Stanton T.55 USB
If you’re a DJ, you might be facing the following problem: how do you convert your existing investment in often-rare LPs into a quality-sounding digital audio file? One solution is to purchase a high-quality computer audio card, recording software, and a phono-to-line preamp that can bridge between the antiquated phono outputs of your existing turntable and the modern line inputs of your computer audio card. Sounds a bit complicated?
That’s where USB-compatible turntables like the Stanton T.55 come in, offering a much tidier solution by combining a turntable, computer audio card, phono-to-line preamp, and bundled recording software all in one product.
The Stanton T.55 USB is a good belt-drive turntable with USB output that will appeal more to amateur DJs than true audiophiles. Its main selling point is indeed that the USB output allows you to digitize your LP music onto your PC or Mac. That being said, the T.55 USB isn’t only a tool for vinyl transfer, but also a perfect fit for the beginner looking to get into vinyl.
Review of the Stanton T.55 USB
The Stanton T.55’s sleek lines, well-placed features, and apparent build quality all contribute to a gorgeous turntable that inspires confidence. The exterior is made from high-grade plastic, which doesn’t quite compare to the trusted elder, the Technics SL-1200, but which also makes it lighter than many professional turntables.
You may notice that the tone arm is straight instead of curved like other Stanton turntables. This is intended to make the stylus track the surface of the record better, compensating for any scratches there may be.
The T.55 USB comes with the Stanton 500.v3 cartridge, which produces some good sound quality.
There’s a mode selector switch for 33, 45 and 78 rpms, dual start/stop brakes, a reverse button, pitch control with selectable 8% and 12% ranges, and a key-lock mode for digitally modifying a song’s speed independent of pitch.
On the back of the turntable, you’ll find a USB port, stereo RCA outputs, an S/PDIF digital coaxial output, and a power switch.
The T.55 comes bundled with Audacity and Cakewalk Pyro Audio Creator LE. While Audacity is not designed for beginners, Cakewalk Pyro (Windows only) offers an easy and short conversion process. With this software, you can record an entire side of an LP in one pass, then later go through and clean up the recording, separate tracks, and export them to WAV, MP3, or WMA files.
Because the Stanton T.55 doubles as both a recording and a playback interface for your computer’s audio, you can instantly play back the results of your digitally recorded vinyl through the T.55’s RCA outputs–but there’s more. The T.55 will even allow you to simultaneously mix your computer’s audio and your turntable’s audio into the same output – bridging both the analog and digital sounds. What DJs do with this feature is up to their imaginations.
The T.55 is shipped mostly unassembled. So you’ll need to put the drive belt on and adjust the tonearm. Read Stanton’s quick set-up guide.
The Stanton T.55 has most of the features DJs are seeking in a professional turntable. The USB recording functionality and bundled software are easy to use and produce great results.
If you want an entry-level turntable for listening purposes that also enables you to digitize your LPs, the Audio Technica AT-LP120 might be a better fit than the Stanton T.55 USB. But the latter still does a good job, and at a lower price.
Although it’s not a one-size-fits-all product, the Stanton T.55 turntable is a great tool for today’s modern DJ, seamlessly integrating the worlds of analog and digital audio.
“I recommend the Stanton T55USB Turntable and it is well worth the price for the enjoyment I have had for the many memories, when rediscovering the music some 50 years old I had forgot about. Sound also seems better than what comes via my CD player through the same Bose speaker system I have.” – Amazon reviewer.
- Easy to Operate Belt-Drive Turntable with Professional Features
- USB Output for Easily Transferring Music from Vinyl Records to Your Mac or PC or For Use with DVS Systems
- Includes Software for Transferring and Editing Music Files
- Includes Audiophile-quality Stanton 500.v3 Cartridge
- Straight Tone Arm Improves Tracking for Scratching
- 2 Playback Speeds (33 or 45 RPM)
- 2 Start/Stop Switches for Mix or Battle Setup
- RCA Stereo Outputs
- Manual Pitch Control Fader (+/- 10% Adjustment)
- Accessories include RCA Cables, Slip Mat, and Dust Cover
- Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/-1dB
- THD+N < 0.01% at 1 kHz
- S/N Ratio: <-65 dB
- Type 2-speed full manual
- Motor DC motor
- Driving Method Belt Drive
- Speeds 33 1/3 and 45rpm
- Wow and Flutter Less than 0.2% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 1/3 rpm
- Pitch Controls +/- 10%
- Starting Time Less than 1 sec with 33 1/3 rpm
- Braking Time Less than 1 sec with 33 1/3 rpm
- Time for Speed Change Less than 1 sec with 33 1/3 rpm
- Less than 1 sec from 45 to 33 1/3 rpm
- Audio Output Phono output
Tone Arm Section Measurement
- Tone arm type Static balanced straight shaped tone arm with cardan’s suspension
- Effective Arm Length 191mm
- Tracking Force Range 0-4g
- Applicable Cartridge Weight 6-10g
- Audio Output Phono/Line output
- USB Functiion A/D,D/A 16BIT 44.1KHz or 48KHz USB SELECTABLE
- Computer interface: USB 1.1 compliant, WINDOWS XP or Mac OSX
Owner’s manual: Download