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Ion TTUSB Turntable with USB Record (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • USB 1.1 turntable that makes it a snap to convert vinyl collection to CD or MP3 formats
  • Includes Audacity PC/Mac recording software and trial version of Bias Soundsoap 2
  • Adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balancing
  • Support for high-speed vinyl recording; works with both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds
  • Line-level outputs for easy stereo connection; 1/8-inch line-level input; weighs 7.7 pounds
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Product Specifications

Brand NameIon
Color NameGrey

Product Description

Product Description

ION has created the world's first USB turntable allowing you to convert your old vinyl collection directly to CD or MP3 with the included recording software. (NO SPECIAL DRIVERS NEEDED) The ION USB turntable includes Audacity software for Mac/PC for recording as well as a trial of Bias Soundsoap 2 for cleaning and restoring vinyl. This turntable also has line level output for connecting to any home stereo with CD or auxiliary (AUX) inputs. This product is compatible with any software that supports USB audio input sound cards.

The first USB turntable that lets you convert your old vinyl collection directly to CD or MP3, the Ion Audio iTTUSB is a must for people who don't want to deal with clumsy adapters or mismatched software when transferring formats. Requiring no special drivers, the turntable comes with Audacity, a recording application that works with both PCs and Macs, as well a trial version of Bias Soundsoap 2 to clean and restore vinyl recordings. As an alternative, the turntable also works with any other software that supports USB audio input sound cards. Once connected, the turntable transfers both 33-1/3 rpm albums and 45 rpm singles to digital formats in mere minutes.

The iTTUSB also offers a few hardware extras, such as an adjustable anti-skating control for increased stereo balancing, an adjustable pitch control (+/- 8 percent), and support for high-speed vinyl recording. And thanks to the line-level outputs, you can connect to any home stereo with CD or auxiliary (AUX) inputs--no phono inputs required. The turntable comes with a cartridge and stylus, 45 adapter, and USB cable and is compatible with PCs running Windows 98, 2000, or XP and Macs running OS 9 or greater. All computers must also have at least one available USB 1.1 port.

The iTTUSB's master carton measures 20.27 by 6.85 by 17.16 inches (W x H x D) while the turntable itself weighs 7.7 pounds.

What's in the Box
Turntable, tonearm counterweight, platter with belt, slipmat, cartridge premounted on headshell, RCA cable, USB cable, software CD-ROM, 45 adapter, quick-start guide, user's manual.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 5.5 x 17.8 inches ; 7.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: ITTUSB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,863 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

383 of 387 people found the following review helpful By G. Burns on November 29, 2007
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This item is just too good to pass up. I have a couple hundred vinyl albums that I still listen to occassionally. I have made several disappointing attempts to transfer vinyls to CD in the past, but it always turned out to be too much work to get too poor of a transfer. I kept hoping to find a better way to preserve my collection, and this is it.

SETTING UP THE TURNTABLE: The turntable is so very simple to set up, and the weight and materials are so different from those high end turntables of years past, that you might think you just wasted your money... don't worry, the best is yet to come. It took me all of 15 minutes to set up the turntable and plug it into my computer. Due to a couple of reviews that I read I took 3 precautions while setting up the turntable: 1) I used some of the foam wrapping material from the box and wrapped the RCA plugs to eliminate any extraneous noise that might be introduced into the system, 2) I put small felt pads under the legs of the table that the turntable will sit on, and 3) I used a stylus pressure gauge to get exactly 4 grams of weight (with the plastic cover still on the stylus which should give me approx 3.75 - 4 grams with the plastic cover off).

SETTING UP THE USB PART: Again it is totally a no-brainer. Just follow the meager instructions that are included with the turntable - they are spot-on. When I plugged in the USB cable (I set it up on 2 different machines, a Dell and a home-made running XP Home Edition and XP Professional respectively). On both machines Windows ran me through several set-up wizards that installed the following drivers (it's all automatic, just click when it tells you to): USB Compliant Device, USB Audio Device, USB Human Interface Device, and HID Compliant Device. That's it...
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399 of 409 people found the following review helpful By Silas Sparkhammer on May 13, 2006
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Easy to set up. I'm a non-techno yutz, and this was simple for me to install and configure.

Easy to use. I was recording LPs to WAV files in the first hour. Within two hours, I was able to break a side up into individual tracks and cuts and save them separately.

Perfect Fidelity! The quality of the reproduction is fantastic! This is the greatest thing in the world! No need for pre-amp or amp, just LP to PC.

Noise? Yes, of course; this also converts your scratches and pops with digital exactness. But even so, you're well ahead of the game: at least this way you'll never have to worry about putting *new* scratches on your favorite music!

This is one of the best investments I have ever made; I'm overjoyed with this technology!
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270 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Clive Young on September 3, 2006
Don't be scared off from this turntable by the reviews here that say it barely works with a Mac, because I got it to work with my Mac right out of the box. The thing to keep in mind is that people aren't really complaining about the turntable itself; they're complaining about the software included with it--which is actually shareware! Having read the complaints here, I decided just to use different software with it, and it works fine. You can use whatever Mac audio software to record that you prefer--I tried CD Spin Doctor, which comes with the famous Toast CD burning program, and Sound Studio, which is shareware you can find at any number of Mac shareware sites on the web (it actually came installed on my mac, so you may already have it). I preferred Sound Studio because CD Spin Doctor is a little buggy. Once you choose what software you want to use with the turntable, and you plug the USB wire into your Mac, simply go into your system preferences under the Apple logo menu, and choose the Sound preference; once you're in that, change Sound Input to the turntable and click "OK." You're ready to use the software--none of this Apple MIDI nonsense. It's really THAT Simple!

So how's the turntable for transferring vinyl to your computer? It's pretty good--it got much better sound than I got previously with an iMic adaptor hooked up to my home stereo. I will say, it's a little more treble-ly than I'd like, but it's very slight, and you likely can adjust your music file to have more bass in whatever software you use to record. Or, you can just pump up the bass in iTunes when you play it back. Either way, not that big a problem.

Drawbacks--it doesn't come with a dust cover. For shame.
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479 of 503 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Zuckerman on June 21, 2006
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On the one hand, the Ion works quite well. It's easy to set up, produces surprisingly good quality sound, and turns the whole process of digitizing vinyl into a two-device, three step process... rather than the four device, multi-step process I'd been using.

On the other hand, the software included with the turntable is a bad joke, at least for Mac users. There's no installation software - Ion includes the source code for Audacity and expects you to compile it yourself. (You'd be much better off downloading it compiled from Sourceforge.) There's a complex process involving Audio MIDI setup, including a workaround for a nasty bug regarding sound quality setup. Once you get it working, it's quite impressive, but it's very far from user friendly. Let's hope this gets better in future releases of the product, because the hardware is nicely designed and the results are quite impressive.


Updated January 16, 2008.

Ion's software support for this product and Macintosh has gotten much, much better since I wrote this review, 18 months ago. The current software doesn't require any fiddling with the MIDI settings on Mac, as the turntable now mounts in your Sound control panel as an audio input. And they've done a nice job of filtering the audio that comes through this input so that you can get excellent results saving directly from Audacity, without equalizing or filtering, as was pretty much necessary in the original release. I would modify my three star rating to four stars - the turntable still needs a speed control and a dust cover, but the software's much better.
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