What We Like
What We Don't Like
Just by looking at Numark TTUSB you can conclude that it is not really meant forcasual listening sessions. The chassis comes in form of a silverish gray base that features a more ‘evolved’ shape. To some, this aesthetic is going to be attractive no matter what. To others, it will signify that Numark TTUSB is designed for stage use more than the bedroom.
Build quality is fairly good. Running into compromises in this price range is perfectly normal, which goes for this turntable as well. It is an entry-level unit for those who want to dip their toes in DJ work. At the end of the day, whether or not you like the design will depend on your personal taste.
With that said, there is one thing we definitely can’t get over with Numark TTUSB. From all things they could have excluded, Numark went ahead and simply deleted dust covers as a possibility for TTUSB.
Feature wise, Numark TTUSB sports a package that is suitable for its core purpose. We are talking adjustable pitch control with up to 10% of adjustment either way. There is an adjustable anti-skate as well as a modular S type tone arm. In other words, you can pop the stock cartridge and use whatever you seem fit. This type of versatility is very welcome, especially since we are still talking about an affordable turntable here.
Being a belt driven turntable, you will have to be a bit more careful if scratching is the only thing you want to do. Platter doesn’t have strobe LEDs, so matching speeds is something you will have to do by ear. Lastly, we have the USB port that allows you to rip vinyl directly to your computer. With the built-in amplifier, you are more or less ready to hit the stage the moment Numark TTUSB arrives at your doorstep.
In terms of performance, things are fairly decent. Sound quality is not the best, but it satisfies what this turntable was designed to do. If you are looking for a model that will work great with your deck, but also play smooth jazz in the evenings, this is not it.
Numark TTUSB lacks the finesse which you can find in standard turntables of similar price. The motor and drive system is fairly accurate all things considered. With that said, it is still a belt drive unit so you can expect a bit less direct feedback. Assembling the turntable and getting it ready for use is simple. It will take you about 20 minutes to dial in the tonearm balance and to set up the anti-skate.
While Numark TTUSB may not be the finest turntable out there, it is pretty decent considering the amount of money you are asked to pay.
Numark TTUSB represents a well balanced but somewhat niche option for those who want to get into DJing. In that context, it among the better models you can get in this price range, that is for sure.