With vinyl still on the upswing, I get a lot of questions about what kind of turntables are worth buying. My stock answer is “Buy the best you can afford. Do NOT cheap out. You’ll regret it.”
The conversation sometimes leads to a discussion of USB turntables, the kind that you can plug into your computer so you can rip vinyl to MP3. My advice? Don’t do it. Those turntables tend to be rather cheap–and they sound it.
CNET News agrees. In fact, they call the USB turntable “the worst-ever audio product.” Heed this advice.
If you already have a good turntable, you might want to know how to clean it properly. I’m glad you asked.