I bought this product last year after seeing an advert in a newspaper describing it. Prior to this i did not realise that any such devices existed (stupid of me i know). Anyway i was immediately interested and excited at the prospect of being able to put so much of my old vinyl music collection onto the P.C and converting into MP3. If like me you have a large collection of old records including many that are old and obscure rarities which are hard or expensive to replace on C.D or download then this equipment is for you. It is extremely easy to set up straight from the box and you can be up and running with it connected by USB to your computer within minutes. Its a belt driven turntable which operates at 2 speeds 33 and 45. The instructions with it are fairly sparse but as i said its easy to install and comes with all the necessary software required, just pop the included CD into your computer and follow the prompts to install drivers etc and the icons appear on your desktop ready to start using and converting those old albums.The conversion software is very easy to use but does lack some flexibility and is a bit too basic, but it does the job, good for inexperienced users not so good for those who are more knowledgeable. The only trouble i had with it was recently when my PC died and i bought a new PC with a new operating system, the PC then did not recognise the drivers from the original ion CD, but a quick phone call to the ion customer service saw them sending me an updated CD for my new operating system and i was up and running again. Its so good to have access to all my old music collection again which i can now also put on my MP3 player of course and listen on the move. Even better i had so many old albums i can now create some extra space in the house by selling some of them without losing my precious music. One tip though always make a backup of your copied music as it would all be lost again if your PC dies.
All in all a terrific gadget to bring my old music kicking and screaming into the modern age.
I bought one of these turntables a while ago because it seemed ideal for me. You can plug it into your hi-fi in the same way you would a normal turntable but without the need for earthing it. This obviously is not it's main attraction. It also has a USB connection so you can plug it into your computer and record records from it.
I have been collecting records for many years now of all shapes and sizes; 12", 10", 7", 45 rpm, 33 rpm, 78 rpm, etc... And was desperate to find a device that meant I could record these and have them on my iPod as some tracks are still not available on CD or digital format. On the whole, this device does the job.
It has 2 playing speeds that are the standard 33 rpm and 45 rpm. Sadly no 78 which is a shame but I suppose there is little call for it. It also comes with the small circular disc you can use for playing 45"s with the hole cut out of the middle.
It came with some software for recording which was ample although I believe there are better options available as it is over simplistic. In my former Mac using days I always used Garageband to do this but now I'm on a PC I don't have that option. I think there are other things available to download free that might be better. Otherwise though, this is very simple to use and you can be up and away recording within minutes of taking it out of the box.
The only real downside is that I found the speed to not be consistent. It may be that it is now a little older and has had a lot of use but I find that you get an uneven sound occasionally and that is a real pity. Otherwise this would have been wonderful.