Stereo Turntable System
3-198-123-11 (1)
Turntable System
Operating Instructions
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.________________
© 2008 Sony Corporation
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus
to rain or moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a
confined space, such as a bookcase
or built-in cabinet.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not place objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, on the
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
The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned off.
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modification not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
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.
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 operation.
Install this system so that the AC power cord can
be unplugged from the wall socket immediately
in the event of trouble.
Table of Contents
About This Manual.....................................................4
Getting Started
Assembling the Turntable.....................................5
Hooking Up the Turntable....................................6
Playing a Vinyl Record..............................................7
Recording Audio Tracks on
Your Computer.............................................................8
Additional Information
Precautions.................................................................. 11
Maintenance............................................................... 11
Troubleshooting....................................................... 13
Specifications............................................................. 15
Parts and Controls................................................... 16
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
2 Carefully place the platter on the
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)
 Supplied CD-ROM, “Sound Forge Audio
Studio LE” included (1)
 Operating Instructions (this manual)
 The installation guide for “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”
3 Using the ribbon, loop the drive belt
around the motor pully.
After looping the belt, do not forget to
remove the ribbon.
4 Place the rubber mat on the platter.
1 Move the metallic parts inside the
larger gear in the direction of the
When the AC power cord is plugged after assembling or
moving the turntable, the turntable sometimes rotates
and the torn 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.
To remove the dust cover
With the dust cover fully opened, grasp both
sides of the cover, then remove it carefully.
Hooking Up the Turntable
The phono cables come attached to the rear of
the cabinet.
1 Set the PHONO/LINE switch (on
Hinge pocket
the rear of the turntable) according
to the jacks of your stereo system
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.
• 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 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.
 to a wall outlet
7 Adjust the volume on your amplifier.
When playback is finished
Playing a Vinyl Record
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.
To pause playing
Press the UP/DOWN button to raise the stylus
off the vinyl record.
1 Place a vinyl record on the platter.
To play a different part of the vinyl record
45 r/min
1 After performing step 4, press the UP/
DOWN button, then lift the tone arm.
2 Move the tone arm to the position you
3 Press the UP/DOWN button.
The tone arm descends to the record, then playback
To play a 17-cm vinyl record
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
Place the supplied 45 r/min adaptor on the
When you have finished using the adaptor, put
it back in the adaptor tray.
2 Press the Speed select button to
select the speed.
3 Set the SIZE SELECTOR to 17 or 30.
4 Turn the protective cover to expose
the stylus.
5 Close the dust cover.
6 Press START.
The platter starts rotating.
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.
Recording Audio Tracks on
Your Computer
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 English
version only)
–Operating systems other than those listed above are
not supported.
–64bit operating systems are not supported.
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.
Connecting the USB cable
Connect the turntable and the computer with
the supplied USB cable.
To the USB jack
• 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).
USB cable (supplied)
•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.
To the USB port
(not supplied)
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.
Setting your computer
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])
1 Select [Control Panel] from the [Start]
2 Click [Sounds, Speech, and Audio
Windows Vista
([Control Panel] is in the [Control Panel Home] view)
1 Select [Settings] from the [Start]
2 Select [Control Panel].
3 Click [Hardware and Sound].
4 Click [Sound].
5 Click the [Recording] tab.
6 Select [USB Audio CODEC] for
7 Click [Set default].
8 Select [USB Audio CODEC], then click
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.
 For
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.
3 Click [Sounds and Audio Devices].
4 Click the [Audio] tab.
5 Select [USB Audio CODEC] for
[Default device:] of [Sound
6 Click [OK].
Recording audio tracks from the
turntable on a computer
1 Launch ”Sound Forge Audio Studio
LE,” which you have installed from the
supplied CD-ROM.
The Main Window opens automatically.
2 Click the recording button
in the
Main Window, as shown below.
8 Enter a filename, then select a file
format from the drop-down list.
9 Select the location you want to save,
then click [Save].
10 To exit from the application, select
[Exit] from the [File] menu.
11 Disconnect the USB cable from the
computer and turntable when you
have finished recording.
Click here
The new [Recording] dialog box and Data
Window open.
By default, the new Data Window is
activated. If you want to change Data
Window, open and activate the Data
Window you want to record.
3 Click the [Record] button in the
[Recording] dialog box.
4 Start playback the audio track of the
vinyl record with the turntable.
Before playing a vinyl record, be sure that
the software is in the recording mode.
While recording, you can recognize that the
recording indicator lights in red and blinks
in the [Recording] dialog box.
5 Check that playback of the audio
track is completely finished, then
click [STOP] in the [Recording] dialog
The recorded data is displayed as a
waveform on the Data Window.
6 Click [Close] to close the [Recording]
dialog box.
7 To save the recorded audio track on
your computer, activate the Data
Window you want to save, then select
[Save] from the [File] menu.
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.
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.
On repacking
Keep the carton and packing materials. They
provide an ideal container to transport the unit.
If you have any question or problem concerning
your unit that is not covered in this manual,
please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
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.
To clean your records, wipe thoroughly using a
good quality record cleaner.
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.
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.
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.
2 Push up the stylus holder until it clicks so
Replacing the stylus
that it locks completely.
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
downward away from the body of the
cartridge/headshell as shown.
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
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
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 11, 12).
 Dust or dirt has collected on the vinyl record.
Clean the record using a good quality record
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.
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 6).
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.
Additional Information
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
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 pully completely.
–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].
3 Select [System and Maintenance].
4 Select [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 CODEC] under [Sound, video and
game controllers]
–[USB Composite Device] under [Universal Serial
Bus controllers]
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.
You cannot record sound from the
 The audio recording device of your computer
is not set correctly. See page 9 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.
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.
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)
Dynamic balanced straight-shaped with
soft dumping control
Effective arm length:
195 mm
USB jack
Power supply:
USB bus power compliant (5 V, 100 mA)
(The power supply of the USB brock is
supplied by the PC which connected with
an attached USB cable)
Output jack:
Plug-in-power system Dedicated USB jack
USB series B connector
USB (full-speed)
Additional Information
Tone Arm
Power requirements:
120 V AC, 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)
Supplied CD-ROM (1)
Operating Instructions (this manual)
The installation guide for “Sound Forge
Audio Studio LE”
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
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