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Price paid in July 2015.
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Ease of use score
Effort required to convert one side of each record to MP3 using PC connection or USB/SD port, initial setup, manual details and controls. Vinyl skip during recording influenced score.
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Encoded MP3 score
Audio quality of encoded MP3 files.
MP3 files encoded at 128kb/s 44.1kHz. Audacity used to record audio for units that exported to PC via USB. Can be cumbersome to set up for the first time, and LAME MP3 encoder must be downloaded and installed separately.
MP3 and vinyl playback audio quality assessed by panel of in-house experts, using built-in speakers if available. Units without built-in speakers assessed using Mordaunt Short Aviano 1 bookshelf loudspeakers through a Yamaha RX-A840 receiver.
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Vinyl playback score
We bought brand new pressings of the Pixies’ greatest hits compilation Wave of Mutilation (2011) from The Record Store in Sydney, and allocated a copy to each turntable. Each turntable was assessed by an expert panel in-house, who listened to the same track through each unit’s built-in speakers. Those without built-in speakers were connected to a set of external entry level bookshelf speakers through a mid-range home theatre receiver.
Vinyl playback score does not contribute to overall score.
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Included in this review
- Overall score
- CHOICE buy
- Encoded MP3 score
- Ease of use score
- Vinyl playback score
- Can play old LP without skipping
- Good points
- Bad points
- Remote control
- AM radio
- FM radio
- Cassette deck
- SDMMC support
- Inbuilt speakers
- Tone arm clamp
- Stylus model specified
- Stylus type
- Damped cueing
- 78RPM support
- Tracking force measured grams
- Encoding inbuilt or pc
- Software supplied
- Line out external speakers
- Size (mm, H x W x D)
- Warranty (years)