We're still yet to hear a better-sounding vinyl-ripping deck, either in terms of the files it creates or its performance as a traditional turntable, and gave it What Hi-Fi? Awards in 2017 and 2018 to prove our affection.
Equipped with an internal analogue-to-digital converter and USB type-B output, the PS-HX500 simply hooks up to your laptop or computer’s USB input and, via Sony’s Mac- and Windows-friendly High Res Audio Recorder software, records the vinyl either as a WAV (up to 24-bit/192kHz) or DSD (5.6MHz) file.
The process is simple enough too: just choose your desired format, hit ‘record’ when the vinyl starts playing, ‘stop’ when it’s finished and you have a hi-res song. And, of course, you can split recordings into individual tracks too.
Most important, though, is this Sony's energetic and innately musical presentation, exposing all the life in a recording for a performance that impresses even if you only want to use it as a traditional record player.
We loved the PS-HX500 when we tested it at £450, so our recommendation is only further strengthened by this current £269 price tag.