Here are some products that I would recommend.
ION USB Turntable
This Ion USB Turntable allows you to record your vinyl albums straight to a computer. If you’ve read my blog you know how I feel about MP3’s, but they can be convenient.
Some of the reviews on this are saying that it does not have the greatest sound quality, but what would you expect. This is for ripping to MP3, not critical audiophile listening.
If you need to rip your vinyl LP’s, this is the easiest way to go. If you would like a better quality turntable, and still be able to rip MP3’s, check out the next option.
Numark TTX USB USB Turntable
This will do the same as the Ion USB Turntable. Except it is probably better quality. Many reviews on Amazon are rating this as a really good value. However, some say it is just a dressed up Ion Turntable.
I believe that this is a much better quality USB MP3 ripping turntable than the ION Turntable. It is from an established DJ equipment company, and plus it looks cooler.
Rip your vinyl albums to MP3 with the Numark TTX USB Turntable.
Technics SL-1200 MK2 Turntable
If you are looking for something a bit more substantial (less about MP3’s and more about sound quality), then check out the Technics SL-1200 MK2 Turntable below. This would probably be one of the better record players you could get for your money.
Grado Prestige Black .5 Inch Mount Turntable Cartridge
The guy I used to buy records from (I moved away from the shop unfortunately) used Grado cartridges, and his music sounded awesome.
“The Grado brought out most of the tonal accuracy and excitement and, though I have heard better reproduced, that was only with cartridges costing 10 times the price.” Gramaphone / John Borwick
This is a lower end choice of Grado cartridges, but I will guarantee it will sound better than most of the cartridges out there.
Grado Prestige Gold P Mount and .5 Inch Mount Turntable Cartridge
This will probably be one of the best cartridges you ever buy, unless you actually decide to spend around $1,000 on the Grado Statement Platinum Wood Cartridge. These phono cartridges go through real testing to see how good they are. They are then assigned a color based on the quality of sound. This is Gold.
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