1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable Review

The 1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable is seeing a huge increase in popularity at the time of writing of this review. This is due to its unique design, great price and useful features.

This record player is a work of art. The first thing you notice is the gorgeous wood appearance and the retro styling. Combine this with modern technology and you’ve got a player that ticks all the boxes.

It plays records at 3 different speeds. It also plays MP3 files using a USB port. It even transfers your record collection to the digital format, so you can ensure you’ll have that wonderful vinyl sound forever and you can take it with you anywhere.

The 1byone player comes with built-in stereo speakers that produce a crisp, clear sound with no bass distortion. You can also plug in external speakers via RCA plugs for an even greater listening experience.

 

Features

  • 14.8 by 11.4 by 5 inches — smaller than most competitors
  • 5 pounds — one of the lightest options on the market
  • Beautiful wooden appearance — a beautiful addition to any home
  • Plays at speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM — all standard speeds
  • Play MP3s via USB drive — enjoy your modern collection, too
  • Built-in full-range stereo speakers — great sound from such a small unit
  • RCA line-out — connect to external speakers for the best possible listening experience
  • Vinyl-to-MP3 recording — save all your old records and take their sound with you anywhere
  • Built-in dust cover — protect your player and records

Pros

  • Beautiful classic design
  • Compact and portable
  • Plays vinyl at 3 speeds
  • Can transfer your vinyl collection to digital files
  • Full-range stereo speakers
  • Can play audio files from USB
  • Budget-friendly price

Cons

  • No AM/FM radio
  • Does not play CDs
  • No auxiliary input or bluetooth to connect smartphones and tablets

 

Summary of 1byone Belt Drive StereoTurntable Review

The 1byone turntable is affordable and looks stunning. It has fewer features than some of its competitos, but includes all the most useful ones.

It plays vinyl discs at 3 different speeds. It comes equipped with full-range speakers that provide high-quality sounds and RCA line-out plugs for even better sound quality using external speakers.

It can play digital files via a USB connector and can even digitize your vinyl collection to an external USB drive, so you can take your vinyl music with you anywhere.

 

Comparison

The closest competitors to the 1byone player are the ION Audio Max LP turntable and the Audio Technica AT-LP60.

Both of these products are also compact and lightweight and are slightly cheaper, at the cost of some features. They can be good alternatives, depending on which features are most important to you.

The ION turntable has most of the same features and a similar classic wood look. It also comes bundled with software that makes it easier to convert vinyl to digital. It does, however, deliver a lesser sound quality from its built-in speakers.

The Audio Technica AT-LP60 has virtually none of the features of the other two and only plays two speeds (33 1/3 and 45 RPM). It has no internal speakers, but it does have a built-in switchable phono preamp, so you can connect it to your stereo system, powered external speakers or computer via included RCA cables.

Where the AT-LP60 shines is quality. This is a professional level turntable and is far beyond the other two in terms of quality. There are more expensive versions available with additional features. The Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB has a USB port and the Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity.

 

Verdict

For most people, the 1byone Belt Drive Stereo Turntable is the best option, because it has all the most useful features and delivers a good sound quality from the built-in speakers.

If quality is your number one priority and you don’t need the other features, you definitely want to go with the Audio Technica AT-LP60. And if you do need USB (or Bluetooth) connectivity, both are available. You will pay a lot more, though.

I wouldn’t generally recommend the ION Audio Max, unless you really need the converter software that comes with it and you don’t mind a lesser sound quality from the internal speakers. Most people would be happiest with the 1byone.

  • Updated December 23, 2016
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