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Thanks for the link.
The devices have been out for about a year, and will be my next purchase, since my wife is beginning to complain about the space taken up by the albums.
A caveat about the site: I'm not sure those are the folks to buy from, although they have useful info about available makes and models. They misspelled "Garrard", the reviews I read are short on grammar and style, and 'they never met a product they didn't like if they could sell it.'
Examples from this one, for instance,
"I was searching for a similar product like this and considering my budget this product is value for money. The installation is simple and even though you still have a problem there are installation videos on the net would solve your problem." (Sic, sic, sic)
One of the features NOT mentioned for this wonderful product- probably because it's lacking- is a basic pop filter. That's available on several of these "one-touch" devices even at the lower levels, and on all recording software. (It's not difficult to hook up a turntable you might already have.)
I didn't find any recognition there of MP3 as a less-than-high fidelity encoding system, and the TT may not compare in quality to pre-computing stuff. In my case, I've found that an MP3 song on decent computer speakers is adequate for this old man's hearing, so I'm going to make the move.
I noticed something that ....
...... looked a little scary under the "o not buy a USB Turntable" link.
From what I could tell, one also needs a new sound card at $100, for instance.
I thought it would be a good thing because I have a lot of vinyl, and this would be an easy way to put it on my computer, then onto CDs or DVDs.
And years from now someone will be inventing a
new device that can record your old CDs to some other media.
That's one advantage of using software
you may already have for recording.
Your existing TT plugs into your existing Hi-fi amplifier, which has an AUX OUT or REC OUT jack. With an adapter cable, Radio Shack type, you connect to the REC IN of your computer. Almost all PCs have some sort of sound card inside, which has good fidelity but no significant speaker power. That doesn't matter at this point, because you need only the low levels needed to drive the CD recorder.
Then, back in the living room, you play the new CD on the hotshot Hi-fi system ...
Not sure what I have,
I do have a small stereo that plays vinyl LPs and 45s. and has a tape recorder, In and out jacks.
I'd have to ask and Apple person if I have that In jack. I have a program called "garage Band" that lets the user do all sorts of wonderful things, like compose music, do instrumentals, etc. that I will never do.
I bought a VHS/DVD recorder about 2 years ago with plans to transfer favorite VHS tapes to DVDs.
I haven't done any at all.
I suspect I would get involved if I were younger.
The tape jacks are so-called
high-impedance connections, like the audio-in on your computer. The only low-impedance left these days is the output of a quality TT and the corresponding phono-in on the amplifier. If your amp allows you to play vinyl then the tape-out is the connection to make with your PC. Mis-matched impedances will work, but at reduced fidelity and maybe some other problems.
What d'ya know!
I just looked in the little manual that came with my machine, and found a pic of the back.
Among several others, I have an audio/optical digital audio in port and a headphone out/optical digital audio out port.
So it looks like I'm good to go in that respect.
that a headphone port was low impedance, but the "optical digital" means CD player output, which s/b high impedance. I'm guessing the "headphones" are new-fangled high impedance types, so that would be the one to plug into your PC to record stuff. IOW if you can play vinyl, then that audio will probably appear at any "... out" jack while you're listening on the speakers. You'll know soon enough if that's not the case.
I thought she meant
that those were the connections on her Mac, not her sound system.
Could be. That would explain part of it.
But headphones themselves are just small speakers, which are low-impedance. (Anywhere from 4 to 50 ohms; high-impedance connections are typically 50 K ohms.) That's why I don't understand combining them.
Dan was correct. On my Mac.
OK. In any case, the check is low-tech.
Have a friend with younger ears listen to the first recording; if the sound is noticeably distorted, then try another connection. If it's OK then ignore the poster behind the curtain.
I forget which newscast
...... where I heard this yesterday, but the teaser was , "Vinyl's coming back!"
In a store in a major city that carries vinyl albums, sales are brisk and steadily increasing.
Interviews with some customers elicited such comments as, "hearing the soft scratches of an LP is comforting." Others opied that the sound was better on an LP, and given a choice which to buy, choose vinyl over CD,
Angeline! Wait! Got just the thing for you.
Too late, but thanks for trying!
I just ordered delivery on one of those "autos" that can fly.
Coupled with the purchase of controlling shares in Lucasfilms, I find myself a bit short ay the moment.
There's a guy in D.C. who may be able to help ...
Thanks Steve, finally an all in one site. My wife gave me
an RCA to USB interface about 5 years ago which in the absence of a turntable at the time was less than useful, but this looks much better. I like the look of the software available with some of them like the Numark ?Audiology? or something like that that can get rid of pops and clicks. No matter how carefully I took care of my records, I am at heart, a clumsy guy.
I did however figure out what those pen tip sized beige things that caused your record to skip or pop. They're from breathing out through your nose. Yep, one of the dangers to vinyl is snot, particularly if you try to wipe it away with a cloth, which can just drive it into the groove.