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ION Audio Max LP Review – The 3-Speed Belt Drive Turntable With Built-In Speakers

The Audio Max LP turntable from ION is one of the more versatile models on the market. The system comes in glossy piano black or natural wood, making it ideal for both those who want their living room to have a mid-century aesthetic, as well as for anyone looking for an elegant turntable.

All-in-one solution for those who don’t want to clutter their living room

The Audio Max LP features everything needed in order to play music and to connect to other devices. It comes with built-in stereo speakers, a 45 adapter, and a felt slipmat, making it ideal for those looking to buy a product and be able to use it immediately, without having to own or purchase any other equipment.

The turntable also comes with a diamond-tipped ceramic stylus that will last you for quite a while, so you won’t have to worry about having to buy one in order to listen to your record collection.

Affordable, feature-filled, and durable

ION has designed this product with versatility and durability in mind. As a result, it is great for anyone who has never owned a turntable and is not familiar with the various parts and equipment needed in order to use it. This also makes it great to be given as a gift, considering the fact that the package contains everything needed to use it.

Features

  • Great for any living room – The turntable measures 15.23 x 16.14 x 4.05 inches and weighs 7.71 pounds, making it small and light enough to fit perfectly in virtually any living room;
  • Included high-quality stylus – The turntable comes with a diamond-tipped ceramic stylus that will last for hundreds of hours of use. The stylus can play 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records, allowing the system to be used right out of the box without having to purchase additional equipment;
  • All-in-one system – The Audio Max LP features built-in stereo speakers that are perfect for playing records at 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM.
  • USB Port – The turntable has an USB port that can be used to easily connect the system to a computer or laptop and stream music. The software that makes the connection possible is included. This also enables the owner to transfer music from his vinyl collection to his or her computer regardless if it is a PC or a Mac;
  • Standard RCA outputs – The system also features standard RCA outputs that can be used to connect it to a stereo connection, and also features a headphone jack that can be used for private listening without having to disconnect the turntable from the home system;
  • Ability to convert audio – The auxiliary 35mm audio output also allows the owner to convert audio from devices such as cassette players;
  • Great choices – The turntable comes in two very different colors: a glossy piano black that is perfect for elegant offices and a natural wood that will fit perfectly in a 50s style living room;

Pros

  • Ready to go – The fact that the turntable comes with everything needed to make it work, right out of the box makes a great choice for anyone who hasn’t owned one before and doesn’t know what to expect, and also for those looking to give it as a gift to a music lover;
  • Flexible – The many ports that the turntable has make it great for day-to-day use. The auxiliary port is great for connecting a headset and listening to music without having to disconnect the system from the home speaker system;
  • Ability to convert music – the included software is great for those who want to back up their vinyl records to their computer, or who want to convert them and listen to them in their car or while on the go. The software also allows the system to convert music from other devices that can be connected to the turntable such as cassette players;
  • Durable stylus – The included diamond-tipped ceramic stylus ensures that you won’t need to buy another one for a long time;

Cons

  • Belt alignment – In order to work flawlessly, the belt of the turntable must be perfectly aligned. While this I not a difficult or complex task, it is required in order to ensure that the system will not skip tracks;

Verdict

The Audio Max LP from ION is, for all intents and purposes, one of the best turntables for those who have never owned a system like this before. It comes with everything that it needs in order to be used and it does more than other models. Most may be attracted by the ability to convert music and to back up vinyl records to a PC or Mac. Others may enjoy the fact that it has enough ports to connect it to both a home stereo system, as well as to other devices at the same time.

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