The Sony PSH-X500 features an onboard phono preamp with a USB output and can output natively in Sony's DSD format.
The cabinet is constructed of MDF rather than plastic.
The Sony PSH-X500 features an aluminum platter and a 5mm-thick rubber mat.
The turntable is marketed as "hi-res" though this is only in terms of its digital output. All record players are arguably "hi-res" analog.
The Sony comes bundled with a phono cartridge.
The adjustable counterweight enables users to change out the included cartridge and dial in the correct weight.
The turntable comes with an anti-skate dial.
No more lifting the platter off to change the speed the PSH-X500 comes with a handy dial.