Few turntable brands are as easily recognizable as Stanton. If this model had a cheaper price tag it would’ve been the perfect portable turntable. The lack of a closing lid doesn’t help a lot either. Despite those downsides, we think that this Stanton model is great for any music enthusiast out there, as well as people who want to use this as a professional tool. If you simply want a cheap portable turntable with a fairly good performance, we recommend you to skip this one and go straight for the Pyle Pro PTT25UBT. Still, the STR8150 is arguably one of the best DJ turntables in the world. It also has the best motor out of all the turntables we reviewed, which is responsible for most of the product’s performance. That aside, let’s go through some of its main features and show you why the STR8150 is such a good all-rounder.
Features That Make It Stand Out
Construction & Design
Let’s talk about the body first. The top part is all quality steel. This adds to the overall durability of it and makes it ideal for parties and road trips. One bad thing here which we will surely mention again is that there is no cover but you can always improvise in a way. There are even custom-made covers but it still is a major flaw. The bottom portion of the deck is a very heavy and sturdy rubbery material which is excellent for damping and isolation. All the materials add up to a turntable which weighs a little above 40 pounds. We know that this is heavy but it is heavy for a good reason. It is one of those products that is built to last forever just like the old expensive turntables.
On top of that, the STR8150’s motor can play records in 33, 45 and 78 RPM. It also has a reverse play button and a separate start & break speed adjusting knobs. Furthermore, there are pitch range buttons which are also adjustable (8, 25, and 50%).
The tonearm and the feet can also be adjusted. Basically, everything in this thing is adjustable therefore you can really set it up by your requirements.
The Cool Thing About It – It Is Also A Digital Turntable
What is a digital turntable? Something truly amazing! Let’s dive further into that. The Stanton STR8 has an additional S/PDIF output. It can be plugged right into an external sound card. This opens the door for so many possibilities, like using this turntable with a DAW, or any other music software for that matter. Additionally, the sound card will further improve the already brilliant audio of this thing.
The Key Lock System
One other amazing feature of this turntable is the “key lock” system. It will keep the “record” key the same even when you play with the pitch. This comes in handy when you are mixing tracks together (when the tracks have different BPMs, for example). It also helps if you want to keep both records in their original key.
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Now, time for the pros and cons of this product. Hopefully, here you will make up your mind whether you truly want it or not.
- The materials used in the construction are all top-quality, resulting in a sturdy construction
- Extremely durable
- Best-in-class audio output
- Tons of extra features
- Great adjustability of the positioning of the unit
- Full control over the audio
- High-torque direct drive motor (world’s strongest)
- Super Stable Arms
- A bit on the heavy side
- Can feel expensive to first-time users
- Lack of color options
- Lack of a cover
- No Built-in speakers like some of its competition