Sony PS-LX300USB Turntable User Manual | Manualzz
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Turntable System
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial numbers are located at the rear. Record these
numbers in the spaces provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call
upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. PS-LX300USB
Serial No.________________
Operating Instructions
© 2008 Sony Corporation
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of
the apparatus with news papers, table-cloths,
curtains, etc. And don’t place lighted candles on
the apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place
objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the
wall outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned
Install this system so that the power cord can be
unplugged from the wall socket immediately in
the event of trouble.
Notice for the customers in the U.S.A.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product’s enclosure that may be
of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
The Caution Marking is put on the Bottom
Important Safety Instructions
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s
8) Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized or grounding-type plug. A
polarized plug has two blades with one wider
than the other. A grounding type plug has
two blades and a third grounding prong. The
wide blade or the third prong are provided
for your safety. If the provided plug does not
fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10)Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the apparatus.
11)Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12)Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is
used, use caution when moving
the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods of
14)Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug is
damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does
not operate normally, or has been dropped.
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in
a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is
fitted to this equipment for your safety and
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to
be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the
supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to
BS1362, (i.e., marked with or mark) must
be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a
detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse
cover after you change the fuse. Never use the
plug without the fuse cover.
If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact
your nearest Sony service station.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modification not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
Notice for the customers in the countries
applying EU Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo,
108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative
for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland
GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart,
Germany. For any service or guarantee matters
please refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Services Center
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name : SONY
Model Name : PS-LX300USB (Stereo
Turntable System)
Responsible Party : Sony Electronics Inc.
Address : 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego,
CA92127 USA
Telephone No. : 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions. (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
Notice for the customers in Canada
This class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
For the customers in Europe
Disposal of Old Electrical
& Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the European
Union and other European
countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging
indicates that this product shall not be treated
as household waste. Instead it shall be handed
over to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly,
you will help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and human
health, which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling of this product.
The recycling of materials will help to conserve
natural resources. For more detailed information
about recycling of this product, please contact
your local Civic Office, your household
waste disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits set out in the EMC
Directive using a connection cable shorter than
3 meters.
Table of Contents
About This Manual.....................................................4
Getting Started
Assembling the Turntable.....................................5
Hooking Up the Turntable....................................7
Playing a Vinyl Record..............................................8
Recording Audio Tracks on
Your Computer.............................................................9
Additional Information
Precautions.................................................................. 13
Maintenance............................................................... 14
Troubleshooting....................................................... 15
Specifications............................................................. 18
Parts and Controls................................................... 19
About This Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Sony Stereo
Turntable System. Before operating the unit,
please read this manual thoroughly and retain
it for future reference.
 IBM and PC/AT are registered trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation.
 Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are
either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and / or other countries.
 In this manual, Microsoft® Windows® XP
Home Edition and Microsoft® Windows® XP
Professional are referred to as Windows XP.
 In this manual, Microsoft® Windows Vista®
Home Basic, Windows Vista® Home Premium,
Windows Vista® Business, and Windows Vista®
Ultimate are referred to as Windows Vista.
 Sound Forge is a trademark or registered
trademark of Sony Creative Software Inc. in
the United States and other countries.
 All other names of systems and products are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners. TM and ® marks are omitted
in this manual.
Getting Started
Assembling the Turntable
Getting Started
Check that you received the following items
with your turntable:
 Platter (with drive belt) (1)
 Rubber mat (1)
 45 r/min adaptor (1)
 USB cable (1)
 CD-ROM, “Sound Forge Audio Studio LE”
included (1)
 Operating Instructions (this manual)
 The installation guide for “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”
 Recording audio tracks of a vinyl record to
your computer
 Please read this first.
1 Move the metallic parts inside the
larger gear in the direction of the
2 Carefully place the platter on the
To remove the dust cover
With the dust cover fully opened, grasp both
sides of the cover, then remove it carefully.
Hinge pocket
3 Using the ribbon, loop the drive belt
around the motor pulley.
After looping the belt, do not forget to
remove the ribbon.
4 Place the rubber mat on the platter.
When the AC power cord is plugged after assembling or
moving the turntable, the turntable sometimes rotates
and the tone arm descends to the platter even if START
is not pressed.
If this occurs, press STOP to return the tone arm to the
arm stand.
You can use the turntable leaving the dust cover removed.
In that case, store the cover correctly.
To install the dust cover
Insert the hinge pockets on the dust cover into
the hinges on the rear of the cabinet.
Hooking Up the Turntable
The phono cable comes attached to the rear of
the cabinet.
3 Connect the AC power cord.
Connect the AC power cord to an AC
wall outlet after completing all of the
connections by performing steps 1 and 2.
1 Set the PHONO/LINE switch (on
 to a wall outlet
Getting Started
the rear of the turntable) according
to the jacks of your stereo system
• When your stereo system (amplifier) has
PHONO input jacks (connect to PHONO
input jacks)
set to PHONO. The Equalizer function
is off.
• When your stereo system (amplifier) does
not have PHONO input jacks (connect to
AUX, VIDEO input jacks, etc.)
set to LINE. The Equalizer function
is on.
2 Connect the cable with the white
plug to the white (L) jack and connect
the cable with the red plug to the red
(R) jack.
Make sure to insert the plugs firmly into the
jacks. If the plugs are not inserted firmly,
noise may occur.
3 Set the SIZE SELECTOR to 17 or 30.
4 Turn the protective cover to expose
Playing a Vinyl Record
the stylus.
5 Close the dust cover.
6 Press START.
The platter starts rotating.
45 r/min
1 Place a vinyl record on the platter.
Lower the volume of the amplifier to prevent damage
to it. If the tone arm descends and the stylus touches
the vinyl record, a loud creaking noise may occur
and harm the amplifier or speakers. Adjust the
volume of the amplifier after the stylus descends.
7 Adjust the volume on your amplifier.
When playback is finished
The tone arm returns to the arm stand
automatically, then the platter stops rotating.
To stop playing
Press the STOP button.
The tone arm returns to the arm stand.
The platter stops rotating.
Place only one vinyl record on the platter at a time.
If two or more vinyl records are stacked on the
platter, the stylus will not make proper contact with
the grooves and the quality of reproduction will be
2 Press the Speed select button to
select the speed.
To pause playing
Press the UP/DOWN button to raise the stylus
off the vinyl record.
To play a different part of the vinyl record
1 After performing step 4, press the UP/
DOWN button, then lift the tone arm.
2 Move the tone arm to the position you
The tone arm descends to the record, then playback
To play a 17-cm vinyl record
Place the supplied 45 r/min adaptor on the
When you have finished using the adaptor, put
it back in the adaptor tray.
You can record audio tracks of a vinyl record
on your computer by:
• Connecting the turntable and your computer
using the supplied USB cable
• Using the supplied software, “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”
System requirements for the computer to be
connected to the turntable*
• Compliant computer:
IBM PC/AT or compatible computers
• Operating systems:
Windows Vista® Home Basic
Windows Vista® Home Premium
Windows Vista® Business
Windows Vista® Ultimate
Windows® XP Home Edition Service Pack 2
or higher
Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2 or
Pre-installed (manufacturer installed only)
3 Press the UP/DOWN button.
Recording Audio Tracks on
Your Computer
–Operating systems other than those listed above are
not supported.
–64bit operating systems are not supported.
• Hardware Environment:
–Port: USB port**
* Required when recording audio tracks of a vinyl
record onto a computer via a USB connection.
**The USB jack of the turntable supports USB (fullspeed).
•For the operating environment mentioned above,
the turntable is not guaranteed to operate with all
•The turntable is not guaranteed to operate with home
built computers, operating systems that are personally
up-graded or multiple operating systems.
•The turntable is not guaranteed to operate with
functions such as system suspend, sleep (stand-by
mode) and hibernation, on all computers.
Installing the supplied software
Before recording, install the supplied software,
“Sound Forge Audio Studio LE.”
Once you install the software into your
computer, you do not have to install it again
other than that you need to re-install it.
1 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the
CD drive of your computer.
2 Install the software according to onscreen instructions.
For details about installing the software, refer to the
“Sound Forge Audio Studio LE” installation guide.
The turntable is not guaranteed to operate with a USB
hub or USB extension cable. Use the supplied USB
Connect the USB cable into the USB jack/USB port
securely, or may cause a malfunction.
Disconnect the USB cable when it is not in use.
When the turntable and computer are connected via
USB cable, the audio that is adjusted with the turntable
equalizer is input to the USB port of the computer,
when playing the turntable to record audio tracks on
your computer.
USB drivers are included in operating systems if you are
using Windows XP or Windows Vista. USB drivers will
be installed automatically when the system is connected
to the computer for the first time. For details, refer to the
manual of your computer.
Setting your computer
Connecting the USB cable
Connect the turntable and the computer with
the supplied USB cable.
Before recording, set the recording audio
device according to the operation system you
use as follows:
 For
Windows XP
([Control Panel] is in [Category View])
To the USB jack
USB cable (supplied)
To the USB port
(not supplied)
1 Select [Control Panel] from the [Start]
2 Click [Sounds, Speech, and Audio
3 Click [Sounds and Audio Devices].
4 Click the [Audio] tab.
5 Select [USB Audio CODEC] for
[Default device:] of [Sound
6 Click [OK].
 For
Windows Vista
([Control Panel] is in the [Control Panel Home] view)
1 Select [Settings] from the [Start]
For details on recording operations, refer to
the supplied document titled “Recording audio
tracks of a vinyl record to your computer.”
For details about using the software, refer to
the “Sound Forge Audio Studio LE” quick start
guide (on the supplied CD-ROM) or on-line
help of the software.
2 Select [Control Panel].
3 Click [Hardware and Sound].
4 Click [Sound].
5 Click the [Recording] tab.
6 Select [USB Audio CODEC] for
Recording audio tracks from the
turntable on a computer
7 Click [Set default].
8 Select [USB Audio CODEC], then click
9 Click the [Advanced] tab.
10 Select [2 channel, ...] (ex: [2 channel,
16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality)]) from
the [Default Format] drop-down list.
11 Click [OK].
To input stereo signal from the turntable to the computer,
performing steps 8 through 11 is necessary.
Reference guides for the supplied software
Refer to the following instructions:
 The installation guide for “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”:
Refer to this supplied manual to install
“Sound Forge Audio Studio LE.”
 The “Sound Forge Audio Studio LE” tutorial:
This tutorial provides easy instructions on
how to operate the software. After installing
the software, the tutorial appears when you
launch the software for the first time.
 The “Sound Forge Audio Studio LE” quick
start guide (on the supplied CD-ROM):
This provides instructions on the basic
operation of the software.
Additional Information
On placement
 Place the unit on a level surface.
 Avoid placing the unit near electrical
appliances (such as a television, hair dryer, or
fluorescent lamp) which may cause hum or
 Place the unit where it will not be subject
to any vibration, such as from speakers,
slamming of doors, etc.
 Keep the unit away from direct sunlight,
extremes of temperature, and excessive dust
and moisture.
If you have any question or problem concerning
your unit that is not covered in this manual,
please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Note on recording
The recorded music is limited to private
use only. Use of the music beyond this limit
requires permission of the copyright holders.
Additional Information
On safety
 Before operating the unit, check that the
operating voltage of your unit is identical with
that of your local power supply.
 Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
cabinet, unplug the unit and have it checked
by qualified personnel before operating it any
 Unplug the unit from the wall outlet if it is not
to be used for an extended period of time. To
disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug.
Never pull the cord itself.
On repacking
Keep the carton and packing materials. They
provide an ideal container to transport the unit.
Stylus and record care
In order to prevent premature stylus and record
wear, the stylus and record should be cleaned
before playback.
To clean the stylus, brush it from back to front
using a good quality stylus cleaning brush. Do
not clean the stylus with your finger tip. When
using a fluid stylus cleaner, make sure not to
moisten the stylus too much.
Replacing the stylus
The life expectancy of the stylus tip is about
500 hours. To preserve good sound quality and
avoid damage to your records, we recommend
replacing the stylus within this time limit.
For a replacement stylus, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
To remove the stylus
1 Turn off and unplug the AC power cords of
the turntable and amplifier.
2 Protect the stylus with the stylus cover.
Stylus cover
3 Grasp the stylus holder and pull it
To clean your records, wipe thoroughly using a
good quality record cleaner.
downward away from the body of the
cartridge/headshell as shown.
Cleaning the cabinet and dust cover
Clean the cabinet and dust cover periodically
using a soft dry cloth. If stains are difficult to
remove, use a cloth moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use solvents such
as alcohol, benzine or thinner, since they will
damage the finish.
Stylus holder
To install the stylus
Do this procedure with the stylus protected by
the stylus cover.
1 Grasp both sides of the stylus holder, then
insert the stylus grip into the cartridge/
headshell receptacle.
Stylus holder
Stylus cover
Stylus grip
2 Push up the stylus holder until it clicks so
Do not leave any
Do not push the stylus cover forcefully. Otherwise,
the exposed stylus from the cover may cause injury, or
damage the stylus.
Before going through the check list below, first
make sure that:
 The power cord is securely connected.
 The speaker cords are securely connected.
Should any problem persist after you have made
these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Playing a vinyl record
The tone arm skips, skates or does not
 The turntable is not level. Place the turntable
on a level surface.
 The record is dirty or scratched.
Clean the record with a commercially
available record cleaning kit, or replace the
Poor sound quality, excessive noise,
intermittent sound, etc…
 The stylus is dirty or worn. Remove dust on
the stylus using a stylus cleaning brush, or
replace the worn stylus (see page 14).
 Dust or dirt has collected on the vinyl record.
Clean the record using a good quality record
Additional Information
that it locks completely.
Rumble or low-frequency howl*.
 The turntable is placed too close to speakers.
Move speakers away from the turntable.
* This phenomenon, called “acoustic feedback”, occurs
when vibrations from the speakers are transmitted
through the air or via solid objects (such as shelves, a
cabinet, or the floor) to the turntable where they are
picked up by the stylus, amplified and reproduced
through the speakers.
Tempo is incorrect.
 Incorrect r/min. Set the r/min setting to
match the one indicated on the vinyl record.
(Select “33” for 33 1/3 r/min records or “45”
for 45 r/min records.)
The drive belt is deteriorated.
 Replace the drive belt. For details, consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
Platter does not rotate.
 Make sure the power cord is inserted all the
way into an AC wall outlet.
 Make sure that the drive belt is looped
around the motor pulley completely.
The drive belt is broken.
 Replace the drive belt. For details, consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
Sound is too low or distorted.
 The turntable is not connected to the PHONO
IN inputs on the amplifier (see page 7).
USB connection/recording
The turntable is not detected on your
 Disconnect the supplied USB cable, and
connect it again.
 With the turntable and the computer
connected, restart the computer.
 Disconnect the supplied USB cable, and
restart the computer. After restarting,
connect the computer and the turntable with
the supplied USB cable.
 The device setting of your computer may not
be set correctly.
–If the turntable is connected to the computer with
the USB cable for the first time, the USB Composite
Device, HID-compliant consumer control device,
USB Human Interface Device and USB Audio Device
(Windows XP)/USB Audio CODEC (Windows
Vista) are installed automatically.
To confirm if the driver is correctly installed, check
as follows:
 For
Windows XP
([Control Panel] is in [Category View])
1 Select [Control Panel] from the [Start]
2 Click [Performance and Maintenance].
3 Click [System].
4 Click the [Hardware] tab, and then click
[Device manager].
5 Check the [Device manager] screen.
Check the devices installed as follows.
–[USB Human Interface Devices] and [HIDcompliant consumer control device] under [Human
Interface Devices]
–[USB Audio Device] under [Sound, video and
game controllers]
–[USB Composite Device] under [Universal Serial
Bus controllers]
 For
Windows Vista
([Control Panel] is in the [Control Panel Home] view)
1 Select [Settings] from the [Start] menu.
2 Select [Control Panel].
For details on the operation of your computer, refer to
the operating instructions of your computer.
There can be some breakdowns that cannot be solved
even with Troubleshooting. In such cases, contact your
nearest Sony dealer.
3 Select [System and Maintenance].
4 Select [Device Manager].
5 Check the [Device manager] screen.
When connecting to different USB ports, you may
have to install USB drivers.
When connecting to different USB ports, the
computer automatically installs the driver again. In
such case, check that the driver is correctly installed
as in this procedure.
The recorded sound is disrupted.
 The CPU of your computer is overloaded.
Exit other applications.
 Other USB devices are connected to your
computer and being operated simultaneously.
Quit operating other USB devices.
Additional Information
Check the devices installed as follows.
–[USB Human Interface Devices] and [HIDcompliant consumer control device] under
[Human Interface Devices]
–[USB Audio CODEC] under [Sound, video and
game controllers]
–[USB Composite Device] under [Universal Serial
Bus controllers]
You cannot record sound from the
 The audio recording device of your computer
is not set correctly. See pages 10 and 11 to
check the device settings.
There is noise in recorded sound.
 There are electrical wires, fluorescent
lights or mobile phones near the turntable.
Move away from any possible sources of
electromagnetic interference.
Motor and Platter
Drive system:
DC motor
295 mm dia. (aluminum die-cast)
33 1/3 and 45 r/min, 2 speed
Wow and flutter:
Less than 0.25% (WRMS)
Signal to noise ratio:
More than 50 dB (DIN-B)
Tone Arm
Dynamic balanced straight-shaped with
soft damping control
Effective arm length:
195 mm
USB jack
Power supply:
USB bus power compliant (5 V, 100 mA)
(The power is supplied by the PC which is
connected with an attached USB cable)
Output jack:
Plug-in-power system (Dedicated USB
USB series B connector
USB (full-speed)
Power requirements:
North American model:
120 V AC, 60 Hz
Other models:
230 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption:
Approx. 420 × 95 × 360 mm (16 1/2 × 3 5/8 ×
14 1/4 in) (w/h/d)
3.3 kg (7 lb 5 oz)
Supplied Accessories:
45 r/min adaptor (1)
Platter (with drive belt) (1)
Rubber mat (1)
USB cable (1)
CD-ROM (1)
Operating Instructions (this manual)
The installation guide for “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”
Recording audio tracks of a vinyl record to
your computer
Please read this first.
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Parts and Controls
45 r/min adaptor
Tone arm
Speed select button
Arm stand
Rubber mat
Finger lift
Cartridge and headshell
STOP button
START button
UP/DOWN button
PHONO/LINE switch
Dust cover
USB jack
Additional Information
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