Product Type: Ion turntables
Newest Review: ... MP3 versions of my records - did it work? The first point to note is that the ION iTTUSB05 cannot do it on its own. It needs the help of ... more
A good record player with added benefit of USB output to convert vinyl to MP3
Member Name: bobbieal
Advantages: Good sound; compact; USB output
Disadvantages: Needs computer to create digitised versions (MP3 etc)
The motivation for buying the ION iTTUSB05 was to convert some of my vinyl record collection to MP3 format so that I could listen to them on my iPod and in the car. This I achieved, but more on that later.
The ION iTTUSB05 is solidly build, nice looking and the restraining clip on the stylus arm is a really good, useful feature - nice to see on a turntable. It functions very well as a standard record player using the RCA audio output cable (supplied with the ION) and my HiFi amplifier audio inputs (IMPORTANT - read instructions *before* connecting regarding not putting LINE level into a PHONO input as it may damage the receiver!!!). The raise/lower button functions well with a smooth action and is jolly useful as my hand is not as steady as it was when I first bought the vinyl!
All well and good, but I bought it to get MP3 versions of my records - did it work? The first point to note is that the ION iTTUSB05 cannot do it on its own. It needs the help of a computer, software (provided with the ION) and time. Getting the computer to 'find' the USB input took a little bit of effort but the software I used (Audacity) has good instructions for that. Recording a digital version was easy but took the same time as the record took to play - no ripping in a few minutes like a CD. This might seem obvious, but when you have 100+ LPs, it's something to bear in mind. Add to this splitting the digitised version in to tracks and exporting to your particular chosen format means that I found myself spending 2 hours minimum per LP. I certainly wouldn't volunteer to do it for a friend's collection!!
The quality of the resulting MP3s is excellent and I am very happy to have all my treasured vinyl accessible on my 'modern' devices.
Bottom line - Now it is my only record player and I do not begrudge spending the money to buy it. It was the best available at the time. Would I buy this model now?
No. Instead, I would look for a unit wheich handled the digitisation directly (without needing a computer), for example, directly to USB key. Why? Less hassle and no need to lug the computer into the living room for a week or two while you convert your collection. However, you can pick up an ION iTTUSB05 for less than half the price of one of the newer versions, so it may be worth the extra hassle.
Summary: A good piece of kit
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