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This review is from: Jensen JTA-460 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with MP3 Encoding System and AM/FM Stereo Radio (Black) (Electronics)Excellent. Converts old vinyl LP records to MP3's without any trouble at all. All you do is plug in a flash drive or a memory card, play the record, and you have an instant MP3 copy of the record.
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2011 8:22:23 AM PDT
How is the sound quality through external speakers/subwoofer?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2011 6:20:52 PM PDT
The sound quality through the speakers is not great. It sounds like a very old fashioned record player, but I bought it to record, not to listen to. The recordings it makes are excellent when played through regular speakers, especially when edited through a program called Audacity.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2011 2:54:49 PM PDT
K. Z. Mahon says:
Let me add that these cheaper players aren't up to the standards of their ancestors, made when the turntable was still 'popular,' or before CDs. However, any mechanical deficiencies can likely be remedied through either Audacity, which is free and actually not the greatest program, or a host of other audio-editing programs that may focus on vinyl to MP3 creation specifically.
Googling vinyl to MP3 brings up a number of results, but always remember to look for reviews concerning ease-of-use, performance results, etc. I have a newer Crosley player, and it's nowhere near as nice-sounding as my older Audio-Technica model. The companies use ceramic phono preamps to cut costs, and it also cuts quality.
Look up 'Knowzy turntable' via Google and poke around if you want to get really serious about your digitizing. Remember, you don't necessarily need a USB turntable if you have an older model with the proper audio hookups. You can wire them directly to a computer sound-card and get what professionals consider better results.
I lastly want to add that I have yet to begin my vinyl conversion, but I have looked extensively into the process. One could also simply buy a turntable like the one above, and use RCA instead of USB; the main idea is that plastic parts are a no-no in regards to maintaining digital quality of the audio.
Posted on Feb 13, 2012 8:52:02 AM PST
Alfred L. Rugh says:
what is this for just converting or does it play records too?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 9:44:32 AM PST
It plays records like a regular turntable, and quite nicely for such a low price
Posted on Dec 20, 2012 12:48:58 AM PST
79 Wistful Vista says:
From your description, it sounds as if you can just plug in the USB card, and the stereo automatically records to it as an mp3. Is this correct? It sounds too easy to be true, but I'd be happy if this was the case. (I'm blind, and wouldn't be able to read menus anyway, so am trying to decide between this machine and Jensen's less expensive, simpler model, because it has only buttons, which would be manageable.) Or do you have to navigate menus to create an mp3?
Thanks for any help/feedback!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 1:35:03 AM PST
It's true, you just plug in the USB flash drive and the LP is recorded to it in MP3 format. There are no menu's to navigate. The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that an LP is recorded as one file, rather than as each individual song. To record each song individually as one file, you have to stop the recording after each song and push record when the next song starts. Just a question to you though: if you are blind, how did you read my feedback, and how will you read this reply? It seems amazing to me that you can do this.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 4:19:34 AM PST
79 Wistful Vista says:
Thank you so much for the reply--and a quick reply, too! Guess I'll give this a try, then.
As for how I use the computer, there's a screenreader program you can get which reads everything aloud, the text, anyway, and echoes whatever is typed. So basically, the computer talks to me. :)
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 8:35:37 PM PST
S. Sensharma says:
I am just trying to record to USB flash drive, and have tried three different flash drives, but it won't record. MP3 file gets written alright, but it will simply not play on my PC, Laptop, or on the JTA-460 itself (it has a feature for playing back). Any ideas?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 9:34:07 AM PST
That seems strange. The albums I recorded onto a flash drive play O K on my computer. Will other MP3's that you did not record on the JTA-460 play on your computer? If not, I'd try a different audio program on your computer, such as Windows Media Play or Jet Audio. If other MP3's do play O K on your computer, then I'd think the problem would be with the JTA-460, either in the way that you are recording to the flash drive or possibly a defective JTA-460. If that is the case, and you just bout it, Amazon is great at accepting returns of defective merchandize.
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