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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful.
THIS UNIT CAN'T HANDLE NEW VINYL OR DIRTY VINYL WITHOUT THE UPGRADE NEEDLE
THIS UNIT CAN'T HANDLE NEW VINYL OR DIRTY VINYL WITHOUT THE UPGRADE NEEDLE. IF YOU STILL HAVE WARRENTY THEY'LL SEND YOu A NEW ONE FOR FREE
-UPDATE- I got the new upgrade needle for free from ION. On my old 60's and 70's records it tracks PERFECTLY. It even plays right through places where the needle it came with would skip. Okay, well I'm putting it to the test. I put on a clear limited edition record from 2015 on and it still skipped, but when I taped a dime to the top of the cart it started tracking the grooves to where I could actually listen to the album. Before I go any further, clear vinyl is thick as hell, it's 88 grain I believe. So it does play very well, but there is minor jumps (Not skips) but it's so far and few in between it's not a major issue. Clear vinyl isn't something you're going to mostly in your collection. That and it could be loose vinyl stuck in the grooves because it was pressed in 2015 and there's a lot of new records that get pressed wrong and every copy of it jumps and skips on the same spots. Could be worse, great starter turntable.
Okay, so a piece of advice. I'm sure a lot of these people having a lot of trouble with this thing are people new to vinyl. Okay, when it comes to playing 60's 70's and 80's vinyl this thing has no issues. It even handles some pretty rad scratches pretty well. But, some of the records I have have weird finger prints where the past owner years ago would grab it the idiot way (and resulted in minor skipping). Never touch your vinyl on the grooves. That and a lot of older records have dirt you cant see down in the grooves.
Also, new vinyl wont work unless you do the smart person thing I did. Okay, now even new vinyl that's just straight black you have to understand is thicker than older records. It should play but will sound slower, clear vinyl will skip everywhere because how thick that is. I called Ion and asked if they have upgrade needles for my unit and they told me they were aware of the issue and new units come with a better needle that should clear up these issues and sent me one for free via fedex. It hasn't got here yet but I'm pretty sure it will be fine and also might be able to bust through some of the gunk on my records. So give them a call and get a new needle. Also make sure you use the slipdisk. I got a whole new one that's the size of an LP.
For other people complaining about pops and clicks, if you are playing records 30 or 40 years old it's common. I know for a fact it's not the turntables fault because I have a few records that are that old and don't pop or fizz. But honestly don't mind, I really like the ambiance.
As for the sound quality, I really like the built in speakers. Sure I'm not getting super mega definition, but it sounds vintage enough. When I go back home I'll be hooking this bad boy up to one of those old 60's loud speakers that are impossible to find.
Also for you guys buying new vinyl understand that sometimes people pressing disks aren't seasoned in it and loose pieces of vinyl gets into the grooves.
This is a starter turntable for me and so far besides the annoyance of waiting for the new needle (but hey they hooked it up. Most people probably wouldn't care.) There's no counter weight, there's no dust cover but it looks very nice and fits in sitting on furniture. I don't know if it's one of those turntables that eats vinyl but in all honesty the only way for a record to never get messed up is for it to never have existed in the first place. I'm not sure how it would sound with a sound system linked onto it but if you know how EQ and such works I'm very confident you can tweek this bastard to sound great.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Looks nice but stylus is poor quality
I decided to keep this player mainly b/c it was priced decently and looks very nice. I just needed an easy way to make mp3 files from my vinyl collection, and while the set up is very easy and basic, so is the sound quality, just basic. This needle skips on many of the records that play perfectly fine on my other turntable and it's most likely b/c of the needle that comes with this turntable. The needle on my stylus is not diamond tipped as advertised and I know that makes a difference in sound quality and how the record plays, it was one of the original reasons I purchased this is b/c the description stated it comes with the new diamond tipped stylus, but it does not. The speakers are what I expected them to be, decent, which is all I need from this as I have a different turntable I use to play my music via home sound system.
I will need to update stylus, which adds to cost and makes this not the best deal after all, but it does look nice.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful. See all 70 customer reviews...
Nice little table top turntable
My husband wanted to start listening to vinyl again, so I bought him this Ion Audio turntable. We have had it for nearly two months now and have had no skipping or other issues. It comes with a needle and cartridge and is already installed.
It has built-in speakers which is nice and has the audio plugs in the back of the turntable if you wanted to connect your own speakers. There is no headphone jack.
It can play 33, 45, or 78 records – all you have to do is toggle the switch to the desired position.
Its dimensions is 16 3/16” across, 13 ¾”, and 4” in height (includes arm).
It does not have a dust cover.
There is a USB plug in for your computer – although it is not the standard USB (not sure what it is called). Please see picture. There is also no AUX input.