dealsvibe sound vs-2006-mts usb mini portable…

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I think I'd go with the cactus needle. Probably does less damage to the record than this thing.

Holy cow I can't imagine the wow and flutter with an unsupported disc like this.

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@tsfisch: Totally agree. You will get what you pay for here. There are plenty of good sub hundred usb players, keep looking.

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I know I paid $50 just for my needle and that was around the mid 80s. I can't imagine the needle on this thing giving me a good copy.

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My words of wisdom to the makers of this fine product: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

They must have a thing against records...

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am i the only one who, at first glance, saw the starship enterprise?

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@laurajaworski: Did I ever tell you you play a very irritating game of chess, Mr. Spock?

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These DOAs (Destroyer of Albums) have been around for a long time, and they have never been a good idea. Only player that was possibly worse were those little VW Vanagon "record runners"

http://www.grand-illusions.com/toycollection/record_runner/

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@mhodges: I always liked the lil vw van. It worked!

My biggest deal with any of these USB Players is sound quality. I like High Quality wav. files.

For 1...Your PC already has a built in sound card that's likely better than what's in a USB turntable. So, why pay $69 or $99 for a USB turntable that includes a $30 sound card?

How much can be left for the turntable quality? Does it have an aluminum platter or does it only have a plastic platter? Does it have a damped cuing arm, or no cuing arm at all? Does it have anti-skating for center of the groove sound? Does it have a magnetic cartridge with an elliptical diamond stylus? It's all about the sound you want to copy to digital. Only use a magnetic cartridge with an elliptical diamond stylus gives you flawless digital copies. You'll hear the difference big-time. And, does it even have a counterweight for stylus weight setting for stylus and record protection?

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My biggest objection to this product is the fact that they couldn't be bothered to include the little plastic widget that you need to play 45's. Where is one supposed to find one of those? (yeah, I know - ebay, It was rhetorical)

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@videowallart: Your local record store has plenty of those little plastic widgets.

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@zollars23: Your local record store also has real, high quality turntables for not a lot of money.
EDIT: I mean to say "your local used record store".

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My Graphanola works just fine and I don't need it powered by anything more than a cranking.

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A more expensive alternative (I'm sure there are others too) designed by Jack White's record label seems pretty cool: http://store.thirdmanrecords.com/revolutioncompactturntable.aspx

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@lumpthar: Not my local used record store. They don't carry anything but records, accessories (sleeves, poly bags, 45 adapters, etc) and tickets to indy concerts.