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Audio-Technica - ATLP60XBT Bluetooth Stereo Turntable - Black
Description

Enjoy your treasured vinyls with this Audio-Technica automatic wireless belt-drive turntable. Bluetooth connectivity enables pairing with wireless speakers and headphones, and the included RCA cable provides compatibility with wired components. This two-speed Audio-Technica automatic wireless belt-drive turntable plays 33-1/3 RPM records and comes with a 45 RPM adapter to accommodate singles.

7 Features
  • Fully automatic belt-drive design: Offers a reliable way to listen to your music collection.
  • Stereo sound: Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.
  • Plays 33-1/3 and 45 rpm: Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Enjoy seamless wireless connectivity with Bluetooth.
  • Dual Magnet phono cartridge: Provides rich audio quality and easy stylus replacement.
  • Diamond stylus: Hard diamond styluses are designed to last.
  • Hinged detachable dust cover: Dust cover protects your vinyl records from damage.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Audiotechnicalp60xbt, 10 out of 10
    Really nice and good quality

    Really nice record player i use to have those cheap suitcase record players and my record would always skip well i bought this one in hope they wouldnt skip and its really nice quality and they dont skip the only bad thing is you need some extra money to buy separate speakers but i already had some laying around so i only bought the record player really recommend

    May 31, 2021 17:33
  • Review by TVchick, 10 out of 10
    Unpack. Setup. Play. It's that easy.

    I've got an old record collection that I've been wanting to play again but I wasn't up on the newer turntable technology. I'm a video producer so I'm familiar with Audio Technica microphones and took a gamble on the AT LP 60XBT turntable and couldn't be happier. Set up was so easy I didn't need the instructions. I just paired it with my Bose speakers and heard the deep luscious sounds of vinyl beaming from the 50s, 60s and 70s tunes. The AT LP 60XBT has a small footprint and fits in my record cabinet well. The cushioned feet help keeps possible bumps from damaging my records. If you're researching, do look for this feature, it's worth the added price. And since they are old, some of my records are scratched and skip or get hung up in spots and all I have to do is gently press a finger on the turntable's arm to get it to continue on. (Like in the old days!) I didn't care for the look of the suitcase turntables and from reviews I noticed users didn't like them because their lids didn't fully cover the record. This is important to note because besides your records, you don't want dust to get into your turntable or needle. For the price, this is an excellent starter turntable. The only thing I wish is that it had some sort of "stop gap" mechanism to prevent the arm from operating when there isn't a record on the turntable. My grandson is fascinated with the turntable and keeps turning it on to play! When there's no record on the turntable the arm will still automatically activate when the "start" button is pressed and the needle drags across the turntable as if it's playing a record. But I don't think any turntable has this option, although some do have a latch to lock over the arm.

    Jul 27, 2021 01:21
  • Review by JustDavidBP, 10 out of 10
    Good Starter Turntable

    Everything you need to play record vinyls are provided by this turntable. Everything from support for both types of vinyls, 33RPM and 45RPM. It also doesn’t bend the disc such as the Victoria I had bought before this. It supports analog and 3.5mm output.

    Oct 13, 2021 09:32
  • Review by KarenF, 10 out of 10
    Audio-Technica Bluetooth / wired turntable

    Great turntable for the money. Plays old and new vinyl beautifully. Pairs well with my 1990s Pioneer system. The Bluetooth function is awesome with my JBL patio speaker. Happy with my purchase.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:21
  • Review by reag, 10 out of 10
    LUV IT

    I LOVE IT! i have used it for the last month, i upgraded from a suitcase record player and there IS A DIFFERENCE. it’s so easy to use my echo dot as the speaker. it’s also so pretty lol

    Mar 05, 2021 16:23
  • Review by Goodfella316, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely Amazing!

    This record player is simply amazing for the money! I’m new to the vinyl world and im sure there’s better record players on the market, but I didn’t necessarily want to spend hundreds on a record player. The sound quality of this unit is mind blowing and functionality is smooth. This paticular model has bluetooth, so it paired up to my samsung surround system in seconds and no loss of sound quality compared to old school rca’s or 3.5mm aux. This unit does have those outputs as well if you choose to be hard wired, but the benefit of bluetooth is you can have this unit anywhere in the room as long as you have a power outlet nearby. If you’re on the fence like i was about which record player to choose, do not hesitate and pick this unit up! You won’t regret it!

    Oct 11, 2021 22:33
  • Review by Ps2397, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Great quality and easy to use... the only down fall is that I need to have a set of speakers for it and speakers don’t come with it

    Jan 04, 2020 20:45
  • Review by Allison1984, 10 out of 10
    Affordable, High Quality Turntable

    Great record player, especially if it’s your first. Affordable and high quality with an easy setup. I had everything working within a few minutes and only minimal assembly was required. Sound is superb and the Bluetooth technology is quite convenient. I have a small speaker and the tech allowed for a wireless setup which was ideal for my minimalist preference. Highly recommended.

    Feb 07, 2020 17:49
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    PYLE - PP999 - Phono Pre-Amplifier - Black
    Description

    The Pyle Pro PP999 is the perfect pre-amp for any modern turntable. Small and simple with a 2 Volt output level, it's built to last and connect all your classics into .wav files. Bring your wax to life. Forget the heads, amps, and mixers, connect this gem and learn what it's like to enjoy music in a new way. 12V DC 110V Adaptor Included.

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  • Review by Tmonstertechie, 10 out of 10
    Needed to match old and new

    My old amplifier had a ‘phono’ selector with a built in preamp.

    These days that is rare in your average home theater digital amps.

    This married up my 35 year old turntable with the Yamaha amplifier and sounds great. No noticeable feedback, just make sure you use the ground wire properly.

    Jun 22, 2018 20:16
  • Review by Eddie, 10 out of 10
    A "Must Have" For Vintage Turn Table!

    I was recently given a vintage Techniques Turn Table that someone had put on an undersized belt and a damaged needle! I put the right needle and belt on it and Voila, like new. Plugged it in to my newer Pioneer 7.1 AV amp, and no joy! This little pre amp took care of that and the Turn Table sounds amazing with my old vinyl collection!

    Jan 12, 2020 03:16
  • Review by laxpop, 10 out of 10
    Works well, does the job I needed done.

    Works well, does the job I needed done, reasonably priced, in addition it was delivered days ahead of what was projected. I recently moved and grew tired of the surround sound. Won a Yamaha receiver in a sales contest but vit does not have a phono jack. Bought this phono jack and a set of matching 3-way Yamaha speakers and everything works great together.

    Sep 08, 2020 10:21
  • Review by ajphux, 8 out of 10
    Fine item, but make sure you have a ground wire.

    Does what it says and needs to do. One thing, be sure to check your turntable for grounding, and get a separate ground wire if you need to. My experience with this item wasn't complete until I purchased a ground wire for the turntable I was gifted.

    Oct 15, 2020 18:35
  • Review by JohnR1000, 10 out of 10
    Works as advertised with no problems.

    No problems what so ever with the pre-amplifier. But I am having

    problems with the software. Might be time to pay a visit to the Geek Squad.

    Jan 27, 2013 21:08
  • Review by 02281985, 10 out of 10
    excellent lp player sound converter

    excellent sound converter lp player works very well sound very clear and with more power just what I was looking for

    Jun 24, 2019 02:39
  • Review by Photoist1, 10 out of 10
    Works fine

    Works as expected. Hooked it up to my 30 YO turntable and all was great.

    Jun 23, 2017 22:27
  • Review by Steve73, 10 out of 10
    This will make your turntable come to life

    My turntable was not very loud at all, but this pre-amp fixed the problem.

    Mar 10, 2017 22:31
  • 9.2score
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    Sony
    Sony - Bluetooth Stereo Turntable - Black
    Description

    Enjoy timeless vinyl in modern quality with this Sony wireless turntable. Bluetooth connectivity pushes high-quality audio to wireless speakers and headphones, while a built-in phono audio output ensures wired devices can be connected as well. A minimalist design simplifies use of this Sony wireless turntable to a single button press, and two operating speeds allow for customizable playback.

    7 Features
  • Fully automatic belt-drive design: Offers a reliable way to listen to your vinyl music collection.
  • Stereo sound: Enjoy sound as it was meant to be heard in full stereo.
  • Plays 33-1/3 and 45 rpm: Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Enjoy seamless wireless connectivity with Bluetooth.
  • Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge: Equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet (MM) stereo phono cartridge.
  • USB output: Lets you digitize your vinyl records for easy backup to a computer.
  • Hinged detachable dust cover: Dust cover protects your vinyl records.
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  • Review by pauldar, 10 out of 10
    Sony Adds BT Tech - Updated Stereo Turntable

    To begin with, I have an extensive collection of vinyls dating from the early 60's to the present. I am an avid music lover, and, consider myself an audiophile since I was always fascinated with sound reproduction, amplification, and sound equipment. I started building stereo systems for friends and family back in the late 50's. Collecting records was a culture for me back then, and still is. I go through my record collection often, and, play records at least three or four times a week. Vinyl, analogue records capture full and complete sound waves. There is nothing better then to enjoy outstanding audio from analogue recordings as they were meant to be enjoyed. I prefer the dynamic audio quality of my vinyls over any of my sound-modified, digital CDs. I have a high-end, 'old-school', and costly turntable. But it has no pre-amp, nor does it have Bluetooth technology, or a USB port, for digital conversion of my vinyls using my computer with the appropriate software. So, when I had an opportunity to review the Sony Stereo Bluetooth Turntable – PSLX310BT in exchange for a comprehensive review, I was excited to see what technology could offer me in this updated turntable.

    These are the features of this Sony Stereo Bluetooth Turntable, which strike me as the most outstanding:

    ** Design & Build – Overall this Sony BT turntable is designed for simplicity as an 'entry-level', bargain-priced, record player. The cabinet is made of sturdy plastic in a flat, black, matte finish. It is an attractive looking unit and fits into my home entertainment unit quite nicely. There are four cushioned, round feet on the bottom of the record player, which are designed to absorb shock and prevent vibrations from degrading the playback. This Sony turntable features a hinged, removable, clear plastic dust cover. It is thick enough to provide protection against unwanted sound vibrations from nearby speakers, and dust and debris. The total weight of this unit is under eight pounds because of the lightweight plastic cabinet and aluminum, metal turntable and tonearm. I was impressed by the belt-driven, aluminum, die-cast and balanced platter. It also comes with a foam cushion, 'slip-mat' to keep my vinyl records stable as they are playing. This Sony unit is single-record-play only. However, it will play either 33 1/3 LPs or 45s. The 45 adapter is stored in its slot on the right side of the player cabinet housing. This turntable has a highly sensitive, newly designed 'straight', aluminum tonearm. It is very different from the standard 'J' styled tonearms of the past, which consisted of counter weights to balance them. This aluminum tonearm is programmed to find the beginning grooves of my records and automatically returns back to the tonearm-rest at the end, ready for the next 'Start'. If you are new to vinyl records, or, just want a Bluetooth updated turntable, this is the ideal unit for you.

    ** Controls – The unit has a Power/ON/Standby Button on the back of the unit to turn the turntable ON/OFF. Topside, on the main deck, are three user, selection knobs. These knobs allow me to choose the size of record (7” for 45s) and (12” for 33 1/3 LPs), speed (33 1/3 & 45 rpm), and for Bluetooth pairing. At the right-front of the unit are three push, selection buttons, 'Start', 'Stop', and 'Up/Down' (for tonearm re-positioning). Pressing the Start Button initiates the auto-play and the tonearm and stylus will play whatever size record I have selected. The Stop Button will halt the record playback and return the tonearm back to its rest. The Up/Down button allows me to pause the playback, and, or re-position the tonearm to a different part of the record by hand. Pressing the Up/Down Button after the playback is paused or re-positioned will automatically lower the tonearm to continue play. On the back of the deck are selection switches for output selection and 'Gain' selection. The 'Gain' Selection gives me three options, Low (-4 dB), Mid (0 dB), and High (+6 dB), to match the overall volume of the record I am playing. When the Output Switch is set to 'LINE' the turntable's audio signal passes through the built-in phono pre-amp. I set this switch to 'LINE' when I am using the BT connection. The Output Switch also provides for phono (out) selection, which bypasses the built-in pre-amp. It allows me to connect the phono (in) on my amp receiver using the provided RCA audio cables. The RCA audio cable is only 52 inches long and I needed approximately eight feet of cable to connect to my amp-receiver. Also, I wanted the audio cables concealed. So, I purchased a pair of RCA Plug Couplers and a longer audio cable at my local Best Buy to get it done. These user-friendly controls are explained in detail with illustrations in the 'Operating Instructions' included with the Sony turntable.

    ** Bluetooth Pairing – This feature was fascinating to me because I have several quality BT speakers, but, was never able to use them playing my vinyls. I went from my turntable to my amp-receiver using RCA audio cables and that was my only connection. This Sony turntable has a built-in phono pre-amp. So now, I can take advantage of my weatherproof speakers with BT technology and enjoy my vinyls while listening outdoors near my pool and hot tub. WooHoo! I can also pair this turntable to my sound bar or headphones without having to use RCA audio cables. Pairing is very easy. The Bluetooth Pairing Button will flash blue when depressed. When it pairs successfully the blue light will remain constantly ON. If I disconnect a paired device the indicator light will turn orange, and, go into standby mode until reconnected to a BT device. This turntable can pair up to eight different devices and remember that information as it registers them, so you don't have to pair them again. But only one device can pair at a time for playback. This Sony uses the following codecs, aptX and SBC. I found that my BT speakers also support the same codecs. Having the aptX codec brings the music alive with near CD quality over BT. WoW! What I also love about using my BT speakers is they have a mobile App for my Smart Phone. The App allows me to control the volume of the speakers, choose pre-set EQs, and, or, user-adjustable EQ settings. How cool is that? I do all of that with my amp-receiver too, however I have to connect the turntable using RCA audio cables and switch from 'Line' to 'Phono'.

    ** USB Port – On the back of the deck is a USB, type 'B' port for connection to a computer for conversion of the analogue sound tracks to digital through the appropriate kind of recording software. This is a 'must' for me in the coming weeks as some of my records are now over 62 years old. I have approximately 400 all together. I am going to evaluate the existing software available and get started on this project soon.

    ** Set Up – Out of the box it took me approximately 30 minutes to have this turntable ready to play records. Installing the platter and drive belt takes a little patience and finesse. I have large hands, so I asked my wife, who has much more manual dexterity then me, install the drive belt.

    ** Vinyl Record Care – To achieve the best sound playback possible vinyl records must be as dust, debris, and smudge free as possible. All vinyls should be cleaned thoroughly with a dampened microfiber cloth, dried, and stored in a controlled environment. Vinyl records are a dust magnet due to static electricity and an anti-static record cleaning brush is a valuable tool to have for cleaning the micro-grooves. Because fingerprints can damage vinyl I started handling them with gloves after cleaning. I also started to store them in polypropylene record sleeves along with the cardboard outer sleeve to preserve the original artwork and artist information. In time vinyl records increase in value, so they need to be protected and stored properly.

    ** Maintenance – From my past experiences: Keep the deck, stylus, and cushioned slip mat as dust-free as possible. Keep the hinged dust cover in place when the player is not in use. I found having an extra stylus and drive belt is good practice. These are the items in your turntable that will eventually wear out. Sony has Parts Distribution Partners listed that you can order these items from at their 'Support' website.

    ** Summary – Over the past five years Vinyl record sales have been increasing while CD sales have dropped off. New generations of folks are now discovering the energizing and full bodied, analogue sounds that only vinyl records capture. Love my vinyls! This Sony Stereo Bluetooth Turntable – PSLX310BT can be your gateway to linking the past with present day technology. I highly recommend the purchase of this unit for your own personal use, gift for a family member, or special friend.

    Apr 23, 2019 17:24
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Great for those new to Vinyl

    I admit, I'm one of those guys that prefers all the music in my pocket and subscribe to a streaming service. But my parents gave me some old vinyls and I thought it would be cool to give them a try. I am admittedly not a vinyl junky, and in fact, I've never owned or probably ever operated one. But I must admit there's something magical about them, hearing the needle hit the record and just the way it sounds. Plus, when you buy vinyls, you aren't going to buy everything (maybe you will) so your collection better represents you and your tastes.

    This turntable was nice for me, because it has Bluetooth. It doesn't look special, it's a big hunking square piece of plastic, and while I prefer to hardline my speakers into an amp to play, I appreciate the flexibility of streaming to a soundbar.

    SETUP

    As a person who likes electronics, I generally skip past the manual and figure it out myself. However, I've never put together a turntable before and while there isn't much to do, I would recommend reading the instructions as there was more to it than I expected (I assumed it would literally be ready to go out of the box).

    You simply connect the "rubber band" to the gears, put in the metal plate, snap on the hinges for the dust cover (which was hidden in the styrofoam) plug it in, and you're off.

    Setting up red/white audio connections is easy. If that's the route your taking, you simply plug it into your amp. Bluetooth on the other hand, was a bit of trial and error. Normally you would connect a Bluetooth speaker to your phone and you can interact with a screen, but obviously the turntable doesn't have one. But I found the process pretty simple. You hold the Bluetooth button down on the turntable until it starts blinking blue and amber and then you put your speaker in pairing mode and they should connect. It took me a couple of tries, but it was pretty painless. I keep my turntable on (there's a hard switch in the back) to maintain that Bluetooth connection to my soundbar to limit connection issues. I have yet for it to disconnect while the turntable is on.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Obviously, sound is really only as good as your speakers. I'm no audiophile, so I don't have an elaborate system for playing music. I usually listen through my soundbar. What I was impressed with is that the "old timey" (for lack of a batter descriptor) sound came through the soundbar. It sounded like I was playing a record and creates an wonderful listening experience. All in all, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the sound.

    EASE OF USE

    So this is where my ignorance re turntables came into play. Using it. There's a cover to protect the needle, I removed it, but every time I tried to place the needle on the record (after turning it on and the platter began spinning) the needle kept going back to its position. Well, it's motorized. This make it easy to operate but takes a little fun out of it. You don't even have to press the needle. You simply push the start button and the needle goes into place on its own. It's a nice feature, but I sometimes like to place the needle on it myself.

    CONCLUSION

    As a vinyl newbie, this is a great turntable. It's easy to set up and operate, although I assume most are, but it has the added convenience of Bluetooth that I know most turntables don't have. If you are looking for flexibility in your setup (I'm thinking keeping your turntable far enough from your audio equipment that would make it difficult to hardwire it to your receiver) then this is your best bet.

    I guess the only downside is it's footprint. It's pretty large although most are. Sony could have shaved off some of the plastic on the sides but I assume it's to keep the standard width of home audio components.

    Apr 12, 2019 13:37
  • Review by TonyMSP, 10 out of 10
    Modern take on vinyl

    Having gotten back into listening to my old record collection, my old record player with built in speakers wasn’t cutting it. I have Google Home speakers in my home and they sound terrific with streaming audio. I wanted to extend this listening pleasure with my records. This Sony record player seamlessly connects to my Google home or any other Bluetooth speakers.

    Pros:

    • Easy to setup

    • Super easy to use

    • Looks great on your bookshelf

    Cons:

    • Unused AV cord is not detachable

    • Button actuations feels a bit cheap

    I was looking for a replacement record player and I knew Bluetooth was the route to go. Bluetooth speaker’s sounds 100x better than any built in record player speakers. Setup was a breeze and it auto pairs when I hit the play button. What I love about this record player is that once you set your vinyl on the platter, close the lid and hit the buttons on the front to start playing. No need to manually place the tone arm. Hit play and it will automatically play the first song. Hit stop and it will put the tone arm back to the resting position and turn off. There is also a button to raise and lower so you can choose where to start on your vinyl. Once the record is done playing, the tone arm automatically returns home and stops the vinyl from spinning.

    I would recommend this record player to anyone looking to use your better sounding Bluetooth speakers to listen to your records.

    Apr 16, 2019 00:31
  • Review by mobilelawyer, 10 out of 10
    Simple, Elegant, Functional

    True vinyl aficionados have never accepted digital reproduction. Analog sounds better, they say, and always has. I cannot agree or disagree with that premise, since I haven’t listened to my LP's for more than 30 years. Another consideration is that I am not a person of means enough to invest in turntables that cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and esoteric cartridges that require another huge cash outlay. But I had an ample collection of those LP's languishing in the closet, with many titles that I had not listened to in years, and along came this Sony with a belt-driven platter and a Bluetooth radio to boot. How could I resist the temptation? I couldn't, of course.

    An Initial Challenge

    This turntable is elegant and understated. The tone arm is shipped battened down to the it's rest, and the stylus is protected with a cover to secure it while you assemble the turntable. You must physically install the aluminum platter onto the spindle, and thread the belt which spans its inner diameter over the motor spindle. The instructions guide you through the process, but I mistook a vinyl appendage under the platter for the motor spindle. When I powered up, nothing happened. I quickly fixed the problem, found the motor spindle (it's metal), threaded it, and applied the black rubber mat to the top of the platter.

    The literature states that the cartridge is of moving-magnet design. The stylus is replaceable, but the instructions do not indicate that other manufacturer's cartridges can be installed, which is understandable given the price of this device. With its dust cover installed, the assembly is quite attractive, and its all-black color will neutrally blend into virtually any home environment.

    My receiver's low-level phono input had never been used until I attached this turntable's phono plug connectors. There is a three-level switch to adjust the output to suit your amplifier or receiver's sensitivity. I was pleasantly surprised at the sound. The records I played had been well cared for over the years, and, on most there was little groove noise, and relatively few pops and crackles. But some were present. Such is the nature of the interaction between grooves, vinyl, dust, styli and time. If you don't have a phono pre-amp on your receiver or amp, the turntable can also send a high-level "line" signal to one of your available inputs.

    I would describe the "sound" of the Sony cartridge as neutral and well-balanced. I listened to several classical pieces and the imaging was precise. I just sat back and enjoyed the music, just as I would have so many years ago when LP's provided virtually the only high-fidelity sound source available in the home. I did have some initial reservations about the isolation provided by the turntable's feet. The Sony sat on a five-foot-wide hardwood enclosure which holds my other components. The floor is hardwood glued to a concrete slab. A 12-inch powered subwoofer is about twelve feet away. I listened at moderate to high volume without issue, so perhaps my reservations were unfounded. Still, in using this or any turntable, the user should be careful to protect the delicate stylus and careful to have the volume turned down when initially playing a record.

    When the start button is pressed, the platter begins to turn, and the arm lifts and moves to the initial record groove, without the user having to touch anything but the button to initiate the process. If you want to pause, another button is pressed to lift the arm off the record in place. The upward and downward movement of the arm is nicely damped. Pressing the Stop button causes the arm to lift and return to its reset. The arm also returns to the rest if the entire side of the record is played through.

    What about Bluetooth?

    I have the diminutive Sony Bluetooth speaker, the SRS-XB21, sitting on a shelf on the other side of the large living room where the turntable is placed. I never thought I would be using it to listen to an LP on a turntable, but in a few minutes, I had the devices paired. The turntable will allow up to eight separate devices to be paired with it. The sound was just gorgeous. I was able to take the speaker into the next room to enjoy the music playing on the turntable. I have never understood how such rich sound can come from such a little speaker, but the input from this turntable was perfectly reproduced. I have another practical reason for using the Bluetooth feature which I will explain in more detail later.

    USB Transfer

    This turntable also has a USB output, but the cable is not supplied. I have one and connected the turntable to my computer to make a digital copy of one of my disks. I can't speak for all, but I am thinking this use for the turntable may be a significant purchasing reason for vinyl owners like me.

    A Little Work, But It's Fun

    "Ripping" LP's, of course must be done in real time. It requires the use of the Audacity software which Sony refers you to in the turntable manual. The audio runs from the phono amp on the turntable, through the USB cable and into your computer for processing. Depending on your operating system, you may need to adjust some of its audio-handling parameters to receive and process the signal from the turntable and monitor the signal while you record. Since I wanted to convert the tracks to mp3, Audacity required me to download a codec to accomplish that. In making the conversion, Audacity allows you to add the metadata from the song such as the artist, title, track number, etc. Once converted, Audacity also provides a means to edit the digital file, if needed, to trim it or to add fading, as the user may desire. The sampling rate selection affects both the audio quality and the ultimate size of the outputted file.

    I was very pleased with the sound quality of the ripped mp3 files. Now, I suppose I am going to spend hour after hour listening to some of my long forgotten, but always-loved vinyl tracks while they are converted to digital form. It's a tough job, but somebody must do it, and I'm the man. Thank God, I have held on to those records after all these years. I am going to be having some great fun for many hours.

    Bluetooth revisited

    One issue that I had was deciding where to place the turntable. I promise, the design is beautiful, but all my existing audio-video equipment made permanent placement a challenge. My stuff is in a cabinet directly under a large flat panel tv mounted on the wall. To fully enjoy all the features of this turntable, it needs to be in proximity of both my computer and my receiver. But after I ripped the tracks for this review, my wife did not like the placement of the turntable on top of the audio-video cabinet I was using. I disconnected it and moved it to a built-in bookshelf in another part of the living room. Instant wife approval! From that location, I can use the Bluetooth connection to enjoy the music from the records, and simply move the turntable temporarily back to the audio-video cabinet for ripping sessions. I have a man-cave upstairs with an amplifier and computer set up which might also furnish a permanent resting place for the turntable and future ripping chores, but for now, the little black beauty stays where it is.

    Wrap-Up

    As you may have surmised, I very much like this turntable. It is affordable, physically attractive, practical, and has been a joy to use. And now my track-ripping duties are going to keep me busy for a long, long while. Oh, the torture!

    Apr 04, 2019 09:36
  • Review by emiliosic, 8 out of 10
    Sleek, Wireless, Fully Automatic

    Brief

    This is a solid choice for an un-complicated consumer grade turntable, which is fully automatic (One-button start and stop) and an integrated Bluetooth interface that works great, connecting automatically upon start.

    Pros

    - Minimalist design.

    - Full-automatic operation: Three buttons up front: Cue List, start and stop. Inside the console, speed :33 1/3, 45 RPM, Size selector, and Bluetooth Control.

    - Phono or Line output with gain control.

    - USB audio output for converting to digital.

    - Bluetooth listening.

    Cons

    - Belt Drive: Turntables can be either Belt-driven or direct-driven. Most consumer turntables are belt-driven, which produces stable speeds with less vibration, but the belts eventually wear out. It's very easy to replace with no tools by lifting the platter, but will need to find a replacement, fresh belt when the time comes.

    - Bluetooth: It supports Bluetooth 4.2 with codecs SBC and Apt-X. It doesn't support AAC (which is used by Apple and others) and it also doesn't support Sony's own LDAC for high-definition Bluetooth audio, which is baffling considering the purpose of playing from a Turntable is to maintain audio fidelity. To be honest, the SBC codec is sufficient for playing with smaller speakers, but differences can be notable with headphones.

    - Instead of providing RCA posts for audio output, it has permanently attached cable with RCA connectors. I have no idea why they would do that.

    - The power supply is an external brick adapter. I find this very inconvenient.

    - There is no lock on the arm, so if you need to move the turntable, the manual indicates the user needs to tie a string through the arm. Every turntable I used has a clip to lock the arm, except this one.

    - The power button (standby) is on the back, which is the only way to turn it off completely.

    - Likewise, the gain control is also on the back of the turntable. Gain settings can be adjusted when playing different records.

    Observations

    - Because it's a consumer turntable, it doesn't have strobe speed control. Not an issue for people that just wants to listen to music.

    - The arm is very minimalistic. Very nice and lightweight. It works very well, but again, as a consumer turntable it doesn't provide weight adjustments.

    Audio

    - This is a proven mechanism that's very similar to previous Sony models, with a redesigned arm. The base of the plate is cast metal, which provides a stable foundation. The phono cartridge is Sony's MM type.

    Comparative listening

    Playing the same record: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2016 Remaster, which is a fine quality remaster in a heavy vinyl pressing, versus the 2003 CD, in my personal opinion, the LP produced warmer but detailed sounds. CD had more clarity but also more metallic sound. The turntable was able to produce the detailed background sounds this record is famous for.

    Overall

    While this is not, and does not pretend to be a pro-grade turntable, the overall design and appearance is very nice, with a fully-automatic mechanism to keep it a pleasant experience, and Bluetooth transmitter to make connecting the turntable as simple as possible, but there are obvious design flaws, although small, that would've been addressed in a better way.

    Apr 11, 2019 22:55
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Vinyl Record Player for the Digital Age

    Vinyl has been making a comeback for years now and nothing is more evident of that than Sony putting out new record players like this one. So far, my experience has been pretty solid!

    PROS:

    - The player is really nice to look at. It has a matte black look with a slight speckle to it and the dust cover is nice. Overall this is a very modern yet simple looking player.

    - Set Up is pretty easy. If you have or haven't used a vinyl record player before, it's easy to set up and the manual gives a lot of insight.

    - For playing music you either need a Bluetooth speaker or a speaker you can plug the component L/R wires into. Straight forward music playing set up.

    - Once you have it set up and connected to a speaker, playing music sounds excellent! I was really impressed with how good the sound is and overall operation of it is straight forward and not complex at all.

    BLUETOOTH:

    - I put Bluetooth in its own category because it has pros & cons. Once Bluetooth is connected, the record player works really well and is smooth, but getting to that point seems outdated. Basically, you need to hold the button on the speaker in pairing mode and hold the record player's Bluetooth pairing mode button at the same time until they connect. So it's not that it does not work, it just seems a little too basic for how expensive the record player. It maybe would be nice to have some sort of display screen to select which Bluetooth speaker you want to connect to or something like that.

    - Regardless, it works well connecting! It just doesn't feel as nice as it could be.

    CONS:

    - It would have been nice if the player had a built in battery for portability purposes. Just would be an added benefit given how it already has Bluetooth capabilities.

    - I really do not have issues with this vinyl speaker overall, very happy with it!

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - If you are looking to upgrade your current record player or buy your first one, you will not go wrong with this one. It looks really high end, has great ease of use, and the Bluetooth functionality is a great benefit!

    Apr 03, 2019 18:31
  • Review by Monicasboys, 10 out of 10
    Great turntable

    I bought this turntable so I can enjoy my records again, old turntable and speakers just not sounding good and found out it would cost alot to fix and not worth it. I did alot of research about bluetooth turntables thinking I could modernized and connect to my nose or the sound bar. Compared this with the audio technica turntable and opted for the Sony as they seemed comparable and the Sony was IN STOCK at Best Buy near me!

    I found this easy to assemble. Connected to my Bose speaker via bluetooth after a couple of tries. Sound was much too quiet for my taste however. I was unable to connect it to the sound bar, may have needed to disconnect it from the tv which I was unwilling to do to my family. I opted to buy some bookshelf speakers (Edifier) and just use the RCA cable. Voila! Great sound easy to use. Just had to get used to the power button on the Sony turntable being in the back and make sure the output select is on

    "line" and gain select is on "high".

    I definitely recommend this turntable!

    Mar 13, 2021 16:32
  • Review by Bryan, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I really love this turn table. I wanted one that has blue tooth and after reading reviews and researching I went with this one and I am so happy I did. One complaint is the felt on the bed comes up with the record.

    Mar 06, 2021 09:23
  • 9.2score
    PYLE - PylePro Ultra Compact Phono Turntable Pre-Amplifier - Black
    Description

    Refine the quality of your audio with this PylePro ultracompact preamp. Its extra-low-noise audio operation converts phono signals to line-level signals for improved clarity of sound. This PylePro ultracompact preamp is universally compatible to turntables and other studio equipment, and can accommodate magnetic pickups to tailor your sound production needs.

    5 Features
  • Ultra-low noise: It provides low noise level и improves sound performance
  • Universal compatibility: Perfect for turntables and other studio equipment
  • Operated via 9-Volt battery: It can operate on battery power and power supply
  • Compatible with most magnetic pickups: Including turntables for versatile use as a phono preamp
  • Rugged construction: For long-lasting use.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Robert, 4 out of 10
    Poor sound quality on highs Vs other pre amp

    I bought this pre amp to try as a second one against my music hall mini. I have 7 different tables and and two different setups so I have a good comparison. I wanted to have both my tables connected to switch between easily and this was cheap. It does work. But the sound quality is lacking despite its specs. The highs are cut off and muted in comparison to the music hall. The quality is greatly diminished and doesn’t do the vynil justice. The grounding lug is so tight that you have to turn it by wrench. I am disappointed and will use it for now until I can get another music hall.

    Oct 28, 2021 14:47
  • Review by Eddie, 10 out of 10
    Using w/ Old 80's Turntable - Great!

    I bought this when I realized my Harman Kardon receiver didn't have a phono input. This pre-amp is working great — my turntable's sound quality is unbeatable and everything sounds wonderful & clear.

    Nov 11, 2021 11:02
  • Review by Great, 10 out of 10
    Great Product

    Plug and play. Very easy to use and works great. Would definitely recommend!

    Nov 03, 2020 15:04
  • Review by Robert, 8 out of 10
    Great preamp for Sonos system.

    I wanted to get something inexpensive just to play records for my Sonos system. This worked great. I would have given it 5 stars if it had a power button.

    Jul 19, 2020 09:22
  • Review by MrsTCA, 10 out of 10
    Does the trick

    Discovered when hooking up a new receiver that it did not contain an amplifier for my turntable like the previous model. The solution was to order this part that interfaces between the turntable and the receiver. Not happy to have an added piece of equipment, no matter how small, but it works well and I can once again listen to my 45's and 33's.

    Dec 30, 2016 22:27
  • Review by Goodvalue, 10 out of 10
    Good amp

    This pre-amp preformed very well and met all of my exceptions. There was no distortions detected and the unit was very quiet in the system.

    Jun 12, 2021 08:13
  • Review by Windy, 10 out of 10
    I learned all I needed was a pre-amp

    Exactly what I needed to play vinyl albums I hadn’t heard in nine years. I easily installed it in my home theater and it works like a charm.

    Sep 17, 2021 16:22
  • Review by Jsell4u, 10 out of 10
    Great way to play Technics turntable through.

    This replaced my generic one. It's hooked up into my TCL sound bar with woofer and records sound great! 6/5 stars if i could.

    Apr 23, 2021 17:20
  • 9.0score
    Crosley - Turntable - Black
    Description

    Crosley C200 - Turntable - black

    6 Features
  • Direct-drive motor: Feel confident that your turntable will last thanks to the rugged direct drive system.
  • Plays 33.3 and 45 rpm: Keep your music going with the speeds this turntable offers.
  • Diamond stylus: Hard diamond styluses are designed to last.
  • The die-cast aluminum platter: Promotes smooth, precise, stable rotation.
  • Selectable phono preamp and RCA output: Allow connection to components with no dedicated phono input.
  • Integrated pitch control: Added pitch control enables you to adjust the pitch as required.
  • 5 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Catperson25, 10 out of 10
    6 stars

    This is an awesome turntable for the price. I bought after reading a review from a reputable source. You won’t be disappointed.

    Nov 15, 2017 18:53
  • Review by 646461, 10 out of 10
    Good Turntable

    I bought this turntable and used it for a few days.

    it did everything excellent and the sound was great.

    the only two reasons I returned this turntable.

    1. it is not a fully automatic turntable- (my fault for not reading all of the description.)

    2. The body is made of pvc plastic.

    other than that it was a great turntable...

    May 15, 2017 11:01
  • Review by mustang, 10 out of 10
    Nice Practical Simple Design

    Direct drive, fully manual, awesome design and function. Designed in USA made in China with everything else. Good Value will last forever!

    Apr 07, 2017 16:00
  • Review by BusyMom, 10 out of 10
    Great Record player for the studio

    Just what I was looking for in the studio. Produces the tries sounds I have been looking for.

    Would buy again.

    May 19, 2017 07:33
  • Review by Dave, 4 out of 10
    Cheap turntable

    I returned item and bought a Onkyo direct drive. For whar Crosley charges you can find a better quality unit or buy used..

    Mar 10, 2017 19:04
  • 8.8score