Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

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Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

Post by kingofkissingdom » Thu Jul 29, 2010 15:53

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Not sure if this is necessarily the right place for this thread, but hopefully someone will be able to help.

Basically, I have something very specific in mind that I want to treat myself to, but so far have not been able to locate anything that matches all my requirements. Ideally, I want a portable record-player with in-built amp and speakers, that can be connected to a PC for encoding Vinyl to MP3, and that has an in-built CD player and the facility to play an iPod.

The closest I have found so far is the: STEEPLETONE USB ROXY 3CD ENCODE RECORD PLAYER, which I am told does all the stuff I want except that the Vinyl to MP3 is a bit fiddly (or so I'm told) and it can have MP3 players attached but not IPods.

Anyone know of anything better than this?
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Re: Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

Post by iainmayfield » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:43

I think you want one of these:

it's fairly new and has a built in speaker - and it's cheap!

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Re: Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:54

I sell the things so I have some experience.

The problem you face is that

1) Cheap portable record players generally sound pretty terrible (it's the nature of the beast I'm afraid)
2) Vinyl to MP3 is always a chore whatever method used ... USB TT to PC; TT to PC Soundcard via integrated amp; TT to USB Phonopreamp to PC or in the case of the Roxy via a memory stick and then on to your PC.
3) Vinyl to MP3 transfers from cheap portable record players will show you just how bad cheap portable record players sound in all their glory - especially listening through headphones as with an iPod.

This probably doesn't help much, but my advice is that if you want a portable record player by all means get one (The Roxy isn't built for portability btw) and use it to play records with no great expectation of sound quality, but if you want to make digital transfers get a proper record player.
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Re: Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

Post by Tomb » Tue Oct 05, 2010 08:34

Personally I would suggest you grab hold of the Bush TT1, switch on it's pre-amp and connect to the soundcard. Far superior to both USB turntable and the type of record player you suggest whose results I have heard - I have a murphy classic in the house and the vinyl sound is shocking. Mind you I got it free.

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Re: Vinyl to MP3 Record Player

Post by skywriting » Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:54

Might as well add to this thread rather than start a new one.

I'm looking to purchase a new turntable. I am looking for quality at a reasonable price (who isn't?). I want it to look pretty in my lounge (no huge DJ style turntables, please) and I want it to be as easy as possible to convert from vinyl to mp3 as I do a lot of listening out and about (especially in the car).

My search keeps drawing me to these two:

Pro-Ject Essential USB Turntable at around £225 (Linky: ... ct_ID/6766)


Pro-Ject Debut III at around £305 (Linky: ... ct_ID/3378)

Now I have a few questions:

Has anyone bought/used these and if so are they any good? Is it worth spending the extra £80 on the Debut III?
Is USB the way to go at all?
Should I invest a little more cash and buy something better specced (my last turntables were Technics 1210s and I am concerned these might not live up to that quality)?
Are there other turntables I should consider?

It's a huge commitment both in terms of the cash layout and in how long I will have to live with what I buy so want to make the right decision here.

Thanks in advance.

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