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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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Product Description

The ART USB Phono Plus phono preamplifier / audio interface is an ideal solution for getting your precious vinyl into your computer. It also does double-duty as an audio interface. You get a high-performance phono preamp with a low cut filter plus a handy selection of of analog and digital I/O. A front-mounted gain knob and a signal/clipping LED let you adjust settings for a broad range of analog sources. This great little device is housed in a rugged, all-aluminum case. If you've got records to digitize, the ART USB Phono Plus is for you.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10 x 7 x 6 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer ART
ASIN B000BBGCCI
Item model number USB Phono Plus PS
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4.2 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,771 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I've been monkeying with the Artcessories USB Phono Plus for about 10 days now. I bought it for the primary purpose of recording some LP records to my laptop. My ultimate goal was to make CDs and decent MP3s from my old vinyl. In combo with Audacity (free audio editing tool) and my Project turntable, this ARTcessories product has worked extremely well in every respect. I have not yet found a single shortcoming with this solid and portable little box.

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?
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My goal: to convert vinyl records into CDs.

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.

Plusses:
. Monitor allows routing from the preamp, from the USB, or both.
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I've tried digitizing LP's using Sound Cards, external sound cards, and this. No question, this thing produces the most warm, natural, noise-free sound - and it's rediculously easy to use. The gain control is a big benefit - better than any control on any sound card I've tried - but it's the warm, full, natural sound that sold me on this thing.

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.
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If you're shopping for a device to help transfer your vinyl collection to mp3 or other digital format, look no further. I've been wanting to transfer my collection of 300+ albums to mp3, but didn't want to move my AV receiver to my PC or vice versa for this prolonged project. I've shopped for a good, small phono preamp but none of them had the ideal features for this type of work. This one does:

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.
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