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Lenco L-85 Red | 33 & 45 RPM Semi-Automatic Belt Drive USB Turntable for Vinyl with Integrated Stereo Pre-Amplifier and Moving Magnetic Cartridge (MMC) - Red Record Player
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- RECORD TO USB - Turntable with direct MP3 encoding, easy recording from Vinyl to USB stick for later playback on your computer or mobile devices
- FEATURE HEAVY - Moving magnetic cartridge for premium sound, Mechanical arm lift, Semi-automatic / Auto return and Track splitting when recording
- RCA OUTPUT - Easily connect your record player to your own home sound system (RCA Cables included)
- INTEGRATED PREAMPLIFIER - No need to spend extra money on an additional amplifier, it's all built into the L-85
- GREAT STYLING - Unique look with protective dust cover available in 6 colours; Black, White, Grey, Red, Yellow & Green
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|Item Dimensions||42 x 36.2 x 11.8 cm||36 x 35.6 x 9.8 cm||41.78 x 38.68 x 10.29 cm||42 x 36 x 11 cm||9.91 x 34.29 x 39.88 cm||41.9 x 35.3 x 9.9 cm|
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The Lenco L-85 is a colourful and contemporary way to bring your vinyl collection back to life. Packed full of user-friendly design features and functionality the L-85 is a modern twist on the traditional turntable.
The Lenco L-85 is an excellent addition to the life of any Vinyl enthusiast current or lapsed. The L-85 features a range of contemporary colours to choose from but also boasts impressive performance.
Direct MP3 Encoding - if you want to take the authentic sound of vinyl wherever you go, the L-85 is a perfect partner. Featuring direct MP3 encoding you can record your vinyl collection to a digital format simply and easily. The L-85 will also automatically split tracks for you.
Integrated Stereo pre-amplifier - life couldn't be easier with the built in pre-amplifier you don't need any additional amplification equipment simply connect the L-85 to speakers and enjoy your favourite vinyl.
Other features include - Belt Drive, 2 rated speed 33 RPM & 45 RPM, Moving Magnetic Cartridge, Mechanical Arm Lift, Auto Return and a removable dust cover.
Why Lenco Turntables?
Lenco have a rich heritage in turntable design, engineering and manufacture featuring innovative Swiss technology. Whether you're falling in love with your Vinyl collection again or converting for the first time - Lenco products are made by music lovers for music lovers.
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Lenco L-85 Turntable with USB Direct Recording
The Lenco L-85 is a colourful way to bring your vinyl collection back to life. Packed full of user-friendly design features and functionality the L-85 is a good twist on the traditional turntable.
The Lenco L-85 can be a good addition to the life of any vinyl enthusiast current or lapsed. The L-85 features a range of vibrant colours to choose from but also offers enhanced performance.
Direct MP3 encoding, if you want to take the authentic sound of vinyl wherever you go, the L-85 can be a good partner. Featuring direct MP3 encoding you can record your vinyl collection to a digital format simply and easily. The L-85 will also automatically split tracks for you.
Integrated Stereo pre-amplifier, life couldn’t be easier with the built in pre-amplifier you don’t need any additional amplification equipment simply connect the L-85 to speakers and enjoy your favourite vinyl.
Other features include belt drive, 2 rated speed 33 RPM and 45 RPM, moving magnetic cartridge, mechanical arm lift, auto return and a removable dust cover.
- Direct MP3 encoding, from vinyl to USB with auto-track splitting
- Integrated stereo pre-amplifier
- 2 Rated speed settings 33 RPM and 45 RPM
- Moving magentic cartridge (MMC)
- Mechanical arm lift
- Belt drive
- Auto return
- Removable plastic dust cover
Lenco L-85 Turntable with USB Direct Recording
Convert Vinyl to Digital Formats
The Lenco L-85 enables direct encoding of your favourite vinyl to MP3 via the simple USB connection. Take your vinyl anywhere you go from now on.
Two Play Speeds (33 RPM and 45 RPM)
With two speed options, you can listen to your favourite vinyl with the correct speed, so you can enjoy better sound quality, even with vinyls.
Vibrant Colour Choices
The L-85 has a number of colour choices to match anyone’s style. Why settle for traditional black and white, when you can add a splash of vibrant colour.
Lenco - A Heritage Brand
Lenco has existed as a brand since 1946, starting in Switzerland as one of the leading manufacturers of high-end turntables for discerning audiophiles. Over the years, their product range has expanded and diversified, but the emphasis on quality and workmanship remains the same.
Lenco products are designed for everyday use, which means they are built to last. They don’t promise that their products will change your life, but they ensure that they brighten up your day.
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The unit isn't too big, quite light and the raised feet certainly helped me find a place for it amongst my limited space. A clear dust cover was a nice touch, I wanna see those records spin!
The sound is really good, no noticeable skipping and the quality is almost as good as a CD as long as you keep your records clean (a carbon fibre brush is good for this) and store them properly (don't stack them on top of each other). There's a function to record straight to a USB stick but I have no plans to use this feature. If you just want to play Vinyl, can't go too wrong with this Lenco!
Just as a disclaimer I did not buy this from Amazon but I figured I might as well be the first to put down a review on here and help people out :)
I realise from reading other reviews that there are a lot of people who don't understand hifi, so here's the best way to set up this deck. Firstly you will need a decent amplifier and even more important, decent speakers. If you don't have good ancillary equipment you will probably not get any of the pluses that come from vinyl recordings. I have a pair of 1970s Celestion speakers that reflect the high standards required of audio equipment during that era (people would never have stood for MP3 quality for listening at home - acceptable for car but when you want to sit down and listen to music, never).
Now I will mention something that appears to have caused some difficulty with amplifier owners. Most amps will have a 'phono' socket for record decks. The reason for this is that the signal that comes out of a record deck is insufficient for an amplifier to pick up, so the phono input of an amplifier uses a 'preamp' that literally 'pre-amplifies' the signal so that the amp puts out an acceptable sound level. The problem people have experienced is that the L-85 also has a preamp for the purpose of sending the output to the USB drive. This means that you cannot plug the deck into the phono socket because the deck preamp will send an amplified signal to the amplifier's preamp which will make an awful racket. You will need another amplifier socket for the L-85 (AUX if you have one, but I use the tape input). Incidentally the L-85 comes with a standard RCA connection which is the standard for record decks and unlike some people's assumption has nothing to do with the manufacturer's country of origin. There are those who seem to think that it should have come with a 3.5mm jack plug for their set of (very likely) substandard speakers, however you won't see a 3.5mm jack socket on a decent amplifier.
So, properly connected I have to say that I'm impressed with the sound quality for what is a low priced deck. My understanding is that the cartridge tracks at around 2.5g, which means that it shouldn't carve gouges out of your records, which some of the cheap stuff out there probably will. The deck itself does look a bit plasticky (which after all it is), but not too bad, and anyway the most important thing is the sound. I would have preferred a deck where I could change the cartridge and tracking weight, but then I'd have needed to spend a lot more money which I couldn't justify just to play a few old records.
The ability to record to USB is great so you can get your records to play elsewhere such as in the car. There is a 'Split' function which enables you to separate the tracks, however that is a manual process which gets quite laborious if you have an album with a lot of tracks, since you have to press the button at the end of each track. I found that Audacity (freeware) is a lot easier to use to do that, since it's quite easy to spot the 'troughs' in the recording which usually indicate a change of track (of course you might be recording a Pink Floyd album so this isn't always true). Audacity can also be used to name the tracks, although you can also do this on a PC via the 'additional' file attributes. Incidentally, if you are an Audacity user, because the signal is going through a preamp you don't need to equalise it, and there's none of the fiddling about getting the sound level right.
Overall, an excellent buy although may not meet the expectations of the hifi purist. However if, like me, you listen to the prolific TV ads using old 60s and 70s music and say to yourself, 'I've got that' and go off looking for it, then you could do a lot worse (literally) than this deck.
Marketing specs proudly boast about standard features such as 'Moving Magnet Cartridge' 33 and 45 speed, belt drive etc (The equivalent of car manufacturer stating wheels and clutch as a unique selling point).
Poor alignment of cartridge/stylus, wobbly platter. Tinny sound. Excessive weight of stylus on records to get even a vaguely acceptable sound that sadly increases the speed of record wear. It's availability in retail environments not traditionally associated with hi-fi. You could go on and on...
As such it would be easy to dismiss this turntable based on its Marketing superlatives and low price, perhaps making an assumption that it shares many of the other poor qualities of the Crosley, Ion, GPO and Steepletone turntables. I know I did.
However; my meagre budget, my previously wasting money on 2nd hand 80s decks that didn't work as the ebay seller described combined with the 4 out of 5 review of the Lenco in 'What Hi Fi' magazine made me willing to give this Lenco a chance.
I'm glad I did. The turntable may have a plastic lightweight chassis yet it is well built and surprisingly robust, it's cartridge is properly aligned (checked it with an alignment protractor), it has a full size platter that doesn't wobble, it may not have user adjustable counterweight but does have a factory built one that is appropriate for the cartridge weight.
Furthermore the lack of anti skate dial doesn't mean that it lacks such a feature, I deliberately placed an old unwanted record on to the Lenco, dropped the stylus with the stylus guard on so it would just rest on the record: No movement from the tone arm at all! Suggesting anti skate is in effect. So off to a good start already for such a cheap deck.
The sound is very good, even better when I swapped the included conical stylus for an elliptical one. I have heard better sounding Turntables at other peoples houses, yet these cost considerably more. Infact, the Lenco punches above its weight regarding sound quality at this price. Buttons and other controls are responsive too. I haven't tested the USB recording function, but I'm impressed enough based on performance as a basic turntable.
Well worth the money.
Some important notes:
This turntable features a built in pre amp so it can be connected to any device with RCA inputs (those red and white things!) or a 3.5 mm input if you use an RCA to 3.5mm cable or adapter. Devices such as: Sound Bar, Powered Speakers, Amp with aux line inputs, Micro system hi fi with aux inputs, Computer. The pre amp can't be switched off/bypassed so DO NOT connect it to an older stereo amp using the amps phono inputs. Use the aux/tape/cd/tuner etc line inputs instead.
Replacement styli appear to be few and far between if you search specifically for Lenco L 85. What isn't mentioned anywhere in internet land (that I can see) is that the stylus for Sanyo ST 09 or ST 09D cartridge is what you are looking for, you will also find this stylus if you type 'stylus for the Bush MTT1' here. The elliptical upgrade is also available here on Amazon.
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