This review tells me how come nearly ALL turntables tested get at least 4 stars. This ION doesn't even deserve a star at all! The ceramic cart will destroy your records, even after only one play due to the lack of any needle compliance, hence the hefty 6 grams needle force needed to keep the needle, rather nail, in the groove. It's a shame this device is called turntable at all. It's a toy that can make MP3 files that sound as bad as the thing performs.
What HIFI certainly must fine tune their testing methods in a way its readers can make the right choise. Giving all tt's in the present line up at least 4 stars doesn't help the customer at all. Just be a little more critical on products, that's all. Not to sable a product down, not at all! No, just for good comparisons so that the customer can make better choises before rushing out to the shops, and perhaps be disappointed after buying the product.
A good turntable must be good in all aspects, not just one or two. I have been a salesman for many years and turntables were my responsibility. So I know what I' m talking about.
Well, the fact that we gave it 3 stars tells you we weren't entirely convinced by it either.
Is this one for archiving your vinyl to CD then binning it, or has it actually got arm bearings and adjustable tracking weight? I've looked on the website and can't see.
A lot of these "MP3 archiving" devices are nothing short of awful, and one would be far better served by something like a Project Debut USB, or a reasonable turntable (Dual / Rega etc) coupled to a Project Phono USB or similar phono stage from NAD.
I understand the convenience of the iProfile, but when you have to connect it to a computer to re-arrange the files, what's the point?
I'm not convinced 3 stars is really justified here.
Maybe on a Gadget-type magazine/website, but WHFSV?
I have got this unit on a 30 day sale or return basis and so am of course ripping as many of my LPs as I can get done before sending it back in lieu of not otherwise listing to some pretty rare material on LP format.
Frankly, I am have to agree with the rating given and am very disappointed in the poor quality of the sound produced by the MP3 files created. Indeed I think What HiFi may have been a little generous. 'Course there may be a number of weak links in the recording / reproduction chain but I will certainly NOT be keeping it.
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