Music Hall USB-1
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Great purchase! Playing records once again; love the turntable; easy to operate and functions as expected.
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.
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.
No frills, but it does everything you'd expect it to do. Strobe tracks sell.
Brian, San Tan Valley, AZ
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Great purchase! Playing records once again; love the turntable; easy to operate and functions as expected.
Perfect fit for our business !!
No frills, but it does everything you'd expect it to do. Strobe tracks sell.
Cons: Wish it came with an auto return.
Love it! Playing my vinyl sounds like you are there in the club
Cons: no auto arm return
great turntable for the money. worst instruction Manuel i have ever seen.
The quality and sound are both impressive for the price of this turntable. I paired it with a pair of amplified speakers and the sound is truly superb. It was a bit of a bother to assemble the turntable and we had to consult a Crutchfield tech for guidance, but we got it up and running in a few short minutes.
Easy to set up and the sound is very good
Awsome turntable so nice to play my albums again. Only one thing the tonearm could use a stronger hold down clip
Nice product for the price. Easy to set up. The preamp doesn't push much volume and no auto return arm. Other than those two observations it's a nice turntable at an affordable price.
Pros: Easy set up, good sound.
Cons: No auto return arm and low volume if your using only the internal preamp
easy setup and looks great with my vintage stereo system, I would recommend this turntable to anyone who is looking for good quality for the money you spend.
Pros: easy to set up and looks great, a great addition to my vintage stereo system.
Music Hall USB-1 was simple to assemble out of the box. It plays beautifully only now I need time to learn how to use the extra playing and recording features. The price was perfect for getting me back to listening to my vinyls again. I only wish would be was that it had a automatic return stow arm when it gets to the end of a record. Otherwise it fits well within my needs of quality, function and cost.
Pros: Simple to set up, great sound quality, ease of use, great options for a low price to record songs to a computer.
Cons: Does not auto reset at the end of record playing.
Great turntable for the price. Crutchfield has AMAZING customer service, and fast shipping.
Great service from Crutchfield , fast shipping and very well packed. The turntable arrived in pristine condition . Setup was very easy and was running in 15 minutes. Did a cartridge alignment to correct factory setup. The belt drive unit is quiet and cartridge provides good sound . Very good value for the price .
Pros: Very good fit and finish
Cons: No auto stop and end of play
Great looking and sounding turntable
I purchased this turntable over others in the "less than $300" price range because it has the right combination of features. - It has both USB and RCA outputs which can work simultaneously. Plus, the RCA out has switchable (on or off) preamp, so you can plug it into any stereo. - it is not direct drive. The metal platter is belt-driven and has a strobe (so you know the speed is accurate). - The tone arm has both anti-skate and tracking force adjustments, with a quality cartridge and stylus. This combination allows me to once again enjoy my old vinyl records, and have the ability to easily make digital archives on my computer. Now that I have had the chance to use it for a while I am very happy with the quality and sound. The only drawback is the tone arm drop lever does not have any dampening, so you have to carefully lower it manually.
Pros: Good quality and sound
Cons: The tone arm drop lever does not have dampening
Sounds Great! Blast from the past to be back in vinyl! Order was shipped and to my door in a few days. Set up was not very difficult. Was listening to music in 15 minutes. Have always had good luck with Crutchfield. Love the simple look of the Music Hall turntable. Have had many compliments from other vinyl enthusiasts. I am sure there are fancier tables with more bells and whistles but I like the simplicity of this unit. Reminds me of the 70's.....
Pros: It's all good.
Cons: Set up of the balance could have been made easier with better instruction but it was not difficult to figure out.
Wonderful gift for my husband who has over 100 albums. Service was amazing!
Great player , reasonable price
Easy to set up! Made a call to tech support regarding how to sync with my Bowers & Wilkins speakers. With a 2 min conversation, I was set and ready to play my vinyl! Love the product, love the Crutchfield team. I chose to purchase from Crutchfield Vs another online retailer for the purpose of support which turned out to be a very smart decision.
Pros: Easy assembly Looks nice Sounds good Can add to current system Great product support
Cons: None thusfar, in serving my particular purpose for the turntable.
Love the turntable. Sounds good. Everything I was looking for
I was surprised at the quality of this turntable. Of course, anything you get from Crutchfield is top notch. The turntable is made very well and the stylus cartridge very high quality. With the Audacity Software included, I had fun learning the software and burning LP's to high quality CD's. Exactly what I was wanting and looking for.
Easy to set up and use, my 25 year old daughter said it was legit and is jealous of dad.
Pros: Easy setup.
Love it. Easy to use. High quality. My only problem was with figuring out how to adjust the counterweight on the tone arm. I'm still not sure I got it right. The counterweight wiggles when you're supposed to be holding it still (to turn back to zero.)
Pros: simple nice quality (i think) easy to hook up to USB for ripping
Cons: counterweight adjustment was awkward
Love this turntable!!!! To be honest the last one that I owned was over 20 years ago so I can't compare it with anything modern but this is an enormous improvement upon what I used to have!!! I would say that any audiophile who is just getting into vinyl or is replacing a turntable that is not pro-quality should seriously consider this one.
I got this because reviewers indicated that it had better sound quality than the comparably priced Audio Technica turn table but was disappointed to realize it does not have automatic stop/start feature. This is problematic especially when the turn table reaches the end of the record as it will not shut-itself off so must be monitored (don't fall asleep, etc). Overall it works as advertised and seems to have good build quality--I just did not pay close enough attention to the features when I bought it. Haven't tried the software to record to MP3 so can't rate that.
Pros: Good sound quality, some higher-end features.
Cons: Dust cover must be opened to stop/start or power on/off. No automatic start/stop. Instructions about balancing counterweight not intuitive.
The Music Hall surpassed my expectation; the ease of setup, the sound quality is worth the money. I highly recommend.
Pros: ease of everything with this product.
Cons: trying to find one...
Relatively easy setup (YouTube helped with counterweight setup for the uninitiated). Love the features, just starting to play with everything. Can't wait to get the other components and new speakers to really put this to use.
Very nice turntable for the money. Sounds good, looks nice. Very happy with it.
Great turntable. Good price as usual from Crutchfield. Very accurate and precise operation and easy setup.
Pros: Just a great turntable for the price. Easy setup.
Purchase through Crutchfield was great. There really is no need to drive out for your products.
Pros: Everything you need to play records & transfer to digital.
Cons: Some assembly required
Works very well for my needs.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Easy to use, quality is good, brings back good memories.
Pros: USB port is a plus, easy connection.
Just got it completely set up yesterday as it was a Christmas present. Seems to be working as it should be so far!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A good looking and good performance player.
Pros: accurate and quiet player.
Cons: no auto play/ stop system.
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.
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.
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
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
Good player. Best value I found.
Pros: Great sound, good price, easy set up.
Cons: More plastic than I anticipated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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
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.
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.
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.
Delivery what it promissed
Pros: Good cost benefit!
Cons: Low quality of the manual.
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.
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.
Good piece of equipment great service.
Pros: Good sound
Cons: Poor instructions
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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!!!!!
A great value for the price.
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.
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.
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.
An excellent turntable, I have another Music Hall turntable as well. INCOMPREHENSABLE SOFTWARE - TOTALLY UNABLE TO USE THE PRODUCT
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!
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.
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
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.
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)
|45 RPM Adapter||Yes|
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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 Technica 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 offers 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.
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Price for features - seemed to offer more quality than basic unit. [ Randy Oct 26, 2018 ]
It is what I liked for a good price [ Roy Oct 04, 2018 ]
Good reviews, Fair price [ ZACHARY Oct 01, 2018 ]
Did a lot of research. Music Hall USB-1 had great reviews. Getting back into vinyl records, did not want to sink a lot of money in a system. Also looked at the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB. Not a lot of difference for the $100 more. [ Maurice Aug 11, 2018 ]
After an EXCELLENT experience with my adviser Manny to find great speakers, I emailed him to help me choose a turntable, based on my budget and the specific features hubby wanted: the ability to adjust playing speed and also convert my old albums to digital files using our laptops (Windows and Mac). He emailed me back the same day with the Music Hall USB-1 and even placed it in my cart for me if I chose to purchase it. My husband is excited that he will be able to listen to his old albums again! [ Kristin P Jul 20, 2018 ]
The Music Hall USB-1 was recommended by Jenna Miles in her book "The Beginner's Guide to Vinyl". A very helpful book. [ Maren Jul 10, 2018 ]
friend has system [ Dan Jun 10, 2018 ]
I wanted a belt drive, with strobe and ability to manage the pressure on the stylus. This met all my needs. I hope I can enjoy it as I did my tables back in the 80's [ John May 26, 2018 ]
Most of the USB capable turntables in this pricerange or below look low/poor quality. Music Hall's USB-1, however looks far more superior and a good investment. I was also considering an ION Mustang turntable which style is extremely appealing, however after reading some reviews and zooming in on the pics. it seems the main guts/turntable is identical to the cheap victrolas - other entry level brands I'm seeing out there. looking forward to having the Music hall prove that I made a wise decision [ Matthew May 04, 2018 ]
Reviews and affordability [ Ron Apr 26, 2018 ]
best seller and size [ AARON Mar 24, 2018 ]
good reviews and recommendation by Chuck [ ricky Feb 08, 2018 ]
Needed good, solid turntable and advisor recommended this one. The reviews were good, too. [ James Dec 28, 2017 ]
gift for mom [ Torrie Dec 21, 2017 ]
Reliable [ Arthur Dec 14, 2017 ]
Awesome Deal [ Edward Dec 03, 2017 ]
I have a music hall CD player and my old Sony phonograph was recently ruined by a power surge. This one was on sale and I like the quality of my CD player so I thought it would be a good replacement [ Mark Nov 23, 2017 ]
cost and good reviews of product [ Dennis Nov 10, 2017 ]
Advisor Dexter recommended it. [ Simon Oct 26, 2017 ]
Birthday gift for my son. [ BRYAN Oct 04, 2017 ]
I am a High End Audio nut and Music Hall is a good company. I have tickets for the High End Audio show the first week in Oct here in Denver, I go every year. I can wait to hear records through my Magnepan Speakers. [ Gary Sep 24, 2017 ]
Features s tone arm and tracking adjustments [ Stephen Sep 08, 2017 ]
I currently have this turntable and bought this one as a gift. [ Carl Aug 04, 2017 ]
reviews and built in preamp [ robert Jun 10, 2017 ]
value [ harrison May 03, 2017 ]
I was looking for an entry level turntable that was not too expensive or overly complicated. I found one! I did not use the installed preamp, I purchased an external from Amazon for $30 and the music reproduction is fantastic!!! The only issue I have come across is that if you walk right next to it while playing it may skip. I intend on correcting this with some vibration dampening materials under both the feet of the USB-1 and the table it is on. All in all this is a good turntable. [ Thomas May 01, 2017 ]
Great review and the price with discount is just right for my budget. [ Dennis Mar 06, 2017 ]
it seems to fit my requirements [ Carlos Feb 12, 2017 ]
Detailed information answered all my questions and recommendation by your subject matter experts. [ Norman Jan 28, 2017 ]
To replace a non-functioning turntable [ W Jan 24, 2017 ]
Looking for an affordable turntable. Great reviews and should fit our system nicely. Working with Crutchfield is awesome as always. Was able to redeem some reward points, so that was a happy extra... [ Joseph Jan 21, 2017 ]
Name brand recognition, looks and price [ Chris Dec 25, 2016 ]
Good value. Wanted a belt drive automatic with a built in amp. [ TIMOTHY Dec 21, 2016 ]
Reviews [ Demian Dec 15, 2016 ]
USB output, Phono preamp, switchable, decent quality for casual listener [ Josh Dec 09, 2016 ]
Online recommendations - stocked by Crutchfield [ Alan Dec 05, 2016 ]
It looks good value for the money and good reviews. [ MICHAEL Dec 02, 2016 ]
The price drop and good quality turntable [ MARTIN Nov 28, 2016 ]
great deal for stellar product [ MITCHELL Nov 26, 2016 ]
Overall quality and features. USB connection and software and added plus. [ C Nov 11, 2016 ]
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 ]
No it is not. [ Rick Apr 24, 2018 ]
no [ Ted Apr 23, 2018 ]
NO. However if you look at the large picture you will find a small lever that allows you to first move the stylus over any where over the record and using the lever carefully lower the stylus. I find this OK and I like the performance of the turntable. When the end of the record is attained the stylus remains stopped and the lever must be used to lift the stylus and then the stylus can be moved back to it's original position. [ ROBERT Apr 23, 2018 ]
Nope. Manual. Very easy to use, however. [ Roger Apr 23, 2018 ]
No. You have to manually return the arm at the end of the last track. [ TERRY Apr 23, 2018 ]
No. You must raise (and lower) the arm manually either directly with your finger, or using a small lever at the base of the arm. No problem; works great. [ Carroll W. Apr 23, 2018 ]
No. I don't think the arm retracts automatically. I must move the arm on my turntable back by hand. [ SCOT A. Apr 23, 2018 ]
Sorry, there is no auto-lift mechanism on this turntable [ GARY C Apr 23, 2018 ]
No, it is manual. It has a lever for up and down functions. I have enjoyed using it. Went way too long without a turntable. [ RUSSELL Apr 23, 2018 ]
No it is not...Full Manual [ Robert Apr 23, 2018 ]
Nope [ William Apr 23, 2018 ]
You need a phono preamp and connect it to aux. input to use a phono. [ Robert Apr 12, 2018 ]
great question, but i cannot answer it because i do not have Sonos. [ Daniel Apr 12, 2018 ]
I do not own a Sonos Play 5, but I would expect that the Music Hall USB-1 audio out can plug directly into the line in of Sonos speaker. The turntable does have a pre-amp, so the signal should certainly drive the line in input. The speaker then has its own main amp. Just need the right cable adapter. [ Robert Apr 12, 2018 ]
The needle will sit there and groove forever. [ Robert Dec 20, 2017 ]
Hi The tonearm does not lift off at the end of the record . On some LP's it even skips right on to the paper part of the record. Hope this was helpful. [ Pawel Dec 20, 2017 ]
No, tone arm does not automatically lift on record. It will continually loop on the interior groove until you manually lift it off. [ William M. Dec 20, 2017 ]
The tone arm just sits there. Still a great buy. [ Paul Dec 19, 2017 ]
There are no stupid questions. Yes, you will need speakers and a receiver, and the receiver will need to have a phono input. BTW, I am very happy with this turntable and would buy it again. [ devin Dec 16, 2017 ]
yes ---you need a pair of speakers [ Donald Dec 15, 2017 ]
Hello Meg, no this is not a stupid question but the system needs to be played through an amplifier with speakers. Using a Yamaha amplifier for my system with this turntable has been the most effective and best sounding system for me so far. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions of me Enter an answer to this question. [ James Dec 15, 2017 ]
Not stupid at all! Yes, it does need speakers. Most things have speakers built in anymore, but turntables do not. Think of them like a receiver. You have to have speakers to listen to that, too. [ Susan Dec 15, 2017 ]
Receiver and speakers required. This is a great turntable [ Michael Dec 15, 2017 ]
You do need speakers. Enter [ Bradley Dec 15, 2017 ]
I would suggest you CHAT with someone at Crutchfield. I do have this turntable and it is connected to a stereo receiver which has speakers. The turntable it's self does not have an internal speaker. I see Crutchfield does sell this turntable with additional speakers: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_700TBLKITB/Audioengine-A2-Music-Hall-USB-1-Bundle-Satin-Black.html But, it think you should CHAT with them 1st. [ Richard Dec 15, 2017 ]
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
If only WAV files, there are a number of software tools that can change the format to various formats. [ Charles Jan 16, 2018 ]
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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