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Music Hall USB-1

Manual belt-drive turntable with USB output

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Get your vinyl into your computer

The Music Hall USB-1 does more than just deliver warm, rich sound from your cherished vinyl records. It also boasts a USB port that makes it a breeze to transfer that music to your computer for easy archiving and downloading to your favorite portable player. This turntable's low-noise, belt-drive design provides quiet, high-quality playback for your LPs and 45s. A built-in, selectable phono preamp means you can connect the USB-1 directly to almost any audio system.

Simple plug and play operation, plus some cool extras

The USB-1 includes all the necessary cables and software you need to start spinning vinyl right away. Its adjustable pitch control lets you change the platter speed up to ±10%, for easier beat-match mixing when you want to play DJ. A built-in strobe indicator lamp ensures playback speed accuracy. And the included detachable dust cover helps keep your 'table clean.

Highlights:

  • low-noise belt-drive design
  • RCA analog output is switchable to PHONO or LINE out (RCA cable included)
  • USB (Type B) output for connection to a computer (USB cable included)
  • USB and preamp output available simultaneously for recording and monitoring
  • playback at 33-1/3 or 45 rpm (45 rpm adapter included)
  • pitch control with selectable range (±10%)
  • built-in strobe indicator lamp for speed accuracy verification
  • die-cast aluminum platter with mat
  • S-shaped tonearm with detachable headshell
  • adjustable tracking force and anti-skating
  • includes a pre-mounted Audio Technica AT3600L phono cartridge
  • removable, hinged dust cover
  • includes Audacity recording software for PC and Mac®
  • minor assembly required
  • wow & flutter: less than 0.25%
  • weight: 9.7 lbs.
  • 17-11/16"W x 6-1/16"H x 14-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Turntable
  • Headshell/Cartridge (MM)
  • Platter
  • Felt mat
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counter-weight
  • Dust cover
  • 37" Stereo RCA cable
  • 6.5 USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • Audacity USB Recording/Sound Editing Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual

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Features

Overview: The Music Hall USB-1 turntable not only lets you enjoy your vinyl collection through your home stereo, but also download your vinyl music collection to your computer. It has a built-in phono preamp, cartridge, and dust cover; as well as includes all necessary cables and software required for simple connection and operation.

2-Speed, Belt-Drive Turntable: The Music Hall USB-1 is an extremely quiet belt-driven, 2-speed turntable which supports 33-1/3 and 45 rpm playback speeds. A 45 rpm adapter is included.

Aluminum Die-Cast Platter: The Music Hall USB-1 turntable features an aluminum die-cast platter and comes with a felt mat.

MM Phono Cartridge: The USB-1 turntable includes an Audio Technic AT3600L moving-magnet cartridge.

S-Shaped Tone-Arm: The Music Hall turntable features a static balanced S-shaped tone-arm w/ detachable head shell.

Anti-Skating & Pitch Controls: The turntable offer anti-skating control for increased stereo balance and adjustable pitch control (+/-10%).

Analog Output via Built-in Phono Amp or Direct Line Output: The turntable's stereo RCA output is able to switch to Phono output or Line output. The built-in phono equalizer preamp allows you to connect the turntable to an integrated amp or receiver that does not have a dedicated phono input. This is a feature that can be turned off when using a receiver with a phono input.

USB Output w/ Free Software: The Music Hall USB-1 turntable is fitted with a USB (type-B) port and comes with a USB cable to connect to your Windows PC or Mac computer. The included Audacity software lets you convert your vinyl records over to PC or Mac. Music files are recorded in MP3 (16-bit, 44.1khz or 48kHz). The included software supports Windows XP and above, as well as MAC OSX.

Dust Cover: The Music Hall USB-1 comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.

4 Self-Adjusting Feet: The Music Hall USB-1 features four self-adjusting feet to make sure the turntable is positioned correctly.

Specifications

Turntable Specs:

  • Type: 2-speed full manual
  • Motor: DC motor
  • Driving Method: Belt drive
  • Turntable Platter: 330mm diameter Aluminum
  • Speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 rpm
  • Wow & Flutter: Less than 0.25% WRMS w/ 33-1/3 rpm
  • S/N Ratio: More than 50dB (DIN-B)
  • Pitch Controls: +/-10%
  • Starting Time: Less than 1 sec. w/ 33-1/3 rpm
  • Braking Time: Less than 1 sec. w/ 33-1/3 rpm
  • Time for Speed Change: Less than 1 sec.
  • Speed Tolerance: Within +/-1.3%
  • USB Function: USB 1.1 Compliant for Windows XP or MAC OSX (16-bit, 44.1k or 48kHz selectable)

Tone-Arm Specs:

  • Type: Static balanced S-shaped tone-arm w/ detachable headshell
  • Effective Arm Length: 220mm
  • Tracking Error Angle: Less than 3-degrees
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight: 6-10g
  • Anti-Skating Range: 0-4g
  • Phono Output Level: 1.5-3.6 mV at 1kHz 5cm/sec (HP-4005)
  • Line Output Level: 90-216mV at 1kHz 5cm/sec (HP-4005)
  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz
  • Channel Separation: More than 15dB
  • Needle Pressure Range: 3-4g
  • High of Cue (1st track): 6-10.5mm
  • Descend of Cue: 1-3 sec.

EQ Amp:

  • Output: 150mV +/-4dB (In: 2.5mV, 1kHz)
  • RIAA: 20-20kHz, +1/-3dB (In: 1.5mV, 1kHz)

Dimensions:

  • Dust Cover Closed: 17.6875" (w) x 6.0625" (h) x 14.1875" (d)
  • Dust Cover Open: 17.6875" (w) x 15.6875" (h) x 15.75" (d)
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs
 
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Byron H., Antioch, CA on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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This is the first turntable that I've owned for a really long time. The setup was a breeze. I like the USB connection to digitize my analog library. The software that came with the turntable is free (GNU license) and really easy to get plug-ins online. I have placed my turntable about 4' from my speakers (only because of my living room layout) and I can crank it up pretty loud before the excellent shock absorption starts to feed back. Overall, I'm quite pleased with my purchase and, of course, the Crutchfield service was flawless.
Pros:
The mid-range price was perfect my budget. The appearance is sleek and looks good with the rest of my stuff. It sounds great and easy to use.
Cons:
I don't really have anything unfavorable to say about this at this time.
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Cyndi, Charleston, SC on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Bought this for my man and he loves it. However, he is not very patient when it comes to software so it was put on me to figure out.. Quite complicated software system but worth it when you put time into it.
Pros:
Hook up was easy, sturdy, anti-skate.
Cons:
Only feature that is really missing on this is a automatic return... that would make it PERFECT...
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Aida, Bellport, NY on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He loves it and the features are great! The USB port was one of the key components that I wanted for him to digitize his vinyl. Crutchfield amazed us once again!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Cheryl S, North Chesterfield, VA on Friday, December 27, 2013
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A great value for the price.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB1

Written By AlexS, Costa Mesa, CA on Friday, November 29, 2013
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I am new to the whole record player and vinyl scene. My new fascination required me to purchase a record player/ turntable but as with most amateurs, i had no idea where to begin. I began to pore through multiple websites for turntables. I wanted a good turntable for a reasonable price. I didnt want to spend $100 for a crappy one so i sought for something within the 200-300 range. I found this music hall usb 1 and decided to do my research on it. It has great reviews for an entry level enthusiast as myself and at a good price. Shipping was totally fast and free. you cant beat that. and its been working great. I have a Bose stereo system that is sorta out dated. Still sounds great. I might be required to update my system. but other than that its great and totally recommend one to any new comer.
Pros:
great look and easy set up. dust cover is a great plus.
Cons:
nothing
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Turntable/Great Price

Written By Mark F, Valley Springs, CA on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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I had purchased 2 less expensive USB turntables and had to return both. Spending a little bit more for the Music Hall USB-1 was more than worth it! Very good and solid build, easy to set-up. We have it connected to Bose Companion II powered speakers and the sound is fantastic. Having a bit of trouble getting the Audacity software to work with our HP laptop, but I'm sure it will get sorted out.
Pros:
Solid design. Looks great and is easy to set-up.
Cons:
Audacity software is a bit tricky to get to work.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Bill Abernathy, Lewisville, TX on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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This is a nice turntable. The setup was really easy with good instructions. The stylus is good. It is pretty rugged, too. I used the USB input from the turntable to digitize some of my old vinyl. The supplied software worked well, also. If you are looking to digitize some of your old vinyl without breaking the bank, this is a good value.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Rugged. Works as advertised.
Cons:
None, really. Pretty happy with this rig.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Anonymous, Dublin, NH on Monday, January 21, 2013
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An excellent turntable, I have another Music Hall turntable as well. INCOMPREHENSABLE SOFTWARE - TOTALLY UNABLE TO USE THE PRODUCT
4 out of 22 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Great Turntable -- Very Happy

Written By RickyA, Sammamish, WA on Saturday, December 29, 2012
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I purchased this USB turntable specifically to convert a collection of LPs, some titles dating back to the 50's, to MP3 format, and it delivered exactly what I wanted. It's a beautifully designed, engineered and constructed unit and I am very pleased with its clean, distortion-free playback into my stero receiver via its PHONO jacks, and into my Windows 7 PC via USB. The AudioTechnica phono cartridge is a bonus that, in large part, enables the superb performance. In the days before digital stero when much of music was on vinyl, I always used AT cartridges because of their very high quality and performance. The included paper Instruction Manual is a little brief, but adequately got me through setup and into my first recording session. I was able to convert the music content of an entire LP on the first try using the included "Audacity USB Recording and Sound Editing Software". The software includes detailed browser-based Quick Help and a user's Manual. I should note the Audacity software requires updating after installaton to version 2.0.2, and it initially lacks MP3 encoding software due to patent restrictions. However, free MP3 encoding software is easily downloaded and installed on the PC. It took a while to discover in the Help and Manual sections just where the program update and MP3 encoder software was available for download. Once the MP3 encoder was installed, I was able to export files to MP3 and import them into my iTunes Music Library. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros:
See my review.
Cons:
None - love it!
14 out of 14 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Ben L, Austin, TX on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
 
Very good turntable for the price. Sounds great and transfers my vinyl to to iTunes. So I'm happy with it.
Pros:
Very easy to assemble; I was digitizing records a half an hour after opening the box.
Cons:
The tone arm doesn't return after finishing a record. Not a problem when I'm using the turntable to digitize records but a minor hassle when I'm just listing to records.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

USB turn table

Written By Tim, Tampa, FL on Thursday, December 13, 2012
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This is a really good Turntable, and for the Money a good buy I would recommend. The only thing that I would like to have see is the ability of starting/stopping the player from the software. as it is you have to go to the Turn table and place the Needle on the record and then go back and start recording. this can be a bit challenging if you have it connected to both your computer and a Home sound system.
Pros:
Well Built, Great sound, easy software to use.
Cons:
Doesn't have automatic/remote start/stop function
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Music Hall USB-1

Written By Will, Bismarck, ND on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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It's amazing how good my old vinyl's sound! This is my first turntable since the old days; my muscle memory is still there- removing the LP from the sleeve, holding it by its edges, gently squaring up the center hole with the turntable spindle, lining up the tone arm with the first grooves-that familiar snap when the needle first makes contact -got to remember to turn the volume down! The USB-1 performs flawlessly; my only gripe is that there's no automatic return of the tone arm at the end of the record-this is a totally manual turntable. The USB-1 has a built in preamp, which is good because my receiver (NAD C725BEE) has no preamp "out" for a turntable. I have yet to try the USB connection for digitizing albums.
Pros:
Quiet; precise pitch; built in preamp; great sound--somewhat attributable to the NAD, to be sure. Pitch control (RPM adjustment)
Cons:
No automatic return of the tone arm at the end of the record, resulting in lost of clicks and pops until you get over to the turntable to lift the tone arm.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Wonderful machine - Superbly Designed and Very User-Friendly

Written By MusicLover, Rockville, MD on Monday, October 29, 2012
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The Music Hall USB-1 turn-table is a piece of electronic equipment that performs exactly as promised. In fact, for this review to be absolutely accurate, Crutchfield would have to furnish me about two more stars!! I have rarely used a machine that was so beautifully designed (dare one say flawless?) and made me so happy so quickly: Within two days of receiving my Music Hall USB-1 turntable, I was playing LPs into the provided Audacity software, and converting that into inputs to my iTunes library. The turntable is already fitted with an Audio-Technica 3600L cartridge (so that doesn't need to be installed), and the instructions clearly describe how to make the other adjustments (anti-skating, fine-tuning turntable speed, and cartridge balance). The turntable is completely manual (power switch, turntable ON-OFF, cartridge elevation lever), and has a strobe function for exact turntable speed tracking. If fact, the turntable is so good (incidental to the USB function) that it may quickly become my primary turntable for record-playing enjoyment
Pros:
Cartridge provided, ease of use, preamp not neded, easy to use software too. Many adjustments possible (speed, anti-skating, cartridge weight balance).
Cons:
Needs additional software in order to burn CDs (but that is found free on the Internet)
24 out of 24 people found this helpful
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3 questions already asked

Anyone have an opinion about the audio quality of this setup vs a non-usb turntable and a NAD usb phono preamp? Thanks [ Tim  Mar 06, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • i have no clue about a NAD usb phono preamp ! [ GUNTHER G   Mar 30, 2014 ]
  • I'm sure you know the functionality of the Music Hall USB-1; therefore, your equipment (i.e., receiver or computer) will ultimately determine the final sound of any phonograph record. The unit is outstanding and should be paired with a quality system. [ ROBERT T   Mar 14, 2014 ]
  • Sorry, but I have not used the internal phono preamp, nor the USB output. We have have the table connected via the phono output to an old school stereo receiver that has its own phono input. As such, I can't really comment on how the internal pre would compare to a low cost external preamp. That said, I would not expect a significant difference, but that is just speculation on my part. While the construction of the table is certainly not top of the line, it is suitable for its intended purpose (my daughter's first TT). I would think the weak link would be included cartridge. [ BRIAN   Mar 06, 2014 ]
  • I can't answer that exact question, but . . . My son has this a college and is using Bose Companion III powered speakers. All I can say is this setup sounds great. For the price, I think this would be the entry point for a quality turntable...other cheaper ones we looked at were not even close to this quality. [ MARK S   Mar 06, 2014 ]
In what format can you save the music files? I hope there are options better than MP3. [ Stephen  Dec 11, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • I usually save mine in AIFF when I download music online, which I can import into iTunes without any problem. When I rip CD's for import into iTunes, I save the files using the Apple Lossless protocol. [ SCOTT   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • The supplied Audacity software will allow you to save your files in several different formats (including WAV). [ Jeff Staff  Dec 13, 2013 ]
I want to format my LPs to wave files not Mp3s.Is that possible? [ Rick  Dec 11, 2013 ]
6 answers
  • Thanks you. The tuner USB-1 it funny, I like. [ JOSE D   Dec 14, 2013 ]
  • Hi Rick, You can format in wave, too. You can use the Nero software or Windows Media Player. Give it a try! [ ROBERT T   Dec 13, 2013 ]
  • Sorry, I can't answer that. [ BERTRAM F   Dec 11, 2013 ]
  • The supplied software, Audacity, will allow you to save your files in several different format, and WAV is one of them. When you transfer the audio from the turntable to the PC, it will be in be in .AUP format (proprietary), but you can quickly export it to the format of your choice. [ BILL   Dec 11, 2013 ]
  • So far the turntable is playing vinyl through a pair of Bose Companion II speakers (sounds GREAT!)...not yet used for converting. In my past experience with an Ion turntable, most conversion software produces a .wav file natively...then converts to MP3. This would be a software issue, so check the manual on the software you are using to see what your options are for conversion. [ MARK S   Dec 11, 2013 ]
  • Unfortunately, I can't say for sure. The TT is a Christmas gift and has not yet been opened. I did look at the product manual, and it is somewhat ambiguous on the subject. The USB output is specified as 16BIT 44.1KHz or 48KHz USB SELECTABLE. That would imply Wave files, but w/o trying it, I am not certain. I suspect the output is Wave, which can then be converted within Audacity if you wanted to, but I think your best bet may be an email or a call to Music Hall. [ BRIAN   Dec 11, 2013 ]

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