Updated 5 Oct 2015

Mbeat

USB-TR08

Snapshot: The Mbeat USB-TR08 is a (Type B) USB turntable with a built-in pre-amp. It has two built-in speakers. It can play 33 1/3, 45, and 78RPM. But what's the sound like with the needle on the record?

USB-TR08
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$93

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Test results

Overall score
48
Listening - encoded
?/10
Listening - record player
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK to use.
  • Has built-in, always-on preamp.
  • Has damped cueing.
  • Has non-removable lid.

But

  • Poor MP3 sound quality.
  • Poor LP sound quality.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Listening - encoded (60%)
Ease of use (40%)

Key data

Model

Avg price
$93
Type
USB turntable

Specifications

HxWxD
132 x 338 x 294mm
Weight
2.2kg
Recommended tracking force (g)
Not stated

Features

Lid
Yes
Hinged lid
Yes
Removeable lid
No
Power control
Volume knob
Motor type
-
Drive type
-
Pitch stabilisation
-
Reverse play
-
Pre-amp
Built-in
Auto operation
Auto stop only
Damped cueing
Yes
Tone arm clamp
Yes
Feet levelling adjustment
-
Speakers
Yes
Stylus
Not stated
Stylus shape
-
Stylus illuminator
-
Cartridge
-
Platter construction
Plastic
Platter mat
-
45RPM spindle adapter
-

Playing speeds

33 1/3RPM
Yes
45RPM
Yes
78RPM
Yes

Connections

RCA stereo
Yes
USB
Type B
AUX in
None
Memory card slot
None

Encoding

USB cable
Yes
Encoding software supplied
Audacity
Software Mac OSX compatible
Yes

Technical

Wow & flutter, claimed, WRMS, 33RPM (%)
Not stated
SNR, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Output level, LINE, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
n/a
Output level, PHONO, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
n/a
Pre-amp gain, claimed (dB)
-
Could play older LP without skipping
No
Measured tracking force
5.0g

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Notes

USB turntables in our database have been tested to a different method than standard turntables.