Some initial thoughts on the BT-19DJ Amazon.com: Boytone BT-19DJB, 3-Speed Stereo Turntable - 33/45/78 RPM with AM , FM Stereo Receiver w/2 built-in speakers /Cassette/Aux-In/USB/SD/MP3 and Vinyl to MP3 Encoding and remote control(Black color): Electronics
- it's adequate and typical of something that would sit in a store but the Amazon seller apparently thought that wrapping it in plastic was suitable for mailing. Box is a bit dinged up as a result, but the player arrived undamaged. Still, not too pleased with how they sent it, the box isn't an adequate mailing carton, and this isn't the first I've heard of Amazon or 3rd party Amazon sellers doing this, often with worse results. 2 styrofoam ends hold it in place, player is wrapped in a large baggie and the cord is bundled in a small baggie. I will give Jensen credit- they at least tape parts down. Boytone didn't. The tone arm is held down by a wire tie but the needle protector and 45 adapter were in the baggie on top. The needle protector really should've been on the tone arm, at the very least. Only other thing is a baggie with instructions, warranty card and tiny generic remote.
- not bad. Turntable snobs would go with "cheap Chinese junk" as a description, but I've seen and even owned stereos from big name companies that had build quality about this level- I'd say the last big mega stereo I owned was actually worse. Plastic turntable with 3 rubber nubs, wood sides, etc.
- Meh. They're basically okay. They aren't terrible, but I've owned a cheapo China unbranded FM radio that had a single speaker which had better sound output, and my Vizio TV has far better. But there is a headphone jack which is suitable and the RCA outputs have a built-in preamp and it sounds decent even with a Cyber Acoustics CA-2014 speaker set, which is a low-end speaker. Though plugging in the RCA speakers doesn't disable the onboard speakers by default, but the volume output is independent of the onboard volume knob, so turning the volume down shuts them off
- okay, this is a standard dial that goes in 0.05 increments on the FM band, and if you turn it fast enough it will try to "auto seek" to whatever station it can pick up. I really only listen to one local station and it did pick it up, though radio reception indoors isn't so great and I'll need to run an antenna wire outside. There is a memory option for up to 30 stations. I had poor luck with the AM, indoor reception is too bad.
- it works. Read files off an 8 GB USB flash drive just fine. The remote only seems to work for this function. The instructions say it can only take up to an 8 GB card or flash drive size and files no more than 256 kb/s in bitrate.
I haven't tested this and probably won't bother with it. The instructions say it only rips to 128 kb/s anyway and it records as one long audio file with no breaks so I'd have to manually edit anything. Unlike most of these cheap players it doesn't seem to support PC hookup via USB out.
- I have some old cassettes of my father's on hand. Plays them okay though the only button you get is a dual fast forward/eject button. Meh, it's a bonus feature that works well but is a bit thin in function. Mind you, I haven't even owned a tape player in 10 years(the one in my car doesn't count since it doesn't work properly) and haven't even seen a new one for sale in stores in almost as long, even the dollar stores haven't stocked them in some time around here.
not tried it, don't need to, if I wanted external speakers for anything I could do better than routing it through this.
- it's 1/4" thick and uses a CR2025 battery. It has buttons for the MP3 function, minus volume since that's handled by the knob. The skip buttons will also work the AM/FM tuning but it's very slow to cycle through with it. Not a big deal, it's there, it's cheap quality, it's a generic remote. you can ignore it. Though the remote that came with my expensive Frigidaire air conditioner isn't much better quality.
- the main meat of this thing... the turntable is one of those smaller 45 sized things you see on so many cheaper-priced players. The tone arm has a lift lever but you need to manually move it to the record. It drops softly when lowered. 3 speeds and an auto-off switch(which can be turned off should your record go past the usual cutoff point). The lid has cutouts to close down over a 33. And for a basic featured player that lacks tone or pitch controls.... sounds pretty good. I was going to wait for one of the cheaper albums I purchased to arrive but I went ahead and test played my import copy of Russian heavy metal Black Coffee - Step Over The Threshold
. No speed issues, clear sound, VERY few pops and such which may be from minor dust on the record. I compared it to playback on Youtube and it sounds the same. I had no skipping.
Just to test further I put on the one 45 I own- an import UK copy of Catherine Warwick - Marine Boy
. Despite being a 45 this has a standard hole in the center so I couldn't try out the 45 adapter. Plays okay but I have some skipping in the same spots on multiple listens so this record may need a cleaning. However the "penny trick" seemed to work to counter that skipping though I'll likely clean this one anyway, although if the cartridge is ceramic it might not hurt to get something a bit better, as they seem more prone to skipping. Could even be a combo of reasons causing the skipping. This one also runs a bit past the auto stop point so I had to shut the switch off.
Packaging is a bit flimsy but the actual player is not bad, at least for the $50 shipped I paid. All the functions work well. You will definitely do better with more expensive devices, sure, but it seems okay for a cheap all-in-one option. It's probably better than the poorly-regarded Crosley players, although if you are a vinyl enthusiast you'll likely go with something more dedicated anyway than something that costs this little. Just get a better set of speakers for it.