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I have aquired two turntables and I want to record to my PC, simply put. I want a good to highend sound card that is able to record well. I know nothing in this field so that is why I am asking for the advice.

 

Thank you,

 

-Will

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What outputs do the turntables have as it may determine if you need another box (mixer) to sit between them and your soundcard. Is there the option for you to use two or more soundcards as PC mixing software (seems to) allow dual soundcards for output, the same may work for input.

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The output from a "regular" turntable must go through a "phono" amp first. I'm not aware of a current consumer sound card that has a phono input.

 

The minuscule output from a phono cartridge is much too low for a line amp to pick up. Additionally, a phono amp is required to equalize the output from a phono cartridge so that it is actually usable.

 

When audio is transcribed onto vinyl, the bass frequencies are attenuated while the treble frequencies are boosted. This keeps the fine detail of the highs from getting lost in the lows. It also serves to keep the deep bass from causing the stylus from getting thrown right out of the groove.

 

As a club DJ from the late 70's into the early 90's, I had my share of "bad pressings" that caused the stylus to evacuate on the beat of the kick drum due to bad equalization.

 

My recommendation is that you invest in a very good phono amp if you want to record from vinyl for permanent archive. Otherwise, a cheap phono amp from Radio Shack will get the job done.

 

Back in the day I used Stanton and Sure cartridges on my turntables. I changed the stylus every few weeks and the cartridge every few months to make sure I didn't "cut" my vinyl as well as using as little bias weight as possible.

 

Some of my vinyl was virtually noise free before I lost everything in hurricane Georges back in 98. Sure would love to have some of that stuff for ebay.

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The X-Fi Elite Pro includes an RIAA-equalized phono jack that lets you record LPs without a preamp, but it costs more than $250. I just run the tt output through my stereo amp and into the soundcard to get the proper equalization.

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I had planned to do exactly that. But the last reciever I bought didn't come with a phono input.

 

Of course I didn't check the specs until I got it home. Doh!

 

LOL, I'm so old that I would expect a reciever to have all that stuff.

 

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I bought this stuff in the late '70s. Still works and gives good audio. I get a kick out of recording my old vinyl.

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That Loudness button was an interesting feature.

 

Most people just turned it on and left it on regardless of the sound level.

 

The only one that really worked was on my Pioneer SX-650 receiver. The bass and treble boost would decrease as you increased the volume. It made my Advent Loudspeakers sound terrific in my pine paneled bedroom.

 

The Klipsch La Scala's were just incredible with it so I used them to DJ parties in high-school.

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I have an old receiver a Hitachi HTA-5000 the only problem is, the phono input is bad. I just hook all of my audio inputs up to the auxillery/tape-1/tape-2 inputs. I will look at some phono cartridges and take a closer look at the turntables when I get the time. I have been pulling the engine and transmission out of my friends '68 Fairlane.

 

-Will

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I loved that button. I have a :(

 

When I did use it, the button was great. No bass boost or parametric EQ I've ever used compares to that button, I love what it does to some music. Modern "x-bass" is so much less refined, on receivers that cost more money. It's my understanding the button is supposed to lower the bass and treble as you turn it up, but on mine it just boosted the bass in a beautiful fashion, although my ears could be playing tricks on me.

 

The Klipschorns and Klipschorn juniors(belle, la scala) look like great speakers. I've been looking at them on audiogon for the past three months, I wish I had the room for them. Amazing sound I haven't heard out of anything else. :(

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