If you have a lot of old records that you can’t listen to anymore or are interested in getting into vinyl albums, then a USB turntable is essential for your home entertainment system. Many people associate old-fashioned record players with audio problems, broken needles, and constant care and maintenance, but modern USB turntable care is much simpler. The companies that make this equipment have updated their products with modern technology, and as a result USB turntable care is surprisingly simple.
The biggest problem when it comes to USB turntable care is simply getting the record player to interact correctly with your computer. Many devices can be plugged in and start working instantly, but there are problems that you might run into. For example, if you have poor communication between the device and your computer, it might result from one of several issues, including:
- A bad port: Not all USB ports are the same. Try all the ports on your computer, and you’ll likely find one that works.
- USB hubs: If you use a USB hub to plug multiple devices into a single port on your computer, you may have trouble with your USB turntable. Try plugging the device directly into your computer, and it should work better.
- Bad USB cables: Some USB cables are poorly made, and they do deteriorate with time. It’s likely that your USB turntable came with a USB cable that works great, but if not, make sure your cable is up to speed.
- USB extension cables: Many people want to keep their USB turntables far from their computers, so they use extension cables. While this can work, the bad news is that some extension cables are designed primarily for lower-bandwidth devices.
Meanwhile, another aspect of USB turntable care is to make sure that the software component is in top working order. If your USB turntable has been acting up, you might try uninstalling and reinstalling the software that came with your turntable. Also, it’s always a good idea to have as few background programs running as possible when you use your USB turntable.
Many record players come with covers that help keep the device free of dust. Don’t get into the habit of leaving the cover off of your turntable when you’re not using it. There’s a reason why the cover is there, and not using it will accelerate the deterioration of your device. Close the cover securely whenever you’re finished using it.
Different record players come with different cleaning instructions, so make sure you check the USB turntable care section of your product manual for exact instructions on how to clean your model. In general, though, it’s best to clean your turntable on a fairly regular basis. Over time, dust can build up in the cracks, and this can interfere with the USB turntable’s functioning and sound quality. Try to give it a good cleaning every few uses. Also, don’t forget to check your instruction manual to see if your USB turntable needs to be lubricated.