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Old 12th April 2016, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default USB Turntables - anyone tried them?

Looking at turntable since the old one cannot be repaired, I have some old records that can be converted,

Anyone tried this?

Rip your LPs! Get a USB turntable for $32.99 - CNET

There are even cheaper ones for 29.99 etc

Mini USB Turntable Vinyl LP to MP3 CD WAV PC Mac Converter 33rpm Record Player | eBay
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Old 12th April 2016, 09:22 AM   #2
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If you want to ruin your records these are a good place to start! Avoid at all costs.

If you have records to convert, first look at how many and if CDs/downloads of those albums are available. If you only have 50 records buying again digitally and selling the records might be a good idea. If your records are not available on CD then they have a value and should be played on something that will not chew them up...
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Old 12th April 2016, 10:52 AM   #3
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As a rough guide, you need to pay 10-20 times that amount in order to get a turntable which will not ruin your records the first time you play them. You may need to pay more to get good sound too.
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Old 12th April 2016, 10:59 AM   #4
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Indeed: RIP applies to your LP's if you play them on that junk...


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Old 12th April 2016, 05:23 PM   #5
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I think the point has been made, but unless these records are rare and not available on CD you are better off purchasing used CDs and ripping them to your media player - probably a lot less expensive than any decent turntable with a decent USB ADC included. Might sound better too given the limited budget.
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Old 12th April 2016, 05:41 PM   #6
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Hi,

You say old records but not the condition. Whatever, such
cheap devices will provide extremely poor conversions.

The absolute minimum standard is :
Audio Technica AT-LP60USB Stereo Turntable
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica...ereo+Turntable
At least it won't ruin your records.

But TBH IMO any rips from it are pointless at CD quality.

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Old 12th April 2016, 09:50 PM   #7
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Any rip from a USB turntable would have to be digitized through an internal ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) chip in your laptop/PC. This would affect the quality of the sound probably as much as your turntable stylus setup. I can't help but think that just buying the CD if available at reasonable cost, would be the way to go. Buy used at that.

If you just really want to rip LPs regardless, then the Audio Technica above I agree is the minimum you should get. As long as you can adjust the tracking force correctly, it should not ruin any of your records.

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Old 12th April 2016, 09:57 PM   #8
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Any rip from a USB turntable would have to be digitized through an internal ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) chip in your laptop/PC. This would affect the quality of the sound probably as much as your turntable stylus setup.
Er No. The hint is in 'USB turntable'. The turntable has the A/D in it.
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Old 12th April 2016, 09:58 PM   #9
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I thought part of the point of a USB turntable is that it includes the ADC? You can't send analogue audio through USB. So you get a cheap turntable feeding a cheap ADC.
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Old 13th April 2016, 12:20 AM   #10
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Er No. The hint is in 'USB turntable'. The turntable has the A/D in it.
You are right billshurv, my bad. My reservations regarding any USB turntable would be the quality of the A/D conversion.
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