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I first became aware that this kind of item was available when I saw a cheapo brand version on price-drop tv the year before last. I hadn't ever bought anything off the telly before but I got one for my dad for Christmas, and was quite pleased with myself for finding him the best present ever. He was really excited when he got it, and I decided to have a "borrow" and convert some of my old vinyl to mp3, but when I tried it the sound quality was awful, and the volume of the converted tracks was about half that of normal mp3s. Rubbish! I miserably packed my records away back up to the loft and returned the offending object to my dad. I was slightly embarrassed that I had got him it to be honest!
This Christmas, almost as if to completely shame me, he bought me the Sony version. To be fair, it wasn't even that much more, I don't think. I paid £70ish for the crap one and these are available for around £125 - almost twice the price admittedly but around a million times better quality.
It comes with a usb and a lead for attching to your computer or speakers, and a disc with the software for converting the tracks. All of this was very easy to use, my only complaint with the computer program being that it doesn't automatically name tracks for you, but since there's zero digital information stored on vinyl, I guess it would have to be psychic to do that anyway. You have to tag everything yourself, but if you're a control freak like me, thats ok cos you can do it your way!
The best thing about it was the sound. I had forgotten about the special organic quality vinyl has
compared to digital music - little "moments" in the background that invariably get cleaned up nowadays, and a softer edge generally. Somehow, this machine manages to capture that whilst converting the music to a format you can put on your ipod, and it sounds kind of crystal clear at the same time as having the warm fuzzy vinyl atmosphere. Really good. The volume is also at the right level, so you don't end up having to reach for the clickwheel when you're out jogging, just because an ex-vinyl song has come on, and then get ear-bleed from the usual digital tracks if you don't turn it back down in time.
As I find all turntables fiddly and slightly nerve-racking because of the whole scratch risk issue, I won't complain too much about this one - the needle and arm are very light, which means its easy to handle, but it can also mean that tracks jump when you close a door too hard or otherwise disturb it.
I would recommend this turntable to anyone who has vinyl - although I must stress that I am an ageing indie-kid rather than a super-hot dj, so I use it to play records rather than doing whatever it is that djs do.
I love to play music when doing the housework for some reason the time goes quicker and you get things done without a fuss, although I have the radio in my kitchen I often like to play my vinyl collection and I have owned this Sony turntable for a long time now paying £140 for it when it was new from an elecrtical store in my local town. You can buy it now for £125 from Amazon and from the Sony site and other online stores.
This is a very easy to use turntable and when you get it you have to put it together by putting the drive belt on it before it will play any records. Once you have fitted the belt and put the rubber mat on the turn table it's ready to go. You can plug it into the amp by the jack plugs or you can plug it into your computer via the USB connector. It turns on with the button on the front and you have other buttons for 33rpm or 45rpm.
This allows you to plug and play then convert your vinyl records into mp3, there is a C.D and an instructon manual provided so that you can read how to do this but it is a simple process, the only thing is that the program doesn't recognise the names of the records your converting and just adds the tracks, you can name them manually after they have been loaded onto your computer, but this isn't a huge problem .
The sound quality is very good as you'd expect with any Sony turntable, the needle is a light one and I have had to replace mine once during the time I have owned this and have to say it took me a little while to find the right one in the end I had to take it back to the shop I bought the turntable from and order one which took two weeks to get to me.
The arm on the turntable is light and can be clipped back when not using but this is a very sensative player, I have had it playing my records when the grandchildren have run into the room and it has jumped on the record, so it needs to be level and steady before using and this is the same if using on the USB conneection.
The lid has a smooth operation up and down and can be removed for easy cleaning. The turntable is quiet when running and looks stylish and good, mine still looks new as I shut the lid when not using it to stop it getting dusty and dirty, this also helps to preserve the needle from getting dusty too.
Converting the records to Mp3 is fun and doesn't take long. I have been able to back up my record collection and although the sound quality picks up the crackles and a little static this gives the music an authentic quality of listening to the old records.
I have had fun with this turntable and think it's a reasonabe price for anyone's pocket. It looks good, is easy to use and converts your records to Mp3. It plays single records and albums and I would recommend this to you if your looking for a cheap and easy turntable to use without lots of technical drama.
This is a recent xmas present from an aunt and so far I've got some good use out of it. From 2003-2006 I used to DJ a lot and I really started to horde vinyls. Drum & Bass, Dance, Hip Hop, etc. The problem is that now I've got tons of vinyls and yet I haven't DJ'd in years. Well I think my aunt got the hint because this badboy was wrapped up for me on xmas day.
At first I thought she was mad. I figured she'd bought me a vinyl player and only a vinyl player. How would that help me when I'm walking down the street? Then I realized that the great thing about the Sony PS Turntable is that you can upload the songs onto your computer and then stick them straight onto your IPOD!
I was expecting some loss of quality in the transfers but I have to say I was very impressed. The songs sound great and whilst transferring them I even started to consider returning to Dj'ing. My own quibble with this is that there isn't really anything else that it does. Once you've transferred your music it sort of feels like this'll just stay in the attic gathering dust. But for the price, who can complain really?