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Sony PS-LX300USB

LP-to-digital recording system with USB output

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Bring your record collection into the digital age with the Sony PS-LX300USB. This fully automatic turntable gives you everything you need to transfer your vinyl albums to a Windows® PC. The USB output connects directly to your computer, and the included Audio Studio software makes it easy to transfer songs and optimize their sound quality. Save your music as MP3 or WAV files that you can store on your computer or download to your favorite portable player. You can also make the 'LX300USB part of your main music system, thanks to the standard stereo outputs and built-in phono preamp.

Albums sound so good very pleased.

Craig M., ocala florida

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable with stylus and 28" stereo RCA cable attached to chassis
  • Plastic dust cover (installed)
  • Metal platter with drive belt installed
  • Rubber mat
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • 6.5' USB cable
  • Sound Forge Audio Studio LE installation CD-ROM
  • Operating Instructions
  • Software specification guide
  • Software installation guide
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Online Product Registration sheet

Product Highlights:

  • USB output
  • built-in phono preamp with bypass switch
  • fully automatic operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm playback speeds
  • front-mounted controls
  • includes moving magnet cartridge
  • belt drive system
  • removable, hinged dust cover
  • includes Audio Studio software
  • wow & flutter: 0.25%
  • attached 28" RCA audio cable
  • 16-1/2"W x 3-11/16"H x 14-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • compatible with Windows XP and Vista™ only
Reviews

Sony PS-LX300USB Reviews

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27 Reviews

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S. B from Fernandina Beach FL on 3/6/2014

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My old turntable did not survive a long-distance move, and I have preserved my top 100 or so LP's. The Sony was priced right and discounted for being repackaged. It arrived looking brand-new with factory package intact inside the Crutchfield box. Except for a minor problem with the instructions, it was easy to install. After hours of use, I can say it operates perfectly and earns a 5-star rating.

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Cons: Registering the product for warranty at the Sony Web site was a bit of a nuisance -- too many questions -- but you have to do that only once.

albums sound great

Craig M. from ocala florida on 2/20/2014

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Albums sound so good very pleased.

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Ken C from Salem, SC on 2/12/2014

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The unit works, but not exactly as described. The hardware is ok. The software loaded easily, but it will not play through my computer's speakers. The instructions seem complete, even specifying my computer's software system, but the commands for the steps do not exist. I had to purchase a cheap amplifier to be able to hear what I was recording. Further, it took several tries before I got the hang of it. The recording does not start until several seconds after you start it, so I stepped on the music on my first few attempts. I recommend you find a unit that has built in speakers and instruction written by someone who has not only actually seen Windows 7 but speaks English.

Pros: Looks good, recording quality was ok, once I figured it out.

Cons: Speaker cords fixed to back of unit and too short to reach my computer. Instructions for setup of software beyond the basics (which were automatic) stink.

True to other reviews

Pam from El Cerrito, Ca on 12/27/2013

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Simple, straightforward, gentle touch on the vinyl. Good player for listening to old albums but not for real audiophiles. That's ok with me for now.

Pros: Simple, reliable, gentle touch w vinyl

Cons: None- good turntable for the price.

Fantastic

Anonymous from Southwick, MA on 12/26/2013

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The Sony PS-LX300USB came with a limited amount of parts which took about 20 minutes to set up. The sound is exactly what you'd expect of a record player. It also came with Sony's Audio Tools, allowing you to record and enhance all of your records, which can be saved directly to your computer via the USB cable provided. Overall I am very happy with this product.

Pros: -Limited parts -Great sound -Worth the money

Cons: -Instructions were relatively confusing

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Rim from Louisville, Ky on 12/9/2013

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I've wanted a turntable for my records for along time. I wasn't sure what to buy, but with the reviews on this web site, I felt good about the product and Crutchfield. I was not disappointed. It plays like a dream and is very easy to use. You can't beat this company for their desire to help you make the right decision.

Pros: easy to use with a great price

Cons: none so far

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George S from Rincon,GA on 9/2/2013

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Great Quaility, superior sound

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Fantastic

Frank from Apex, NC on 7/10/2013

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Incredible audio quality. This player really does a great job of playing the old vinyl records. Easy to use.

Pros: great sound quality

Cons: picks up vibrations if too close to speaker, had to put a cushion under it.

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Peter from Montpelier , VT on 7/10/2013

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excellent turntable,, love it !!!! thanks for the great price and the perfect shipping !!!!

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Great player!

Katie from Greenwood, VA on 6/27/2013

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Got it for my husband as a gift. Great sound quality and features.

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easy to use turntable

DanW from Clinton, SC on 5/30/2013

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I am having so much fun with that automatic turntable (Sony:PSLX300USB) I ordered in February of this year. I have been listening to hundreds of old albums that I hadn't heard in twenty or thirty (and longer!) years. I've had three surgeries in my wrists, so my old manual turntables were of no use to me. However, with this device, I just "push a button". (Great!) I am completely satisfied!

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Nice turntable

Alex from Lake Forest, Illinois on 3/3/2013

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Absolutely perfect..for transferring records to digital formats...done a few already for other people who have albums that are not available on cd. This turntable bridges formats of the past to format availabel now and in the future...Great turntable easy to set up

Pros: Easy to set up and use...

Cons: I will never live long enough to convert all my albums to digital!!!

Love this thing.

John K. from Indianapolis, IN on 2/23/2013

I've had this model for a couple of years, and aside from switching out the stylus once in a while, I've had no problems whatsoever. I am a Mac user, so the software disc was useless to me. However, you do not need the included software to convert your vinyl to mp3. Most audio software out there (everything from ProTools all the way down to Audacity) can be used with this model as long as you know how to adjust the settings on your computer and within the software. I used Adobe Soundbooth (now called Audition) and it worked perfectly. I don't use this feature much, but I like having it as an option when I find a piece of vinyl worth converting. As to the overall sound of the turntable, this is far from "audiophile" grade, with the sound being a little flat (the highs are what I miss the most, but that could be my receiver or speakers -- I can't say for sure), but the listening experience is not overly tinny and definitely is listenable if you run it through an average receiver and speakers. I'm using an old Kenwood receiver through Pioneer floor speakers and it's fine. Again, not an audiophile here. Maybe someday when I'm independently wealthy, I'll upgrade everything. For now, this is a great solution with a reliable name. I've used Sony products for years. Worth every penny.

Pros: Option to record over USB works great with other software; pre-amp is built-in with an easy-to-find switch in the back. Great for beginners or for people just getting back into vinyl after many years. Easy to use.

Cons: Cartridge, alignment, skate, and tracking pressure are all faculty pre-set, and that's pretty much what you get. No real way to customize this. But if you want those things, you're probably not seriously considering a turntable at this price point.

Even the Girlfriend can work it!

Nathan from San Tan Valley, AZ on 11/16/2012

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Out of the box and into use! Great player. My girlfriend was able to work it first try!

Pros: great easy tho use!

Cons: the RCA cables are a little short.

Great Service

Cass from Massachesetts on 10/18/2012

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After a partial set-up of my new Onkyo receiver I started to get a little "befuttled" over some of the instructions. I called Crutchfield and was transferred to a technician. He walked me through every detail until the set up was complete!! He was very patient and very knowledgeable. I am so glad that my son-in-law turned me on to Crutchfield. It was a great experience all around! Thanks so much.

Pros: Fantastic technical advice

Cons: None that I know of.

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Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 6/27/2012

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Works well, but the include software does not work on my iMac computer.

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Anonymous from roch,ny on 2/5/2012

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it as been alot of fun replaying what i thought was "lost" forms of entertainment.playing for my kids a"what is that black disc"

Pros: A good sounding,recorded album,after setup

Cons: it took a while to figure out the software

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Chuck from Indio, CA on 1/25/2012

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Unit works very well. Reasonable price and easy to set up.

Pros: Price, easy to operate.

Cons: None

Not a good value

Charlie G from Columbia, MD on 11/3/2011

I was so happy to find an inexpensive way to transfer my old albums, but quickly found that the software was difficult to use. Lots of "options" to separate tracks, that the software recognizes as one song, was very difficult to use. As a result I have several "sides" as opposed to "songs" on my Ipod. Another issue was that I couldn't get the sound to work with my PC. Despite trying several changes in settings, I couldn't get it to work. Trying to record with no sound made it difficult because even after the side finished the computer continued until it was manually stopped, and the excessively long track had to be "trimmed" manually. The pain stopped when the turntable just stopped working. It began (periodically) lifting the arm and returning it to rest and turning off. Now that's all it does. Very disappointed. I'll spend more money for the next one I buy.

Pros: Inexpensive way to transfer vinyl to digital.

Cons: Software is not user friendly, couldn't get sound to play through my PC AND it quit working after 3 months!

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jimg from phoenix az on 9/29/2011

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super & simple phone for the old records. it does what it is supposed to do very well, and simply. good stuff.A+

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Works great!!

JD from Oakley, CA on 7/6/2011

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I had to make one phone call to tech support to change my computer sound settings, and after the one call this unit worked perfectly for me. I made CD's from my vinyl records without a problem and some of my records date back to the 1950's; the sound quality was very good on my recorded CD's. I am over 60 years old with average computer knowledge, and it was very easy for me to convert vinyl to CD.

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Cost Effective

Zzyzx Oh from Philadelphia, PA on 1/8/2011

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The dual interfaces, both USB and Line Out, are unique at this price level. The USB advantage is not having to set the record levels constantly for each album. I could not use the included Sony software, since I refuse to use Windows, but the AlphaSoft Vinyl Studio shareware is excellent. I have taken very old records with lots of pops and clicks and dust and watermarks (really) and they come out sounding like Audio CDs. So, the cost- effective solution for recovering your vinyl and using it in your digital media system. The tonearm is poorly dampered, not unexpected in this price range, so it makes booms and bumps as it moves from parked to in use and back, but the software filters that mess out. It seems very cheaply build, especially the buttons that Start, Stop and Raise the tonearm, but it is very inexpensive and it works. It isn't the audiophile product of my youth, but it does the job and when it breaks the parts will get recycled into something - not sure what - but you won't bother fixing it at this price point. Did I mention that it's cheap? I reduced my rating because the included software is Windows-only and I don't think that is satisfactory these days with may folks using Apple devices for their digital media and others migrated to some version of Linux. Get with the program. It you are a Windows person, maybe it's four stars for you. The tonearm makes it so not a five.

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Turntable GREAT - SOFTWARE TERRIBLE

GK Kearny from Arizona on 12/28/2010

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I purchased this PS-LX 300 USB turntable for Christmas. Took most of the first day to install and conigure the Sound Forge software. The Turntable can use a USB CODEC for input to the computer, but when you use the USB for INPUT, you CANNOT monitor the audio on your computer's speakers. I had to jerry-rig the LINE OUTPUT from the turntable to my PC Speakers, and that, of course, means that I need to RE-CONNECT the speakers to the computer when finished. BIG HASSLE. THEN, the Sound Forge Software is NOT FOR DOING VINYL TO CD EASY RECORDING. The Sound Forge is for in-depth, detalied editing of milliseconds of audio. WHO KNEW!?? I have been able to successfully RECORD both sides of ONE ALBUM. BUT I HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO BURN MY FIRST CD. The 48 page USER MANUAL for the software NEVER DISCUSSES ANYTHING ABOUT CREATING A PLAYLIST to BURN TO A CD. DUH??? I THOUGHT THE REASON THIS PRODUCT EXISTS IS TO BURN YOUR VINLY TO A CD? SO I will KEEP the turntable, and UN-INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE. If you know of an "EASY TO USE" Vinyl to CD software package, please SEND ME TH E LINK. I AM SO DISSAPOINTED WITH THIS exprience that I will NEVER purchase another SONY product of ANY KIND. Merry Christmas! And no Vinyl to cds in the New Year with THIS PACKAGE.

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Paul T from Lake Mary, FL on 12/15/2010

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I made the first CD from an Elvis Christmas LP last night and it was a breeze and sounded great. The process eliminated the vast majority of the pops on the old vinyl. The only negative is the 28" RCA cables are not long enough. So if the distance to your receiver is more than two feet you will need an extension. You will have a lot of fun watching you children discover the LP experience.

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Jack from Phippsburg, ME on 3/23/2009

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The turntable is belt driven, so there is practically no "rumble." The software on the computer not only removes all pops and scratches from the LPs, but also enhances incredibly the quality of the sound. It then burns the file to a CD. When I play the CD on my surround sound system, you can barely tell (unless you listen VERY closely) that it is originally from an album. I am very pleased.

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Works Great

Paul from Houston TX on 1/27/2009

The only other reviewer had a mechanical problem which after reading many reviews on Amaizon I feel his problem is not common. The only tricky part is the software, most people have trouble getting sound from the computer when using the USB cable. I did too, but finally figured out how. So here's how. On page 11 when you set up the sound settings in Control Panel, Under "playback" select your sound card NOT Audio CODEC which is selected by default for some unknown reason. And most important you must do this WITHOUT the program running or the change won't take effect I hope this helps.

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CANDIS from CLINTON, MS on 6/20/2008

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I HAVE HAD UNIT LESS THAN 2 MONTHS AND IT QUIT RUNNING. EVERY TIME I START, ARM GOES TO RECORD SETS DOWN THAN IMMEDIATLE PICKS UP, RETURN TO RESTING PLACE, AND SHUTS DOWN.

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Fully Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.25

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Features

Overview: Using the Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable's USB connection, you can import all your vinyl music into your computer and create MP3 files to store on a PC or bring along with you on your favorite portable player. The supplied Audio Studio software makes it easy for you to archive your music from vinyl, optimize the sound, and store it on your PC. The PS-LX300USB USB turntable is also a fully functional turntable that can connect to your current system and playback your classic vinyl albums.

Note: Audio Studio software is not compatible with Windows 7 operating system. System requirements are listed below.

Record Playback: The Sony PS-LX300USB Stereo Turntable supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm record playback on a 295mm aluminum die-cast platter.

Automatic Operation: The turntable utilizes a belt drive system and features fully automatic operation.

Stylus: The Sony USB Stereo Turntable comes with an installed stylus. The life expectancy of the stylus tip is about 500 hours.

Tone Arm: The turntable feature a dynamic balanced straight-shaped tone arm with soft dumping control. The tone are has an effective arm length of 195mm.

Built-In Phono Preamp: The PS-LX300USB turntable features a built-in phone preamp and switch so you can connect the unit to any analog RCA input on your receiver.

RCA Outputs: The Sony turntable features an attached 28" stereo audio cable terminated by male RCA connector to plug into your home stereo receiver.

USB Port: The turntable features a rear-panel USB type-B port, comes supplied with a 6.5' USB cable (USB type-B port on one end and USB type-A port on other end) and features Sound Forge Audio Studio LE software to connect to your computer so you can record audio track of your vinyl records on your PC. Your computer must meet the following system requirements.

  • CPU: IBM PC/AT
  • Processor: 900 MHz
  • OS: Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate; Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or higher, Professional SP 2 or higher (Pre-installed version only/64-bit operating systems are not supported.
  • Hard-Disk Space: 150MB for program installation
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Hardware: USB port (full-speed), CD-ROM (for software installation), CD-recordable drive (for CD burning)
  • Audio: Windows-compatible sound card

Sound Forge Audio Studio LE Software: Sound Forge Audio Studio software makes it easy to record, edit encode, and master audio on your home computer from downloaded vinyl recordings. The supplied software offers the following functions.

  • Recording: digitize and restore old vinyl and cassette recording; 24-bit audio support for high-fidelity sound
  • Editing Tools: drag-and-drop audio editing, cut/copy/paste commands, interactive tutorial
  • Audio Editing: remove clicks, pops, and other unwanted noise from recordings; balance sound levels and trim unwanted sections of audio
  • Studio-Quality Effects: Over 30 built-in effects including EQ, reverb, delay, chorus, flange, phase distortion, and echo; includes 1,001 sound effects to enhance any mix; supports DirectX and VST effects for increased mastering flexibility
  • Audio Encoding: Convert music to MP3 or WMA; create professional-sounding podcasts

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3 questions already asked

How do you burn files by individual song? Or can you only burn an album side as one file. Thanks in advance. JD [ JD Miller  Feb 26, 2014 ]
ANSWER: AMP AND SPEAKERS NOT NEEDED. [ EDWARD  Feb 03, 2014 ]
I thought I was buying a "Record Player".......When I got it I realized it was only a turntable.......Had to buy an amplifier tuner and hooked up some good speakers I had So far no luck hooking up to my computer.....Frustrating as that was one of the mail reasons I bought this to download albums [ Paul  Feb 02, 2014 ]
Larry, I can't help you because I just wanted to hook up the turntable to my computer and download them to it. Sorry [ WILLIAM G  Feb 02, 2014 ]
You will need to amplify the sound somehow. [ RONALD  Feb 02, 2014 ]
I'm no help at all. I purchased for my husband, we have it set up but did not use it yet. My understanding is that your vinyl will go onto your computer via the software enclosed. I put the software in and in viewing that it looks like it is a fairly easy process. There is a icon for vinyl on the software so I think that everything should work fine [ Dawn  Jan 22, 2014 ]
Meg, I bought this unit as an entry-level gift for my daughter who caught my vinyl bug. First, let me say that never in a million years would I hook this very low quality unit into my own home audio. Second, I will explain that I expect my daughter to learn how to operate a record player with this toss-away Sony so that I can then provide her with a high-quality mid-level unit once she has some skills and a passion for vinyl care. I will finish by saying that this unit does offer digital conversion of vinyl recordings, but that the software reviews of how that it done are very poor. I do not have any personal experience with this item and therefore cannot offer my own opinions of its actual operation. [ CHARLES  Jan 22, 2014 ]
it installed good. it had to install some older MS stuff, but it looks to be working. I haven't tried to rip yet. [ FACTORY DIRECT  Jan 08, 2014 ]
I am installing it now... Its the sony audio studio 9 correct? [ FACTORY DIRECT  Jan 08, 2014 ]
I haven't installed it yet but I also run 8.1 [ FACTORY DIRECT  Jan 08, 2014 ]
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