Compressed digital files, whether purchased or streamed, simply can’t compare with the rich, uncompressed analog sound of vinyl. But there is a happy medium, and the Sony PS-HX500 Hi-Res USB Turntable is made to take advantage. It uses a built-in analog-to-digital converter to turn your vinyl into high-resolution audio tracks in either DSD or WAV formats, outputting them to your PC or Mac via the aforementioned USB port, and thus enabling them to be used on pretty much any digital device you own. It’s no slouch at playing records through a traditional system, either, with a rock-solid cabinet, belt drive system, lightweight tonearm with integrated shell for superior sound, and a built-in phono EQ that can be bypassed for use with an external rig. [Purchase]
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