If you need to convert your old music records to MP3 this is for you.
The Aldi ones with a USB output are easier to setup, you don't have to use a sound card on your computer since the turntable is a USB sound device.
Do Aldi post? Because they don't exist in SA.
If you search the web you can find other suppliers of USB turntables. They're fairly generic.
I was interested in this but how do you convert to mp3?
I know with the more expensive version you can (http://dicksmith.com.au/product/AE2836/dick-smith-usb-encodi...)
Would love some advise…over $100 difference in price.
You need a software encoder like audacity on your PC. The USB turntables usually come with a CD containing the software.
With the cheap one it comes with audio socket output you have to connect it to your sound card input and using audio recording program.
But for better quality I think the expensive one is better but sorry I have never use them.
I wouldn't know what the difference is but they all fall short of a laser turntable(http://www.elpj.com/). I think that's an engineering marvel using a laser to pick up the grooves instead of a traditional needle.
Costs a ton of money but doesn't wear out your LPs
You probably also need an expensive record washer to go with it.
I wonder what the actual sound quality is like in these cheap modern turntables. A decade or two ago a decent turntable had to be heavy and expensive, so how could they all of a sudden get the same results from a plastic box. Then again, perhaps there isn't that much quality in records to begin with, but that's more for the real audiophiles to debate on. Anyway, I would need a turntable, but not to convert music to MP3s. To get my old records in MP3, I would just buy them as electronic copies as I imagine the quality would be much better, perhaps remastered and certainly without all the cracks and hiss. What it need a turntable for is to actually listen to those records, with all of those cracks and hisses, for that authentic feel.
And all the hassle of getting up to change the records. But yes, the quality is not great on these cheap turntables. LPs could reproduce high fidelity though, so don't air your prejudices in front of LP-philes. :)
Buyer beware: I've tried using this one. The 33RPM setting seems a bit off, music plays slightly faster than what it should be.
Just fyi, I tried one of the cheap Aldi ones via USB recently using Audacity. The sound quality was terrible. There was so much noise i didn't even bother converting anything. Can't comment on these DSE ones but I can't imagine the sound quality is going to be good for this price.
What sort of noise? Distortion? Maybe you need to set the recording levels correctly? The sound quality of these devices isn't fantastic, but still you should be able to get something at least as audible as a radio broadcast. Same goes for any setup involving your computer's own sound card actually.
Yeah i bought a Kenwood one a couple of years ago, with the idea of burning my old Lps to CD. Waste of time really, it just isnt possible to get good music from scratching a crappy needle around a vinyl disc. If you're thinking of burning to disc just buy the CD or download Less time, better quality. If you actually want to play your vinyl buy a proper turntable, your ears will thank you.
Bought one of these last year. Good in theory but very flimsy and poor quality sound. Would not recommend.
So if I didn't want to convert anything, could I use it to just play records?
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