Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey digital USB record player
The Lenco L-3808 is a record player that gives you the possibility to record your music digitally on to a USB device. This matte-grey direct-drive turntable has a mechanical arm lift and comes complete with a dust cover. There's an integrated stereo amplifier so that you can connect it directly to a set of speakers using the RCA connectors. An RCA cable as well as a USB cable are included so that you can start listening to music and make recordings straight away.
If you're unsure of how to go about recording your music on to a USB device, the L-3808 comes with instructions that show you how to do it step-by-step using the free Audacity software program.
- Playback possibilities none
- Turntable analogue outputs phono, line
- Auto return no
- Auto stop no
- Includes speakers no
- Colour grey
- Speed 33 / 45
- Type of turntable direct drive
- Equipped with audio interface yes
- Equipped with dust cover yes
Weight and dimensions including packaging
- Weight (incl. packaging) 6.5 kg
- Dimensions (incl. packaging) 51.5 x 41.5 x 18.0 cm
- Lenco digital USB record player
- model: L-3808
- finish: Matte Grey
- dimensions: 450 x 350 x 139 mm
- weight: 5.36 kg
- power supply: AC 240V~ 50Hz (UK)
- power consumption: 11 W
- record player:
- type: 2 speed manual
- motor: brushless DC with 8 poles and 2 phases
- drive: direct drive
- turntable platter: 332 mm (aluminium)
- speeds: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
- wow & flutter: less than 0.15% WRMS (JIS WTD) at 33 1/3 rpm
- S/R ratio: more than 55 dB (DIN-B)
- pitch control: +/- 10%
- start torque: more than 1 kgf per cm
- braking system: electronic brake
- start time: less than 1 second
- brake time: less than 1 second
- time for speed change:
- less than 1 second from 33 1/3 to 45 rpm
- less than 1 second from 45 to 33 1/3 rpm
- cue raising: (first track) 8~10.5 mm
- cue lowering: 1~3 sec.
- USB recording function
- A/D, D/A, 16-bit, 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB (selectable)
- computer interface: USB 1.1 (Windows XP, Vista 7/8 or Mac OSX)
- tone arm:
- type: static balanced straight-shaped tone arm with cardan suspension
- effective arm length: 220 mm
- over hang: 10 mm
- tracking error angle: less than 3 degrees
- tracking force adjustment range: 3 - 4 g
- applicable cartridge weight: 3.5 - 8.5 g
- phono output level: 1.5 ~ 3.6 mV at 1 kHz 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
- line output level: 90 ~ 216 mV at 1kHz 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
- lateral force compensation range: 0 ~ 4 g
- channel separation: more than 15 dB
- channel balance: within 2.5 dB at 1 kHz
- EQ AMP:
- output: 150 mV, +/-4 dB (IN: 2.5 mV 1 kHz)
- RIAA (frequency response): 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz, +1/-3 dB (IN: 1.5 mV 1 kHz)
- RCA cable
- USB cable
- Audio Technica cartridge with stylus
(fluctuating from 156 GBP to 169 GBP and back again, vs. 199 GBP), the grey L-3808 is a bit of a steal. The grey is darker
than pictured, and with the bottom third of the main body (and feet) being black, and the lid a dark smoke, it blends with
other hi-fi equipment of varying shades anyway.
Let's talk about looks in general - detractors are bound to point out that it's just another cheap Technics 1200/1210 rip
off, with only the 33/45 speed buttons in a different position ... and to a certain extent they're right - if you read
"cheap" as excellent value, and "rip off" as "tried and tested layout/features".
Personally, I like the layout and wouldn't dream of buying a turntabe without a strobe and pitch adjustment, even if I'm
unlikely to ever use them in anger again. Physically, when compared against a 1200/1210 it feels a bit cheap and rattlely -
but that's not comparing like with like. Once you get you head past the inevitable comparison, it actually feels fairly
heavy and solid compared to anything else at a similar price.
To be honest, I hadn't bought from Bax before, and only pushed the button on this due to price. I needn't have worried
though, having bought on a Saturday lunchtime, tracking information was soon sent showing it had left from Holland &
arrived (via Parcelforce van) the following Wednesday.
The outer box (white & printed with the Bax logo & artwork in black and pink) had taken a bit of a kicking - quite
literally as well as some scuffs, scrapes and crumpling, there was a 50mm wide hole in it. Not a problem though - thanks to
the Bax box being well oversized and stuffed with air pillows, the Lenco box was fine.
The product box is, on the outside, fairly minimal with photos of the turntable & key features against a white background.
On the inside it's a pair of expanded polystyrene forms with everything else hidden by a semi opaque polythene bag. A label
indicates you should grab a big handful of the latter and pull to remove from the box, but I found the fit so tight a
second person and gravity assistance was needed.
Once out, you'll find a felt slipmat, cast alloy platter, 45rpm adaptor, counterweight, headshell (with cartridge, stylus
and stylus protector prefitted), lid, manual (plus software CD, interconnects & USB lead) as well as the main unit itself
are all separately bagged/covered with thin foam, and taped to the polystyrene forms. All the parts seem robust, and
heavier than I'd expected at this price point. Looking at the main unit though, it's evident that the plastic upper deck is
used across multiple models, with an unused 240/110 voltage switching void, unused belt drive clearance loop, and a rather
disappointingly small sticker blanking off the void where the motor would come out, if it were a belt drive turntable.
Assembly is straightforward (note that the lid is potentially quite finger-snappy when closing), however the tracking
weight setup is a little tricky, so to expand on what the manual says:
- push the counterweight all the way forward on the shaft. You can ignore the position of the plastic scale portion, as
long as it's facing forward;
- with the headshell, cartridge and stylus fitted (and with the stylus protective cover removed), make sure the lowering
lever is all the way forward, and the tonearm is clear of the support/clamp;
-ignoring the scale, twist the metal part of the counterweight backwards until the tonearm is balanced level. I found there
was some drag in the pivot, so jiggled the tonearm up/down a little and made adjustments until it consistently returned to
- tracking weight is now set at zero, so you can go ahead and rotate the plastic scale (WITHOUT moving the metal portion)
to show zero (i.e. "0" uppermost, in line with the white marker line on the shaft);
- to adjust the tracking weight, hold BOTH the scale and the metal weight at the same time, and rotate BOTH as the same
time until the desired weight is shown;
- set the anti skate force to the same figure.
I found that at the recommended tracking weight of 2g, records played fine, but the tonearm tended to fly uncontrolled
across the lead in to each side, and especially across the dead wax at the end of the side - and up on to (and across) the
label. So not "fine" really. Increasing it to 2.25g didn't improve matters, but upping the tracking weight to 2.5g did.
After a bit more experimentation, I was able to reduce it very slightly to 2.4g without problems, obviously the lighter the
tracking weight, the better.
Sound output is a little quieter than my previous back bedroom/budget turntable (an elderly Technics SL-BD2 with OE cart &
generic Japanese stylus), though I haven't tried using the "Line" level output on the back on the offchance that the built
in preamp on the turntable is better than that built into my (Pioneer) reciever.
On the plus side, the sound is well balanced between bass & treble ends of the range, and overall better than you might
think for the price - one of the first records I listend to on it was Schoolly D's "Somewhere In The Land Of No Rap" (aka
"The Yellow Album" or regarded as eponomously titled) from 1986 - a sparse sound in a genre/period known for sparse sounds
- and actually heard some subtleties I hadn't heard before on other setups. I have to admit I'm on a bit of an old skool
Electro & Hip-Hop jag at the moment, but just about everything else I've thrown at it (Folk, Country, various flavours of
Rock, pop from the 60s through to the 80s, Ambient, Skiffle, Comedy/Spoken Word etc) has been a clear and involving listen,
even if the material was well outside my usual comfort zone. If fact, the only thing I've tried so far that has been a bit
meh/underwhelming was a 2016 heayweight re-press of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon", but I suspect that's got more to
do with me having gone off it (mentally filing it under "unwanted gift" - or even "a bit wanky") than the quality of the
Despite the lack of a grounding wire, no hum was evident on playback either through a conventional Deck -> RCA
interconnects -> Amp -> Speaker setup, or playing through the USB cable through Audacity running on a PC.
If you haven't used Audacity before, let me tell you that it's a slightly ropey, but free and surprisibly powerful way of
playing records through your PC, recording them, correcting obvious pops (and crackle, if you're willing to spend the
time), splitting sides up into tracks, and exporting them into tracks of pretty much any recognised audio format, with
varying degrees of compression. MP3 files are the most obvious, portable and widely compatible format - but a word of
warning, at "standard" compression, MP3s loose a lot of the immediacy, clarity, subtlety (and other words ending in -y ;) )
compared to the original turntable output - so you might want to upgrade your thinking about which format to use (or at
least the compression rate).
Anything else ... on the plus side, the interconnect leads are separate with RCA plugs on the back of the unit (so are
easily upgradable), whereas on a lot of "budget" units they tend to be permanently attached internally (so called "flying
leads"). On the minus side, the mains lead is of the "flying" variety, is a bit thin and inflexible, and terminates in a
moulded on, two prong Euro type mains plug, necessitating the use of an adaptor (Bax provided a tidy one - for free, to
The strobe light is aimed very heavily towards the 60hz bands on the platter, which is distracting and unhelpful if you
live in a 50Hz country like the UK ... at some point I'll look at the (warranty voiding) possibility of changing the aim,
in the meantime I'll live with it, or more likely put a bit of black tape over part of the strobe housing window. (N.B. -
some genuine 1200/1210s are a bit shabby in this regard too).
The pop up "target" light isn't that great either, gaining full height with a "Thump" that reverberates the top deck, and
through your speakers. The actual light output is a bit feeble, yellow and not very well aimed either.
There's no 78rpm setting (although a 78 stylus is available for the cartridge) - this might be a problem if you're A) 120
years old, or B) wanting to digitize great-great-grandmother's collection.
These are all minor criticisms though - the questions really should be "does it sound good?" (yes) and "is it robust
enough?" (again, yes).
Considering the price, 9 out of 10 & would recommend it :L
- Looks quite good
- Sounds very good
- excellent value
- USB connectable
- RCA sockets
- well built (mostly) / heavy for the price
- Phono/line level switch (i.e. built in preamp)
- flying mains lead
- doesn't do 78s
- some cost saving measures a bit too obvious
- not a straight out of the box experience, tracking weight in particular needs careful setting up
TL;DR ("too long, didn't read" version): Grows on you. Very good for 200 GBP, an absolute steal at 156 GBP.
it's a must if you want a decent direct drive deck and are on a budget!
Service from Bax was first class. Turntable was very easy to put together and connect to a recently purchased amp. Looks and feels a good quality turntable. Straightforward functions and the sound from my old LPs seems very good. Still in trial period and not used sufficiently (with new amp)to give 5 stars but so far no regrets or hesitation in recommending both Bax music and the Lenco turntable.
Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey + RCA > jack kabel
- 1 x Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey digital USB record player £199.00
- 1 x Devine VA3013 2x jack male - 2x RCA male 3 metres £4.31
Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey + RCA-to-3.5 mm jackkabel
- 1 x Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey digital USB record player £199.00
- 1 x Devine VA7015 jack 3.5mm stereo - 2x RCA male 1.5 m £3.04
Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey + Eve Audio monitoren
- 1 x Lenco L-3808 Matt Grey digital USB record player £199.00
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