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Good Basic Turntable.
on 4 July 2014
After 23 years of constant use (not abuse) my faithful old Sony Stereo system reached the end of the road. I bought this turntable to use with a Sony Mini System ( CD Player/Cassette/Radio ) which has an extra channel/input via the usual 2 X RCA plugs. As this turntable has a phono/pre-amp then it was the perfect choice to use with the Mini System. Item arrived very quickly from Richer Sounds. A proper instruction booklet/owners manual is included ( featuring 9 languages ) which is a bonus nowadays! Turntable was easy to unpack and set-up and connect - DO READ the INSTRUCTIONS though! The turntable worked perfectly first time and since purchase has continued to function well. Sound quality is very good with my set up - crackles and pops from well worn records are not that evident. This unit fits my requirements perfectly but I do have some reservations and these are worth listing for the benefit of prospective purchasers.
The unit is very light in weight ( like a lot of modern electrical appliances ). It does not feel substantial and it remains to be seen how long it will last.
The turntable mat is a hideous and very garish white which clashes severely with the black finish of the rest of the unit although it does a good job. When an LP is playing it hides this eyesore so this may not be a problem for some people.
There is no clip to secure the arm when it is in the resting position so be careful !
What the owners manual refers to as the 'finger lift' on the arm is hopeless. Instead of being at 90 degrees to the arm so that the arm can be lifted safely and placed on a particular track on an record, the angle is more like 15/20 degrees so it is a precarious manoeuvre to manually select a track for fear of the 'finger lift' slipping from the fingers onto the vinyl. This is the worst feature of this turntable and the reason for me deducting one star.
This turntable has clearly been manufactured with cost in mind and as such a few compromises have been made. It is still a good unit and is worthy of consideration, however. The simple push buttton facility to start play will appeal to many people as will the 'stop' button. This is a basic, budget turntable and should be judged accordingly. It is certainly a lot, lot better than many of the truly awful cheap turntables/record players for sale nowadays. Please note that the turntable comes with the RCA connection cables already attached to the unit so it is ready to connect immediately - you will not have to buy any extra cables.