The 1byone belt drive stereo turntable aims to allow you to listen to all those classic Vinyl discs you have from back in the day. It also boasts a USB port feature, which allows the user to directly copy the contents of the disc onto a USB drive. This port can also be used to listen to music through the two inbuilt speakers, or external speakers connected to the back of the turntable.
1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable Review: Product features
The following information is taken directly from the product listing on the official UK Amazon selling page for this product.
- Great Styling – Beautiful wooden appearance, protective dust cover, and convenient front panel with playback controls.
- Vinyl-to-MP3 Recording – Transform audio from vinyl records into MP3 format files for later playback on your computer and mobile devices.
- Selectable Speeds – 33 / 45 / 78 RPM speed settings with included 45-RPM adaptor so you can play every vinyl in your collection.
- Front-facing Stereo Speakers – Full-spectrum sound to properly listen to both your vinyl records and MP3s using a USB key.
- RCA Output – Easily connect your turntable to your own home sound system.
1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable Review: Design
The 1byone belt drive stereo turntable does its best to look like a retro product, whilst still incorporating some modern features such as the front control panel. It has a wooden finish to it, which unfortunately is just a thin layer of wood on top of a rather tacky feeling plastic. In fact, the whole product is made from mainly plastic. Don’t get me wrong, I do think it looks nice, but the plastic does take away from the retro styling of the product.
On the front of the turntable is a rather modern looking control panel surrounded by a speaker at each side. The control panel is colored in silver and is home to two dials, five buttons and a USB port. This panel is the most modern looking part of the whole setup.
Then, of course, there’s the turntable part itself. This is protected by a plastic clear lid that closes down to protect the turntable top from dust. On the table, itself are the typical components you would expect from a turntable such as a speed selector switch, an auto stop switch, a slip mat and the needle arm setup. There’s also a 45-RPM adaptor included ensuring you can play every vinyl in your collection. Unfortunately, there is no counterweight on the tone arm, which does lead to a slight issue, that I’ll mention later on.
Around the back of the system is an input panel with a DC in and a red and white aux out setup for connecting your own external speakers. Each of these connections is clearly marked to ensure you connect the right thing to the right connection.
1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable Review: In use
Luckily my partner has a few vinyl lying around, so I have managed to test the turntable’s vinyl playing abilities. The playback of vinyl was good enough, but not on a decent level. This is to be expected considering the price of the product. The speed selection mode works quite well, but don’t expect the same feeling you would have got from a player back in the 60s. Then there’s USB playback, which while good, was lacking a lot.
I think the main reason for this less than average playback is the lack of a decent amplifier and the not so good built-in speakers. In fact, the lack of a decent amplifier also has an effect on even the most expensive of speaker setups. I connected some Cambridge audio speakers to the rear panel and in all honesty, they sounded like I should have only paid a tenner for them. That’s not the speaker’s fault either, as they are exceptional when paired with a decent system.
The built-in speakers lack any real wow factor and while they manage to clearly play audio, they struggle to do much else. There’s no bass at all and at times they can sound quite tinny. Unfortunately even connecting more expensive speakers to the system only yields similar if not slightly better results.
As I mentioned earlier there is no counterweight on the tone arm, this leads to jumps and a slightly unstable playback from vinyl discs. Definitely, a big mistake to not include one.
Using the system is rather easy. To play music from a USB stick simply turn the turntable on, switch the dial from phono to USB and connect your device. The audio will now automatically start playing. To use a vinyl switch back to phono from USB, load your vinyl onto the plate and place the needle in position.
Recording from vinyl to USB simply let your vinyl play and press the record button on the front control panel of the turntable. It’s all really quite easy to do.
1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable Review: Overall
Unfortunately, I find this product to sit at only 3 stars, in the middle of bad and good. It has a retro look to it but is let down by the fact it’s mostly made of plastic. The audio, while bearable, isn’t that good and this still applies even when using external speakers. I do admire how easy it is to use though.
- Easy to use
- Plays all vinyl
- Modern/retro styling
- Poor audio, even through external speakers
- Mostly plastic
- No counterweight on tonearm
- Limited to two playback options
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