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TEAC LPR500 Vinyl and Cassette CopySystem - Black

 
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Ex VAT: £212.50

RRP: £349.99

£255.00

The TEAC LPR500 CopyStation is the only complete music centre to record vinyl and cassettes directly onto CD and includes integrated speakers for playing vinyl, cassettes, radio or CDs. Also available in walnut.

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Condition: Brand new in original retail packaging

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Features

Warranty length 2 Years
Colour Black
Brand TEAC Audio

Tech Specs

Performance
Output Power: 3.5W + 3.5W
Speakers: 2x 3" Full Range Cone
Unique Track Increment identification
Play and record: Vinyls + cassettes
Vinyl: 3-Speed, auto-return (33,45,78rpm) 

 

Functions
Drawer Type: CD Recorder
Recording Level: Control and Indicator
Memory: 32-track Music memory
Supports: CD-R/RWAUDIO disc recording
Programme: Repeat (one/all), Shuffle Play
Cassette Player: play/pause/FWD/REW
PLL Synthesised: AM/FM Stereo Tuner
Display: LCD with Backlight

 

Connections
Headphone Jack: Stereo Mini
Remote Control: Full Function (included)
Audio Input/Output: x1
Replacement styli: STL103 (33.3/45rpm)
SPL102: 78rpm records (sold separately)

 

General
Dimensions (WHD): 470 x 236 x 360 mm
Weight: 8.5 kg

 

Product Description

The TEAC LP-R500 CopyStation is a phono, cassette, CD recorder and radio combination, the only complete music centre to record vinyl and cassettes directly onto CD and includes integrated speakers for playing vinyl, cassettes, radio or CDs - a great, space saving wooden one box system.

Intelligent recording to CDR/CDRW

This system is an ideal archiving solution for your vinyl and cassettes and doubles as a great sounding hi-fi system in one box. This system can record onto CDR or CDRW discs from cassettes, radio and vinyl catering for 33 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78rpm speed records. It will even detect the silence between tracks and insert track breaks onto the recorded CD.

Record the whole album or select individual songs using the pause control. The recording level and track numbers can both be individually set automatically or manually and appear in the display. Off air CD recording from the built-in radio is easily possible. Connect any other external analog source to the AUX inputs on the rear panel and record the content onto a recordable CD.

Versatile unit with full function remote

In addition, the LP-R500 is also a great sounding hi-fi system. It's similar in size to a normal hi-fi component but includes CD player, FM/AM radio, cassette player and turntable in one unit with integrated speakers. A full function remote control is included to control the CD player and FM/AM radio from your armchair. Dust off those vinyls and cherished cassettes - you can now listen to them again and again!

LP-R500 is completely remote controllable and can also be simply used as a multitalented playback artist for all its integrated sources as it also contains its own stereo amplifier and two built in monitor speakers. 

Connections and accessories

Stereo line outputs are mounted on the rear panel which allows using any of the built in sources as an external signal source which can be connected to the line inputs of almost any additional external amplifier. A remote control unit is provided as a standard accessory. Replacement “needles” for the turntable are available as optional accessories at additional cost. 

Customer Reviews

  • Michelle

    31 Aug 2019

    We recently ordered a TEAC LPR 550USB and were a little surprised to receive the LPR 500 instead. It's worth noting that we got in touch with Audio Affair's customer service team; they were really apologetic and very accommodating, offering us the option of taking delivery of the USB machine as a replacement or a refund of more than the difference between the prices between the two machines. After some consideration we opted for the latter. Many thanks to Niall Tucker for being brilliant.

    It was the reasons we decided to keep the LPR 500 which make up the rest of this review.

    First off, it needs to be said that the device isn't going to win any points for looks. It's a big, black, poorly proportioned beast of a unit, so if you're looking for an all-in-one which complements the home décor nicely, this probably isn't going to be your first choice.

    But if looks aren't important, then IMHO, this is a winning purchase. For a start, at the price it's the only machine you'll get which can record CDs. Yes, an old-fashioned concept in a world of streaming and digital audio, but if that's what you want you're unlikely to be looking at this machine anyway. It also features - as you'd expect from an all-in-one - a turntable, a cassette player, a CD player and a tuner. A bonus is aux in, for extra versatility, and an aux out in case you want to attach it to an amplifier.

    Selection of the different functions is made by a series of buttons on a panel at the front of the unit. These have a pleasing feel to them. On powering the unit up, there's a slight delay while the CD player primes itself, no matter what function it's currently in, but that's a relatively minor niggle.

    Looking at the turntable, it's worth noting that the table itself comes without a slip mat and looks a tad hard to put a record onto directly. However, the manufacturers have added four little rubber pads to help protect your record and dampen vibration; it's up to you whether you want to buy a slip mat - the pads can be easily removed to let a mat sit smoothly on the table - but be warned; the table isn't a standard size so you'll need to cut a slip mat down to fit.

    The tone arm is counterweighted and comes with a ceramic cartridge built to accept a stylus type used by a number of different machines (so reasonably easy to obtain replacements). It's raised by a lever which, as another slight issue, is placed a little too close to the arm mount - I've inadvertently knocked the mount with my finger a number of times, sending the arm half way across the record. However, as compensation the lever offers nice control over the arm when you're lowering it, enabling you to bring the stylus gently onto the record's surface rather than crash-landing it.

    I've heard it said that the rotation rate of the table is slightly fast, but a crude check with a guitar tuner confirmed the evidence of my ears - it seems to be fine and in tune. The pick-up is, to my mind, perfectly adequate for capturing and reproducing all the nuances of your favourite records - indeed, I've been pleased to hear things I'd never noticed before in records I've been listening to for anything up to forty years.

    At this point its worth mentioning the built-in speakers. Reviews elsewhere have suggested that they're "tinny" but I think that's a little unfair - for the size they deliver a pleasing range of frequencies; yes, at the bass end they could be a little richer, but that is definitely not to say that bass is absent. However, if you want a fuller range it's worth connecting the unit to an amplifier and using larger speakers, something I often do, balancing the output to the external speakers with that of the unit to produce a fuller sound.

    Although never a massive fan, I have to admit that the sound quality of CDs tends to be a little crisper and more pure (although at times a little sterile) so the player was welcome. I was pleased to see that the drawer looks very solid and well-made. On insertion of a disc, the unit is a little slow reading and delivering information to the read-out.

    Subsequent reproduction is as perfect as you'd expect. It's been suggested that it's a little finicky about older CDs and some recordable CDs but I have no evidence to substantiate that - as a test I've played one of my oldest CDs without a problem.

    The cassette player replicates the looks of the unit itself - big, and chunky, and it was slightly disconcerting to see that it doesn't have a door/cover to protect the cassette during playback - unjustified concern, because it's open to the user to lower the turntable cover during cassette playback which is equally effective.

    Just above the player there's a switch permitting the user to select between tape types (high/low bias) but I haven't had a reason to use this - all the tapes I still have are low bias, so I can't review the high bias setting. However, it's a pleasing inclusion, which you'd expect from a company whose reputation was founded on the quality of its tape recorders.

    An omission - perhaps - is that there's no record function, though that may not be surprising as recordable cassettes aren't as easily obtainable as they used to be. However, it's logical when the main attraction of the unit is arguably the ability to record old cassettes to CD.

    As far as playback goes, the first cassette I played didn't function well, but playing a second straight afterwards was fine - probably the fault of poor storage of the first one, rather than any fault of the player itself. Sound reproduction is perfectly acceptable taking into account the flaws of the medium itself, and it was nice to be able to listen to tapes again - something I haven't been able to do for a long time.

    I've still yet to explore the full range of functions of the unit - I haven't tried the CD recording facility, for example. However, based on the nicely clear instructions the process looks very simple, and it's great to see that TEAC have included a helpful recording level control, to help avoid annoying clipping spoiling a good recording. When I try it, I may well provide an update to this review. Additionally, I'm not a radio listener, so I can't comment on the quality of the tuner. No matter - for me, the unit does everything I need, and does it well. Other units may look prettier or more stylish, but the sheer quality of the LPR 500 won me over quickly and I look forward to many years of happy listening.
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