This affordable turntable produces mellow and lively sound. It handles the dynamics consistently featuring but the slightest interference at extreme volume and frequencies. The tonearm has the elegant S-shape and the diamond stylus is ultra-thin, able to transmit the sound in an authentic way, accurately and steadily. It is replaceable, so is the headshell. The USB port is a nice feature letting encoding the vinyl sound into the digital one and having it sent onto the PC or a smartphone.
The turntable is small and lightweight, which is great for taking it along while traveling. Yet, such a design doesn’t add to the submersion of vibration. The latter results in resonating at extreme volume, though the whole construction is quite solid. The plastic plinth is two-layers’ one and rests on wide round feet. The platter is diecast aluminum. The knobs, buttons, and sliders are large enough and situated comfortably for DJs and occasional vinyl listeners.
During the Music Hall usb-1 review, I found out that the turntable doesn’t require any specific knowledge to be set up and play right out of the box. Connecting the wire, installing the record, pressing the button for the needed playback speed, pressing large “Start / Stop” button — and here I am enjoying its soft yet detailed sound. There are also anti-skating and weight-regulating knobs on the tonearm letting to balance its interaction with the record. To get a digital version of the record, simply plug in the PC cable to the USB port —- the latter is continuously on.
The built-in preamp has nominal 150 mV at the frequency 1KHz and produces the pleasant flowing sound with detail and clear mainline. The turntable also provides an option to upgrade and connect the external preamp, shifting to it by means of the back panel switch. The turntable applies moving magnet cartridge, meaning the stylus can be replaced easily. Still, the sound somewhat lacks the sonic liveliness at the highly dynamic spots.
The turntable allows choosing between 33 ⅓ and 45 rpm playback speed and thus fits for playing most of the vinyl records.
The Music Hall usb-1 specs show that a versatile budget turntable is good for a starting point in vinyl listening. Its plastic design is compensated by the belt-driven motor-platter connection submerging the noises. The adjustable pitch control allows getting more motion or slows down the record audibly. All the controls are big and handy. The built-in converter enables retrieving the digital record and sending it to the PC or smartphone. For the fans of the DJ-ing, the strobe light creates the mood illuminating the platter.