ART USB Phono Plus
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- Easily transfer audio from your vinyl records to your laptop or computerAlso functions as an audio interface between analog and digital sourcesFront mounted gain control and Signal/Clip LEDUSB Phono Plus ships with Sound Saver Express software
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A few things you should know:
1. This is a stand-alone phono pre-amp. It will RIAA adjust for phono before sending audio to your computer via USB. THIS IS GREAT FOR LAPTOPS -most laptops have only a mono microphone in miniplug that's pretty much good for nothing!
2. You could use this box as nothing more than a phono pre-amp. It has RCA inputs for phono AND a ground screw. Cool, huh? At $100 it would be a good deal if it did nothing more than that. I loop from the Phono Plus back into a Marantz receiver and then listen through some fairly decent Wharfedale speakers. I'd say that sound quality is every bit as good as the phono stage built into my Marantz.
3. This device allows you to monitor the phono input (or other input) either by means of a stereo miniplug connection or by way of a pair (L and R) of RCA outs. You could hook up typical PC speakers or subwoofer sytems to this box if you don't want to loop out to a stereo amp. You can also listen to the Phono Plus with headphones. The Phono Plus has a gain knob to ontrol output level. This is critical for headphone listening as well as for making good captures in Audacity.
4. This device will take input from line level RCA, digital toslink, digital coax, as well as from phono sources. Crazy, huh?Read more ›
After looking at the available USB turntables, I realized my old Technics linear tracking turntable is way better than any of them. So the solution for me was to buy a USB interface, which, it turns out, means a USB phono preamp.
I did some comparison shopping before buying the ART Phono Plus 2. There are a couple of similar products. One in particular has good specs. It claims USB 2.0, whereas the Phono Plus 2 only claims USB 1.1.
However, that unit made no claim to having a monitor output, whereas the Phono Plus has quite a nice monitor interface. In particular, it lets you monitor the sound coming right off the preamp. This is necessary if you want to do any manual fading when recording, because the sound coming out the computer speakers has at least a 2 second delay from what's coming off the needle.
The Phono Plus has a screw connection for the phono ground. Neither of the other units mentioned having this. On my turntable, leaving the ground wire floating creates a large amount of 60Hz hum in the output.
Finally, although the ART is the most expensive of the three, almost twice the cost of the second, and three times that of the third, I found absolutely no reviews of any kind of the other two, whereas the ART has been reviewed extensively, both by customers and magazines. And everyone, including me, loves it.
This is a well-built unit, from a durability standpoint, definitely not a cheap piece of junk. Ergonomically, it has some down points, as well as some good ones.
. Monitor allows routing from the preamp, from the USB, or both.Read more ›
Important to note that ART now sells USB Phone Plus v2 (V2 adds one very important feature - volume control for your headphone monitor), and that is what was delivered to me when I ordered from the vendor listed here (Shoreline Music) even though what is pictured here is not the V2 product The differences are small - basically it's the same housing, just an additional switch and volume control for your headphones - but you'll want to be sure you're getting the latest product.
1) Headphone jack with volume control to monitor LP playback
2) Output level control with signal and clip indicator (vital!)
3) Analog to digital conversion with USB output (other digital outputs available too).
4) High quality phono preamp
5) Phono grounding post
Combine this affordable device with the excellent Spin It Again software and you've got a conversion setup that's hard to beat. One thing to be aware of... when this device is connected to a Vista machine, Vista will certainly recognize it as a USB audio input device, but will likely classify it as a microphone! If Vista does this, it will end up in MONO mode. You'll need to go into the settings for the device via the Sound control panel and change it to stereo, 16-bit, 44kHz.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If u have old style turn table and want to convert old records to digital format this box will help u to pull the task.It is the middle man between turn table and pc or mac. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Marcel Gapa
Needed to connect an older turntable to a newer receiver...this did the job. Well made.Published 1 month ago by Happy Shopper
This thing is great. For the cost is offers so much flexibility beyond just being a preamp for your turntable. I love that it's powered by USB. Read morePublished 2 months ago by fox-orian
Love this item, makes it easy to store old vinyl records on my Lap Top!!!! ♫♪♫Published 2 months ago by James Urban
I don't know what are all the positive reviews about this preamp. I received mine a couple of days ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ricardo A. Seneris
Works as advertised and is connected between my Sony front-Loader and Pioneer Elite 7.2 Received on CD input. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carl
There are enough extensive reviews on here. You only need to know this: This thing does what it advertises and does it well!Published 3 months ago by J. Taone
Worth the little extra spent to get this unit. Don't skimp on a clean signal leading up to your amplifier.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer