Jensen JTA-385 Review – My Still Favorite Tapes & LPS!

The Jensen JTA-385 is a three speed belt drive turntable that features an integrated cassette player/recorder, AM/FM stereo radio, built in speakers, pitch control, and automatic reverse. It also has a removable dust cover for easy cleaning. This model was discontinued by Jensen in the early 1990s but it remains one of the most popular models ever made.

The JTA-385 is designed to be used as a stand alone unit or as part of a complete system. It can play both LP’s and 45 RPM records on its own or connect to other components such as a CD changer, tape deck, or computer. The JTA-385 comes with a remote control which allows you to operate all functions from your couch.

JENSEN JTA-385 JTA-385 3-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable with Pitch Control, Cassette Player/Recorder, AM/FM Stereo Radio, and Built-in Speakers

Feature of JENSEN JTA-385 JTA-385 3-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable with Pitch Control

  • Three Speed Drive System: (1st – 33 1/3 RPM; 2nd – 45 RPM; 3rd – 78 RPM)
  • Integrated Cassette Recorder: Plays both sides of a single tape at once or can be used as a regular record player.
  • AM/FM Stereo Radio: With two 10″ speakers.
  • Built In Speakers: Two 6.5″ speakers.
  • Pitch Control: Allows you to adjust the pitch of your records so they play evenly on all speeds.
  • Automatic Reverse: When playing a record back from the beginning, this feature automatically reverses the direction of the platter when the needle hits the end of the groove.
  • Dust Cover: Removable for easy cleaning.

What We Like

  • Easy to use.
  • Very durable.
  • Good sound quality.

What We Don’t Like

  • Does not have a ton of power.

FAQs on JENSEN JTA-385

Q: How does the pitch control work?

A: To use the pitch control, simply turn the knob until the desired pitch setting is achieved. You will hear a click each time the platter turns.

Q: What are the differences between the JTA-385 and the JTA-390?

A: The JTA-390 is a more expensive version of the JTA-385. It includes a digital readout display instead of the analog dial on the JTA-385, and it comes with a remote control.

Q: Can I use my own cartridge?

A: Yes, you may use any brand of cartridge you wish. However, if you do not have a special adapter, you must purchase a cartridge adaptor kit from Jensen.

Q: Does the JTA-385 come with a manual?

A: No, there is no instruction manual included with the unit.

Q: Is there a warranty?

A: The warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase.

Q: Do I need to buy a separate amplifier?

A: No, the unit comes equipped with its own power supply.

Conclusion

The Jensen JTA-385 offers a great value for the money. The JTA-385’s compact size makes it easy to fit into almost any home entertainment system and its simple design makes it easy to set up and operate. In addition, its affordable price makes it ideal for anyone who wants to add a little bit of vinyl.

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