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Music Hall USB-1

Manual belt-drive turntable with USB output and built-in phono preamp

Item # 823USB1

The Music Hall USB-1 does more than just deliver warm, rich sound from your cherished vinyl records.

The Music Hall USB-1 does more than just deliver warm, rich sound from your cherished vinyl records.

Item # 823USB1

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Expected: 1/25/2021

$249.99 -$50.00 Price break

$199.99

About the Music Hall USB-1

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.

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.

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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
  • MFR # USB-1

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

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Drive Type Belt
Pitch Control Yes
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.25
Weight 9.7 lbs.

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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 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.

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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Customer Q&A

19 questions already asked

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Will an Empire Gold 2000 cartridge work in this turntable?
[ Rocky  Nov 18, 2019 ]
2 answers
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This turntable is compatible with Standard mount cartridges. As long as that cartirdge mounts in the same way, it should work with little issue
[ Calvin  Nov 28, 2019 ]  Staff
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Do not own item
[ Joel  Nov 26, 2019 ]
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What material is the tonearm made of?
[ josh  Mar 27, 2019 ]
1 answer
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I cannot find the material used to make the tonearm anywhere on our site, in the manual, or on their page. I recommend calling Music Hall's customer support on 516-487-3663 to see if they have that information My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul
[ Paul  Apr 14, 2019 ]  Staff
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Is this an automatic retractable arm?
[ BogJanie  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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No it is not.
[ Rick  Apr 24, 2018 ]
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no
[ Ted  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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Nope. Manual. Very easy to use, however.
[ Roger  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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No. You have to manually return the arm at the end of the last track.
[ TERRY  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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Is this an automatic retractable arm?
[ BogJanie  Apr 23, 2018 ]
5 answers
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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 ]
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Sorry, there is no auto-lift mechanism on this turntable
[ GARY C  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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No it is not...Full Manual
[ Robert  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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Nope
[ William  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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Can this be used with a Sonos Play:5 without any additional equipment?
[ SaraL.  Apr 12, 2018 ]
3 answers
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You need a phono preamp and connect it to aux. input to use a phono.
[ Robert  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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great question, but i cannot answer it because i do not have Sonos.
[ Daniel  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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Although this is a fully manual TT, does the tonearm, at least, lift off the record when the record is over ... or does the needle just sit there in the groove forever ...?
[ robert  Dec 19, 2017 ]
4 answers
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The needle will sit there and groove forever.
[ Robert  Dec 20, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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The tone arm just sits there. Still a great buy.
[ Paul  Dec 19, 2017 ]
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this could be a stupid question... do you need speakers or does it play from the turntable?
[ Meg  Dec 13, 2017 ]
7 answers
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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 ]
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yes ---you need a pair of speakers
[ Donald  Dec 15, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Receiver and speakers required. This is a great turntable
[ Michael  Dec 15, 2017 ]
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You do need speakers. Enter
[ Bradley  Dec 15, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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can you record directly to a usb thumbdrive ?
[ jamie  Sep 09, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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No, since it is a USB cable that transfers the recording.
[ James  Sep 10, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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My strobe lamp has quit working. How do I replace it?
[ Will  Sep 05, 2016 ]
1 answer
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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
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Is this turntable fully manual? In other words at the end of a record do you need to physically bring the tonearm back or does the turntable do that for you?
[ Craig  Apr 27, 2016 ]
4 answers
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Yes. This a manual turntable.
[ Allen  Apr 28, 2016 ]
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Is anyone having problems with a phone pre amp set up ? I have both TTs set up on two different systems going through a Project and Cambridge Audio pre amps (courtesy of C'field of course). Periodically both start to break apart from the left speaker (distortion, etc...). Weird it happens on both systems. Emailed MH, and they said to check if it was on MM vs line which it is. Tried everything. MH gave up after that one email (not good service). Thanks...
[ Joe  Mar 16, 2016 ]
1 answer
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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
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Does the turntable work with an aux cable for output?
[ Jon  Feb 22, 2016 ]
3 answers
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Wish I could answer but I bought this as a gift
[ Tom  Feb 23, 2016 ]
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Yes with a regular RCA audio cable
[ LAWRENCE E  Feb 22, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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Can I use a NAD M3 Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier with this turntable?
[ John  May 09, 2015 ]
2 answers
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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.
[ grablu  May 19, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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Does anyone have specifics on the cartridge this model uses? Manufacturer or Part #? Is it replaceable in case it wears out down the road? Thanks!
[ DanG.  Mar 06, 2015 ]
5 answers
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Thanks!
[ DanG.  Mar 08, 2015 ]
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includes a pre-mounted Audio Technica AT3600L phono cartridge it is replaceable!
[ MARK S  Mar 08, 2015 ]
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Thanks very much!
[ DanG.  Mar 07, 2015 ]
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It comes with a Audio Technica AT3600L. It is a standard mount cartridge and is replaceable.
[ Brian  Mar 07, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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Is anyone using a preamp on this ? I know it has one, but unlike my Denon, it doesn't have a switch to turn it off. I am afraid if I buy a preamp, I won't be able to use due to not having an on/off switch. Thanks....
[ Joe  Nov 03, 2014 ]
3 answers
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I have not. Am using this solely to rip vinyl to mp3.
[ John  Nov 07, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Is this turntable dual voltage 110-220v range?
[ Kenneth  Oct 13, 2014 ]
2 answers
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I was wrong, this turntable does have a switch to go to 220-240 volts.
[ Patrick  Oct 13, 2014 ]
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No. Nothing on back panel to switch current.
[ Patrick  Oct 13, 2014 ]
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Anyone have an opinion about the audio quality of this setup vs a non-usb turntable and a NAD usb phono preamp? Thanks
[ twilly  Mar 06, 2014 ]
4 answers
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i have no clue about a NAD usb phono preamp !
[ GUNTHER G  Mar 30, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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In what format can you save the music files? I hope there are options better than MP3.
[ Stephen  Dec 11, 2013 ]
2 answers
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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 ]
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The supplied Audacity software will allow you to save your files in several different formats (including WAV).
[ Jeff  Dec 13, 2013 ]  Staff
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I want to format my LPs to wave files not Mp3s.Is that possible?
[ Rick  Dec 11, 2013 ]
7 answers
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If only WAV files, there are a number of software tools that can change the format to various formats.
[ Chuckster  Jan 16, 2018 ]
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Thanks you. The tuner USB-1 it funny, I like.
[ JOSE D  Dec 14, 2013 ]
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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 ]
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Sorry, I can't answer that.
[ BERTRAM F  Dec 11, 2013 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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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