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USB Turntables: Rediscover Your Old Record Collection

By November 21, 2012

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If you're old enough to remember when vinyl was king, then you might still have a record collection somewhere (like in the attic). Modern stereo systems seldom come with turntables and so over time you may have simply lost touch with your sizable collection of classic songs.

Online music services like iTunes, Amazon MP3, etc., boast huge libraries that cover many genres and eras, but even these can fall short when it comes to the vintage classics in your vinyl collection. You may even find that some of your vinyl-based music never made it to audio CD at all.

In this case, your only hope of listening to your old records again is to transfer to digital audio. You can of course use audio cables connected from your stereo to a computer (via the soundcard) to capture audio, but a much more straightforward way is to use a USB turntable. These are a simple and effective solutions that make it easy to directly digitize analog sound to digital audio formats like MP3, AAC, etc. -- they often come with software too for transferring and restoring audio by removing unwanted pops, clicks, and hiss. You can then listen via an MP3 player, PMP, smartphone, tablet, or create your own custom audio CDs.

Many USB Turntables can also be used with home stereo systems in order to listen to your vinyl records again. This makes them flexible for both computer and home stereo use.

For a quick look at three great out-of-the-box USB turntable solutions, check out our Top 3 USB Turntables article for more information.

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November 26, 2012 at 9:31 am
(1) Greg says:

Mark, I am glad you gave us information on vinyl and turntables. Thanks again.

November 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(2) cjjeepercreeper says:

To heck with this modern stuff when it comes to vinyl. You MUST go vintage. I have a Technics turntable, Sony cassette deck, Kenwood receiver and tuner and GLI pre-amp. Powered all through 4 restored large Advents circa 1970. Nothing llke listening to vinyl the way it was intended. This stuff is out there, you just have to look for it.

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