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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.