Jul 30th, 2009 // 2 Comments

A PSA for those of you who have wanted to digitize your vinyl library but who haven’t wanted to take the technological plunge: The online clearinghouse Woot is selling a USB turntable (i.e. a turntable outfitted for a direct connection into your computer) for $49.99 today. [Woot; HT Jon Solomon]

  1. That’s a great deal for a USB turntable. I did some looking into them last year. Ended up with a Numark PT01 for around $100 and am very satisfied. Here’s my “satisfied customer” promo for Numark… The PT01′s portability is great and it features a built-in external speaker, in addition to a headphone jack. The internal amp features its own output gain control, in addition to the unit’s volume control. The turntable can run via power adapter or batteries. The kicker for me was that I can replace the cartridge needle – this is often not the case on many USB turntables. It also came with Audacity and MixMeister software and I am highly impressed with recordings I’ve made from LPs. Speed settings are 33, 45, and 78 RPM. A bonus feature worth mentioning – inputs which allow you to run an external device through the turntable unit, allowing you to digitize other formats (run a cassette player, for instance). What have I done with digitized vinyl? Burned CDs of old records for my grandparents, and thrown some vinyl nuggets onto my ipod. Good times all around. A lovely way for the past to shake hands with the future.

  2. This is a good intro to turntables but trust me, it’s not a good turntable. The USB audio is a mess, and you need a program like Audacity for it to work. Sure, it’s free but far from intuitive.

    Sure, it’s a good deal, but you do get what you pay for.

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