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Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby BMRR » 21 Oct 2013 18:02

What's a fair price for one of these in good condition? I tried looking at completed listings on eBay but couldn't find anything.

Also, are these generally reliable or should I avoid them? I'm intrigued by the concept and the purported lack of distortion, but it seems like they've just about gone the way of the dodo bird and I would assume there's probably a good reason for that...?
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby fscl » 22 Oct 2013 03:20

Was curious so was snooping around the net and found this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sony-PS ... 7675.l2557

$55...... :shock: :shock:

If working this was a stea..... I mean deal.

Here's another.....:

http://www.stereo2go.com/topic/sony-ps-lx-510-turntable

This unit was probably direct competition to the Technics cover supported tonearm utilizing T4P / P - Mount cartridges.

I believe they are fairly reliable, unless they've been completely abused, it should be the usual stripping of the old greases, relube with modern lubricants and replacing worn tonearm drive belts to get the unit working. Every once in a while, the bulb / light for the automatic record size detection system has to be replaced. If the vertical cueing electric linear motor is shot, then it may involve more troubleshooting than the usual turntable.

These units may have fallen out of favor due to the limited availability / selection of T4P cartridges. Conversely, setup of this turntable is basically plug and play and should sound pretty good right out of the box.

The links above are used for reference only, no affiliation.

Good luck.

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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby tomez2 » 02 Nov 2013 16:17

I just picked up a Vintage Sony PS-LX520, never used - perfect condition on ebay for $100.00. Not cheap, but it is new. Also, the Technics linears are great little tables. I have 2 used ones. I paid $13 for one, and $5.50 for the other. Some windex, rubbed out the lid, put an excellent CHEAP AT p-mount in each. A lot of bang for the buck. The issue with these linear trackers is tone arm travel. actually it is usually a matter of the little drive belt and dried lubricate, which is moderately easy to address.
As it is with dogs, there are really no "Bad" cartridges - Just bad setup
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby tomez2 » 29 Oct 2014 05:58

After having the Sony linear for over a year here are a few observations. Sound Quality of the table: very resonant plinth and dustcover - not as inert, nor solid as the Tecnics and you can hear it. Also, the resonant plinth allows the tone arm movements to be heard on quiet passages. Having Said that, it can still sound very nice. No tracking errors helps. As for ease of maintenance? The belt, pulleys, and lube are easy accessed by only removing the bottom cover. Not complicated. Belt really can done with no tools but a little hook or pick helps. also check that the cable is on the pulleys.

Compared to a tecnics, they are Vey pretty tables (mine is piano black) and offer usable sound. They are a little finicky at times. VTF adjustment is so involved, don't try it. Requires arm assembly removal. These are a little flimsy - the Technics are plainly more rugged, heavy, and hardy. Robust. Haven't had to do anything at all on one (30 years old) and the other got a belt and lube.

At first, the plinth mounted arm makes sense, but the lid mounted arms make it easier to clean the stylus, and it is way out of the way for loading discs. Having both, there is a reason tecnics put the arm up there.



Another consideration: the lid mounted arm may seem complicated, but it also just requires the top of the dust cover removed, not the lid itself. Very simple- about the same as the sony, just smaller screws on the lid. Opened up it is just as easy to service.
As it is with dogs, there are really no "Bad" cartridges - Just bad setup
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby Blaineas » 23 Mar 2015 04:26

Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable -- I just picked up a used one that appears in good shape. It powers up, but start/stop does nothing. Any ideas? Thanks, Blaine
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby Jonathryn » 23 Mar 2015 05:37

Does the platter turn? If not, does it have a belt for the platter? You'll probably want to change the tonearm belt.
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby Blaineas » 23 Mar 2015 06:30

Lights up as powered but no movement.
I'll look into the belt - is that and easy fix? - I'll check youtube.


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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby tomez2 » 23 Mar 2015 19:38

The manual is in the database. It must have a record on the platter and have a cartridge installed, or it will do nothing. The Light sensor detects the presence and size of disc. No Disc no spin. No Cartridge, no spin. Also, pull the bottom off and locate the arm drive / tracking belt. It is easy to find, but you might need tweezers to remove or install. Old belt, no movement. Belt is easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to replace. While you have the bottom tray off, look for any grease or lube points and clean off all the old grease. Next re-lube with modern silicon and lithium based products. Finally, lube the platter bearing, which is accessed by removing the mat and platter and use either Technics oil, or a very high grade compressor oil. Should be good for another 30 years.
As it is with dogs, there are really no "Bad" cartridges - Just bad setup
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby tomez2 » 23 Mar 2015 19:41

One other thing!!!!!!!! REMOVE THE PLATTER BEFORE TURNING OVER TO REMOVE THE BOTTOM!!!!!! IF not, the platter will fall off and damage the tone arm, stylus, and dust cover!!!!!!!!!!!!
As it is with dogs, there are really no "Bad" cartridges - Just bad setup
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby Blaineas » 23 Mar 2015 20:09

Thanks for the reply - I appreciate it!

Yup - LP was on the platter, light was on but on/off did not do anything.
Appears next step is to open it up. I'll follow yr tips above.

Question: there is a input in the back similar to USB - do know what that is for?

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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby Blaineas » 24 Mar 2015 22:57

Another question - if light is on should tonearm lifter function? Or would that fall under replacing the belt etc? Thanks, Blaine
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Re: Sony PS-LX510 linear turntable

Postby tomez2 » 25 Mar 2015 22:35

The plug is for syncing with other Sony gear like recovers and cassette decks. It is not a USB. If the belt is intact a not stiff.... I'm not sure what to tell ya
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