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Once the ‘Worst Audio Product Ever,’ It’s Now Time to Get a USB Turntable

If you’re a vinyl enthusiast looking to play and back up your collection in high-res, this is a great USB turntable to consider.


The Sony HX500 turntable is kind of a landmark product. Before it was released in 2016, USB turntables had a reputation for being pretty terrible because, as JP Torres, Sony’s Audio Expert for Home Entertainment & Sound (HES), told me at the time, most USB turntables had pretty terrible DACs, software complications and they just didn’t have many recording capabilities. Basically, they hadn’t lived up to audiophile expectations, who wanted them to play vinyl while simultaneously copying that high-quality audio into a digital format.

The Sony HX500 was one of the USB turntables that changed that perception. What Hi-Fi? gave it 5/5 stars, writing: “As always, performance is king, though, and in this instance that only furthers the Sony’s likeability; while it’s not the classiest-looking turntable on the market, it has all the class in the sound suite instead. A very good buy.” If you’re a vinyl enthusiast looking to play and back up your collection in high-res (vinyl tends to damage over time), this is a great USB turntable to consider.

And the two-year-old turntable that was once $600, is now under $400. Get it on Amazon or Best Buy.

Buy Now: $600 $398 (Amazon)Buy Now: $600 $400 (Best Buy)

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