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Ion Audio iPTUSB Portable USB Turntable with Software and Built-in Speaker

4.3 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
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  • Turns records into MP3 format
  • Protective dust cover with integrated carrying handle
  • Fits in a standard 12" record case
  • Battery-powered by 6 D batteries or AC power adapter
  • Built-in speaker
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Color Silver Natural Wood Black Silver
Dimensions 14 inches x 5.5 inches x 17.5 inches 4.05 inches x 15.23 inches x 16.45 inches 6.38 inches x 13.38 inches x 13.75 inches 17.75 inches x 13.88 inches x 6 inches
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The ION iPTUSB is a revolutionary battery operated portable USB turntable that allows you to convert your old vinyl collection to CD or MP3 with included recording software. (NO SPECIAL DRIVERS NEEDED). This turntable also has a line level output for connecting to any home stereo with an AUX input and a built-in speaker for stand-alone operation. ION iPTUSB Includes Protective Cover Power Adapter USB Cable Recording Software CD Quick Start Guide ION iPTUSB Features USB output Protective dustcover and integrated carrying handle Fits inside a standard 12 inch record case Battery powered by 6 D cells (not included) or AC wall adapter (included) Built-in speaker Belt-drive motor with 33, 45 and 78 RPM settings +/-10% pitch control Plays all standard sized records up to 12 inches Line level and headphone output 45 adapter included Cartridge included USB cable included AmericanMusical is an authorized dealer of Ion Audio products.

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ake your vinyl collection on the go with the Ion Audio iPTUSB portable turntable, which runs on both AC power (with included adapter) or six D-sized batteries. Additionally, with its USB connectivity, you'll be able to jack it into your Windows- or Mac-based PC to easily turn your LPs and 45s into digital files.



The Ion Audio iPTUSB portable, USB-connected turntable (see larger image
as well as a schematic of control panel features).



The included cover with handle (see larger image).

The iPTUSB also has a line input jack so you can connect other music sources such as cassette decks, and turn your other music into MP3s. It also includes controls for adjusting the gain (if audio from the turntable is too quite or too loud), audio level of the line out, tone control, and pitch control (up to ±10 percent). Once on your computer, you can listen, make custom playlists, record it to CD, and transfer it to your iPod or MP3 player. It has a built-in speaker for listening to your records and monitoring your recordings.

It comes with everything you need to turn your music into digital MP3 files. ION's exclusive software suite makes transfer and editing your music easy. EZ Vinyl Converter provides an easy way to transfer your music and import it into your iTunes music library. And it also includes a dust cover with handle, cartridge with stylus, 45RPM adapter, cables, and slipmat.

Key Features

  • Turn your records into MP3s and listen anywhere
  • Plug and play USB: no drivers needed
  • Protective dust cover with integrated carrying handle
  • Plays all standard sized records up to 12 inches
  • Fits in a standard 12-inch record case
  • Battery powered by six D-sized batteries or AC power adapter
  • Built-in speaker
  • 33 and 45 RPM speeds
  • ±10 percent pitch control
  • Headphone output--both 1/8- and 1/4-inch jacks
  • Line output for home listening
  • 1/8-inch-stereo line input digitize music from cassettes or other sources
  • Works with Mac and PC

What's in the Box
iPTUSB turntable, dust cover, slipmat, 45 rpm adapter, cartridge with pre-assembled stylus, USB cable, audio cables, power adapter, software CD, quick start guide

Computer Requirements

  • PC: Windows XP (32-bit or 64-bit) or Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Mac: OS X 10.4 or later



With EZ Vinyl Converter, you can quickly start recording LP tracks...


...and then tag individual tracks with artist, album, and song title tags.

Product Information

Item Weight 6 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.5 x 17.5 x 14 inches
Shipping Weight 7.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B00032BOLO
Item model number IPTUSB
Batteries 6 D batteries required.
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #49,556 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#613 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components > Turntables
#906 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Turntables & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 30, 2004

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I'm not sure what the deal is with the buzz in this thing. I have seen one or two other mentions of it, besides the review here. Some reviews specifically mention that there is no buzz whatsoever, another mentioned that there was a buzz specifically in the USB. In my case, I was getting a buzz from the headphone jack and the built-in speaker. I did not try the line out. I was all set to pack it up and send it back, but decided to just try the USB anyway. I was surprised to discover that there was no buzz in the USB output. Since my whole purpose was to convert vinyl to digital, and not to add a component to my stereo system, then the USB connection gives me all the capability I need. Even as a stereo component, the buzz might not be all that bothersome. It is not very noticeable on average-to-loud music, only comes forward on the softer passages. Indeed, I wasn't even aware of it until I brought up a digital recording (made from the headphone output) to edit. I saw the buzz on screen before I heard it, but once I was aware of it, it was intolerable for archival purposes. I wondered if the buzz might be caused by bad grounding or other interference in the AC circuit, but the buzz is still there even when running on batteries and nothing else whatsoever connected (i.e.--listening to the built-in speaker.)

Anyway, for what it does do, I am happy enough with this. I find the sound quality (from the USB!) to be more than adequate. I like the lightness and portability. It is very easy to set up and use temporarily, do a few records when time permits, and then close it up and get it out of your way when done, does not claim a dedicated chunk of real estate somewhere on your desk or on your shelf.

I would have done the "gain" knob for the USB a little differently.
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Don't be put off by the price of this little guy (cheap doesn't always mean bad). Perfect small turntable comes with two software programs for CD conversion of desired. Reasonable built in speaker (ok so it's not surround sound stereo!) allows for playback at record shows, while you're on vacation etc... Battery option allows sound-hounds to check quality at garage sales before buying... Alltogether a nice turntable for the price. I upgraded from the ITTUSB, and am very happy with my decision. Built in carry case makes this perfect in my book! Ok so not the kind of thing you'd buy to create your 'home theatre' system, but ideal for the hobbyist/small time vinyl explorer
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I have only used this product a few times since I bought it. I have a newer (2008) iMac running Mac OS X 10.5. There are two software products which come with the turntable - one is supposed to be easier and one (Audacity) is supposed to be more feature-rich and capable. Well, I could not get the easier software to run properly, so I use the Audacity program.

The turntable works fine. No complaints. However, using the Audacity software makes recording a vinyl album very time consuming. You must stop after EACH TRACK to input the track information. With the simpler program, you could enter each track's info on the fly while the turntable continues to record the next track (but I could not get this program to actually record). If you don't care about the track information, I suppose you could record each side of an album as one mp3 file. But if you want to know which song you are playing and which album after you transfer the file to your iPod, you must do each track separately. Not difficult, mind you, but takes a while.
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I did ALOT of research trying to find a usb turntable for my husband to record his favorite LPs. I read reviews from other people and finally decided on this one. Literally 2 minutes after hooking it up, he was recording the first song. This model also allows for listening while recording. I had read reviews that said with some models you couldn't listed while recording. This was a must for me. Also a GREAT price.
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Fluttery uneven speed is a fatal flaw.

If you listen to music without any perfectly "constant tones", like rap (with no melody), there's nothing wrong with this turntable.

Otherwise, especially when you hear a piano or an orchestra, I'm annoyed by the flutter in the speed - a rapid repeating speedup-and-slowdown, real fast, maybe 10 times a second, that makes the music "flutter", like when you talk to yourself in front of the spinning blades of a fan. Subtle, but it's DEFINITELY there, and very annoying.

I get around this problem by putting a MASSIVE thick 12-inch clay Victrola record from the 1920's on the turntable, underneath the record I'm playing. That acts as a "flywheel" to add weight and mass to the turntable, and even out the speed, eliminating the flutter. You can stack a couple heavier-weight LPs under your record. (Or, if you're using this to play Victrola records - problem solved right there.)

Then the turntable sounds OK.

But when I turn up the volume, on the loud parts, the amp tries to drive itself harder than it's capable of, and "sucks power" away from the turntable motor, and the speed slows down in the loud parts of the music. That REALLY SUCKS when the orchestra swells then the pitch goes flat.

So, if you DON'T PLAY IT LOUD (connect it to an external amp if you want it loud, don't try to use the internal speaker), and you PUT A COUPLE HEAVY RECORDS ON THE TURNTABLE underneath the one you're playing to even out the flutter, it's fine.
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