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TEAC TN-300

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

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TEAC TN-300 belt-drive turntable

A turntable that plays nice with your PC and your music system

TEAC just seems to have a knack for building impressive sounding audio gear with an eye for stylish design. Case in point — the versatile TN-300 turntable. Dressed in a gorgeous high-gloss finish, this 'table has everything you need to enjoy your vinyl collection. The built-in phono preamp allows you to connect it directly to almost any audio system, even one without a turntable input. Plus, the TN-300 features a USB output that makes it easy to transfer your albums to your Mac® or Windows® PC for digital archiving. Save your tunes as MP3, WAV, or other music files that you can store on your computer or download to a smartphone or portable music player.

TEAC TN-300 turntable tonearm

An anti-skate mechanism ensures accurate tracking with your records.

Beauty that's more than skin deep

Under the TN-300's polished exterior is a heavy MDF base designed to resist external vibration. Driven by a high-torque DC motor, the turntable's die-cast aluminum platter spins on a polished stainless steel spindle and bronze bushing that minimize friction for smooth, silent rotation. The turntable's tried-and-true belt-drive system uses a Neoprene® rubber belt to isolate motor vibration and prevent noise from being transmitted through to your amp and speakers. A straight aluminum tonearm equipped with an Audio-Technica AT95E moving-magnet cartridge ensures accurate tracking and rich, full-range sound.

TEAC TN-300 turntable back panel connections and controls

The TEAC TN-300 has a USB output for digitally archiving your vinyl collection.

Enjoy the rich sound of vinyl without the hassle

TEAC knows that turntable setup can be a challenge for the novice. That's why the TN-300 comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its pre-matched, factory-mounted phono cartridge and tonearm take the guesswork out of installation, and give you optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few simple steps to dial in key settings like tracking force and anti-skating are all it takes to get this 'table primed and ready to go.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in phono preamp with line-level audio and USB output (Windows® and Mac® compatible)
    • recording software not included (TEAC recommends Audacity, a free sound recording and editing software program available at audacity.sourceforge.net)
  • RCA analog output is switchable (LINE/PHONO) for use with external phono preamps
  • 12" aluminum die-cast platter with heavy rubber mat to protect records from scratches
  • straight tonearm with detachable headshell
  • includes pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT-95E moving magnet cartridge
  • heavy MDF base minimizes unwanted resonance for better sound
  • high-torque DC motor
  • fully manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • rotation speed variation: ±1.5%
  • wow and flutter: 0.2%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 67dB
  • gold-plated RCA audio jacks
  • included external power supply reduces likelihood of electro-mechanical interference
  • 16-5/8"W x 4-5/8"H (with dust cover down) x 14-5/8"D
  • weight: 10.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Great quality sound. Plays old albums I never thought would play again, due to damage (scratches, abrassions, etc.). Stylish and well built, yet affordable.

Mike, Ocala, Florida

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 58" DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable
  • Rubber mat
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Headshell w/ cartridge
  • Cover w/ 2 hinges (pre-installed)
  • 2 Rubber covers
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card
Reviews

TEAC TN-300 Reviews

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Mike from Ocala, Florida on 7/5/2017

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Great quality sound. Plays old albums I never thought would play again, due to damage (scratches, abrassions, etc.). Stylish and well built, yet affordable.

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Great platter

Jim from Charleston, SC on 6/21/2017

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Love it. Great turntable!

Pros: Smooth movement Solid construction

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Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on 6/13/2017

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I'm very happy with this turntable. My 30-year old Technics turntable was no longer functioning and I had been looking for a suitable replacement. Assembly and installation was easy. Sound quality is very good. I'm enjoying re-discovering some of my old records and am even acquiring some new ones.

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No USB cable!

John from Scottsdale, AZ on 6/12/2017

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Despite advertising USB capability, no USB cable included. I'm bummed out

Pros: Looks nice, can't try it yet

Cons: No USB cable!

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FRANK from Sarasota, FL on 5/16/2017

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excellent service from Crutchfield and we are now enjoying collecting old records that we had once before. Unit is well built and works great and looks terrific.

Pros: EASY SET UP GREAT TURNTABLE WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED COLLECTING RECORDS THAT WE HAD GIVEN AWAY YEARS AGO. We were able to hook directly to a BOSE system we have and will eventually hook to our better system but for now it works great.

Cons: none

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Eldon from Wawanesa, MB on 5/8/2017

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The Teac replaces a Dual 1257, the sole remaining component from a system I put together in 1980. It sounds great, and when it is not in use, it looks pretty awesome too. I thought getting the tone arm balance right was a little tricky, but it turned out okay. I like the way it was packed, (a box in a box in a box), and shipping to North Dakota where I picked it up was quick.

Pros: Great sound and great styling.

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Paul from Granada Hills Ca on 5/1/2017

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I am very pleased with the new Teac. It arrived in only 3 days with the free shipping. It has all the features I needed in an entry level table. It comes practically ready to play and sounds great with my vintage Pioneer receiver. Crutchfield's service was outstanding ! I called with a technical question at 7:00 PM west coast time and was amazed to receive a prompt answer to my question ! This was my first purchase from Crutchfield and definitely won't be my last !

Pros: Easy setup, quality built, 100% satisfied

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Sudbury, MA on 4/23/2017

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At first, I was very hesitant to purchase the turntable but after having it for a month roughly I have realized that it sounds fantastic and is very compatable with the speakers I have already set up

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Anonymous from Port Angeles, WA on 4/23/2017

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Excellent turntable. Previous reviews were extremely helpful in selecting this model. Sounds great and setup was extremely easy to accomplish. I'm very satisfied in my selection.

Pros: Sound. Ease of setup. Looks!

Cons: No auto return.

Nice looking, nice sounding turntable!

John J from Matthews, NC on 4/20/2017

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A great turntable to get back into vinyl. I have this hooked up to my vintage Pioneer SX-650 and it sounds great! I like having the USB port for when I get around to digitizing some of my favorite albums, but haven't tried that feature yet. Like that I can close dust cover with record in operation. Good, solid body and vibration absorbing feet ensure no skipping from outside disturbances. Looks great, too!

Pros: Great sounding, great looks, easy to hook up, USB or analog flexibility, full-size dust cover.

Cons: No auto return.

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tom from Temple, TX on 4/19/2017

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turntable is very ice; nice sound and easy to use. I love the sound of the product. Easy setup.

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Cons: would like auto shut off.

Great Sound & Operational Ease

Eugene from Englewood, OH on 4/11/2017

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I Have a lot of LP's that I listen to and my older turntable finally died, so in researching I found that the Teac TN-300 hooks up to both my receiver and computer to allow me to convert to a MP3 file. I will have friends over and we will pick out 45's and play them like a DJ of a radio station. I like the ease of use for myself or others to play 45's

Pros: Ease of hookups to computer and receiver Quality of sound Ease of overall operation

Cons: No automatic shutoff

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Anonymous from Indian Wells, CA on 4/4/2017

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I like the turntable. It took a bit of help from the tech team of Crutchfield to get the right speed. Turns out I had to use a different port entry to connect the phono to the amp. But love the sound and the product.

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Great turntable

Jim from Glen Ellyn, IL on 4/3/2017

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I really like this turntable. It performs well, looks great and was pretty easy to setup . I was concerned it would not be that great for the low price but after 2 weeks of use I am so impressed with this turntable. I would buy it again, although I might choose a flasher color if I had the chance.

Pros: Looks great, easy to use

Cons: Needed to do slight adjustments to arm balancing

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Dave P from MI on 3/19/2017

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I was not told that I need additional software to put old recording records on my computer! The hardware looks good but your tect. Support could not help me. unfortunately most likey well have to be sending it back. I would a like call from Bill.

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Crutchfield response on 3/22/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Dave to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the turntable working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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jason from South Lake Tahoe, CA on 3/10/2017

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Decided it was time to dust off the records & spin some vinyl again. I couldn't be happier with this turntable, it"s easy to set up and sound great, no issues at all so far.

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Alan from Houston, TX on 3/1/2017

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I'm getting back into vinyl (been listening to CD's since the 80's!) This is a gorgeous turntable that was not hard to set up. I'm a little disappointed with the cartridge that's included (I'm upgrading it soon), as it seems to cut off the brightness of the cymbals in the music, but for the money it's a great unit.

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Anonymous from Franklin, wiI on 1/25/2017

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Excellent unit. A bit sensitive to floor vibrations so don't let your dog go running thru the audio room. Easy install. Great look and sound.

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David from Tehachapi, Ca. on 1/20/2017

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After a great deal of debating and researching I decided on the TN300 turntable to replace my worn and damaged Akai unit which has served me well over the span of more than twenty years. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of setup and the accurate alignment of the cartridge on the headshell (bad experience with a BIC turntable in the past), and the setup process was done in 30 minutes. I am still skeptical about the power supply as it lacks the solid quality feel of everything else in the package, but will see how it holds up in the long run. As for the performance, this turntable is well beyond my expectations and I have tried it both with the built in preamp, and through the phono input on my Marantz receiver, and aside from the Marantz preamp seemingly having slightly more "punch", it sounded outstanding both ways. The most notable thing I got was the lack of any audible rumble or footsteps on my rather creaky homes floor - this is a very well isolated turntable. The AT95 cartridge has always been a good sounding cartridge, so nothing surprising there although I may upgrade at a later time. Overall very pleased, just need to figure out how to burn some CDs from my favorite vinyl now !

Pros: Build Quality outstanding, very solid. Very quiet operation with a far from perfect floor.

Cons: Power supply could be more solid, Auto return would be nice ( but I understand this might impact the quiet operation).

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Anonymous from New York, NY on 1/17/2017

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Great turntable for the money

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Could have been great...

Alec from Winchester, VA on 1/7/2017

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This is a beautiful turntable. With features like a line out USB made it a very enticing purchase. It unpacks well and is not complicated. The tone arm was I bit confusing at first too get calibrated. The cartridge is awesome. It is warm and forgives plenty on older vinyl. It warms up the newer vinyls and you get that traditional sound. That's about it for good. I had 2 of these over a 3 week period. They both exhibited bad motor functions. After about 8 hours of total playing the player would spin slower randomly. Sometimes it seemed like there was a drag, other times it was fine... Then it would come back. Very inconsistent. It was really annoying on slower songs with long passages of instrumental solos. It was harder to hear during singing. That was disappointing as it looked to have so much promise from TEAC. While some say this is an entry turntable, I would venture to say it is they reason this shouldn't do this. Creates a bad experience for newer vinyl enthusiasts. Luckily, Crutchfield worked with me for a replacement both times in a timely fashion.

Pros: Looks good, plays good when playing properly, the Audio Technics cartridge is awesome.

Cons: Random slowness, spins slowly at times, did I mention it won't spin at 33.3 consistently?

Beautiful Equipment And Price

Curtis from PA on 1/5/2017

I purchased this; rec'd it in a timely manner; perfect condition out of the box; followed all the set up instructions which were simple; plugged it in and Zilch...i swapped out the RCA cables with gold ends and still a scratchy bad sounding non fidelity audible Noise. I hooked it up to three receivers I have and it sounded the same with all of them. SO, i purchased a new Yamaha amp from Crutchfield (excellent experience) and hooked this turntable up to it....still, sounded bad. SO, fairly certain I just received a bad unit of production; having read all the other reviews here, which is why I purchased it in the first place (great reviews and discounted price)...so; returning it as soon as the prepaid label gets here and going to try one more unit. I sure hope it works like the reviews here indicate. I will be happy.

Pros: Simplicity of operation; design; beautiful finish with nice accents; great cover. It looks stunning; for this price, it's as beautiful, if not more so, that units I have had over the years that cost 3 times as much...

Cons: It didn't work out of the box; I can't find anything wrong with it; must have just got the first one built on a Monday or the last one built on a Friday. Getting a new one to replace it; and then this unit will have Zero Cons.....

Great Product! TEAC TN-300

Roger from Houston, TX on 1/3/2017

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Arrived in perfect condition. Easy setup with minimal assembly. Sounds Superb!!! Can't beat the quality for the price. Default is Pre-Amp switch set to on, so if you are connecting to an AMP or another pre-amp, make sure this is in the O-F-F position. Otherwise will be distorted sound and/or extremely loud.

Pros: Beautiful Cherry finish, and well built. Sounds great and very attractive addition to the Den. Highly recommended.

Cons: Can be tricky to line up the belt to the motor for assembly. Took a couple tries.

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warren from Santa Maria, CA on 12/29/2016

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Awesome turntable for the price. Exceptional built in preamp. Connected directly to our soundbar subwoofer. We have music now. Not rushing to refurb the Dynaco and purchase separate speakers

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Cons: very short accessory cords

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Anonymous from Weston, MA on 12/27/2016

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overall i'm happy with the turntable though it does have a slight but noticeable wobble as the cast table spins. Don't think it causes and sound issues

Pros: price is good, and it looks nice

Cons: bothersome wobble as it tuns

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Anonymous from Mooresville, IN on 12/26/2016

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The package was delivered on time and packaged safely, the setup was easy and we required nothing to get it playing. The red cherry finish is beautiful!! Thanks Crutchfield!

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THIS ONE IS A WINNER!!

Douglas W from WEST DELRAY, FL on 12/21/2016

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Wish I could give it 6 STARS!!! I tried a Denon before this and returned it for the TEAC 300. Best thing I ever did. Set-up was a breeze. All functions worked great. Just had to get used to the manual stuff all over again. Very well made unit. It is as good or better than the DUAL 1229 which I still have. The manual operation is fun and it takes you back to the old LP era. That sound I missed so much! There is something to be said for that warm sound. I did up-grade the cartridge to A Grado Blue and liked it even better!! If you do up grade the cartridge then take the time to measure and follow the directions and listen for the best setting. GREAT!! GREAT!! GREAT!! and there is one more thing, It's BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK AT!! I wish I got the RED base!!

Pros: Can't do better for the price!!

Cons: There aren't any!! I should have chose the RED BASE!!!

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Anonymous from Shawnee Mission, KS on 11/28/2016

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Awesome and beautiful record player. Easy set up and runs amazing!

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2000 LPs no longer sit idle.....

Dana from Hilo, HI on 11/16/2016

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It's a great turntable for the money, works well, easy to set up, and it looks sharp. I enjoy rediscovering my LP collection!

Pros: Had it up and running in no time, and sounds great.

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Great turntable!

Steven from Midland, TX on 10/25/2016

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Excellent turntable! Very easy set-up, and it played perfectly right out of the box. It looks fantastic, and included audio technica cartridge tracks perfectly. So nice to have analog sound coming from my speakers.

Pros: great looks, easy set up, good price, sounds fantastic

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Excellent product

Jerome from Melbourne, FL on 10/17/2016

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The TN-300 was easy to set up following the directions in the instruction book. I used the built-in preamp. For the first time in many years, I can listen to old records - and they sound terrific - better than I expected. The only minor issue I had was the stylus pressure as set up per the TN=300 manual was off by a quarter gram from that measured with a Shure stylus pressure measurement gauge. (very minor in the grand scheme of things).

Pros: Everything - works and sounds as advertised and looks as good as it sounds, and is an excellent value.

Cons: stylus force off slightly (Minor)

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Anonymous from Portland, OR on 10/11/2016

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Arm needed some tuning, but beyond that ran great out of the box.

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Great Turntable

Larry B from Palm Bay, FL on 10/10/2016

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Nice table for the money. Brought all our vinyl out of storage and back to life. Long time Teac fan. Very happy with this unit. Really beautiful redwood chassis.

Pros: Great sound reproduction......Nice looking.......Great price!!

Cons: None

A deal-breaker with this turntable (TEAC-300)

Patrick W from Aberdeen, SD on 10/10/2016

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I purchased this turntable one year ago because it has a built-in pre-amp. I will be donating it to some unsuspecting Salvation Army customer because it has become useless. I'm out big $ now. It's too late to return it. If you have a good turntable but no phono input on your receiver, buy a pre-amp and save your money.

Pros: Excellent delivery of the product. Easy set-up.

Cons: The anti-skating mechanism is defective. l've re-balanced the tone arm, re-set the stylus pressure, and re-set the anti-skating repeatedly, and for the next record I play, the stylus sticks in the groove halfway through or more. The stylus cannot even follow the exit groove because it's leaning so hard to the right (away from the center) and skates back to the previous track. I have tried setting the anti-skating to zero. Nothing works. Don't buy this turntable!

Crutchfield response on 10/24/2016 We appreciate the feedback. Charles, one of our Senior techs, read this review and reached out to the customer. He diagnosed the problem, and worked with TEAC to help get it resolved. Our Virginia-based Tech Support team is here to help for all Crutchfield purchases.

Nice unit for getting back into vinyl

Anonymous from Nipomo, CA on 10/3/2016

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Great look, fairly easy to operate. Pleasant warm sound, but lacking low end presence. It's actually hard to hear baselines and kickdrums even on newer remastered disks. Perhaps it's the supplied cartridge or the built in preamp. I've been boosting the bass at the amp, but then other sources are two heavy.

Pros: Looks good, easy to operate, pleasant sound

Cons: Light on the bass

Great turntable

Lion from Virginia Beach, VA on 8/19/2016

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Very nice turntable. Easy to hookup and use. Sounds great.

Pros: Well built, works perfectly right out of the box. Great looking.

Cons: Non

GREAT AND CHEAP

d_v from New Jersey on 6/1/2016

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I've had this for a few weeks now and I love it. The thing looks great and sounds wonderful. The only real complaint is the little bit of hum that happened when I hooked up my pre-amp but I just used the one built into the turntable and it sounds great with no hum. There is no where to attach a ground to the turntable so I suspect that might be the issue but I didn't even look into it because the built in pre-amp sounds fine. The only other complaint is that it doesn't have and auto-return so you have to stay near the stereo so you can stop the player when the side is over. No big deal to me though. A very minor gripe is that the power button is on the back of the unit so you have to reach back there every time to turn it on. It would have made sense to put it somewhere easier to get at but it really isn't too much of a big deal. For the price this thing is incredible. Some reviews mentioned the speed shifting but I have had no problems with anything like that. I haven't tried out the USB output, but even if it didn't work at all that wouldn't take away anything from me. I don't really need that but might play around with it in the future.

Pros: great warm sound. anti-skating works like a charm. beautiful construction.

Cons: no auto-return. nowhere to attach a ground

Great Value...Great Product!

Killer Turntable from Campbell, CA on 4/21/2016

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I have been looking to purchase a turntable for sometime. I started with lower priced models and quickly increased my budget to the likes of McIntosh. The night before I was going to purchase the MT5, I got the opportunity to listen to the Teac TN 300 and while it was not as fancy as the Mcintosh, it sounded very similar which really surprised me causing me to rethink the MT5 purchase. Last week I took receipt of the Teac and was blown away by the qualify, looks and the sound. Mel Torme never sounded better. I also listened to some classical, rock and jazz and was enthusiastically surprised. The sound through my Triads was amazing, rich in sound and color and saving all that money was good for my bank account. Highly recommend this unit.

Pros: Quality Product.

Cons: Dust cover could be a tad more robust.

A Wonderful Piece of Equipment

Mark from Eureka Springs, AR on 3/3/2016

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It's been several decades since I have purchased a turntable. I still occasionally use my old Denon, but wanted to own something current with capability to transfer my vinyl into a digital format. At the same time, I didn't want to spend a fortune for something that would only be used periodically. So the research began and the selection was made, the TEAC TN-300. A couple of weeks ago when it arrived, I was apprehensive about setting it up. Like I said, it's been a while. No problems whatsoever! The instructions were clear-cut and right on, and I was surprised to get it just right in one try and taking less than 20 minutes from out of the box to spinning some old favorites. The sound has exceeded my expectations. I cannot comment on the digital transfer capabilities yet as I haven't tried that. But I must say the price was right, and my cherry tone turntable is very attractive. I recommend the TEAC TN-300 highly.

Pros: Excellent sound, easy set-up, very attractive and a reasonable price.

Cons: None yet.

Beautiful Addition

Durge from watertown, CT on 3/3/2016

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For the money, the quality seems to be a terrific value from what I can hear so far. I sort of wish it hadn't come with the pre-amp which a quality component like this should rarely need with most discriminating users, but it apparently is no harm either. Perhaps the biggest attraction here is the appearance, which is eye catching and fits beautifully in most any room/setting, but it performs very nicely for any mid-range-plus system I would think. I don't understand why the power button is located weirdly in the back of the unit so you will have to situate it such that it allows easy access to the rear side of the table, not an issue in my case. I guess they just wanted to keep the front side clean and pretty.

Pros: Gorgeous appearance, easy set up and operation, includes rubber matt for the table, sounds great, includes a pre-amp (if you need one).

Cons: Power button on rear of unit (a little difficult to access), includes a pre-amp (if you don't need one).

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Jeff Defonseka from freehold, NJ on 3/1/2016

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Love the record player. Well built. Plays well. Finish is very good.

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What I expected

Jorge from grand prairie, TX on 2/23/2016

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After not having a turn table for many years decided to get one that was not too cheap or to expensive. The TN-300 tuned out to be a great choice and works great. One issue was as a turn table it produced sound lower than other devices hooked up to my receiver, so I hooked up and old Technics graphic equalizer I had in the closet and now I think it sound way better.

Pros: looks great, quiet and smooth running. easy to hook up did not need and external amp.

Cons: Sensitive just touching the lid to open and close it the sound can be heard thru the speakers.

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Terry from ames, IA on 2/22/2016

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Works as good as it looks. Very happy with the purchase. Have owned more expensive turntables , this one blows them out of the water.

Pros: Sounds great! Cherry looks very sharp.

Cons: None

Couldn't Be Happier

Mark A. from olney, MD on 2/20/2016

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I decided to buy a turntable after unboxing old vinyl records found in my parents attic when moving from their home of nearly 40 years. I have a decent (but old) audio system in my office consisting of a Yamaha HTR-5140 A/V Receiver connected to Bose AM-5 speakers with Yamaha AST 8" powered sub and wanted something that looked upscale and matched my office furniture. This turntable matched perfectly (cherry finish) and really looked and felt well built. Assembly/set up was easy and straight forward. I balanced and adjusted the stylus pressure using the Sure Tool (the built-in dial on the arm was close but not perfect). I ended up bypassing the built in phono pre-amp to take advantage of the one integrated to my old receiver (I compared and the Yamaha's sounded better). Overall, I love this turntable. Sound/tracking is superb!! I considered upgrading the cartridge but really can't imagine it could get much better with my old/average receiver/speakers. I go back to CD to compare but some albums just sound better on vinyl (i.e. Radiohead Kid-A, Beetles Abbey Road, and Miles Davis King of Blues come to mind). I haven't used the USB for recording yet but will try soon.

Pros: Upscale Looks, Build Quality, Ease of Set Up, Built in Preamp for those of you with newer equipment without one, USB for easy recording, and SOUND QUALITY!

Cons: No auto return feature (but I knew that going in and really didn't care). Otherwise, no cons.

Great Prouct

Matthew F. from Texas on 2/3/2016

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This appears to be a well-built product. It has great sound and appears well built. The controls have a solid feel. The only issue I have is the power switch on the back of the unit is hard to access if you have it in an enclosed area.

Pros: Great sound, easy setup, looks good.

Cons: Power switch on back is a pain to access

So far, so good

WH from New City, NY on 1/24/2016

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I'll begin by saying that I'm quite compulsive when it comes to researching expensive purchases such as this one and read everything I could find online and spoke to representatives at two retailers before making my purchase. I will also mention that I already own a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with the included Ortofon 2M red cartridge and a Speed box connected to a newer model Marantz receiver and have no complaints whatsoever. In fact, I love it. I wanted another turntable for my family room and was initially attracted to the Teac TN-300 because of it's beautiful cherry color but was also interested because it plays 33 AND 45 rpm records and has the USB capability. To do all that with a Pro-Ject would require over $200 of additional equipment (the speed box alone is $125). I have the Teac turntable connected to another new model Marantz receiver with phono inputs so the included phono preamp wasn't a factor in my purchasing decision, however, the fact that the Teac gives you the preamp AND the USB AND 2-speed capability is incredible given the price. But how does it sound?? So far...fantastic, and every bit as good as the Pro-Ject. Given that the Pro-Ject's included Ortofon 2M is a $100 cartridge while the AT-95 included with the Teac is about $35 this is incredible, but to my ear they sound equally warm, detailed and beautiful. I'm trying to play it every day to see if the uneven speed or other issues others have commented about occur. So far, so very good!

Pros: Great value, incredible number of features, easy setup, beautiful looking, terrific sound

Cons: None so far

TEAC TN-300

Anonymous from Central Lake, MI on 1/22/2016

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Nice product

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Absolutely thrilled with the TEAC TN-300 turntable!

JanetS from Massachusetts on 1/16/2016

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For the $300-500 price range, I think this is the best analog belt-drive turntable around. After doing a ton of research on turntables, I chose this one based on quality, sound, design and value, and availability through Crutchfield. In comparing my top 5 choices, I found that many of the review sites are just rehashing someone else's review (they're making money on ads so the content is just filler) so you have to dig deeper to find reviews by true audiophiles who know what they are talking about and have actually compared turntables themselves. The others I considered; Audio-Technica AT LP 120 USB, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, the U-Turn Orbit Plus, the Music Hall 2.2 and a few others. The Debut might have better sound, but lacks a switch to change LP speed. I'm in my 50's, so the TEAC brand stood out as one that has been making turntables since my high school days. I bought this one as a gift for my teen age son, and he's very impressed with the sound quality, design and functionality. And of course we're both blown away by the analog sound. Nothing beats the listening experience of vinyl on a turntable. The TEAC has key features that the competition just doesn't have; high quality, rich, full sound, thoughtful design, metal components, well-balanced tonearm, easy to lift the arm on and off the record, includes preamp and USB output for recording to digital. The TEAC is a sheer pleasure, & will sound even better when we upgrade the other stereo components.

Pros: Sound quality. Analog, belt-drive. Aluminum platter. High quality aluminum arm mechanism and design. Rubber mat. 33/45 switch on top. Start/stop switch on top. Easy set up. Beautiful, iconic design. Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge. Shock-absorbing aluminum/rubber feet. Crutchfield's faster shipping, better price, satisfaction guarantee and better return policy than our local stereo shop or other online music store, which was important in case we needed to return the item for any reason.

Cons: None really, except I'm not sure we'll use the built-in preamp and USB ouput. Haven't tried either yet. Good to have, though.

Great Record Player

psv from California on 1/12/2016

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Love this record player. It no only looks great but sounds really good too.

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Vinyl is back!

Sean P. from Stafford, Texas on 1/5/2016

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This turntable is really good. Very old school with that new school facade. As many others are doing, I'm getting back into vinyl. My wife picked up on that and surprised me with this for Christmas. She was coyly asking me questions about turntables and how would it fit in my home theater. She told me she looked at Pro-Ject and Rega, but this one kept drawing her back in. Again, she coyly asked me about TEAC the brand. I told her they are very respected except they do not sell products in the US like they used to. Until now. Set up was pretty good, but like several others I had trouble balancing the tone arm until I came across the TEACaudioDE Youtube video. After that it was that old vinyl bliss. It sounds as good, if not better than it looks (in Cherry). Very warm and smooth is the sound. What makes this more nostalgic is that I'm listening through speakers made for vinyl, Pioneer HPM 100. Still sounding good after 39 years, thanks to the TEAC TN-300. Have not tried the USB connection yet, but am looking forward to tinkering with it.

Pros: Very good sound and operation. For the most part set up was simple. The cost and features as compared to others in the same range with fewer features. Build quality.

Cons: For me, the balancing act of the tone arm. This does not in any way take away from the overall experience.

TEAC TN-300

Mitch from Georgia on 1/4/2016

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My wife wanted a turntable for Christmas. It has the look and feel of more expensive turntables. It sounds fantastic and I have no regrets.

Pros: Easy set-up, beautiful fit and finish and excellent sound quality.

Cons: None

TEAC TN-300

Anonymous from Michigan on 12/30/2015

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Nothing but praise. Beautiful design, easy to put together, plays wonderfully.

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Great Turntable

JenP from Indiana on 12/29/2015

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Awesome turntable, just like turntables of old stereo days. Sounds great hooked up to my Bose Wave Radio. Installation was easy, instructions were simple to follow. My Crutchfield team was very helpful in my selection and final purchase decision. Would recommend this turntable to anyone!

Pros: Great sound, ease of use and it looks fab. . .

Cons: None

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CathyD from Vermont on 12/28/2015

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I have not used my vinyl for many years and decided it was time to enjoy my albums again. I have an old NAD 5120, but had chucked the receiver years ago and just decided to invest in a new turntable. I liked the idea of being able to make my albums digital if I chose to go that route. I love the silver and black, and the turntable was very easy to set up. I had no trouble setting the anti-skate, etc, and the setting instructions provided turned out to result in good sound. I am using an old Adcom receiver and Thiel 1.2 speakers, and my albums sound great. I read many many reviews before deciding on this turntable. My decision was for this price point I will take the USB ability and pre-amp and deal with the cartridge later, since the big complaint about this unit was the cartridge. I could also get another pre-amp later if needed. Fortunately the sound is good enough I don't feel a huge pressure to do either of these things. I am very happy with this turntable.

Pros: Easy to set up, looks great and sounds great. It also has USB capability so I can put my music on my phone, and has a pre-amp included.

Cons: Perhaps the cartridge could be better, but that is easily fixed in the future.

Great Turntable!

Steve-o from Virginia on 12/25/2015

Very warm sounding turntable. It presents a large soundstage with incredibly detailed bass, mids, and highs.

Pros: -Excellent soundstage -Superb articulation -Rich sonic clarity -Great stereo separation -Excellent frequency reproduction -Handsome looking turntable (mine is cherry)

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Love this turntable

Anonymous from Springfield il on 12/22/2015

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Very sharp lookin in person...Easy to set up , sounds great! 100% pleased with this purchase definitely worth the money!

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Great turntable great buy

tlaren from Maryland on 12/14/2015

this is the best turntable I have ever owned took me awile to save up the moneys on a Walmart paycheck but glad I did worth every cent . this is the first quality turntable I have owned before this I had an ion max that I bought for converting witch was ok but I wanted something with better sound quality and the sound quality on this one is like times 10 better as it should be I also wanted something that would be great for listening to records as well and I don't think you will find a better one for the price just sounds amazing now just so you know that there are some reviews on here that say it looks better on the online picture I disagree I think it almost looks better in person the only thing I see bad about this turn table is no auto stop other than that it is perfect.

Pros: pretty much everything from converting to cd to listening to old records

Cons: no auto stop set up not the easiest had to get my girl to do it for me lol

satisfied customer

DennisC from New York on 12/7/2015

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Finally got around to replacing my trusty old thorens mkII 125 Ab. I wanted a table that can treat my vinyl collection with respect but can also help me to transition some of these LPs to a digital format. Truth be told I relied on the product reviews in choosing the TEAC as I could not locate one nearby to actually test. As the title suggests I am quite satisfied with the unit in every respect. Set up was pretty easy with clear instructions and a wee bit of patience. I am new to the suppled cartridge and so far quite happy with it as well. I did add the Auralex ISO-Tone shock absorbing platform as the floors in this house have a bit of spring to them. The TEAC sits very comfortably on the Auralex and seems to be properly isolated; as if it were unaware of any surroundings.

Pros: very easy on the eye, easy to set up, and appears to be able to show my vinyl collection the respect it deserves.

Cons: the on/off button in the back of the unit is a little hard to get at now that the turntable is sitting on a shelf in a stereo cabinet.

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Anonymous from Florida on 11/24/2015

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it is beautiful

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Patrick from Texas on 11/16/2015

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The USB quality wasn't up to par. But the line in from the Pre-Amp was good and I am happy with it so far !

Pros: EZ setup

Cons: USB output was fuzzy, But could have been my equipment on the receiving end.

Awesome sound!

Turi from Puerto Rico on 11/2/2015

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The TEAC TN-300 is a well-made turntable, perfect for those who have a great vinyl collection and wants a rich and warm sound. I got the Natural finish and looks very elegant and beautiful.

Pros: Awesome sound, easy to setup and looks amazing.

Cons: None

Great Sound - Attractive Design

ADR from Atlanta, GA on 10/28/2015

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Tremendous sound and extremely attractive unit. I bought it to rediscover tons of classic vinyl that had been in storage for quite some time. Connections for my Onkyo receiver and also for my Asus desktop computer were simple and easy. Love the look and the fantastic sound!

Pros: Clear and complete sound stage. Ease of operation. Computer USB connection allows the ability to digitize vinyl collection. Proud to display such a great looking unit.

Cons: Delicate assembly (counter weight and headshell) and adjustments (stylus pressure and anti-skating) required some trial and error for a novice but once familiarity established, everything made perfect sense.

Fantastic Sound!

Wendy from California on 10/4/2015

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I bought this turntable as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! He is very into music so the sound had to be perfect for him. Based on the reviews I felt this was a good choice and I wasn't disappointed. I got the cherry and it looks even more amazing in person. The contrast with the silver makes this turntable look very expensive. The set-up took a little longer because they had to get the needle just right, but everything else was a breeze. All of his music friends comment on the sound and look of this turntable and it's a hit!

Pros: The look is sleek and expensive. Amazing sound.

Cons: None really.

Beautiful Great sounding Turntable

JA from Ohio on 9/30/2015

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Replaced an old Rotel, great looking table, easy set up . Run it through Harman Kardon 7.1 system with Infinity speakers, LP's never sounded so good.

Pros: Beautiful easy set up

Cons: None

Great Centerpiece

Bdub from Greensboro, NC on 9/29/2015

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This is a beautiful looking turntable. It was easy to set up and sounded very good. The built-in pre-amp made hooking it up to my system very easy.

Pros: Great looking. Easy Set up.

Cons: None so far

Beautiful

Francesco from New Jersey on 9/18/2015

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Very elegant, nice built, stands out and become a conversation piece

Pros: Simple to operate, good performer I received an imperfect unit, but Crutchfield replaced it instantaneously, what a great company.

Cons: The head-shell is too heavy making difficult to mount high end MC cartridges because the counterweight cannot balance, and is very angled, there are no other brands replacements, unless you buy the entire shell/cartridge combo directly from TEAC. The conveyor belt looks delicate, let's see how long it last, for now is perfect.

Great table

Tom from Alabama on 9/15/2015

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Totally satisfied, analog never sounded so good...my DQ 10s have come alive again!

Pros: Good looking, easy set up, sounds terrific, even though not using the built in pre-amp (receiver has a phono input) nice feature. Great value.

Cons: None

Brings back the 70s

Audiolad from Georgia on 9/15/2015

Four stars are high for me, and this is an exquisite turntable. However, I feel there is some important features missing the Denon DP300F TT has. The Teac is well built with internal preamp and this is good if you have an elementary system. The cartridge is quite excellent for its musicality and durability (used in some of the more expensive Thorens TT). Internal converter to digital signals, and it looks quite excellent.

Pros: Built well. Quality arm design Solid Platter Alternate output for external preamp Beautiful appearance

Cons: Longevity is not known A second headshell for a new cartridge is not readily available New to the US market

Above average

The Mystery Parade from California on 9/14/2015

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I gotta say, it looks prettier in the photos. Once you see it in person, it's pretty and elegant, but also no-frills. Would be nice if the 45rpm adapter wasn't cheap plastic and had a spot on the plinth to hold it. That all said, the setup was easy and it sounds great.

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Great Turntable

Mike R from Ohio on 9/10/2015

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I haven't had a turntable in about 15 years and decided to bring my old vinyls out of retirement. After shopping around, and based on the positive reviews, I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. I didn't find the setup difficult at all and was listening to glorious vinyl in 10 minutes. It is great to see spinning vinyl again!

Pros: Sounds great, looks great.

Cons: As mentioned before, I'm surprised it doesn't have auto-stop at the end of the record.

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Anonymous from Virginia on 9/7/2015

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Easy to assemble, looks awesome and plays even better. So glad I got this turntable.

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M. Murphy from Charlotte, NC on 8/16/2015

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Love this turntable. Took about 30 minutes to set up, once we figured out how to balance tone arm. Sounds great!

Pros: Sound, looks, and build quality

Cons: None yet

Great Turntable

Max from Florida on 7/25/2015

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The Teac is a very well built and very good sounding turntable. Currently I am using the built in pre-amp, and it sounds better than the Rega RP1 I returned prior to getting this. The Rega was running through a Yamaha stereo pre-amp. The Teac just seems fuller, and this probably has to do with the AT cartridge being better than the modified AT used on the RP1. The Teac definitely was a bit of a challenge to set up. They should have provided a marked position to place the tonearm weight with the supplied cartridge. Also adjusting the anti-skate was a chore. The Rega comes preset from factory...just slide weight all the way forward, and play your records. Bonus for Teac is build quality, warmer sound, detachable power supply cables and audio cables. KI used the Rega for almost two weeks, and would personally give that table 4 stars.

Pros: Build quality, Finish, warm and full sound, detachable cables.

Cons: Set-up time for those of us upgrading from a lesser turntable and not having much experience.

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Bob L. from Pennsylvania on 7/20/2015

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This is a well built unit and with good care it will last. Sound is great, cartridge great . You will be pleased!!. Thank you Zac you were a great help.

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Dean D from Texas on 7/14/2015

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Right out of the box this unit is Beautiful!! Easy, Easy setup, Easy Balance and then You hear the Music!! Replaced this unit with an older one and the Music comes to life and jumps out at You!! Crutchfield ordering was simple and Fast Free Shipping straight to My Door!! You cant go wrong with this unit and anybody can set it up!!

Pros: Easy Setup. Download albums to Your Computer. Great Sound. Easy ordering and Fast Shipping.

Cons: I have played this unit for 3 straight weeks and all I can say are positive things about this Turntable!!

Excellent

Diego Dog from California on 7/5/2015

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Great table for the price. I was replacing an older Thorens, and wanted a decent turntable but didn't want to spend more than $500. This guy fits the bill nicely. Listening to all my old vinyl again with a good turntable is great fun.

Pros: beautiful unit. Comes with good cartridge. Very good sound.

Cons: Can't think of any.

Wonderful Sound

SteveM from Chana, Illinois on 7/2/2015

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Judging by the specs and previous reviews I was confident this would be an excellent turntable. But actually listening to it blew us away. I tried new 180 gram LPs that sounded incredible, but the best surprise came when I tried a few LPs that were 50-60 years old. The sound was absolutely wonderful! Guess I will be hanging on to more vinyl than I thought! Have yet to try the USB connection and digital recording features, but this unit sells itself on sound alone. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Sound, ease of operation, quality construction (including the heavy-weight base), precise speed, easy assembly. And the packaging for shipping was the best I've seen for a quality audio component.

Cons: Have not found any.

Teac-TN-300 Turntable. Nice!

MarkL from Maui, Hawaii on 6/25/2015

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Unit came well packed and protected - ready to assemble. Simple operation.

Pros: Simple. Good looks. (Got the cherry finish) Will be easy to maintain.

Cons: None

Excellent

Josh C from Northbrook, IL on 6/11/2015

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In chronological order: shipping was quick, easy, and cheap. Assembly was simple. Works excellently. I have only had the TEAC for a month, but I can assert that the sound quality is superb. I plan to spend many enjoyable years with this record player.

Pros: Aesthetically gorgeous Simple assembly Movingly beautiful sound quality Genuine and sturdy feel

Cons: No auto-stop at end of record

TEAC TN-300 love it

MitchelW from Washington on 5/22/2015

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I bought this as a replacement for a Music Hall USB1. What a difference. Easy to set up and sounds great. For the price you can't go wrong. Low end is has punch, high end crisp. My wife noticed the difference too.

Pros: Easy set up. Low tracking weight.

Cons: None

Excellent turntable

Laura G from Pennsylvania on 5/11/2015

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First of all, this unit is beautiful. The cherry wood version suits the natural cherry cabinet it's placed in. But it has many features beyond its good looks. Very easy set up. Well balanced arm. Easy to use controls. Smooth operation. Great sound. The manual operation allows me to finally listen to some of the quirky disks I've recently purchased (reverse grooves, CDs that play on a turntable, etc.).

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jim from Maryland on 5/8/2015

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Makes my old records sound great. Will need to buy some new vinyl to get a true idea of just how good this turntable sounds. Good looks and sound at a reasonable price.

Pros: Easy setup Absolutely gorgeous to the eye Great sound

Cons: Not automatic operation - forget to turn it off when the album finishes, there is no "click" or "pop" to remind you.

New TEAC TN-300 owner

New Vinyl Addict from Staten Island, NY on 4/11/2015

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Just got into vinyl because a friend gave me some old Latin Jazz LPs. So I purchased a cheap unit at a local big box store. Wanting more and having an 18 year old who shows interest in the same music and the draw of vinyl, I chose the TN-300. Sound is amazing, looks are stunning, and build quality seems top notch. When ordering I looked at the recommended accessories and added Audio Quest RCA cables to my order. I used them immediately while setting up the TT. Sound seemed flat and almost muffled. After reading the reviews here, I saw that someone experienced the same with another brand of RCA cables. So I connected the cheap looking RCAs that came with the unit and all I can say is WOW. This is how vinyl is supposed to sound. I now have amazing clarity, bass, and depth to my music. In love with the sound now.

Pros: Amazing sound, stunning good looks, and great build quality.

Cons: Leveling adjustment from the arm seems to lose its setting. Still tweaking it to see if it's a flaw or something I'm doing wrong.

Teac TN300 Quality turntable at affordable price

Aaron from Phila Pa on 4/5/2015

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This was a perfect way to revisit my vinyl collection

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W from Arkansas on 2/28/2015

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I have not had a turntable in years. This was a great purchase. I really was not sure what to buy and I am very happy with this one. I listen to jazz and rock and both sound great! This is the one to buy!

Pros: Look, performance, size, quality

Cons: Always price.... But this was a good deal

Back into Vinyl

Richard R from Issaquah, WA on 2/27/2015

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I decided to dive back into vinyl and dig out my 35 year old vinyl collection. I wanted a turntable that would be a good entry level piece and also give me the option to record onto my computer. The Teac fits the bill. Easy setup and sound great. I'm sure there are better sounding units but I can't complain. I did have an issue during setup which resulted in records playing slow. I took the platter off and put it back on and turned a few times and it resolved the issue.

Pros: Good price point and sounds good.

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So Far So Great

brymul from Pennsylvania on 2/17/2015

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I am thoroughly enjoying my records on this table. I recommend using the rca cable that comes with the unit. I tried a KabelDirect rca at first which had outmatched a Monster rca in going from cassette deck to receiver. I almost upgraded my cartridge because the sound from the TEAC was meh, but then I switched to the seemingly cheapo cable it came with and WOW what a difference. I still may upgrade the cartridge but not anytime soon because as is the TN-300 sounds warm and balanced while spinning rock, jazz, classical, and assorted pop. Gotta find out where they get there cheapo cables! I also got a piece of Sorbothane for underneath the unit that really helped to deepen the sound and improve instrument separation.

Pros: Great sound, great looks, easy setup.

Cons: None.

Great turntable!

Organika from Jacksonville, OR on 2/6/2015

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This turntable is amazing for the price. It is well built, looks awesome. The sound is killer and it's very sturdy and spins perfect!

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Joe from PR on 2/3/2015

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Excellent performer. Very quiet and low resonance. Also exudes beauty and quality from any angle.

Pros: We love the detachable headshell. You can change the cartridge in a breeze. Or get another headshell (the Denon Dp300F is almost similar) and just switch headshells. Very easy to set up. Tonearm and knobs are made from real aluminum. Beautifull!!!

Cons: No dedicated screw for the ground wire(when using an external phono preamp).

Amazing Quality

Mark from Georgia on 1/27/2015

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Sometimes all it take is a glance to know a product is designed to a high standard a quality, the cherry wood and its finish are amazing, not to mention the sound this affordable turntable produces, I am well pleased and highly recommend this product to any level audiophile

Pros: Very high level of quality

Cons: I cannot think of any

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DanM from Peterborough, Ontario on 12/29/2014

I got this turntable for Christmas 2014. I have the cherry model and it is the nicest looking turntable i have seen. It was easy to set up. I also got ABBA gold LP and it sounded incredible with great high and low tones perfect warm sound. I tried some of my other old LPs with that had some static and pops and i swear they even sound better the static and pops are less prevalent. My old turntable was a Technics with and Empire 4000 XL cartridge. In my opinion the TEAC sound is much nicer. One complaint is the tone arm lifter has a foam type strip on it and the arm does not slide smoothy so i rubbed it with some chalk and its much better now, maybe a bit of machine oil would be better?

Pros: Sound, appearance, solid feeling.

Cons: Tone arm lifter foam strip.

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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 No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 67
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 10.8 lbs.

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Features

Turntable: The Teac TN-300 is a belt-drive analog record player with a stylish and luxurious chassis containing an MM Phono equalizer amplifier with USB output. The TN-300 is the perfect turntable for any music lover, from first time users to audiophiles, who appreciates high quality sounds and sturdy yet stylist design

Manual Belt-Drive (33/45RPM): The high inertia aluminum die-cast platter is driven by a high-torque DC motor with durable Neoprene rubber belt which achieves a stable rotation. The high accuracy of the spindle is maintained by the polished stainless steel spindle and the highly durable bronze spindle holder. The TN-300 can play both LP and EP records. The manual arm lifter ensures seamless analog playback

Audio-Technica's AT95E VM Cartridge: Using  Audio-Technica's renowned high-performance MM(VM) type phonograph cartridge attached to a static balance straight-type tone arm, the TN-300 lets you enjoy high quality sound with outstanding clarity and detail. The anti-skating mechanism ensure accurate tracking of your phonograph records.

MDF & Die-Cast Aluminum Construction: The Teac TN-300 features a an aluminum die-cast high inertia platter, plus a MDF cabinet to prevent resonance for a natural, uncolored analog sound. The MDF cabinet is coated with a multi-layered gloss for a sophisticated look.

Built-in Phono Equalizer w/ Phono & Line Output: Thanks to its built-in MM Phono equalizer amplifier, the TN-300 supports Phono or Line output which allows you to play vinyl with a stereo that is or isn't equipped with Phono input. The gold-plated terminals prevent oxidation of the RCA terminals and head shell connectors.

USB Port For Digital Recording: You can transfer music from vinyl records to your Mac computer or Windows PC, using the turntable's USB digital output and its built-in A/D converter. The TI-made A/D converter allows you to transfer music via USB to your Windows PC or Mac computer, so you can  digitize your vinyl collection.  CD quality digital archiving preserves your vinyl collection on your computer or laptop.

Supported Operating Systems: Computers running the following operating system can be connected by USB to this turntable.

  • Window OS: 7 (32-/64-bit), 8 (32-/64-bit), 8.1 (32-/64-bit)
  • Mac OS X: Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9)
Note: This unit will run with standard OS driver, so there is no need to install a special driver.

Dust Cover: The TEAC TN-300 comes with a detachable dust cover.

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Why did you buy this?

Cost and customer reviews. [ John  Jun 23, 2017 ]
Because you didn't have the cherry colored one. [ Mike  Jun 20, 2017 ]
best selling [ Diana  Mar 25, 2017 ]
I needed a replacement for an older turntable that had no preamp so that I could convert my vinyl collection for play thru a newer Marantz receiver via usb thumb drive. The reviews looked good and the reps recommendation made sense, especially $100 off and free shipping. U guys rock! [ Ken  Feb 28, 2017 ]
Christmas gift. Recipient did his research and decided this was the turntable that would best suit his needs. [ Linda  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Price for options and positive reviews. Shane also did a great job giving me enough information to feel confident about the product and purchase through Crutchfield. [ Robert  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Highly recommended and good price. [ Marc  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Replace old turntable [ Ward  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Ratings by previous customers [ David  Aug 02, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ AMR  Dec 15, 2015 ]
It made several of the "top turntables for under $500" lists and has a dust cover, preamp, and USB connection. The Pro-Ject â?? Debut Carbon DC has the best sound, according to Stereophile magazine, and many say the Rega has better sound as well, and both of those made EVERY LIST, but they are both very bare bones. From what I have read you can get this one's sound as good if you upgrade the cartridge, which I may do sometime in the future. For now I will sacrifice sound a bit for features. [ Catherine  Dec 13, 2015 ]
I want a new turntable!! [ Steven  Apr 17, 2017 ]
My friend has one and I liked it [ Richard A.  Apr 17, 2017 ]
looks good, daughter likes records [ karl  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Reviews were great. I like its vintage vibe/look. [ Nissim  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Like the look and good reviews [ H  Apr 12, 2017 ]
looks like its an excellent product for the price point [ JONATHAN  Apr 10, 2017 ]
TEAC quality reputation, design. [ John  Apr 06, 2017 ]
It seems like a very nice combination of form, function and value. The reviews from other customers and professionals have been very good from all over the internet. And it's absolutely gorgeous. :) [ Chris  Mar 22, 2017 ]
It was time for an update, and after a lot of research this unit seemed to best fit my desires and preferences. Good looking and I hope the performance is up to the specs it has, and that it lasts the same twenty five plus years my old one did (still works fine, just time to be handed down ). [ David  Jan 12, 2017 ]
$100.00 off original price, great reviews and it looks beautiful! Love the cherry wood look! [ MICHAEL  Jan 09, 2017 ]
It's an eye-catching moderately priced turntable. I had an older Sansui that bit the dust and wanted a nice replacement that fit in with the cherry wood of my speakers. [ Glenn  Jan 07, 2017 ]
My husband loves this turn table! [ jessica muffinc  Dec 15, 2016 ]
I loved the look and finish of the turntable. [ Daniel D.  Dec 08, 2016 ]
great review, great look [ William  Dec 02, 2016 ]
I own a TEAC reel to reel tape recorder that I bought in Thailand in 1969. It is still working great and looks great. That is why I like the turntable with the cherry finish and name brand. [ Kenneth  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Teac,s been around a long time and had good amount of positive reviews. [ JIM  Oct 24, 2016 ]
Good reviews, good price. Teac has a good reputation also. [ joanna  Oct 23, 2016 ]
I chose this particular turntable based on the overwhelming number of positive reviews and also because of the beautiful simplicity. Less is more. [ Rainer  Oct 19, 2016 ]
Crutchfield has a great reputation. I had done lots of research on my turntable purchase and was surprised that they had matched the best price I had seen without my even asking. The info they had was a lot more than was available at other sites. I am extremely pleased! [ Edwin  Oct 16, 2016 ]
Read many reviews and Crutchfield comments and made a educated decision for my needs now. [ David  Oct 16, 2016 ]
Sound quality, you can never be sure with online shopping though but i rely on reviews when it comes to sound quality. Aesthetics and build quality, the style is very appealing and look well made. Features, the built in preamp, usb, and easy to use controls make seem less hassle free. I was looking at the pro ject debut carbon but I'd have to buy a separate pre phono amp which would add another cost on to the higher price tag of the pro ject [ Damian  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Recommended by Jasan and it has a pre-amp. I also dig the look! [ M  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Performance, style, build quality. [ Russell  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Read the reviews. [ John  Aug 07, 2016 ]
Customer reviews and comments. Also like the ability to change platter speed from 33 1/3 to 45 without changing the belt. [ D  May 10, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and good value for the money! [ joseph  Apr 19, 2016 ]
I have a Denon Dp 200USB turn table that was useful to rediscover my vinyl. It does not have an upgradeable cartridge and I have been upgrading my other components. I hope that this allows me to hear what I have missed with lesser equipment all these years [ WILLIAM  Mar 09, 2016 ]
Read reviews, had bought AudioTech but disappointed with sound and size [ Beth  Feb 21, 2016 ]
Many positive reviews, features and appearance. Reasonable price. [ MARK  Feb 19, 2016 ]
The Teac reputation for fine audio equipment and the favorable reviews about the product. [ Terry  Jan 28, 2016 ]
It looked appealing to me by design and price. The set up seems to be easy. [ Winfried G.  Jan 14, 2016 ]
Looks, Quality and price. [ Joseph  Jan 11, 2016 ]
In order to convert my vinyl collection to digital. Then transfer from my computer to the Sony walkman ( which broadcast Blue Tooth to my Bose Soundlink. [ CARLOS  Jan 08, 2016 ]
Cherrywood matches my audio and HDTV stands. I am enjoying my new record collection, the TEAC surprised me with warm and dynamic sound. Wish albums weren't so expensive! [ Brian  Dec 24, 2015 ]
Based on the reviews and brand of the item is well known for quality sound. Also the facility to transfer music to PC or laptop. [ Vivian Colon  Dec 12, 2015 ]
It is a beautiful turntable with exceptional quality! A must buy! [ Steven  Dec 11, 2015 ]
Good price - good reviews! [ Curtis  Apr 15, 2017 ]
Built in preamp, USB and lower Wow and Flutter than other USB models at the same price point. [ Owlick  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Good Company. Good price. Good reviews. Good information re product. Free shipping. = Good Deal [ ETHNA  Nov 30, 2016 ]
nothing but positive reviews. can't wait to check it out. [ JEFFREY  Jun 05, 2016 ]
Positive reviews, functions and look. [ Carolyn  Feb 28, 2016 ]
High number of positive reviews, within my price range. [ Matthew  Dec 06, 2015 ]
I bought one off amazon but it was missing parts. I really liked it though. I am hoping yours will have the rubber pad [ Shannon de  May 29, 2017 ]
Very positive reviews, very attractive (it is a gift) [ DAVID  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Sleak design, and its just a beauty. [ ANTONIO  Sep 13, 2016 ]
Price, high quality, recognized dependable brand. [ Greg  Dec 29, 2015 ]

16 questions already asked

USB outputs are digital not analog, the conversion from analog to digital has already taken place. Audacity can change the format. [ PHILIP  May 06, 2017 ]
The teac unit does the A/D conversion and outputs in the following format: PCM 48kHz/16-bit The Audacity software receives that raw digital format and then allows you to save that in a number of other lossless or compressed file formats. I personally like using lossless formats like FLAC or ALAC to save on space but keep the same resolution that it was sourced from. [ ROSS  May 05, 2017 ]
The dial on the counter weight reads from 0 up to 2.5 [ HARRY J J  May 24, 2015 ]
The recommended stylus pressure is 2.0g. The counterweight is adjustable so that you can go higher if you need to. Adjusting the weight higher will reduce the life if your stylus. If you adjust I lighter that 2.g you will get jumping and skipping. [ Roger  May 20, 2015 ]
The adjustment ring is marked in increments of .25g, ranging from .25g up to 2.25g. The pre-installed cartridge is recommended for 2.0g. [ Dennis  May 20, 2015 ]
Hey Thomas - it's 0 to 3 [ Howard  May 19, 2015 ]
The website offers an "Ask and expert advisor". Suggest you ask them. [ Laura  May 19, 2015 ]
Not this TT-there are a number of manufacturers the that make 3 speed TT's-and you will also need a 78rpm needle and or cartridge. [ ROBERT  Apr 15, 2015 ]
Sorry to say it's only switched for 331/3 & 45 [ AARON S  Apr 14, 2015 ]
SImply put: NO, it runs only at 33.3 & 45 RPM. If you haVE conversion software you can. [ Preston  Apr 14, 2015 ]
The Teac TN-300 does not support 78 speed. [ HARRY J J  Apr 14, 2015 ]
I dont recall seeing ANY TT that play 78s. [ Howard  Apr 14, 2015 ]
First, I recommend you read pertinent articles on the internet regarding ripping music from an LP. I have not used the usb output on the TEAC yet, but I have downloaded recording software which is required before ripping songs from an LP. My understanding is the limiting factor in the type of file to be used (i.e. mp3, aflac, etc.) is the recording software, not the turntable. [ John  Jan 04, 2015 ]
Hi Mario - sorry I can't answer for you. Just got it out of the box and haven't made my way to UBS yet. But love the sound of the turntable. Far superior to my older Sony [ Howard  Jan 04, 2015 ]
Your cartridge will work fine for both 33 & 45 rpm records. [ JEFFREY  Mar 18, 2017 ]
If the 45 does not have a lot of scratches or dust on it should not be a problem. [ chris  Mar 17, 2017 ]
You can play 45's with this cartridge just need a center hole adapter for the vinyl. [ Robert  Mar 17, 2017 ]
No you do not need a different cartridge. The only think that is different between the record types is the speed at which the record revolves. [ Michael D  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Nope, 45's play just fine. I have a bunch of them and listen to them often. [ Mitchel  Mar 17, 2017 ]
16-5/8"W x 4-5/8"H (with dust cover down) x 14-5/8"D [ STEVE  Jan 20, 2017 ]
W x H x D 420 × 117 × 356 mm (16 5/8" × 4 5/8" × 14 1/8") [ Preston  Jan 20, 2017 ]
16.5" wide x 13.25" deep x 4.5" tall (with dust cover) [ Branden  Jan 20, 2017 ]
I would have no idea. Please ask Crutchfield. Sorry [ RUBINA  Oct 27, 2016 ]
I have a Yahama natural sound receiver and a Niles SI- 275 System Integration Amplifier. I have my unit connected to these and it runs beautifully. [ Steven  Oct 23, 2016 ]
I recall debating if it needed an external preamp to boost output to an amp. Once set up, this wasn't necessary, and mine is connected directly to a 75 watt amp. Great turntable - just plug and play! I hope this helps. Jeff [ JEFF  Oct 23, 2016 ]
Hi, you will need to plug this turntable into a stereo receiver/amplifier using the provided RCA red/white cables. If your receiver/amplifier has RCA connections for a "Phono," then plug the RCA cables coming from the turntable into the "Phono" jack and turn the Phono EQ switch on the rear of the turntable to the off position. If your receiver/amplifier does not have a "Phono" jack, then plug the RCA cables coming from the turntable to a CD jack and turn the Phono EQ switch to the on position. Obviously, you will need speakers hooked up to the receiver/amplifier but I am assuming you already knew this. Hope this helps and good luck. [ Donald  Oct 22, 2016 ]
This turntable has a pre-amp built in. You could hook it up to an amplifier if you want, but it's not necessary. I have hooked it up directly to my Bose radio and played through those speakers. The turntable comes with a USB cable and can be connected to your computer to play through the computer's speakers or record all your LP's to digital using a downloadable app. I have never hooked it up to speakers directly, but there would be no way to adjust the volume. I see there's a nice price break on the turntable now.... [ Roger  Oct 22, 2016 ]
You can either connect it directly to a receiver or because it has a built in amp you can hook directly to a sound bar etc. I have mind hooked to a Bose SoundTouch. [ Sheila  Oct 22, 2016 ]
Yes an amplifier with auxiliary inputs and speakers. It has a built in phono preamp. This is an awesome turntable for the price. [ Mitchel  Oct 22, 2016 ]
The TEAC has a built-in Phono pre-amp so you can connect it to any available pair of RCA audio inputs on the back of your receiver. "Built-in Phono Equalizer w/ Phono & Line Output: Thanks to its built-in MM Phono equalizer amplifier, the TN-300 supports Phono or Line output which allows you to play vinyl with a stereo that is or isn't equipped with Phono input. The gold-plated terminals prevent oxidation of the RCA terminals and head shell connectors." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the turntable's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Mar 18, 2016 ]  Staff
NO, the USB is designed to interface with specific computer recording software. [ Preston  Dec 05, 2015 ]
SORRY I DON'T KNOW. [ Joseph  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Are your usb speakers powered? You still need a power source. It does have a USB output but I use the analog hook up to my powered audiobox. I would call customer service on that question. Its a super dope turntable. I bought the Cherry last year before the other colors were available and get complements on it all the time. Super sleek! [ Matthew  Dec 04, 2015 ]
The USB is only for transferring vinyl to your PC. Theoretically, you should be able to play through your computer with the right software. I personally don't use it. Instead I have it hooked up to both my 7.1 system and a Bose Sound Touch 2. I have the analog plugged directly into the Bose and the music is incredible. Hope this helps. [ Sheila  Dec 04, 2015 ]
The turntable is not connected to the speakers, rather it is connected to the amplifier. So you should check if your amplifier has a USB port(s). [ STEVEN  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Hi Laura, the tone arm is about 4 inches from the surface the table rests on and when you lift the arm it is nearly 5 inches high. Also, I have experimented with putting the table in cabinets and found that it does not sound so good when there is something above it; ends up sounding boomy and the definition is lost. If you can, put it on top of the cabinet. [ Bryan  Apr 12, 2015 ]
4" probably won't give you enough room because the counterweight area of the arm is 4". You need a little room to maneuver above that height. [ M.  Apr 10, 2015 ]
Hello Laura, the height from the bottom of the turntable to the tonearm (which is the highest part of the turnable assembly if you don't take the dust cover into account) is exactly 4". I wouldn't recommend you buying it if you can only place it in the cabinet you mention. It may be to tight / it may not fit. Other than that, the TEAC TN-300 is a great product. i personally love it and haven't had any issues with it. [ Diego  Apr 05, 2015 ]
The unit will barely fit. The Tone Arm lock down hook may have to be removed. But....even though the Arm release lever can be adjusted to any height, the Arm counter weight will likely exceed 4 in. height when the Arm drops to the record. [ Roger  Apr 04, 2015 ]
The highest point on the tonearm mechanism is 4 1/4" inches. Without the dust cover. Hope this helps! JW [ JEFF  Apr 02, 2015 ]
Arm is just slightly taller than 4" at the pivot connection. Like 4.25 maybe. Don't think it is going to fit. [ R James  Apr 01, 2015 ]
Hello Laura, I measured it carefully, It's just under 4 inches. I would hope that your 4'' clearance is a pull-out drawer as surely you'd have difficulty placing a record safely on the turntable with only a 4" clearance. [ STEVEN  Apr 01, 2015 ]
Hi Laura, I just measured my unit and I believe that it is 4" EXACTLY so it might be a tight but it should fit [ Jose  Apr 01, 2015 ]
The height of the arm is approximately 4 1/8" and over 4 1/2" with the dust cover. [ Robert  Mar 31, 2015 ]
Ironically, the total height from the base feet to the tone arm is about 4 inches. Honestly, I do not know of any [even decent] turntable out there that would fit within a 4 inch high space for you to handle properly. My own Teac [same model] rests within my entertainment console on a 1 foot high shelf space. Keep in mind that this is a precision manual turntable, and you need the space to handle the rear cue to lift and lower the tone arm. I strongly suggest you plan another setup for your components. Challenging as that may be, it will be worth the effort. The Teac is a sturdy, good performing turntable. By all means, do not deprive yourself. [ MICHAEL  Mar 31, 2015 ]
The height of the player arm is exactly 4.25 inches - too high when it's in the up position. [ Roger  Mar 31, 2015 ]
Height is exactly 4 inches, and would not fit in an opening that is 4 inches. You would need more clearance for this to fit. [ Johnny  Mar 31, 2015 ]
The TEAC TN-300 doesn't have any built-in Bluetooth audio output capabilities; so unless you were using it with some kind of 3rd party adapter, there wouldn't be anyway to connect this turntable to a Bluetooth speaker. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Jun 02, 2016 ]  Staff
Can't help. Hooking up later this month. Sorry [ BRIAN  May 10, 2015 ]
I think so, but I have had a difficult time balancing the tone arm according to the TEAC instructions. Quite simply, following the TEAC instructions does not work. Maybe the "alignment of the cartridge" has something to do with this? I am not a turntable expert, however. [ Donald  May 08, 2015 ]
yes just plug it in and tighten the head nut [ MIKE  May 08, 2015 ]
Yes, the cartridge is factory installed and aligned . Just carefully remove the stylus protector and you're all set to go. [ MICHAEL  May 08, 2015 ]
Yes. [ ALAN  May 08, 2015 ]
The cartridge is already installed in the head, you only need to make adjustment to the counterweight on the other end of the needle arm. Simple. There are also directions how to take out and replace new cartridge. Enjoy your new turntable! [ Roger  May 08, 2015 ]
The cartridge on mine was aligned properly out of the box. [ Johnny  May 08, 2015 ]
If you flip over the aluminum platter, you will find a smaller circle and the belt is wrapped around that. Don't feel bad, it fooled me for a little bit. It is easiest to slightly pull the belt away from the platter while its flipped over and then put a finger through the hole in the top of the platter to hold it away from the turntable itself. Then, flip over and lay the platter back onto the turntable with the belt pulled away with your finger and feed it onto the pulley. Little tricky, but once it's set up it is completely worth the effort. Really good sound! [ Erich Robert Jo  Jan 08, 2015 ]
Laura, On the bottom of the platter the belt is already wrapped around the hub. Just carefully grab the belt as you place the platter on the shaft and pull it out a little, (use the slotted hole on top for this) then place the end of the belt around the motor shaft. Make sure it is not twisted. [ Johnny  Jan 08, 2015 ]
The following technique worked for me. Flip the steel platter over. You are now looking at the sub platter. The black rubber belt is in a groove around the sub platter. Once you've located it, flip the platter back over. Pull the belt away from the platter through the round opening, wrap it around your index finger and place it on the motor pulley. [ Vyas  Jan 08, 2015 ]
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  Jan 08, 2015 ]  Staff
No. It's an AT95E by audio technical [ Howard  Dec 19, 2015 ]
This TEAC TN-300 comes with a Audio-Technica At95E Cartridge. My opinion is that this cartridge is very suitable. NO complaints here. Hope you find this helpful. [ ROBERT  Dec 17, 2015 ]
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