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$300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

I want to back up (NOT get rid of) a lot of my vinyl records and cassettes. There's a $300 Teac CD recorder that will do that - hooks up to the stereo, has analog input. Wouldn't have to bother hauling my computer to the stereo or vice versa. Worthwhile? I would consider spending some more, if it gave notably better results. Looking forward to advice, thanks.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

Laptops make the backup job you want to do easy, straightforward, and a lot cheaper than $300. They also provide the means to a better product. Since you indicate you might be willing to spend more, the question becomes, how much music are you planning to transfer? Perhaps something like a Mac Mini, or a cheap laptop would be a better way to go if you have a large collection.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

Is the $300 recorder the TEAC that's complete with hideous plastic turntable? If so, you're better off getting something like the Griffin iMic for around $30, downloading their recording software and using your laptop along with your turntable and phono preamp.....

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

My guess, Mike, from his reference to "hauling around" his computer is that he doesn't presently have a laptop - only a regular desktop.

Have you had success with the iMic? I tried one years ago, and the little devil insisted on inserting annoying little blips into the signal. I got better results going from Record out to my Powerbook's Mic in.

Some change from that afro to the current urbane look. Imagine making the set-up DVD with the old hair. There'd have been no way to get the camera to shoot what you were doing.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

Thanks for good comments so far. Correct, I do NOT have a laptop, just a desktop computer, in a different part of the house.
Point taken re the Teac "all-in-one" thing with cheap turntable - no, what I am considering is a $300 Teac CD recorder component, TECDRW880, avail from AudioAdvisor.com.
That way, I could keep it in my stereo system, and burn CD's from my records and cassettes. Play them in the car, as well as easily import the CD-R's into my computer for ipod use, etc.

I had previouly recorded LP's into the computer, by bringing my turntable and preamp upstairs to my computer. That was a hassle, and the MusicMatch software I used was later hijacked by yahoo or someone, and the line-in recording feature was taken away.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

Oh. I think that Teac would be a good solution. I don't know what it sounds like however, but given Teac's history I don't think you can go wrong.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

Cool, thanks. Last night I poked around the 'net a little bit, looking at other CD recorders, from Tascam and HHB, and for my purposes I think this Teac "consumer" grade product will do the job.

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Re: $300 for vinyl to CD conversion?

The Teac is doing a great job. Transfers from LP sound excellent; barely noticeable difference between the LP's and the resulting CD-R's. And used as just a CD player it sounds very good too! Got my money's worth.
Have had to toss a few CD-R's while learning the optimum recording input levels. Oh well.
Note that this player (and this type) need "music" cd-r's, not just regular data cd-r's.

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