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This mini record player is perfect for breaking out your old 45's and 33's again, or for anyone just getting into the hobby of record collecting. This Sony delivers great sound quality but does not come with a built in preamp, which for a beginner makes setting up a record player more expensive although speakers with built in amps can now be purchased.
Sound quality is crisp and much better than any other budget record player I have heard. The automatic stop function is useful although the lock can occasionally be a bit fiddly to use.
The product itself is sturdy and has a reassuring feel to it. This is a great beginner turntable and retails generally for under £90. I would definately reccomend this product to anyone who wants anything but a top of the range record player.
An alternative model, the PS J20B is available that comes with a built in preamp.
Sony's "120" turntable can only be described as a rip off. It is the same model that's supplied with Sony's range of budget mini-systems but when sold as a seperates componment, at an average price of ninety nine quid, it is a poor joke. Construction is poor. It's lightweight casing leaves a lot to be desired. The belt driven mechanisim is overtly noisy for others I've tried and sound reproduction is "average", for a mini system turntable. Controls are minimal (not even a mains on/off switch) and the audio output is two, low quality permanently fixed phoneo leads which, if you have a few componments may not reach unless one re-arranges ones stack. It is widespread knowledge that decent interconnects improove sound quality but this stupid design renders this impossible. Even if this item was retailed at half the price quoted, it would be too expensive. A shame really as the other Sony componments I have are of decent build and quality. naturally, I didn't keep it.
This Sony PS-J20 compact turntable record player with built-in RIAA Amplifier is designed for Mini Systems - don't ditch your LPs!