Vinyl Comeback: Stanton Introduces Low-Cost, High-Quality USB Turntable

Stanton T.55 USB
Vinyl Comeback: Stanton Introduces Low-Cost, High-Quality USB Turntable

Over the past two years vinyl has been making an unexpectedly strong comeback, notes a recent press release from Stanton, and to enable a broader audience of enthusiasts to experience the LP renaissance Stanton is introducing a low-cost, high-quality USB turntable called the T.55 USB, which retails for $199. The T.55 USB is a belt-driven turntable whose tonearm is a straight-shaft (not S-bend-shaped) design that, according to Stanton, “improves tracking for scratching” (in DJ applications). The turntable provides both RCA jack (analog) and USB (digital) outputs and comes equipped with a Stanton 500.v3 phono cartridge. Completing the package is a copy of Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator LE software (PC and Mac-compatible) that enables users “to transfer and edit the music files” and to “remove any pops and clicks that are common when playing vinyl.”

Although the T.55 USB is a belt-driven (not a direct drive) turntable, Stanton says it is a “a perfect fit for the novice or intermediate level DJ.”  Accordingly, the T.55 USB comes with a slip mat, two start/stop switches “for Mix or Battle setup,” and a manual pitch control fader that provides a +/- 10% range of adjustment.

The beauty of the T.55 USB is twofold: it makes a good starter turntable for those who may never have sampled vinyl before, and it gives users the option of capturing the enchantingly warm sound of vinyl for enjoyment via their PCs or portable digital music players.

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