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Help with turntable decision? Answered

I am trying to get into Vinyl and i need an entry level turntable.  I was looking at the two models below, but i don't know which one to buy.  I don't really need the USB output on the Itusb model because i can always record through my laptop's Mic input.  

Besides the USB feature, I really dont have any wants or don't wants, just need a solid entry level player that I can use with my headphones, speakers, and as mentioned before, my laptop to record vinyl.  

Any suggestions and comments are helpful, thanks!

P.S. I use a pair of Sennheiser HD555's for listening, don't know if that makes a difference, but thought I'd add in my little audiophile bit.




The AT is better out of the two

also it's a great starter table because I believe it has a built in preamp, and that will let you use it with any amp and even hook directly to headphones

in my opinion music should be heard on the record not recorded to computer.

Those look like little pitiful portable picnic players.

Get a big cabinate from a garage sale and hear all proper. Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones.

For recording to your laptop, don't forget, you will not be able to directly hook the RCA connectors to your laptop. Turntables do not output sound the same way that other audio devices:


Most audio devices that have RCA outputs (NOT headphone) need some sort of pre-amplifier before the sound is usable.

As someone already noted, you would want to use the RCA line-in if you happen to have an audio card in your laptop that is that capable for inputs. That being said, you will get mixed results from a turntable due to the non-standard output.

to clarify, i have an ultrabook with one 35 mm jack mic/headphone combo. I have a small usb audio box that i can run a line in through so that shouldn't be too much of a hassle. Also the Audiotechnica model comes with a built in preamp, so listening with headphones should be fine right?

thanks guys :)

To listen I would go for a small head phone amp rather then use the PC. Even powered PC speakers might do at a pinch if thy are good quality.

A big part of the turntable route is to get a good amp and a good pair of speakers. That way the enjoyment is maximised.


4 years ago

Skip the USB. If you input through the line in on the sound card then the entire capabilities of the sound card are available to you. That is usually not the case with USB. And by capabilities I mean like the mixer and the choice of output and all those good things they have been putting into on board sound.

The belt drive turntable was always considered to be better than rim drive but rim drive was often more durable because of not having a belt that can stretch out. Rim drive means that there is a rubber drive wheel under the turntable that contacts the inside of the rim. If the drive wheel is not totally round it can cause minor speed variations. Not a problem here as its belt driven.

The cartridge is magnetic which means it will have a good tone range and pickup but its output will be a little low so you might have to amplify it more, which is another reason to use the sound card and not USB.

They sell records for cheap on e Bay and often also at garage sales. (Old records, not new ones). Last year I bought a whole bunch of them at an estate auction. Still trying to find the time to look through them.

Just to be clear --- like mpilichfamily says, don't use the microphone input, use the line in input (usually color coded blue).

Using the mic input of your laptop will limit you to mono and the sound quality may not be as good as through the USB audio.