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ION Audio Profile LP Turntable with USB Conversion - Black

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  • Contempory, low profile vinyl turntable, plug and play records at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
  • Convert your vinyl records to digital music files by connecting the Profile LP to your PC or Mac with supplied software
  • Built-in preamp allows playback via speakers or a home theatre system
  • Keep your records and needle in pristine condition with the hinged dust cover
  • The piano black finish shows your collection off in style

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Technical Details
Item Weight4.2 Kg
Product Dimensions45.7 x 39.4 x 16.4 cm
Item model numberION PROFILE LP
ColourBlack
Country Produced Inchina
Colour ScreenNo
Voltage230 volts
  
Additional Information
ASINB0029QRA1U
Best Sellers Rank 6,284 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.7 Kg
Date First Available13 May 2009
  
 

Product Description

Box Contains

ION Audio Profile LP Piano Black
EZ Vinyl / Tape Converter Software CD
USB Cable
ION Audio ION Audio Quickstart Guide
Safety & Warranty Manual



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I bought this due to the number of artists now releasing vinyl only copies of albums, particularly due to the release of the Blue Aeroplane's Anti-Gravity [VINYL]. The primary function was to be a turntable, but having most of my music in MP3 and/or CD format, I thought this would also be useful. It is.

As a turntable, sound quality is good - but then I am running through a decent amp. The unit comes with its own built-in pre-amp, so levels are just about right.

I also have a large collection of 12" singles from the 80's and early 90's, and for various reasons wanted to start exploring these again - with the benefit of being able to "rip" many of the now unavailable mixes onto iTunes.

The turntable comes with a USB slot at the rear (seems silly?), so best to leave this plugged in the whole time, which connects to your computer. In addition, a dic is provided which converts the audio to MP3 format. I use iTunes to manage my music, so this software was not too much of an issue for me, but I am aware of those who really dislike iTunes, and unfortunatley to be able to run the conversion software, you HAVE to have iTunes installed.

The copying procedure itself reminds me of days of your youth, with a cassette playing next to your turntable, pressing play/record, adjusting the record settings, and then just waiting - it alledgedly does put gaps between tracks automatically - however on ripping the Blue Aeroplanes, which has very distinct gaps between the tracks, I noticed on track three, it was still showing track one.
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I had previously been recording my vinyl to PC using Magix Audio Cleaning Lab v1.3 (2000-1) and connecting to my PC line in from the headphone socket of my Kenwood hifi. Unfortunately my Kenwood turntable developed a problem and the arm refused to lift at the end of a record. It would drag across the record doing untold damage to vinyl and stylus and making an awful noise. Clearly I needed a new turntable.

I looked at the Kenwood turntables but they had a poor review, and quality turntables were around £160. For less than half that amount I was able to buy this Ion USB turntable so I crossed my fingers and took the plunge.

I couldn't be happier with the result! The box which arrived rattled a bit, but when opened I found another box packed inside along with a 3 pin adaptor for the two pin plug. It was the adaptor I could hear rattling. The turntable itself is about two inches wider than my old one but sat nicely on top of the stacking unit (inside it's cupboard) and does not look out of place.

There are red and white phono type jack plugs from the back of the turntable to connect it to the hifi - note you must connect to the 'aux in' ports as the turntable has pre-amp and gives a hum if you connect it to the 'phono' ports used by the previous turntable. There is also a USB lead supplied to connect the back of the turntable with your PC.

I did not install the e-z software CD which came with the turntable as the instructions suggested downloading Audacity instead if you wanted to manipulate your recordings: inserting track numbers and naming tracks etc. I therefore downloaded and installed Audacity.

The Ion USB turntable sounds excellent as part of my hifi and I am delighted with it's quality.
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Quite a few people talk about how 'terrible' this or that USB turntable sounds, ie see 'Bush' above.

This is due to a lack of understanding of vinyl processing and the nature of the USB turntable they have bought.

When music is 'cut' onto the vinyl the bass sounds are 'turned down' and the high frequency sounds are 'turned up'. This is due to the physical limitations of the cutting into plastic.

Old Style amps, ie those with phono sockets, would include RIAA circuits, to reverse this process to return the sound to normal. These USB turntables do no include such circuitry, they only boost the signal voltages to 'Line Out' levels without the use of additional earthing you would get with a seperate amp - which causes 'hum' of some sort when connected to a device that has no earthing, ie a PC.

Some software packages automatically adjust the sound with digital RIAA Equalization, some don't. For example, the software provided with the Bush Turnables requires an additional step of manual RIAA Equalization, without this your music will lack 'bass' and sound 'tinny'. Bush is at fault for not explaining this, but I suspect other manufactuers do the same.

If you want to know more checkout 'RIAA' in Wikipedia.

Vinyl transfer to digital is far more complicated that the USB Turntable Vendors let on, and the better your ear the more you'll realise this.

Anyway don't be so quick to throw away or return your USB Turntable because it sounds 'poor'.
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