Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable Review

Sony PSLX300USB Stereo Turntable
Sony PS-LX300 USB Turntable
4 Overall
Rating
Product NameSony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable
BrandSony
SpeedPlays at 33 and 45 RPM
DriveBelt Drive
Built-in Phono PreampYes
ModeFully Automatic
Wow & Flutter0.25%
Warranty1 Year

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Sony PS-LX300USB USB Stereo Turntable ReviewThe Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable is a good choice for beginners looking to start small without breaking the bank, and want an easy ‘plug and play’ without having to fork-out more money on extra equipment like a phono preamp.

Even if you’re just a casual listener with a stack of old vinyl records looking for a decent turntable the Sony PS-LX300USB is a thrifty choice.  The design of this turntable is simple making it easy to setup and use right away without a hassle.

 The Sony PS-LX300USB is backed by a  1 year warranty.

Features of the Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable

Although this turntable does not quite have all of the features of the higher end turntables, it has everything a casual listener could want in a turntable.  And it works great for converting old albums to digital format using a PC and the free software included.

Sony PS-LX300USB USB Stereo Turntable ReviewSpeed

This turntable offers two speeds for playback, either 33 or 45 RPM.  And the speed switch is adjusted manually. Most vinyl records are cut at 33 or 45 RPM, so should have no problems spinning just about any vinyl.  The Sony PS-LX300USB can’t play at 78 RPM.

Drive

Sony went for a belt drive with this model.  A belt driven machine has the benefit of rotational stability but at some point the belt will need to be replaced.  The other benefit of a belt driven turntable is that the vinyl and tonearm are protected from vibration, making the record less likely to skip.This model is a belt driven, which produces less vibration through the tone arm making for a more crystal-like sound. The belt is made of durable silicon and fits snugly around the stepped drive pulley.

Tonearm

The 7.5” straight tonearm has a pull lever and finger lift on the side for easy handling.  On contact with the vinyl the needle pressure is measured at 3.5g and with a slight variation of 1g.  This low pressure means your vinyl is better protected without any risk of causing scratches across the record.

Sony PS-LX300USB USB Stereo Turntable ReviewThe Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable is a fully automatic unit.  The belt will automatically begin to turn once you hit the start button.  The tonearm will automatically return once the record has finished playing.

If you’re someone who falls asleep on the sofa while the record is spinning this is an upside, since your record won’t run for hours while you snooze.  The downside is, the tonearm might lift automatically a few seconds before the end of the last track.

Cartridge

This turntable is comes with a cartridge and Sony stylus already mounted to the tonearm.  This model does not allow for the cartridge to be replaced.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade the stylus!  The standard Sony stylus N-6516 can be replaced with something more impressive like the Audio Technica ATN-91 stylus.

USB and Connectivity

This turntable features both RCA output and a USB interface making your options for getting the most out of this unit endless.  Although, some customers have complained of RCA cables being too short.  Ripping old vinyls to digital format is as simple as connecting the USB to your PC and firing up the free audio software that come free.  And although this turntable is not made for scratching or music production, you can easily use mixing software to replace ‘hardware’ for mixing, if you’re a budding DJ still learning the ropes.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Can I connect this directly to speakers or do I need an amplifier?

If you’re using regular speakers you will need an amplifier, if you’re using active speakers you’re good to go.  This turntable as a built-in phono preamp which is an advantage if your amplifier doesn’t have phono inputs.

Does this turntable convert 78 RPM records?

No, it only plays at 33 or 45 RPM.  So you won’t be able to play 78 RPM records successfully.

Is there any software included with this turntable?

Yes, Sound Forage Audio Studio software is included.  You can also find a bunch of free software online to use if you choose.

Does this come with USB Interface?

Yes, it sure does!

Does the Sony PS-LX300 have a headphone jack or RCA to 3.5mm adapter?

No, this turntable does not have either of these options.

Should You Buy the Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable?

If you’re looking for a decent caliber turntable designed for easy use to play your old vinyl records, then this turntable might be just what you’re looking for.  The sound quality is pretty damn good so you can really enjoy listening to your vinyls and you won’t have to split hairs worrying about damaging them.

Its USB connectivity makes it super easy to transfer the audio from vinyl to digital format so you can enjoy your old records in the car, on a plane or even on the subway.  The Sony PS-LX300USB is overall an outstanding low-cost option turntable.

I also recommend buying the Audio Technica ATN-91 Turntable Stylus as a better option to the standard Sony stylus that comes with this turntable.

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6 comments… add one

  • Martin Meiss

    Not a comment, but a question: can I be listening to the music via the pre-amp and an external amplifier and speakers while an MP3 recording is being made?

    Also, can I record directly to a USB flash drive and transfer the file to my computer later?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Vinyl Girl

      Hi Martin,

      To make MP3 recordings your PC will need to be hooked up to your turntable via the USB jack. You should have no problem listening to tracks via the external amp and speakers while recording.

      If you have an extra USB connection, just pop your flash in and choose to save your files to the USB.

      Hope this helps.

  • Clint Franklin

    Does Sony make a turntable that allows you to use your own cartrige and stylus?

  • Clint Franklin

    My Sony ps-lx300usb is stuck playing 33 1/3 records at 45 rpm. I have adjusted everything and purchased and installed a new belt. Any suggestions?

  • SONYLP

    Very Bad experience with Sony PS-LX300USB
    Although I followed precisely the instructions I don’t succeed to get the sound when playing LPs on the LX300USB when connected to my laptop (Win 8.1).
    The usb connection becomes visible and yes I set my laptops speakers as default device under Configuration/Sound/Playback according install instructions.
    I did different trials with other laptops (running Win 10 / 7 / XP) but without any result…
    PS: Sony HelpDesk was advising to do a windows re-install (no kidding…)

    • Vinyl Girl

      Did you try downloading the latest version of the free ripping software? It’s constantly updated so the version you get with the table will not be the latest version.

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