Product Comparison: Pioneer PL-990 vs Sony PS-LX300USB


General Specifications
Brand
Pioneer
Sony
Model
PL-990
PS-LX300USB
Origin
Japan
China
About the Product
Sometimes you can' t beat a vinyl classic. This fully automatic stereo turntable features a low-mass straight tone arm, precise DC servo motor and built-in phono equaliser. Simply connect to any auxilliary/line input on our amplifier or mini system.
The Sony PSLX300USB Turntable allows you to convert your vinyl records to MP3. With a built-in phono stage and USB output you can plug into any amp with standard phono inputs or directly into your computer.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Belt drive
Belt drive
Operation Type
Automatic
Automatic
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable
  • Never let me down. Still in a perfect working condition that's why I got this new PL-990. It's a great full automatic device.
  • Easy to set up, fully automatic operation and a very decent sound.
  • Very good record player easy to use as fully automatic.
  • Fantastic quality turntable with either manual or fully automatic modes.
  • Fantastic turntable, good sound and very easy to use. Fully automatic makes it very simple to use. Good sound too.
Sony PS-LX300USB Turntable with Diamond Stylus and USB Connection, Black
  • There is some self assembly required for the record turntable itself and the belt but this is very simple and the instructions are very clear.
  • Still listening to records, and can't imagine the sound could be that much better on a vinyl record player, and easy to use with button functions providing automatic play.
  • Easy to set up and operate, also the automatic function. Stylish looks.
  • The turntable works great, I like the automatic system (its safer and more accurate than using my own hands) and the sound for pound is outstanding.
  • I loved the sound then and I love the sound now. I just had to buy a fully automatic to roll back the years and trust me I am not disappointed.
Size & Weight
Height
3.9 in.
3.9 in.
Width
16.5 in.
15.7 in.
Depth
13.4 in.
13.5 in.
Weight
5.84 lbs.
6 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable
  • Turntable is quite light in weight out of box set up is quite easy and direct.
  • Construction quality if good. It's not too heavy and it's not too light.
  • It's pretty lightweight, but feels pretty decent quality.
  • The head and tone are are perfectly weighted and balanced as well, straight out of the box.
  • I ordered this and did not even bother to connect it up as I was disappointed right from the start, it felt cheap, light and of poor quality.
Sony PS-LX300USB Turntable with Diamond Stylus and USB Connection, Black
  • Great looking turntable, light weight, great quality sound.
  • The build quality is flimsier than I expected but this isn't a problem - at least it's light.
  • The Sony turntable looks sleek and is slimline, you'll find it quite light in weight.
  • Neat size, easy to use, would recommend you buy this one.
  • The arm/head are lightweight and the mechanism is clunky and is reflective of the worst elements of Sony.
Audio
Record Sizes
12, 7
7, 12
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Stylys/Cartridge
PZP1004 / MM type
Diamond stylus
Integrated Preamp
Yes
No
What customers say about "Audio"
Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable
  • Grapelli sounded superb; the record brought out the full dynamic range and tonal quality of his violin.
  • He uses the full range so the low notes came out sweet and the very high notes were smooth. The backing musicians were great too.
  • The moving magnet cartridge and diamond needle improve frequency response.
  • Sounds good, doesn't look cheap....can't stop playing my records..... 100% recommended.
  • No need for a pre amp with this player, sounds good with new and old vinyl, would suggest buying record cleaning fluid for old lp's.
Sony PS-LX300USB Turntable with Diamond Stylus and USB Connection, Black
  • The stylus in fact excels :the bass is very very good, and the treble is a compliment instead of the tinny noises you had years ago sometimes.
  • For a casual record collector or someone who is looking to start a collection it's perfect.
  • My husband has a record collection that hasn't been played for years. He is absolutely delighted with this birthday gift. Sounds perfect.
  • Major negatives though; the needle/stylus is far too light, meaning it skips at random points on even brand new records.
  • The turntable is excellent but we received it without a stylus. A stylus is a basic necessity for a turntable.
Features
Control
Arm-elevation button, Stop button, Start or Play button, Speed button, Speed adjust knob
Speed select button, Start button, Stop button, Up/Down button, Phono/Line switch
Functions
Vinyl player
Vinyl player, CD-player
Platter Material
Rubber mat
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Yes
Yes
Speaker(s) Included
No
No
Interfaces
Stereo RCA audio out
Stereo RCA audio out, USB out
Extras
Universal-type cartridge connector, Built-in Phono EQ, Low-mass straight tone arm
High-quality belt drive system, Easy vinyl-to-MP3 conversion
What customers say about "Features"
Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable
  • The quality of the construction is good quality plastic and the design is all clean lines giving a kind of retro modern feel reminiscent of the linear track turntables of the 80s.
  • Assembly was relatively quick and easy. I just had to put the platter in place, attach the belt onto the pulley (The opening on the left on this model btw), and add the mat.
  • This is a modern unit and you wont have to search for international sellers to order parts like a replacement stylus or belt should you need to.
  • The integrated phono lead is incredibly short which means the amplifier will need to be placed very close to the turntable. Pioneer should have made it a few inches longer.
  • The RCA cables are short but this is not a problem for me as I stack it immediately above my amp.
Sony PS-LX300USB Turntable with Diamond Stylus and USB Connection, Black
  • Still listening to records, and can't imagine the sound could be that much better on a vinyl record player, and easy to use with button functions providing automatic play.
  • Good quality turntable, plug and play with my (very old) amplifier and rest of kit.
  • I've not connected it to my pc yet. I just plugged it into the aux/TV input on my dvd player. There's a switch on the back of the record player for phono or pre amp.
  • Playback has been smooth and crystal clear, and I personally love the way the table looks.
  • The turntable has a tedency to skip across the record, which is obviously extremely annoying.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
179.00 $
129.99 $


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