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Audio Technica AT-LP2D-USB Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable with USB Output, Includes Recording Software and Dual Magnet Cartridge (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- USB output¿no special drivers required for direct connection to your computer
- Built-in switchable stereo phono/line level pre-amplifier. Permits use of turntable
- PC & Mac compatible
- Fully automatic operation keeps LPs scratch free
- Two speeds: 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm
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Get your classic albums off the shelf and into your MP3 player. Audio-Technica makes it easier than ever to transfer your albums to the digital realm with this new AT-LP2D-USB recording system. The AT-LP2D-USB stereo turntable comes equipped with a USB output that allows direct connection to your computer. The system also offers: state-of-the-art recording software—Cakewalk (for PC use) and Audacity (for MAC or PC); an integral dual-magnet Audio-Technica phono cartridge; and a USB cable and adapter cables. The turntable also features a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that allows connection to a stereo system equipped with either a phono or line-level input.
Safety WarningMay require driver updates/downloads for Windows 7/9.
Legal DisclaimerWarranty does not cover misuse of product.
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Let's get one thing straight: this item is neither a great deal, nor a terrible dud. It is neither five stars, nor 1.
Know in advance of buying this unit that if you are new to digitizing vinyl (as I was), it will take considerable time and patience to learn how to do so with any level of proficiency. This unit cuts a few corners for you, but not all of them. Marking and splitting individual tracks, editing and transferring files to CD all take a bit of time and practice to do it right. You'll make mistakes along the way and the first few records that you do, you may not like ...
The sound of the turntable itself is okay, but not great, and it certainly won't improve a scratchy old LP (you can use editing techniques on Audacity to clean up the pops and clicks if you have enough of the time and patience I mentioned above). The turntable doesn't seem extremely sturdy, though mine works well enough (at least so far). I wonder, though, how long the belt and motor will last. They seem pretty flimsy and cheap.
The USB connection, as mentioned by other reviewers, I found to be perhaps the Audio Technica's biggest weakness. The USB works sometimes, but at other times for only a few minutes before the LP is inexplicably drowned out by horrible hissing static. Clearly Audio Technica has some work to do on its USB port, cable, interface or perhaps all three. Yes, luckily you can forego the USB entirely by using the standard audio cables with converters (supplied) to connect directly your computer's audio input port ... though it requires a little bit of reconfiguring of the software. (The reviewer 'Juniorverse1' has already helpfully explained a bit of how to do this).
Essentially, if I'd known more about this unit, and about digitizing LPs before purchasing it I wouldn't have got the Audio Technica at all.
I'd have been better off picking up an old turntable with good sound quality in the online classifieds or at a Salvation Army thrift shop and rigging it up myself using a $50 preamplifier. I'd have a better quality sound than I do with the Audio Technica.
As it is, the instruction booklets that came with the AudioTechnica unit taught me some lessons and I'm more capable and comfortable now than I was before I purchased the unit. If nothing else, I suppose I should be grateful for that.
The turntable is pretty solid. It has what look like shock absorbing feet as you see on high quality electronic components. The turntable is aluminum (not plastic) with a rubber mat that sits on it to protect the LP. It has a much-needed dust cover which some do not come with. There are three buttons: up/down, start and stop. The start button lifts the arm, starts the table turning and gently sets the needle on the record. Stop does the reverse. Up down, simply raises or gently lowers the needle. There is never a need to touch the arm of the turntable, which is a major benefit to your records by minimizing the likelihood of your causing scratches by setting down or lifting the needle manually. The arm does return automatically at the end.
Great product and would highly recommend.
I have an extensive LP record collection. I have been awaiting and easy to use method to convert them to CD. This unit does just that.
1) Simple to set up
2) Simple to operate
3) Great transfer quality.
Now of course understand that the final produce is only as good as the LP's condition you start with. I have not delved into all the capabilities of the included software. I simply loaded Pyro 5 (included) plugged in the turntable and started moving LPs to CD. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to feel your way around. There's no documentation other then help files, but the finished produce is excellent. A bonus was the other features of Pryo 5, the included software. Once you move the LP data to the hard drive it can conveniently convert the WAV files to MP3's or other formats. Pyro 5 also includes a CD burning program that's simple to use as well.
I used the USB-2 connection to my PC. Real plug and play. The onscreen instructions will take you thru the process of setting up the PC to recognize the turntable/LP data. Kudos to whoever developed the 'walk you thru' process as it has numerous screen shots to make that process simple as well.
You will need a 'Cue' amplifier/sound system. There is no pass through of the LP sounds thru the PC before the data (LP tracks) have been recorded to the hard drive. A 'cue' amp (self powered speakers) allow you to listen to the LP and then know exactly when to click the "record" icon. Using the included cables, I plugged in the 'cue' amp to another of the turntable's outlets.
The package includes all the cables and plugs you'd ever need. I simply plugged in and extra self powered PC speaker set.
Want to just use it as a turntable with your stereo? You can do that as well. The turntable also has a built in pre-amp so that you can as well plug it into a stereo amplifier.
Highly recommend this package.