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@ About @
I bought this turntable over three years ago and at the time it was my only less than £100 option to convert my old vinyl collection to CD. You get some simple software to set up on your computer which is endorsed by Numark. The software takes less than 5 minutes to install but the controls are not simple. There are some editing tools and menus that are not needed. I would recommend audacity instead.
Upon unboxing you get manuals included in a plastic bag in several languages and you have to build the turntable from scratch. You also get a fabric slip mat which curls up too easily, so I have since bought my own. You also get a needle called the numark groove tool. The groove tool is about £15 for a replacement, and 200 records in my original is showing signs of wear and tear.
For audio quality the groove tool needle that comes with this is "good" but could be improved - peaks of hi hats sound just right but the low bass sounds a little flat, with minimal rumble. Say if you hooked your turntable up to a large subwoofer, it would be pointless. It would not have any affect on making the bass stand out.
@ Wear and Tear / Quality @
I have had the turntable for three years and the only fault I can find is with the belt. The belt wore down very quickly and within 1 year I had to replace it with another. The original cause of the belt problem was a small tear which appeared not long after I bought it. I continued to use the deck normally until the crack in the rubber became bigger and bigger.
One odd thing I have found with the turntable is if you leave it plugged in and then spin the platter around without switching the power on, you can get the power light to light. Up as if it was on. The USB cable on this is still in excellent condition from when I bought it and has no interruption when connecting to a computer.
Audio quality when exporting through a computer can vary depending on what selection you make. Mono, stereo, or digital 32-bit. For mono the sound is very tinny and lacks any sense of good quality sound. Stereo is better where treble is concerned but for bass, again not perfect. Digital 32-bit amplifies bass to stop the drown out effect of get from mono and stereo, this is only a slight change though. I think the main problem is the needle.
@ Overall @
It's a good budget USB turntable for a budget of less than £100 but if you are serious about getting the best quality from converting your vinyl collection, buy something a bit more up market.
Decided on the Numark turntable after researching others. Other reviews mentioned difficulties in using the Audacity software, but if you take the time to look at the manual that comes on the disk (rather than the help within the package), there are no real difficulties.I've been very impressed with the quality of the sound on the burned CD, albeit after some required manipulation via the software but then that's part of the fun!Got my turntable for £79.95 from Richer Sounds and bought the dust cover for £19.99 from amp3diital.com.Overall delighted!
My girlfriend bought me this for Christmas two years ago, and though it hasn't seen as much use as I'd hoped, what use it's had has been good.
Setting up was fairly easy, with it being plug and play - all you do is plug it into the usb port and it automatically installs (on Vista at least) along with the Audacity software to convert into mp3 or wav. That said, if I remember rightly I may have had to download a driver from the Numark website, but it was no great shakes.
In use the only criticism I had was that the cartridge was either a little light, or awkward to set up - I'm not discounting the possibility that it may have been down to user error, but I tried to get the balance right for ages and still found that it would skip during recordings.
This is undoubtedly the biggest downfall of this product - because when you've got 80% of the way through a track and then it skips, it means you then have to record it all over again - and being analogue there's no handy 4x or 8x record speed.
Apart from that one gripe however, it's an excellent little product - a welcome surprise was that it has Gracenote bundled in with it, so when you've recorded a track or an album it comes up with a thing that says "I think you've just recorded . . . (insert artist and track name here)" which I thought was pretty clever considering it's not digital. Another bonus is that it comes with audio leads, so you could actually use this a a regular deck plugged into your stereo.
Overall, very happy.
This turntable was perfect for my transition from turntable mixing into cd mixing. I was able to record my records onto my computer, and then put them onto disks to use in my CDJ's.
The Numark has a built-in pre-amp, which effectively means its ready to be amplified as soon as it leaves the turntable. This also eliminates the background buzz you can get with other types of transfering records but this is eliminated with the perfect USB hook-up.
This deck is perfect for what i needed, and i would strongly recommend it to anyone wanted to take the next step in the DJ "Proffession", everyone wants to keep up to date with the technology being developed if you are interested in this area. You pay for a good quality product which performs its function brilliantly, you also get more of an assurance that the product is good simply with the Numark brand.
When I first saw the Numark TT USB turntable I thought that it was another cheaply priced turntable aimed at the budding young DJ. It was only when I read the store display card that I realised that it was more than that, it had a USB connector.
The USB connection is the selling point of this entry level priced turntable as it offers connectivity to your computers USB socket which opens up a whole world of uses.
As an aging man (!) I have an awful lot of obscure and hard to find vinyl records that had never made the transition to CD, whether it was due to popularity of the music or the obscurity of the groups I'm unsure. Whatever the reasons, the songs were never released on CD and could only be listened on a turntable.
Despite being a vinyl purist, there are times when you'd like to listen to the songs on the move or other locations. This is where the TTUSB turntable becomes invaluable as it allows you to record your music to your PC with the software included and then convert the tracks to either WAV files so that you can burn a conventional CD or turn the files into MP3 so that you can pop them on your Ipod.
The whole conversion process was a breeze. First you install the recording software, which is the incredibly powerful Audacity. Once the software is installed you plug the turntable into your PC via the USB sockets, power the turntable and set your recording levels to a suitable volume in the software. Once it's all connected you then press record on the software, place your record on the turntable, put stylus on record, start the deck and off you go! Once the song has finished you press the stop button on the recording software and you have successfully recorded the song.
Once you have recorded your song you can use the Audacity software to remove unwanted space at the beginning and end of the tracks and also use it to remove any unwanted hiss and pops by using a series of plug-in filters, once you are happy with the overall sound you can then save the file to your required format. The software also allows you to speed up recordings. This is really useful if you wish to convert 78rpm records as the turntable only has 33rpm and 45rpm speeds. To convert a 78rpm record you have to record it sounding slow at 45rpm and then use the software to speed it back up to its correct speed! It sounds crazy, but it works.
This leads me to the turntable itself.
The turntable is roughly 18 inches square and is made of a sturdy, aluminium look plastic. Despite being built of plastic it weighs around 8lbs and feels like a quality build.
There are large Start/Stop buttons that allow you to start and stop the turntable. This button is quite severe and can start and stop the turntable almost instantaneously.
A pitch control slider allows you to speed up or slow down your playing record by around 10% either way. This is useful for tempo beat matching if you are a DJ, but for the process of vinyl conversion has no real use.
Other buttons on the unit are the main power on/off button, plus two illuminated buttons to select the deck speed (either 45 or 33 rpm).
The playing arm is a weighted silver affair with removable cartridge head. The stylus is also removable and can be changed when worn. Unfortunately I could not a replacement stylus locally and needed to buy a replacement off the internet. Stylus life is good however, and depending on the condition of your records should last for several months.
There is an anti-skate control that stops your arm sliding across smaller grooved records and also can be adjusted to obtain better stereo balance tracking (though this is also possible through the software included).
The turntable platter is made of reassuringly solid aluminium and topped with a functional slip mat. The deck is belt driven and I experienced no wow or flutter (fluctuations in speed) whilst recording my tracks.
Other than the USB output there are also Phono outputs for connection to a mixer and a mini jack in that allows you to connect an external device such as a tape player so that you can digitise your tape collections as well.
So overall it's a good buy if you want a quick way to archive your record collection. It is of course possible to do all of the above using a standard turntable and connecting it to you pc soundcard input sockets, however the TTUSB makes the process a whole lot easier. The included Audacity software has a growing community of supporters and developers too, so there are lots of additional audio filters available openly.
To summarise a cheap looking but well functioning turntable for the money that does what it says on the tin.
The turntable was available for £89.99 from www.amazon.co.uk at the time of writing.
Copyright M Jones (Otalgia) 17th August 2008.
Featuring Plug and Play USB compatibility with both PC and Macintosh computers, the TTUSB turntable makes digitising your vinyl collection easy. Equipped with an adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balance, support for 33.33 and 45 RPM playback speeds, +/- 10% adjustable pitch control, and a 1/8-inch stereo minijack input connector to facilitate the transfer of cassette tapes, Numark's TTUSB is the perfect tool for digitally archiving one's record collection. Also features Audacity's software (PC and Mac compatible) for removing clicks and other noises.