Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable Review

Updated: October 2017

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

The Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable is a good choice for beginners looking to start small without breaking the bank.

And if you 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 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.

Speed

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.

<< See the Sony PS-LX300 USB Stereo Turntable on Amazon >>

Drive

Sony went for a belt drive with this model.  A benefit of a belt driven turntable is that the vinyl and tonearm are protected from vibration, making the record less likely to skip.

Belt drives tend to produce 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.

The 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 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.

Short Video on The Sony PS-LX300 USB Stereo Turntable

<< See the Sony PS-LX300 USB Stereo Turntable on Amazon>>

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.

Update:

It’s worth noting here that Sony has released a new higher end TT than this one.  For not much more in price you’ll get a better TT all round.  It’s got way more upgrade options and insanely good recording software.

It’s also designed with an acoustic base.  And it looks stylish to say the least.

Check out my review of the Sony PSHX500.

<< See the Sony PS-LX300 USB Stereo Turntable on Amazon >>

 

14 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?

  • Dave

    So I put this in the closet for some time. Where does one find the software mentioned in the video? I have no software in the box and when I connected to my computer no sound, ability to record etc. I’m about to by another device thinking I can’t connect as shown, since it did not work in the past. Tried to connect via Roxio on laptop but no go. Any help appreciated.

  • Dave

    How is this turntable compared to the audio technica at-lp-USB? Are there any differences?

  • Will this turntable work with wireless, bluetooth speakers? Thanks.

  • Kristofer

    I’m strongly considering this Sony turntable. Thanks for the review, it’s helped me make up my mind.

    It’s a pity that it can’t rip vinyl but then again what’s the point of a turntable if you can simply convert the tracks to MP3 and listen that way.

    I guess the whole point is to actually enjoy the sound of the vinyl on a turntable. I can always buy the MP3’s of tracks I want.

    Anyway, it’s great that you have highlighted the needle upgrade. Thanks!

    • Vinyl Girl

      Hey Kristofer.

      Thanks for your comment. I tend to agree on the ripping point you make. But I guess it’s different strokes.

      I like the Sony as a good quality entry level unit. And if you get deeper into it you can always sell the Sony and spoil yourself with a high end unit.

      Enjoy!

  • Amber

    Do you have software compatible for a macOS?

  • Amber

    Is there software compatible for a macOS?

    • Vinyl Girl

      Hi Amber,

      Yest the disk included with the Sony is compatible with MacOS. So you’d be good to go.

  • Patrick Melvin

    Just picked up this same turntable for cheapmoney, but when getting home noticed that the stylus/cartridge doesn’t ride on the record. It hovers about a quarter inch higher. Any suggestions.

    • Vinyl Girl

      Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for your question.

      So, your TT’s tonearm is static so there are no adjustments for balancing needed. It’s likely that the cue mechanism needs some cleaning. They sometimes get stuck from old grease. Cleaning it with alcohol and q-tips should do the trick.

      I’m assuming it didn’t come with it’s owner’s manual. But I’ve found one on Vinyl Engine for you. Here’s the link…

      https://www.vinylengine.com/library/sony/ps-lx300usb.shtml

      You’ll need to sign up for a free account to download it. These instructions should show you how to open it up.

      Hope this helps.

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