Yamaha MusicCast PLASTIC 500 testimonial

Among things that I believe is especially one-of-a-kind concerning the Yamaha MusicCast PLASTIC 500 turntable is the sort of customer its targeted at. Providing you a mix of analog innovation with glossy brand-new electronic attributes, this is possibly among the far better bluetooth document gamer’s offered on the marketplace that’s pleasing in both audio and also appearances.

Check out our Yamaha VINYL 500 review

However at roughly $700, is this a turntable that deserves your cash? Well, in this short article, I’m mosting likely to assess this Yamaha cordless turntable to aid you much better identify if this is the very best alternative for your spending plan. And also, to far better aid you choose, please do not hesitate to utilize our interactive table listed below, where you can straight contrast the PLASTIC 500 to various other remarkable document gamers on the marketplace.

Picture Version Rate Secret Attribute
Yamaha MusicCast Plastic 500 $$$ Stream songs solutions with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplay or Spotify attach
Audio-Technica AT-LP60 X $ An upgrade of the preferred AT-LP60 turntable
Audio-Technica-AT-LP60-Bluetooth Sound Technica AT-LP60- BT $ Completely Automatic & Wireless Bluetooth
Audio-Technica-AT-LP60 Audio-Technica AT-LP60 USB $ Convert Plastic to CD or MP3
Audio-Technica-AT-LP120-USB Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB $$ USB Straight Drive
Audio-Technica-AT-LP1240-USB Sound Technica AT-LP1240- USB $$ USB Straight Drive/DJ Table
Audio-Technica AT-LP3 $$ Integrated switchable phono/line pre-amplifier
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 $$ USB result
Audio-Technica AT-LP7 $$ J-shaped tone arm
Denon DP-400 $$$ Sustains MM and also MC cartridges
U-Turn Orbit Unique $$ Strong wood plinth
TEAC TN-300 TEAC TN-300 SE $$ USB Sound Result, Phono Pre-Amp
Rega Planar 1 $$ RB110 tonearm
Crosley C200 A $ Direct-Drive Turntable

What This Turntable Assures

Having actually examined out this document gamer just recently, I believe this is a turntable that fits 3 really details requirements:

  • I believe it’s optimal for a plastic follower that’s a family member novice in the pastime, yet additionally desires something that’s a little bit a lot more quality than a Crosley document gamer or the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 X.
  • The PLASTIC 500 is optimal for somebody seeking an excellent mix in between benefit and also adaptability. Somebody that desires a turntable that’s a little bit a lot more considerable than the affordable document gamers on the marketplace, yet not extremely made complex in its procedure.
  • And also, equally as crucial, a turntable that isn’t linked to simply playing plastic documents– yet one that can stream songs data or Spotify songs, too.

The bright side is that the PLASTIC 500 can do every one of that. So allow’s dive a little bit deeper right into what you can anticipate appropriate out of package, in addition to information on exactly how you establish this document gamer up.

Unpacking the PLASTIC 500 and also Configuration

The PLASTIC 500 includes a gorgeous shiny black plinth. The plate is constructed of light weight aluminum, and also to get going, you require to position the plate onto the the pin.

Because this is a belt-driven turntable, merely draw the belt (that’s connected to the bottom of the plate) throughout the electric motor wheel. Rotate the plate around clockwise a couple of times to ensure the plate rotates properly– and also to validate the belt isn’t turned.

Afterwards, you’ll require to stand out the weight onto the rear of the tonearm and also affix the headshell.

The headshell includes the cartridge pre-installed (with the stylus pen cover on, naturally), so you’ll merely require to position the headshell onto the front of the tonearm and afterwards tighten up the headshell by revolving the front end system of the tonearm up until it secures the headshell safely in position.

Successive is establishing the dustcover. What you’ll discover is that the dustcover includes 2 joints that you require to set up by basically pushing the clips right into the correct position on the dirt cover.

As soon as set up, I positioned the joints right into their correct positioning in the rear of the turntable. It secured penalty, yet raising the dirt cover after that triggered the joints to diminish. It was then that I recognized you really need to include a lot more stress than I originally believed to obtain the joints totally onto the dirt cover. So do not hesitate to place a little effort right into it to obtain them both on there– you’re not mosting likely to damage the joints or dirt cover.

The wonderful aspect of the PLASTIC 500, as you’ll discover throughout this testimonial, is that it provides you numerous alternatives to delight in paying attention to your songs. Possibly among the largest of those alternatives, at the very least when it involves paying attention to plastic especially, is the truth that this document gamer includes an integrated phono preamp.

So if you intend to make use of the integrated phono preamp due to the fact that you’re attaching this turntable to an amp or receiver that does not have an integrated phono phase, you’ll require to get to behind the PLASTIC 500 and also switch over the moving bar over to the LINE OUT (Phono EQ) setup.

When you do that, simply attach the provided RCA cords (the red and also white cords) to an offered input– be it AUX or CD or SOUND 1 input, as an example.

If you have an amp that does have PHONO INPUT, and also you want to make use of that amp’s phono phase, relocate the moving handle on the back of the turntable to PHONO OUT. After that attach those very same red and also white RCA cords to the PHONO INPUT on the back of your amp.

However feel in one’s bones that, if you’re attaching the turntable to your sound element by doing this, you will not have the ability to make use of the trendy network attributes this turntable deals, like Net radio and also bluetooth connection.

You can additionally attach this turntable straight to your router, as opposed to make use of the cordless feature. Once more– it’s constantly wonderful to have alternatives.

Establishing the Turntable to Play Records

Prior to we can begin playing documents, we do require to effectively establish this turntable. Thankfully it’s simple, yet it does require to be done precisely in order to guarantee you obtain the very best having fun audio and also general experience feasible.

To start, allow’s initial get rid of the stylus pen guard. After that, you’ll intend to turn the anti-skate setup to 0 (the anti-skate system is a round, semi-flat handle that’s attached to the tonearm’s base).

When that’s done, our following strategy is stabilizing the tonearm. So initially, launch the tonearm lock. And afterwards raise the tonearm to make sure that it can relax in the area in between the arm remainder and also plate (ensure the stylus pen do not strike or scrape any type of component of the turntable– you do not intend to harm the needle).

Currently, to stabilize the tonearm, this action needs a little bit of experimentation. Basically, you intend to turn the weight up until the tonearm appears to be straight– that shows the tonearm is well balanced. Revolving the weight to the left makes the tonearm drop, while revolving the weight to the appropriate makes it go up.

Once more, experiment with it up until you have actually attained a great, floaty equilibrium. As soon as that’s a success, return the tonearm to its remainder and also secure it in position. After that, transform the counter ring to 0– yet beware to not turn the whole weight that lags the ring.

When you have actually done that, you’ll currently intend to transform the whole weight counterclockwise and also established it especially at the appropriate stylus pen stress setup. This setup will certainly all rely on the cartridge you’re utilizing. When it comes to the pre-installed cartridge on the PLASTIC 500, you’ll intend to establish this to 3.5 grams. As you transform the weight, do not be distressed if you see the counter ring turn as well– that’s regular.

The last action of the configuration is readjusting the anti-skate. In this instance, you’ll intend to turn the anti-skate clockwise to 3.5– the very same worth you established the weight.

Aesthetic Appeal of the PLASTIC 500

The switches on this document gamer behave and also clear on the front panel, yet there’s just a lot comments or aesthetic verification that the turntable provides you when you make your setups. And also upon originally establishing it up, it was a little bit uncertain without taking a fast eye the guidebook.

As an example, you have the capability to play 33 RPM or 45 RPM documents on the PLASTIC 500– and also there’s a switch for that. To play 33 RPM documents, pushing the switch makes a yellow light over the switch turn on. Striking that switch once again permits you to currently play 45 RPM documents– and also yet there’s no light that validates that option.

Which’s not a defect or an issue in the table– this is a layout selection that’s verified by the guidebook.

Various other switches, like the RESOURCE switch, are a little bit like that as well. Striking this switch aids the turntable determine what you intend to carry out in regards to paying attention to songs.

While you merely obtain a light indication over the switch to validate you have actually struck the appropriate setup, I simulated that it appears that the turntable will not really play if you struck the incorrect option for RESOURCE (significance, if you struck the RESOURCE switch a pair times, and also obtain heaven light that shows bluetooth, the plate will not rotate to play your document due to the fact that you remain in the inaccurate setup to execute that details feature).

The Yamaha MusicCast PLASTIC 500 Audio

So allow’s discuss exactly how the audio prices on the PLASTIC 500.

I believe, general, the audio is remarkably excellent. Generally, in turntables that provide you an entire number of one-of-a-kind attributes (like a turntable that can play documents by means of a wired link, stream songs, attach to your router, etc) you can locate on your own a little bit dissatisfied when it comes time to play real plastic documents.

It can really feel quite like the preferred refrain: “Jack of all Trades, Master of None.”

So, I was meticulously hopeful with the Plastic 500, yet totally prepared to anticipate the audio to be doing not have in numerous locations.

To my shock, the audio is really rather excellent. I really felt the songs most beamed in the mid-range on numerous cds I attempted. Consistencies of vocals were rather wonderful– paying attention to Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Vacation and also Fayette Pickney of “The Three Degrees” balance on tunes like “Can’t You See What You’re Doing to Me” or “When Will I See You Again”– were a happiness to listen to.

Paying Attention to Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” or “The Circle Game” had lots of life as well, with Joni’s vocals loading the space rather perfectly with no distortion.

I will certainly claim that, I believe with a much better cartridge, a little bit of the flaws in the audio might be straightened out. I did discover some history fixed on particular documents, which’s something that I merely do not listen to when I make use of, claim, the Clearaudio Idea Black, which I examined a while back. However, that turntable prices concerning 2 and also a fifty percent times greater than this set, so it is necessary to maintain that in mind.

I after that wished to see exactly how the audio came off playing modern-day songs that has an excellent quantity of bass in it. So I tossed on Pharell Williams’ “GIRL” cd, and also once again, was happily amazed.

Although I believe older cds, specifically from around the 1970 s, typically appear the very best on turntables I have actually examined, I really felt that the PLASTIC 500 played this document the very best out of the ones I have actually attempted. The beat and also bass was thumping– and also I had not been also utilizing a speaker.

Also the horns that are layered throughout the tune “Brand New” might be listened to, although with a much better cartridge, I feel they would certainly’ve appeared a lot more obvious. However once again, for a turntable that’s largest problem is to permit the customer to have numerous alternatives to pay attention to their preferred tunes– be it a plastic document or an electronic documents– I’m rather satisfied with the audio.

I after that attempted examining this turntable with a somewhat deformed document. And also however, I really did not obtain the very best outcomes. I place on Peggy Lee’s “A Natural Woman” and also saw the tonearm bobble backwards and forwards prior to the stylus pen bulged of the groove and also simply barked throughout the document’s surface area at what seemed like lightning speed.


This Peggy Lee record, which was slightly warped, didn't play well on the Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500

This could, I mean, result from not re-adjusting the weight, yet I simply believe it’s moreso an outcome of the rather light-weight tonearm and also cartridge that includes the Plastic500


However once again, this turntable offers a various sort of target market, and also I believe it’s constantly crucial to maintain that in mind. This turntable is for somebody that desires an excellent gamer that, while it might have some defects, will certainly permit you to have a analog and also electronic experience– which not a great deal of turntables on the marketplace can declare they do.

You’re denying this turntable due to the fact that you’re seeking the outright finest that gets on the marketplace. You’re getting this turntable due to the fact that you have a document collection that you want to pay attention to, and also would certainly additionally like to play downloaded songs data and also stream Tidal or Spotify or Apple Songs from your smart phone to your bluetooth/wireless allowed turntable (and also out via your audio speakers).

Utilizing Bluetooth Innovation with the PLASTIC 500

This was one more location that thrilled me. I suched as that establishing Bluetooth was simple … and also it simply functioned– which I really feel is constantly one of the most crucial point.

After striking the RESOURCE switch a pair times to obtain the Bluetooth indication light brightened, I after that took out my iPad, opened up the Bluetooth setups web page, and also was immediately able to locate the the PLASTIC 500 turntable.

Combining the iPad to the turntable by means of Bluetooth was simple.

I after that mosted likely to the songs streaming application Tidal and also started playing various tunes. Every little thing functioned easily. Utilizing my Cambridge CXA60 amplifier, I had the ability to regulate the quantity of the streaming songs that appeared of my PSB Picture Mini audio speakers.

Once more, the audio below was excellent. And also even more than that, I was satisfied that there were no hold-ups in between tracks and also I directly really did not experience songs all of a sudden quiting and also beginning either. When you’re a “jack of all trades” sort of turntable, the largest praise I can provide is that whatever functions as it should, and also I enjoy to see that held true below.

Yamaha WX021 MusicCast 20 Audio Speakers

I additionally had an opportunity to try the Yamaha WX021 MusicCast 20 audio speakers, too. These are audio speakers that are bluetooth and also cordless qualified, enabling you to stream songs from your computer system or phone or tablet computer effortlessly. In addition to that, you can couple these audio speakers to your PLASTIC 500 turntable, enabling you to play your plastic documents in one space and also pay attention to the songs by means of these audio speakers in one more space completely.

What’s additionally wonderful concerning these audio speakers is their dimension– they have some heft to them, yet they are portable sufficient that they will quickly fit on practically any type of shelf or workdesk you have. I mean the one disadvantage is that they do not make use of batteries, so they’ll constantly need to be connected into an electrical outlet to be powered.

Not just do I like the visual of these audio speakers, I believe the really discreet appearance of the switches in addition to the audio speaker make this an attractive yet not flashy audio speaker. In my mind, quite like the PLASTIC 500 itself, these MusicCast audio speakers look costs regardless of setting you back just $200 each (not an economical rate whatsoever, yet still a fair bit more affordable than my PSB Picture Mini audio speakers).

To check these 2 MusicCast audio speakers, I initially coupled both audio speakers straight to my iPad to see exactly how streaming songs by means of Tidal would certainly go.

And also, well, playing the songs was a little bit of a variety.

The bright side is that the songs constantly streamed without an issue, equally as it did when streaming it via the turntable.

The negative, nonetheless, is that there was never ever a time where I had the ability to obtain the songs to find via both audio speakers at the very same time. Although the iPad combined to both audio speakers, songs would just appeared of one at any type of provided time.

With that said claimed– this appears to be an Apple defect, not a Yamaha defect. I am not conscious, currently at the very least, of exactly how to stream songs by means of bluetooth to 2 combined audio speakers concurrently if you’re objective is to straight couple the audio speakers to your iPad (or possibly apple iphone) by means of AirPlay. I assumed upgrading the software program to the most up to date launch would certainly aid, yet it really did not repair the issue. I simply do not believe Apple technology can do this when it involves bluetooth– yet I will certainly upgrade this testimonial if I find out more concerning this concern.

With that said claimed, if you attach these audio speakers to your cordless Net, I believe you’ll likely have even more success in this division.

It needs to possibly be kept in mind, as well, that although these audio speakers are marketed as being “wireless,” you quite do require to power them utilizing a power cable (the cable is available in package for each and every audio speaker you get). As soon as attached to a wall surface electrical outlet, you’ll after that have the ability to stream songs by means of Bluetooth or Wireless Net innovation.

Generally, I suched as exactly how simple it was to make use of the audio speakers, and also I valued that they looked rather stylish regardless of setting you back a little over $200 per audio speaker generally.

I ought to state, incidentally, that these audio speakers are not required to be able to pay attention to your plastic documents. And also while I believe the suggestion of having the ability to play your documents on the PLASTIC 500 in the living-room and also pay attention to the songs by means of the MusicCast audio speakers in the room appears amazing theoretically, bear in mind that the PLASTIC 500 is not a totally automated turntable. So if you ever before were to go to sleep or otherwise come to be sidetracked while paying attention to your documents, your turntable’s electric motor would certainly maintain downing along, with the plate rotating and also rotating and also rotating up until you bore in mind to find back to the PLASTIC 500 and also return the tonearm to its remainder (and also shut down the document gamer).

I believe it’s a fantastic suggestion theoretically, yet in method, I’m uncertain exactly how useful this or else really trendy attribute is.


The Yamaha MusicCast Plastic 500 turntable is an excellent document gamer. It uses excellent audio, simpleness, and also the advancement of electronic assimilation that makes this seem like among the a lot more really modern-day turntables on the marketplace.

I believe if you’re looking for a turntable that will certainly please your need to play plastic documents, while additionally offering you the adaptability to stream old electronic data you have actually had for years (or brand-new cds you like on Apple Songs, Spotify, Deezer or Tidal), after that this is mosting likely to be a document gamer really worthwhile of your factor to consider.

* Please keep in mind that Yamaha supplied a testimonial device of the PLASTIC 500 turntable, in addition to 2 MusicCast 20 audio speakers. My point of view and also testimonial of these items, nonetheless, is my very own.

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