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  1. An image is worth a thousand words.

    Top: some generic DVD/DivX/MP3 player currently playing a MP3 CD.

    Middle: Aiwa AD-F330 cassette deck, currently recording from the MP3 player.

    Bottom: some no-brand (well... "Linwood" FX-800) tuner-amp with cassette deck, line in and surprisingly good sound (cassette deck records like shit though).

    Speakers: rescued Yamaha computer speakers from the trash. Built-in shitty IC amp is bust, however the speakers themselves are good 5W 4Ohm affairs, so I wired them to passive and using them with the tuner-amp. Any questions?

    FUN FACT: 10 minutes after posting this, I had to repeat this procedure on the DVD player -_- (it's a different device though).

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    2. Maes


      Csonicgo said:

      Totally disagree. I can do 24bit, 192Khz sound out of mine.

      I'd really like to see how many devices that claim to support such playback/recording rates actually do have real 24-bit DACs that actually perform as such, and don't simply use some algorithmic hack coupled with cheaper components, as is the norm in so many "consumer" grade digital stuff nowadays.

      At least in computer soundcards, even the lowliest AC'97 codec claims to "support 192kHz/24 bit/120 dB SnR", but in practice the few soundcards that actually have DACs/ADCs of that quality tend to be standalone, massive, cost near $100 and have a fuckton of components on board despite using the same exact digital parts as integrated mobo sound. The only difference is the quality of the analog parts. And we're talking about a soundcard alone.

      I don't see how something like this or worse, like this could compare.

    3. Csonicgo


      Well, it's not really consumer grade. it's a studio-quality turntable with digital output (NUMARK, around $600 for the lowest model :P) and yes, they sound good. It's no technics, but it's not gonna take a beating.

      It's not ghetto... oh! I can see where this can be a problem. :3

      I did see a technics turntable at the thrift store. I should have picked it up. :(

    4. Maes


      Csonicgo said:

      I did see a technics turntable at the thrift store. I should have picked it up. :(

      The trouble with a "real" turntable is that you need the whole package: amp with phono inputs or a preamp with RIAA equalization. It might be possible to bum your way out of this requirement if your pick-up arm has a ceramic cartridge, and do RIAA de-emphasis purely in software, but sound quality is probably going to suck badly.

      USB turntables at least get around this by offering either direct digitization (which I'd avoid, as the components are probably gonna suck and you have no control over the sampling rate or encoding quality), or a normal standard analog (non-Phono) Line Out (which is much more preferable, this way you can connect them to anything with a Line In without using any preamps or de-emphasizers, and you can fully control the recording process)