrote the CD program. They would only provide tech support if I provided a $30.00 upfront payment. The product was returned.
Review by Thomas01 ().
Love it! Enjoying listening to the old LPs
This was easy to put together and set up. Instructions were clear and concise.
Review by k2h ().
Great record player!
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.
Review by DaveRGroh ().
I bought this record player simply to play the vinyl I collect, and because I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars more on something else. It was very simple to set up, it sounds and works great. The only two things that are a minor inconvenience is that the cord is a little short, and a needle replacement was a little hard to find, but I found one. If you are looking for one, you can find one on LPGear.com. It's about 30 bucks, so it's kind of spendy. Just don't be stupid like me and hit the play button by accident so it plays all night and wears down the needle lol. So overall, this product is great and I would recommend it to anyone just looking to listen to some vinyl.
Review by Makiegin ().
A Fantastic Record Player!!!!!!!
In late May, I got this right after my High School Graduation Ceremony because people gave me money. I didn't go out and get one of those $1,000 DJ Turntables. I wanted a basic home stereo record player by a popular named brand, so I grabbed a Sony record player. I opened it right out of the box and it took 20 seconds to hook up. I like 70's and 80's Rock and Heavy Metal, so the first record I put in was "Rock And Roll Over" by KISS. It sounded fantastic. Why do people buy $1,000 turntables for? Im surprised this doesn't cost more. If your looking for a very good, basic record player, get this one! You won't be sorry.
Review by GlamMetalChild ().
So far, so good
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.
Review by dmanning ().
This is a nice record player.
I got this item for Christmas to play some old vinyls my dad gave me and some new ones I had purchased. The player was very easy to set up. I haven't had any experience with the burning software (have most of my vinyl records as mp3s already anyway). I'm playing the system through an auxillary input on an Onkyo TX SR505 with a powered subwoofer. Motown records sound great on this! An earlier poster mentioned having trouble with feedback at high volume levels. So far I have only had distortion problems on one vinyl (Metallica's Death Magnetic). If you're looking for a nice record player to play some older vinyls, this is definitely a great buy.
Review by WBP83 ().
Nice audio cleanup
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.
Review by rwrcos ().
Ok turntable in general I guess
If you have a decent sound system, this table will not do it justice and you are better off spending the extra money on something else. There is major feedback problem between the table and my powered subwoofers, and it could have something to do with the very plastic and cheap construction. Other than the deafening feedback at higher volumes, it does sound good though, so for some sytems it could perform well.
Review by Juicyswoos ().
Works Great For it's Purpose
I got this for my dad as a father's day present. He absolutely loves it! All of this albums can now be put onto CDs and preserved. I have no complaints although it was a bit pricey. It was definitely better than similar models. No problems so far and it's been almost 6 months.
Review by Jennyisamama ().
Can someone tell me how to listen to the recordings as they are recorded. Once recorded I am lost at trying to figure out how to identify the files and burn them to CD Thanks
Review by JuniorH ().
I TRIED RECORDING 6 DIFFERENT OLD LP RECORDS WITH 12 SONGS ON EACH ONE. THE UNIT RECORDED NO MORE THAN 4 TRACKS FOR 12 SONGS. WITHOUT TRACKS, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SKIP THRU A SONG WHEN USING THE CD IN A CAR. MOST RECORDS HAVE A 2-4 SECOND DELAY BETWEEN SONGS, BUT THE UNIT SEEMS TO NEED AT LEAST 5 SECONDS TO RECOGNIZE A TRACK. YOU CAN GET THE TRACKS ONLY BY RAISING THE NEEDLE OFF THE RECORD, HOLD IT FOR 5 SECONDS, THEN HOPE IT GETS DOWN IN THE GROOVE INSTEAD OF ON ONE OF THE SONGS. THIS IS UNEXCEPTABLE TO ME.
Review by 1HUSKER ().
I bought this turntable to replace my 30 year old turntable and to digitize my vinyl. As a turntable it works well when connected to the "line out" jacks. When connected to my amp with the phono cables there is a bad hum. Sony support says to connect the separate ground wire to eliminate the hum but this model has no ground wire or any place to connect one. I gave up on Sony's on line support. I would prefer to use the phono jack and not have to use one of my aux inputs on my amp. The software included is easy to use and will clean up some pops, clicks, and scratches but not all. Overall I am happy with the turntable except for the hum. Eliminating the ground wire is unforgivable. I would not recommed this turntable anyone who would expect to connect it to the phono jack on their AV system
Review by JakIII ().
definitely buy it to hear the tunes from the good old days
Review by dragoncassie ().