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Music Hall USB-1

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge, USB output, and built-in phono preamp

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$249.99

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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.

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.

Works very well for my needs.

Anonymous, Waynesville, NC

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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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Music Hall USB-1

Anonymous from Waynesville, NC on 8/31/2016

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Works very well for my needs.

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Hector from Jackson, NJ on 8/8/2016

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It's not cool; it's awesome! Takes me back in time, remembering the good days of LP listening.

Pros: No bounce, adjustable balance, quality product

Cons: No cons for me. This product has everything I need.

Great turntable for the price.

Eric from Wooster, OH on 4/9/2016

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I haven't had a chance to use the turntable much yet as I bought it as a present for a family member. I was pleased with the setup and build of the table. The initial sound seemed very impressive. I haven't tried out the USB feature for burning the records to MP3's yet. Very nice looking and nice sounding turntable for the price.

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Nice turntable with USB output

Rick from Jacksonville, FL on 2/18/2016

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I immediately installed a new Shure M97XE High Accuracy Turntable Cartridge which I had recently purchased for my old Realistic Lab-400 turntable that just died. But using either cartridge, I did notice the "highs" are not as pronounced as my old turntable. As a note, I cleaned the stylus with a soft brush and noticed the stylus is active even though the turntable was powered off, and yes, the receiver was turned on at the time. According to the Music Hall Company, this is normal for the stylus on all their belt driven turntables. They emailed me the following: "That's perfectly normal. The power only affects the platter motion. It doesn't stop the output from the cartridge, which is plugged into your receiver, which was obviously on and turned to the phono input. For cleaning the stylus with a brush, it would be best to change the input on your receiver or turn the receiver off. The table is working perfectly." I tested the USB connection to my wife's laptop to create a digital copy of an album. I am using my own Sony's Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.0 software. It will create a *.wav file initially, and at the same time you can save it as a MP3 file and enter in the titles of each track individually. I did install and start-up the Audacity recording software, but I am more familiar with the Sony software, so I really cannot evaluate the Audacity software, besides the Audacity creates a different audio file that other software cannot read.

Pros: It was easy to set up. If their manual is hard to understand, I recommend searching YouTube and watch a video on how to set it up. Reference the tonearm, I saw one video suggesting to use 2g, while the manual suggests 3g. I am using 1.5g and 1.5 with the anti-skate. The turntable sounds good.

Cons: The Pitch Control does fluctuate while playing an album. I am not sure why this is happening but it doesn't seem to be a noticeable problem while listening to the LP.

Love! Love! Love! My Music Hall USB-1

DGPJones from New York, NY on 1/22/2016

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Absolutely love this record player. It was super easy to set up. The instructions were crystal clear and easy to follow! Literally I was playing records in a matter of minutes! I'd previously purchased a set of Audio Engine speakers and they sound amazing. I'm not what you might call "technically adept" but this system made me look like an expert!

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Mike P. from Florida on 12/28/2015

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Easy to use, quality is good, brings back good memories.

Pros: USB port is a plus, easy connection.

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Good so far

Scott from Florida on 12/27/2015

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Just got it completely set up yesterday as it was a Christmas present. Seems to be working as it should be so far!

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Great turntable for the money

Jon L from North Carolina on 12/20/2015

I purchased this turntable to replace a very old Connosseur BD2. I found the set up instructions easy to follow. There were some things about the set up that could have been clearer though. When setting up the tone arm tracking weight, the instructions refer to clockwise or counterclockwise rotation of the adjustment weight. This is as you look down the tone arm from the front of the turntable. Other than that, no problems at all. The sound is beautiful. I have a friend that has one and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to listen to it before hand. I compared it to others in the price range and it sounds a LOT better than any others I have heard. It sounds very much like several others that are over a hundred dollars more, even with the mediocre Audio-Technica stylus supplied. I did find that the LP would slip slightly on the mat at the recommended 3 gram tracking setting, causing the pitch to be thrown off slightly. I set the weight down to 2.5 grams and it seems to be much better. I'm sure this is because of the cheap foam platter mat. I will get a better rubber mat for it. It probably would be better with a platter that has more mass. So far, I'm loving this product. I think it's a better than decent TT especially for the money.

Pros: Digital conversion capable including software. Adjustable pitch (platter speed +/-10% with built in strobe), adjustable tracking and skating controls, nice look and finish. S shape tone arm with Audio-Technica cartridge. Built in preamp with switchable outputs. Dual voltage switch (120-240 vac).

Cons: Cheap platter mat Very light platter

Well made, good value turntable

Les N from South Carolina on 10/10/2015

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Well made turntable that makes my old albums sound great. It's quite and noise free. Well worth the money.

Pros: Works well with my existing equipment. And it's a good looking unit as well.

Cons: I wish it had an automatic stop. And the arm balancing instructions could have been clearer to speed setup.

Looks nice feels cheap

woody from Brooklyn, NY on 9/29/2015

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Was looking for a moderately priced turntable to replace an old belt-drive Gemini XL-400. I liked the internal preamp on the Music Hall because it could be disabled once I upgraded to an external amp. However, the USB-1 just feels cheap... chintzy black plastic housing a chintzy tonearm with a lame pre-mounted cartridge. Even the speed seems inconsistent as I'm often adjusting the pitch to make the strobe dots stand still again. The sound is decent as I'm running it through a Grado cartridge, Budgie tube pre-amp and an NAD D3020 amplifier/receiver. The USB recording is a nice feature I guess but not something I'd ever sit down and do, even though that's probably what I paid for. Basically I miss my old Gemini.

Pros: Looks good. Internal pre-amp.

Cons: Feels cheap. Tonearm very light. Cartridge needs upgrade. Included felt not very static resistant.

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Anonymous from Cincinnati on 9/24/2015

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Nice turntable. Not as solid as my old platter (a vintage 1977 direct drive model) but once setup works well. The manual has the recommended track weight too high- I found the sweet spot at 2.5G.

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William from Washington on 9/17/2015

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Excellent product! Very easy to setup. It is nice to listen to vinyl again on a quality turntable.

Pros: Very easy to set up. Also great option for copying your vinyl to digital with the included software. Couldn't be more pleased!

Cons: None

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Anonymous from North Carolina on 8/12/2015

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Finally getting around to digitizing stacks of vinyl! Even with the occasional pop, it's been great to play records that have been sitting in my attic for 20 years. The sound is very rich and the stereo separation excellent.

Pros: Set-up was easy and the sound is great.

Cons: Hard to find a place to put it in my cabinet!

Sweet Turntable

Bobzo5280 from Colorado on 8/11/2015

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I have been buying some new vinyl lately and never owned a good turntable. Found The USB-1 and thought I'd give it a go. I had never set up a turntable and found the process fairly easy. Operationally, this turntable is awesome and I am finally listening to old and new vinyl regularly. Haven't tried the USB recording yet but glad I have that option. A great turntable for $250.

Pros: Cutting edge appearance, easy to set up, USB recording, software on CD, company from the US of A!

Cons: Since most tablets and laptops don't have CD drives, it may be necessary to contact manufacturer to get a downloadable version. Have not contacted them yet.

Great Turntable

Terry Z. from Minnesota on 7/13/2015

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After comparing the different turntables available for the purpose I needed, I settled on the Music Hall USB-1. It has the features I wanted to be able to record some of my rougher vinyl to CD via my computer software (Magix). Very easy setup and I like the ability to connect to my computer and monitor through my stereo system at the same time by using an auxiliary input on my receiver and using the built in phono pre-amp on the turntable, don't have to switch the pre-amp back and forth.

Pros: Quality of sound and ease of use at a great price.

Cons: None.

Shockingly Good

rlcordeiro from California on 6/7/2015

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I had been putting off buying a turntable to go with my audiophile quality system due to lack of funds to buy a VPI classic. A friend bought a $445 Pro-ject and this made me consider a cheap stopgap TT. Scoured the web and found this for $250. Got it set it up and thought OK this is what you get for $250. Two weeks later it broke in and it was like why have I been listening to CD's? This is the Honda Accord of turntables all incremental improvements on this will require large sums of money. If you are on the wall trying to decide this is the best dollar for sound proposition out there.

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great starter turntable

KKraft from Virginia on 6/7/2015

Purchased the usb 1 for my nephew who was just starting to get into vinyl, helped him set it up and was amazed with the quality and performance for this price range table. After the first record played he was all smiles and had to go out and add to his collection. IMHO great table for the money.

Pros: easy set up, ease of use, a great all around starter turntable.

Cons: none

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Daniel R from Harrisonburg, VA on 6/1/2015

Great retro look and feel match great performance. The finish and feel is better than on more expensive alternatives.

Pros: Ability to record to computer Arm clamp

Cons: Set up instructions hard to understand

Dr. (Ph D)

Anonymous from Michigan on 5/25/2015

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A good looking and good performance player.

Pros: accurate and quiet player.

Cons: no auto play/ stop system.

Great machine

IraL from Texas on 5/7/2015

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This is a great turntable. Easy to set up and easy to use. Already transferred some of my vinyl to digital with only a little learning curve. Exactly what I wanted.

Pros: Easy set up. Great sound. Easy to use.

Cons: None

Very Nice Turntable

glfiedler from Oregon on 5/6/2015

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I bought this turntable specifically to copy my aging vinyl LP collection (circa 1962) to my iPod. Although I have just begun the process I am very pleased with the quality of the turntable. It is an attractive glossy black. It is heavy (which is what you want in a turntable) supported by four approximately 2 1/2" diameter pads with adjustable height for leveling. Steady as a rock. Easy to assemble the few parts and balance the tonearm. The pitch adjust (speed) using the dots around the platter is very sensitive allowing precise control. So far I have not hooked it up to my audio system, since I am now just using the USB connection to my PC for copying vinyl. I can say, however, that the audio quality during playback on my iPod is terrific. I highly recommend this turntable

Pros: Attractive, Stable, High quality for the money, Great for digitizing vinyl.

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Anonymous from Connecticut on 4/28/2015

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Finally have a way to play the old Bluegrass and Country LPs the wife cannot stand.

Pros: Have not had a chance to transfer to disc. Will try this function very soon

Cons: None

Music Hall USB-1 very pleasing

Frank R from Pennsylvania on 4/3/2015

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I am very pleased with the product. As a tribute to Crutchfield, it was well described, packed and shipped. To my surprise it arrived prior to the estimated delivery date. As for the product itself, it was easy to assemble, looks and feels substantial, is easy to operate and sound great!

Pros: easy assembly; well constructed; reasonably priced; sounds great.

Cons: I cannot say anything negative about the product

Usb1

Ian from New Orleans, La on 3/27/2015

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Good player. Best value I found.

Pros: Great sound, good price, easy set up.

Cons: More plastic than I anticipated.

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PJK from Massachusetts on 3/4/2015

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I have a large collection of vinyl from the '60s and '70s and my $100+ Audio Technica turntable (same as the Denon DP-29F sold by Crutchfield) was giving me problems in addition to having excessive rumble, an issue since I bought a subwoofer. So I decided to go up one level and try the Music Hall USB-1. It arrived in a couple of days as promised. The instructions for balancing the tone arm are somewhat vague, but I managed to figure it out. I was surprised that it didn't have automatic shutoff, but that's not a big deal. What's most important is sound quality, which is excellent, and rumble, which is undetectable. I like the strobe light for seeing and adjusting rpm, and knowing that when some notes sound awry that the isn't because the speed is off. I've had it for a few weeks now, and have played much of my collection. I think it's a great turntable for the money. (Note: I haven't tried using the USB feature or the accompanying software yet).

Pros: Excellent sound; no rumble; strobe light; classy looks; USB output (though I haven't used it yet).

Cons: Less than ideal setup instructions; no automatic shutoff.

Great equipment

KMAN from Pennsylvania on 2/9/2015

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I bought this as a gift for my 18 year old grandson. This turntable works and sounds better than expected. I did my homework and then called CRUTCHFIELD to order. My sales rep was extremely helpful and informative. He gave me options but did not try to steer me to higher priced units. We plugged in this unit and were very pleased with the sound quality. The versatility of this unit is a plus....it can either be connected to a computer or a receiver. Excellant unit for the cost and great customer service.

Pros: Versatility and sound, weighted tone arm.

Cons: None

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Pete K. from Smyrna DE on 1/18/2015

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Great sounding turntable, I replaced my 20 year old bang Olufsen and I believe this turntable sounds better,at a fraction of the cost of a replacement cartridge for the B/O. However the B/O is automatic and this one is manual. The tone arm setup was a little confusing since the manual said to set it for 3G and I found on youtube a video from the manufacturer saying to set it at 1.8G. Not sure what the correct setting is but the tone arm seems to skip very easily at 3G.

Pros: Makes my old albums sound new.

Cons: Tone arm adjustment instructions not accurate.

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Anita from Virginia on 1/6/2015

Heavy duty turntable with good sound. Very easy to assemble; up and running quickly.

Pros: You don't have to worry if your sound system has the correct amp.....this one has a pre-amp. It's great to be able to record LP's onto a computer for those LP's not available in electronic format.

Cons: Lift up cover needs enough space to open.

surprised at the quality for the price

Erik from Texas on 12/29/2014

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My teenage daughter asked for a turntable for Christmas. I started looking at the big box electronic stores and was not impressed with the quality of the products. I checked out the Crutchfield website and was amazed at the number of turntables they had available. I read the info to help select the right turntable and ordered it. This turntable has a built in amp so in can be played through a small Bose speaker or it can be played through our home stereo system. It is very well built and easy to set up and start playing records. I even had to go to the attic and dig out my records from the 70's and 80's. We are so impressed with the sound we are going record shopping today. Would highly recommend this turntable to anyone who wants to start back into the vinyl but doesn't want to spend the huge dollars yet.

Pros: Easy to use and set up

Cons: Have not discovered any yet.

Great sound

Donna from Dallas, TX on 12/28/2014

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Great sound! The highs can really be heard, more than the digital music we have downloaded and play through our system! Fun to break out the vinyl!

Pros: Great highs and good price!

Cons: None yet

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Brian from Lawrence, KS on 11/9/2014

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So far, so good. Very quick delivery, easy assembly. Great sound. Solid turntable for the price. Haven't had a chance to try the USB - software side of this player yet, but that is a great option for down the road.

Pros: Easy set-up, great sound, ability to transfer LP to CD or digital files. Easy pitch adjustment.

Cons: Wish it had an automatic return so I didn't have to manually replace the tone arm at the end of the record.

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DebbieA from New York, New York on 11/9/2014

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Love the clean lines and playability of this turntable...great product for the money.

Pros: Even my older vinyls play great.

Cons: Instructions could have been better... Photos are of help. I went on line to figure out to assemble the tone arm.

First turntable

Scott from Nashville, TN on 11/1/2014

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This is my first turntable purchase and very happy with it overall. The built-in amplifier is a plus for the simplicity and 'testing the waters," of vinyl without major investment in components. The sound was full, rich and clear playing daft punk albums. While turning, I can notice on the strobe markings on the plate, that there is some oscillation. This creates no perceptible audible consequence to my ears, however. I have no specific negative critique-- I am happily satisfied, and in general reserve a 5-star rating for astoundingly excellent product-encounters. I have not tried the USB yet.

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Honest turntable

Fernando from Denver/CO on 10/23/2014

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Delivery what it promissed

Pros: Good cost benefit!

Cons: Low quality of the manual.

Easy Set Up

QTC from Skokie IL on 8/2/2014

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Easy to set up. Professional system. Blended well with Yamaha receiver.

Pros: Nice looking. Can record albums to pc with this turntable.

Cons: Arm does not automatically retract when LP is complete.

versatile phono

MaryK from Greenville, SC on 8/1/2014

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Very accurate and true sound. It's tricky to use till one practices with many records.

Pros: Sturdy and has more than one output port

Cons: Tricky placement of stylus.

Really good

Anonymous from Greensboro nc on 7/24/2014

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Good piece of equipment great service.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: Poor instructions

Great entry level turntable

Joe from Pinole, Ca on 5/17/2014

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I am really happy with this purchase! The sound is really better than I remember my old Lp's sounding like. I think the fact that it's a belt drive serves to isolate the motor noise.

Pros: Good build quality for this price range. Very clean sound. Easy set- up. pitch control is also a plus.

Cons: The only thing I'm not sure of is how the plastic base will look after some wear.

A great turntable!

Sidney from Los Angeles, Ca on 5/13/2014

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A wonderful product, enabling my wife and I (Weiss Duo) to hear some vinyl 33 LP's that we made in 1966, and many other great LP's that we have in our collection.

Pros: Unlike the old turntables, it has very low surface noise, and the quality of the sound is beautiful. Thanks for fast delivery and excellent tech support in setting it up.

Cons: No cons.

Great deal.

Denny from Homer Glen, IL on 5/6/2014

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I needed to upgrade my linear tracking turntable to a newer model with USB output. This unit looks great and sounds great. There is no turntable noise or hum. This was a great investment for me and back to downloading from about 700 albums that I still had from over the years that are still in mint condition. Running through 500 Watt amp into my teak wood speakers from the 70's make this sound like I am sitting in a concert.

Pros: Sounds great. Easy software setup for downloading vinyl to I-tunes. Tone arm balance is absolutely dead on and the cue drops stylus onto the vinyl very gently. The dust cover fits snug and while lifting up or closing it has a very smooth feel.

Cons: A return on the tone arm would have been a nice touch. I had to buy a longer USB cord than the 6 ft cord provided. I guess it's ok if you can set up your turntable within 6 ft of your computer but I didn't have that choice. I did find a 15 ft cord online for $4.50 which shipped the same day.

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Byron H. from Antioch, CA on 3/15/2014

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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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Cyndi from Charleston, SC on 3/13/2014

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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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Aida from Bellport, NY on 1/7/2014

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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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Cheryl S from North Chesterfield, VA on 12/27/2013

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A great value for the price.

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AlexS from Costa Mesa, CA on 11/29/2013

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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

Great Turntable/Great Price

Mark F from Valley Springs, CA on 7/17/2013

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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.

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Bill Abernathy from Lewisville, TX on 4/25/2013

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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.

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Anonymous from Dublin, NH on 1/21/2013

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An excellent turntable, I have another Music Hall turntable as well. INCOMPREHENSABLE SOFTWARE - TOTALLY UNABLE TO USE THE PRODUCT

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A Great Turntable -- Very Happy

RickyA from Sammamish, WA on 12/29/2012

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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!

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Ben L from Austin, TX on 12/26/2012

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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.

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Tim from Tampa, FL on 12/13/2012

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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

Music Hall USB-1

Will from Bismarck, ND on 12/11/2012

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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.

Wonderful machine - Superbly Designed and Very User-Friendly

MusicLover from Rockville, MD on 10/29/2012

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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)

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
Pitch Control Yes
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.25

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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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Why did you buy this?

Looked to have the most features for the cost and had good reviews. [ FRANK H  Sep 09, 2016 ]
Needed an entry level turntable for a family gift, TT was way better than I expected. [ Rufus  Jul 14, 2016 ]
My friend has one. [ Adam  Jun 02, 2016 ]
A gift for a friend. [ Karen  May 10, 2016 ]
I am looking for a simple turntable. Crutchfield's customers reviews was helpful for the selection. [ Luis  Apr 25, 2016 ]
Ann was very helpful. Ann's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=55 [ William  Apr 14, 2016 ]
Needed new turntable to get back in touch with vinyl. [ Jackie  Mar 29, 2016 ]
The music hall usb turntable is a solid entry level turntable that offers a counterweight and lets you upgrade the cartridge. The built in preamp also allows me to utilize this setup in a compact space. Highly recommended. [ Luis  Mar 25, 2016 ]
price [ David  Mar 24, 2016 ]
Affordable for my needs but still delivers great sound [ kevin  Mar 24, 2016 ]
It has the S-shaped tonearm with detachable headshell and adjustable tracking force so I'll will be able to use my M97XE Cartridge, Plus it has the USB port to create digital music. [ Richard  Feb 11, 2016 ]
Recommended by Buzz Buzz's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=53 [ Paul  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Decent price, specs and reviews [ Allen  Jan 30, 2016 ]
in the market for a turntable to play my lp's it's been over 30yrs sinve i touch them, from the over the christmas holiday. at this time this unit was in my price range don't know much about music hall but will give them a try will let you know later once i get it. [ KELVIN  Jan 21, 2016 ]
My wife wanted to get back into listening to our vinyl again, so we agreed that this turntable was what she was looking for . [ James  Jan 12, 2016 ]
I picked this item to record my LPs on MP3 [ Pierre  Jan 11, 2016 ]
I read the article on how to set up a simple record playing system and this was the turntable recommended. [ Drenda  Dec 28, 2015 ]
Currently, I own an Audio-Technica. I am hoping this turntable provides better audio than the AT. [ ROBERT  Dec 25, 2015 ]
Like a good many people, I have a fair number of 1970's vintage LPs. I want to enjoy them while in the car. This device allows me to achieve this goal. [ Jeffrey  Dec 20, 2015 ]
Xmas gift [ R  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Reasonable price, had all the necessary features [ Carl D.  Dec 15, 2015 ]
Everything needed to enjoy Christmas morning in one package --software, cords and your expertise and support. [ Rachelue  Dec 11, 2015 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Cyndi  Dec 08, 2015 ]

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Hi, Jamie-- Interesting question. In my own case I put my audio into the computer as I do iTunes, then burn discs for replay on other devices. Maybe you need to process the audio in this manner, then transfer from your computer to your thumb drive. In any case, I'll try that too with my thumb drives! Have fun, Brian in Denver. [ Brian  Sep 11, 2016 ]
No, since it is a USB cable that transfers the recording. [ James  Sep 10, 2016 ]
There are outputs for Phono/RCA out and USB cable out. There is no place to plug in a USB thumb drive. [ Kelsaw  Sep 10, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Sep 06, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes it's fullly manual, u do have to left tonearm back, also u have to left tonearm and sit it on record hope this helps [ LAWRENCE E  May 05, 2016 ]
Yes, it is fully manual. You physically have to bring the tonearm back. It is an annoyance, but the high quality of the turntable more than makes up for it. [ Brian W.  Apr 29, 2016 ]
100% manual, you have to physically return the tonearm to its holder. The sound it produces makes it worth the extra effort. [ Stan  Apr 28, 2016 ]
Yes. This a manual turntable. [ Allen  Apr 28, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Mar 18, 2016 ]  Staff
Wish I could answer but I bought this as a gift [ Tom  Feb 23, 2016 ]
Yes with a regular RCA audio cable [ LAWRENCE E  Feb 22, 2016 ]
I assume so, but I hired a professional to integrate the turntable with the rest of my sound system and I really don't know whether he used an aux cable. I can't check because I'm away from the home where it's installed until March 7. However, I can tell you that the turntable works great. No problems with it at all. [ WAYNE  Feb 22, 2016 ]
The turntable also has an ON/THRU switch that lets you choose whether or not to use the built-in pre-amp, depending on your amplifier situation. [ Laura  May 19, 2015 ]
I don't see why not. The NAD has analog inputs, and this table has a built in phono pre-amp so there should be no problem using one of the analog inputs. I did not dig deep enough into the NAD to see if it also had a phono pre-amp so that also may be an option. That said, you are pairing what was a $3K integrated amp with a $250 TT. At a minimum, I would think you would want to upgrade the included phono cartridge to something higher in quality. [ BRIAN  May 10, 2015 ]
Thanks! [ DanG.  Mar 08, 2015 ]
includes a pre-mounted Audio Technica AT3600L phono cartridge it is replaceable! [ MARK S  Mar 08, 2015 ]
Thanks very much! [ DanG.  Mar 07, 2015 ]
It comes with a Audio Technica AT3600L. It is a standard mount cartridge and is replaceable. [ BRIAN  Mar 07, 2015 ]
The cartridge has no Manufacturer name or Part # on it. the whole cartridge assembly detaches from the arm by unscrewing the silver collar and unplugging from the arm. I imagine it is replaceable but you would need to contact Music hall to confirm. [ DR E D M  Mar 07, 2015 ]
I have not. Am using this solely to rip vinyl to mp3. [ John  Nov 07, 2014 ]
That little pre-amp by Teac would go directly to the speakers and the sound would be awesome! If your not blown away they will take it back I'm sure the are a great place to buy from.....good luck ......james [ JAMES M  Nov 05, 2014 ]
I am no Audio expert but there is no preAmp on this model. I connect directly to my computer using the USB lead and play using Window Media Player or record using Audacity software or I can connect to my old Sanyo amplifier and speakers. [ DR E D M  Nov 04, 2014 ]
I was wrong, this turntable does have a switch to go to 220-240 volts. [ Patrick  Oct 13, 2014 ]
No. Nothing on back panel to switch current. [ Patrick  Oct 13, 2014 ]
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 ]
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  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff
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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