Rated 4 out of 5 by Teezes Good sound
I bought this turntable to hook up to my stereo and not my computer. The sound is great, but you need to tip toe around or it will skip. Sony should have put better dampers on this unit. Not only will the turntable skip, you can hear when our small dog walks by through the speakers. I managed to solve this issue by putting the turntalbe on a shelf that is attached to the wall.
Sound review: Excellent stereo separation and balance
The sound is much better than expected from a turntable at this price.
Issues, bass feedback at higher volumes, untill wall mounted. If you do have this option on your amp, use the subsonic filter.
January 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bobbimtl Great for ripping and listening
After using it for a couple of weeks I have to say that it works really well! From other reviews many people said that monitoring was not working...follow the manual, mine works perfectly with my receiver and computer. Listening to vinyl with the computer works just fine. the software is great and easy to use, the only thing missing is a FLAC encoder. great product
January 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dcmike Monitoring while you record is easy
I just bought a PS-LX300USB and made my first recording. Very slick! I wanted to address a point made by more than one reviewer - "Can't monitor while recording".
It is really very easy to do as there are two sets of outputs - USB & RCA (phono). All you do is run the USB to your computer and run the RCA to a stereo. In my case, my stereo is in another room - SO - I just got an adaptor from Radio Shack (COUPLER - two female RCA, one end, and one female mini phono, other end) and hooked up a set of iPod earphones to the RCA outs. Cheap headphones are best because they are designed for low output devices and will give you enough volume to monitor with, with only the turntable's built in "line-out" to power them.
When one song ends hit the pause button, then the make another recording button, then the record button again.
There are plenty of effects and tools - for old albums you can use the EQ to boost the highs, etc or put in a little reverb to make it sound more live.. You can preview (hear) any effect before committing.
A great little package - all you need to do the job.
March 13, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChuckDizzle Blown Away
I have been collecting vinyl for a few years now and this is my third USB turntable in that time. This player has surpassed them all in quality of components and performance.
The built in phono preamp is great considering a lot of people will not have a receiver with it.
The only drawbacks seems to be that a drive belt needs to be installed, and the recording process is more complicated than the push button recording offered on other models.
The reason for this complication is the robust software package that comes bundled with the unit. Sound Forge allows the average hobbyist just about all they could want in an integrated sound editing and recording package. It is great to be able to turn off some filters for mint recordings, or being able to manually smooth out a really rough copy. There is a learning curve, even for an average computer user and it might be overwhelming for grandma and grandpa.
It pays off though as the end result has convinced me to re-archive most of my prized vinyls with this new turntable.
If you are a moderate hobbyist collecting vinyls this player is a best buy as it stacks up to players 3-4 times more expensive.
June 20, 2010
Rated 1 out of 5 by JanMH Mac users NO software provided
Turntable works OK except for black buttons on black faceplate are also labeled in black. NO FREE SOFTWARE FOR MAC USERS AND NO VOLUMN CONTROL. Windows users get software (over $150+ value) for free. Nothing for Macintosh users, and the instructions are for windows machines only. When will Sony support the Macintosh community???
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by johnboy911 Good turntable but...
The software that comes with this is great for a lot of audio tasks, unfortunately, ripping vinyl albums is not one of them.
I downloaded the free Audacity software which makes ripping vinyl albums a lot easier. Plus you can listen to the LP while your record.
January 6, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Yessongs72 Enjoying Wiping The Dust Off My Records
Finally after reading instructions the turntable and software does everything I need recording. As for the review that you cannot listen to the record while recording all that is needed is "check the monitoring box and presto...sound!"
June 30, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by BeeGeeDC Great Stereo Turntable
I've only had my turntable for a couple of months, but easily converted several vinyl albums using the vinyl restoration feature in SoundForge 9.0, although some songs don't break. That's easily fixed via cut & paste into new tracks. Just make sure you save first in WAV format and then you can edit freely and save into other formats (e.g. MP3, etc.#. Still learning software, but it seems to work best via the vinyl restoration wizard. For replacement, the stylus #N-6516) part number is 9-885-117-75 and the cartridge part number is 9-885-117-76. Give Sony parts and accessories a call. I'm going to convert all my vinyl and have loads of MP3s to load on phone that are probably not even available in online stores. Wish I could sell them, but I'm sure the bad guys would call. :-)
February 1, 2012