For many music fans, the thought of spending money on different pieces of complex and sometimes incompatible equipment can turn the pleasant idea of Sundays spent chilling with vinyl into a pain.
How about a cartridge, phono stage, alignment gauge, tracking weight scales, pair of long-nosed pliers, and a box of Allen keys? It’s like being put through an intense technological maze.
The Sony PS-LX310BT turntable only required a plug into the wall for instant access to Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run via Bluetooth headphones.
From opening the package to calling The Boss is less than five minutes, or about the time it takes to brew a cup of coffee.
Decks that incorporate a phono stage and Bluetooth have been available for some time now, providing a simple, space-saving wireless solution. The PS-LX310BT from Sony is one example of a turntable that comes in at less than £200.
It’s straightforward and easy to use; there’s no need to go through The Crystal Maze’s four tests of gaming prowess before deciding whether or not you’ll like vinyl.
The tonearm does not require any sort of preset, so you can stop wasting time looking for guides on how to calibrate it. The completely autonomous arm’s controls may feel a bit clumsy, but they’re adequate for the price.
Do you actually require them, though? The physical act of raising the tonearm, hovering it above the LP, and then lowering it onto the record is a ritualistic part of the vinyl listening experience for many seasoned listeners.
Nonetheless, these buttons will undoubtedly be appreciated by people whose only goal is to swiftly and conveniently play a song.
Other than adjusting the belt that turns the platter, there is no setup required. There is no need to fine-tune the turntable by playing a test LP, adjusting the tracking force, or aligning the cartridge.
After installing the platter on the main bearing and tightening the belt around the motor pulley, all you have to do to get the PS-LX310BT going is take off the protective cover from the stylus and push the “start” button.
Careful removal of the stylus cover is required, as the fragile assembly broke in our hands. Thankfully, the way it is mounted makes reattachment a breeze. Consider also that the arms’ construction leaves limited room for future cartridge upgrades.
The PS-LX310BT supports up to eight Bluetooth devices at once, and in our tests, the connection remained stable even after moving at least 15 meters away from the source device (a pair of headphones).
Sony has provided us with a fully automatic “plug and play” deck by including a phono stage, and Bluetooth, and pricing it competitively. It would get a higher usability rating if it could remove the albums from its sleeves. This trade-off has to come at the expense of performance, right?
To facilitate the PS-stylus LX310BT’s tip’s delicate voyage through its complicated and ever-decreasing circle, we set it up on a flat, low-resonance support platform – essential with any deck.
We put Sony’s built-in phono stage through its paces by connecting it to our reference system, which consists of the GamuT D3i/D200i amplifier and the ATC SCM50 loudspeakers.
On the other hand, the Onkyo A-9010 stereo amp (£199) and the Dali Spektor 1 stand-mount speakers ($159) are better companions in terms of cost.
We rank INXS’s debut album from 1987 Get your feet down on the plate mat, hit the “start” button, and let the PS-LX310BT handle the rest.
The percussive bass on Mediate is clear and under control, allowing Michael Hutchence’s singing to shine through with all its original feeling. A good amount of aggression and drive is present, and the rhythmic flourishes are executed skillfully.
David Bowie’s Starman maintains its petulant intensity despite the record speed change, with each melodic thread handled skillfully and systematically.
In contrast to the purist, entirely manual decks like Rega’s Planar 1, however, the dynamic suffers from a certain wooliness, with less distinction between individual notes than is possible with more automated decks. The music lacks dynamic power, making it feel underwhelming overall.
The music changes to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which has a pleasant sound. When the strings and horns emerge from the deep, rumbling percussion, it creates a decent dynamic build full of feeling.
We can’t pinpoint individual musicians in the orchestra, for example, but such pinpoint accuracy typically costs thousands rather than hundreds of dollars.
However, the PS-LX310BT can be upgraded with little additional expense. A phono preamp or integrated amplifier can be used with the Sony PS-LX310BT by switching the line out to the phono setting.
If you’re looking for a great “my first turntable” option, go no further than the PS-LX310BT. It’s among the best fully automatic decks we’ve heard, and it has a phono stage built right in.
Even if players like the Rega Planar 1 (£250) won an award in 2018, it is a manual operation and the absence of a phono stage and Bluetooth that hold it back from being truly state-of-the-art.
Even if Sony’s audio quality isn’t great, it more than makes up for it in terms of entertainment value, ease of use, and overall listenability. For more related information you can visit TheActiveNews.Com.