Easy to set up right out of the box; has a kind of retro look that reminds me of the stereo we had at home when I was a kid - looks nice enough to be kept out & not hidden away when not using; sound quality is good for a small portable turntable; best part is that it has great extra features like USB port, memory card reader, AM/FM stereo, and a cassette player you can use to play tapes and/or transfer them onto a memory drive or iPod/iPhone, etc. - the tape deck is really what sold me on this, because I “came of age musically” during the days of cassettes & those amazingly nostalgic mix tapes. I still have most of them, along with a cheap old tape player, but being able to convert them into something more portable is such a great option! I’ll still never get rid of my tapes, though!
Vinyl noob here so take what will serve you. But a long time pseudo audiophile. I have heard 100k systems to modest 1k systems so... Sounds good overall...not great yet. I used the built in phono pre amp and used the off feature and pass the signal to my cambridge phono pre. The latter was obviously better by a huge margin. The depth is more pronounce, the highs are less muddle and more sparkly, and bass is more refine, control, and punchier. Use a external phono pre amp people. This combo yields good result. Did a FLAC/Digital vs. Vinyl test, not anything scientifically but just a casual listening session. I noticed the the vinyl versions of the songs I used appeared to me to sound fuller and more musical...cliche I know. Best word I can use. The flac files exhibit more crispness and the S/N ration was obviously better. The instruments on the vinyl sounded more natural, like hearing it being played live in the room. On the digital front, the sounds sounded more analytical. Sound stage belongs to vinyl. Best thing I love about vinyl are the mid bass, Awesome compared digital. In the future: Working on modding the unit bypassing the internal phono/usb module. From what I am gathering from the net, the difference is significant. This is under the assumption that your stereo system down the food chain is worth a buck or two, My modest mid fi system may warrant that. The mod may yield profound difference, particularly in the upper echelon of freq. Overall, I am pleased with this purchase. I recommend it casual listener to reasonable audiophile. Solid unit and built to last. System: AudioTechnica turntable => Cambridge Audio (forgot the model but the current cheapest MM phono preamp) => Maverick Audio D1 DAC tube preout => Primaluna Prologue 3 => Primaluna Prologue 7 => Usher Audio CP 8571 speakers
This little turntables keeps my 3 year old and his friend entertained for a long time, the best part is the volume is loud enough, as in not too loud.
This was a Father's Day gift to someone who still had a lot of cassettes and didn't want to give them up. What better review than what the receipient said, "this is one of the best presents I have ever received". Everyone present thought it attractive and very functional. The "sound" is very good. Excellent purchase.
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