MP3 is the new format for most music enthusiasts, but I would like to go back to the days of the vinyl LP.
I like vinyl records and I have a computer and my wife gave me a turntable for Christmas with a USB port. It is apparently able to connect to a computer via USB cable and convert music on that vinyl LP to MP3 format.
The player is belt driven and runs off regular electric power from a wall outlet in the home. It has a pre-amp that can play on it's built in speakers or be connected via an RCA cord from an MP3 device like a Sony Walkman MP3 player. It also comes with AM-FM radio.
I can't believe how much of a toy this gadget is. I mean, compared to what I once owned, a Radio Shack turntable that I once bought back in the 70s. The new LP turntables that are sold at such stores as Target and others, are priced at under a hundred dollars and are easy to use.
But the comments on a recent tutorial on YouTube I watched today, were bad about that turntable. They all said the thing was a toy and would destroy the record over time. I hate the idea of destroying a perfectly good vintage record by playing it on a toy record turntable. The price for a better turntable is 200 plus dollars. The one I have has a mono speaker built in, not stereo and for that matter, has an output jack for a pair of headphones.
The thing that bothered me most about this toy turntable was that after I read the setup and instructional manual I have to purchase 3rd party software to convert the music from the vinyl disc to MP3 on my PC. Why didn't they supply a basic MP3 player program with that record player in the first place? Whatever you do, if you are a vinyl record enthusiast, do not buy a basic turntable like that one. Get online and look for a better turntable for at around 200 dollars or more and be sure it has USB connectivity so you can burn CDs with your records and play them while on the go.
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