Having those vinyl records may be fulfilling due to their perceived value since they are rare. However, you will get to a point where you would like to listen to them or even want to convert them to MP3 so that you can play the music with your other devices. You will need to use a good record player that can also convert the music such as Sylvania Turntable Record player with USB coding.

Other than being inexpensive, the record player is light and portable and it will convert your vinyl music to MP3. While it may not look much like a turntable, it conveniently plays the music from your collection.

Features

  • It comes in different colors.
  • Built-in speaker
  • Can play in two speeds, 33 and 45 RPM
  • It can convert vinyl records to WAV digital files or MP3.
  • Connects to a computer using USB.
  • It comes with software needed for conversion of the vinyl records to MP3.
  • Uses USB power and/or 4 AA batteries.
  • Has RCA auxiliary out jack.
  • LED power indicator that shows when it is on.
  • It has volume control.

Pros

  • You will not come across many record players that give you a choice of color, but this one does. It is available in green, black, purple, blue and red. You can get the one that matches your décor.
  • If you want to entertain friends at the beach, then hop on. Just make sure you carry the batteries. The unit can be powered using 4 AA batteries and therefore it does not limit you to playing only where there is power. If you are close to a power source, you can use the USB cable to connect to a power source though you will need a USB charger. If you have a smartphone, getting a cable and charger may not be a big deal.
  • The record player converts vinyl records to MP3, a feature that is a plus for a device this cheap. If you have music on vinyl records not available in digital format, the record player can help you out by converting it. However, it does not do the encoding and you have to connect is to a computer using the USB for that to happen. The encoding software is installed in the computer.
  • The volume control makes it easy to change the volume depending on your preference.
  • The LED power indicator shows when the record player is turned on.
  • It costs a few bucks, and may be cheaper than some vinyl records. So if you are on a tight budget and would like to listen vinyl records, then this sorts that out.
  • It plays records of 33 or 45 speed.
  • If you need more sound you can connect external speakers using the RCA auxiliary output.

Cons

  • The encoding is via PC and not by the turntable. However, you will be given the software that you need for encoding the music in your computer. This means you cannot do the converting without the computer.
  • Some users found that they needed to tweak it a little for it to perform as expected.
  • It does not support 78-rpm vinyl.

Verdict

If you are not looking for a record player that looks like one and you just want to play your vinyl records, then the Sylvania Turntable Record player with USB coding may be your sought-after solution. While inexpensive and light, it can play and convert your vinyl records to WAV or MP3.

You will get the record player, converting software, built-in speakers and a choice of different colors, all this at an affordable price. It is worth every penny considering the price and the features it bears.

Comparison

It goes without saying that you need to do your research before buying a product. The same applies to record players. Considering their large numbers and wide selection of features, knowing what other products have to offer will enable you to make an informed decision.

Two of the record players to compare with the Sylvania Turntable Record player with USB coding are the Rega–RP1 Turntable and the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable.

Summary

The Sylvania Turntable Record player with USB coding comes out the best. At a glance, you may not think it can play your vinyl record. However, it not only plays, but it can also convert them into a digital format, which you can store or play on your modern devices. It comes in different color choices, has a built-in speaker that is easy to control using a knob, and it is light. It also has an indicator for allowing you to know it is on.

However, if you are an audiophile and keen on sound but not the conversion of vinyl records, then the Rega-RP1 may be a better alternative. The turntable produces a refined sound based on its high quality components. If you have expensive vinyls, it would be better to use this turntable as it features a high-quality low-vibration motor, platter, Rega carbon magnet cartridge and precision assembly, all meant to ensure it produces a top notch sound. However, the price is almost 15 times that of the Sylvania.

Another option that is good for audiophile starters is the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 turntable. You can use it to convert your vinyl records to digital format, it is compatible with PC or MAC, it can connect to powered speakers using RCA output, operates with 33 1/3 and 48 RPM speed and it features an anti-resonance platter. These ensure that you get clear sounds. However, it is 4 times more expensive than the Sylvania but with almost similar features.

This leaves the Sylvania Turntable Record player with USB coding as the turntable of choice, given its many features and low price. If you do not need a very clear sound and you are not into DJing, this turntable has all the feature required to help you make good use of your vinyl collection, and without breaking the bank.