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on 18 September 2013
I bought this player based on the good reviews. I knew it was cheap, but the overwhelming majority of 4-5 star reviews tricked me into thinking it has some quality and was just good value.
Oh how wrong I was.
There are several key issues with this player:
A) It is incredibly tinny. Let me just emphasise the word 'incredibly', because it is really nasty. I'm not just talking about the built in speakers, even when connected to my speakers (Soundsticks, so pretty good!) it sounds lacking. Playing an MP3 of the same track actually sounds better, which kind of defeats the point...
B) The turntable has a very noticable and loud buzz when it spins which gets worse the louder it is playing. It's not a nice vinyl buzz, it is a horrible mechanical whirr. Eugh.
C) The built in speakers (which are worthless) don't stop playing when you connect a line in. I had to use the 3.5mm jack on the front in order to use my speakers without the built in playing at the same time.
I can confirm the sound issues are with the player, not the record because I played a good variety of records whilst testing: an original 1979 LP which has been played to death, a 1980 LP which saw it's 3rd play on this player and a fresh 2013 12" which I played for the first time with this. All of them sounded rotten!
Seriously, if you are after a turntable that sounds good, go elsewhere. This can't do that job.
A few other niggles are that it lacks a lever to lift the arm, it doesn't come with a platter, the speed switch is very awkward to use and 12" records hang out of the side of the dust cover because it is very small. These issues I can live with, but they are little things which make a bad player worse.
There are some good things I can say about it, however. The player is nice and compact and looks fairly neat. Build quality feels solid so I reckon it should have a decent life expectancy. I only tested 45 and 33 RPM as I don't own any 78 records, but the speed sounded bang on and it was consistent. I really like the volume control; it is well positioned, the dial feels very smooth and gives a satisfying 'click' when you turn it off. The perspex lid is pretty solid and the hinge feels good; so long as you look after it the thing shouldn't break any time soon. It is also very cheap, the price has actually gone down £4 since I bought it a few weeks ago!
If all you are after is a method of playing some old records and you don't care about sound quality, then this is a good option for cheap. If you want to fully enjoy your vinyl collection though you are best off giving it a miss; the thing simply isn't worth the small price if you want decent sound.
I must admit I am a little bit of an audiophile and I am very used to good quality audio equipment to my opinion may be a little harsher than other peoples.