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TEAC LP-R550USB

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    2.0/10
    Chris J Brady
    16 January 2016

    Four major faults ...

    1/ The turntable runs fast (for 33.3 rpm anyway). I digitised a BBC Transcription Disc of folk music that was clearly marked 21 mins. I captured the output from the USB socket with Audacity on my laptop. This registered as 19.5 mins. The sound was somewhat higher pitched than expected. There is no way to adjust the turntable speed. I then checked with a strobe disc and indeed the turntable was fast. The only way to adjust the pitch of such a recording is with s/w such as Audacity - something I didn't expect to have to do. Not good.

    2/ I have been trying to digitise some stereo cassettes and LPs via the USB port. I used Audacity with 'Stereo Mix' to capture the digital output from the Teac onto my laptop.

    However I am finding that the recordings are all in mono - despite the cassettes and LPs being in stereo. In Audacity it is possible to monitor the signals and there are two green bars - one for each channel - but they move in unison - actually they both reflect the left channel.

    That is it is the left channel of the cassettes and LPs that gets transferred to both the left and right channels of Audacity and thus the digital recording.

    When I play back the recordings on the laptop using Audacity and also VLC the left channel of the original recording is prominent with the right channel just in the background.

    It appears that the USB port on the Teac does not support stereo - or rather it may do but it only really outputs the left channel. Audacity captures that left channel but saves the recording on both channels effectively in mono.

    The USB cables I use are those as supplied, and also others I have (for data transfer to/from external hard drives). Yet they do work with digital stereo because I can use the same to connect extension speakers to my laptop.

    3/ When recording to CD of laptop from the cassette deck there s a noticeable mains hum on the recording.

    4/ The stylus supplied is a bog-standard low spec. ceramic cartridge. The sound from LPs is muddy.

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