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USB Turntable iTT 05 XL (for Vinyl and Tapes) was £99.99 now £59.99 + Free Delivery @ Maplin (or £56.99 if you subscribe to Newsletter) (Also available instore)

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Vinyl records maybe a thing of the past but they are being talked about quite alot of late, even if it's simply transferring the music from your collection to a MP3 format. Don't miss out on all those… Read More
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[mod] 8y, 3m agoFound 8 years, 3 months ago
Vinyl records maybe a thing of the past but they are being talked about quite alot of late, even if it's simply transferring the music from your collection to a MP3 format. Don't miss out on all those retro tunes you have tucked away, be proud of that K-Tel album and stick it on your iPod.

Transfer your vinyl and tape collections to CD or MP3
Integrated cover to keep your deck and vinyl dust free
Exclusive to Maplin - includes tape input (stereo RCA) allowing a cassette player or other audio source to be connected and converted
Includes EZ Vinyl Converter with Gracenote® MusicID technology, which automatically adds album, artist, and song information
Plug n play USB and high-speed transfer option
Record MP3s up to 320kbps bitrate
33 and 45rpm buttons (78s are played at 33 and then converted by the software)
Includes all cables to connect to your computer and stereo
PC and Mac compatible
Includes Audacity software to edit your tracks and reduce noise from worn recordings
Belt drive turntable including a slipmat
Magnetic cartridge for superior sound quality
Requires Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP, Vista or Max OS9 or higher
Compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0
Product weight: 5.5kg
Product dimensions 500(w) x 400(d) mm
Exclusive to Maplin, the ION iTT 05 XL USB turntable has all the same features as our previous USB turntable but now includes a tape input not available on other versions available on the market. It also has the added benefit of an integrated dust cover, to keep dirt away from both your deck and the vinyl on it.


This innovative record deck allows you to take your vintage; and not so vintage; collection of vinyl and tapes and convert them via your PC into MP3, WAV or WMA digital files, or simply copy them to a CD. Transferring vinyl and tape to digital has often been a complicated and expensive affair. Now you can get high quality sound transfers for an unbelievable price. The deck simply plugs into the USB port on your PC or Mac; you then either use the software to convert your music, listen to it through your computer or play it on the turntable.


If youve built up an enviable collection, you want to spend your days listening to them not transferring them: the Audacity software will allow you to play the records at double time to speed up the transfer process. The USB turntable is compatible with any software that supports USB audio input sound cards. All you need to do is plug it into a spare USB port; no special drivers are required.
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#2
'Vinyl records maybe a thing of the past'

Balderdash! I still buy about 50% of my music on vinyl because it’s the best playback format we have after FLACs. Also, you quite often get a free download code with a lot of albums nowadays anyway if you get the vinyl pressing which would sound better than the copies you would get from this turntable.
#3
I use a normal record deck with 2 jacks straight into phono in lappy wave lab software for 10% of the price!!
[mod]#4
skki
I use a normal record deck with 2 jacks straight into phono in lappy wave lab software for 10% of the price!!


Where'd you get the turntable, software, cassette player and jacks for £5.70? I want them
#5
andywedge
Where'd you get the turntable, software, cassette player and jacks for £5.70? I want them


yeah - do tell us skki. I was about to buy one of these USB ones but now I'm hoping to save a wad of cash buying the £5.70 package!
#6
What's the quality like of the MP3s created with one of these?
#7
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
'Vinyl records maybe a thing of the past'

Balderdash! I still buy about 50% of my music on vinyl because it’s the best playback format we have after FLACs. Also, you quite often get a free download code with a lot of albums nowadays anyway if you get the vinyl pressing which would sound better than the copies you would get from this turntable.


Likewise. The majority of my music purchased is on vinyl, purely for the sound. Clearly vinyl isn't a thing of the past, with more and more bands and record labels releasing onto vinyl.

Just today I got an email from Amazon.co.uk stating that they had over 260,000 vinyl titles in stock!
#8
I bought a similar USB turntable and wasn't too impressed with the quality. It also felt rather flimsy. I got better results using skki's method - of course, you need to already have the tape deck and turntable, and you will need a pre-amp on your turntable (I just hooked it up to the amp on my separates system and went from there). You can get the phono lead from maplins or cheaper off eBay, and the Audacity software is free: audacity.sourceforge.net/
#9
This may be a silly question, but would this work as a standalone deck? My old one died, and I would love the option of transferring music over - but really want to use it to hook up to my amp/play records traditionally in the first instance.
#10
horsepills
yeah - do tell us skki. I was about to buy one of these USB ones but now I'm hoping to save a wad of cash buying the £5.70 package!

Well presumably if you have loads of vinyl and tapes you would already have the playback equipment, no?
#11
surely you can pick up a turntable off a bootsale for a fiver easy enuff anyway!
#12
Duckman
This may be a silly question, but would this work as a standalone deck? My old one died, and I would love the option of transferring music over - but really want to use it to hook up to my amp/play records traditionally in the first instance.


yes you can what the sound quality is like who knows
#13
^ Thanks.

As others have said, it may be worth going the cheapy method and picking up a used deck instead. I like the idea of an easy way to transfer audio to my ipod, but not if this sacrifices sound as a regular deck.
#14
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
'Vinyl records maybe a thing of the past'

Balderdash! I still buy about 50% of my music on vinyl because it’s the best playback format we have after FLACs. Also, you quite often get a free download code with a lot of albums nowadays anyway if you get the vinyl pressing which would sound better than the copies you would get from this turntable.


i dont think flak is better than vinyl .. if flak was that good youd have flak cds .. i dont use so cant say i'm an expert on it ... but seeign as vinyl sounds better than cd ( which i can make a comparison to as i have both ) i cant see you makign a flak encodign of s cd sound better than a vinyl record
#15
swafe
surely you can pick up a turntable off a bootsale for a fiver easy enuff anyway!


exactly...better off..... as this probably cost 4 quid to make in china...
[mod]#16
Just for the record. I have around 2000 vinyl and will always prefer vinyl.
#17
I bought the Cassette USB converter from the same company a couple of years ago and thought the build was very cheap - metal-looking plastic. Does the job, though. Wonder if this model feels a bit more professional?

And it's a belt-drive tt as well. Since owning a pair of Technics SL1200's I haven't used belt-drives since I bought my first ones at my local Tandy store:thumbsup:
#18
Maplin have been trying to shift these for ages , gradually reducing the price.

Beware of Maplin tat. I would only buy from them if the brand is identified and well known.

...and they don't like mail order returns to the shop even tho the t & c 's states you can.
#19
Ozzie
Maplin have been trying to shift these for ages , gradually reducing the price.

Beware of Maplin tat. I would only buy from them if the brand is identified and well known.

...and they don't like mail order returns to the shop even tho the t & c 's states you can.


I work at Maplin and my store happily accepts mail order returns, so it's not company policy to be arsey when we deal with mail orders. Some of the stuff we sell is decent, but I agree some things could be improved- price being one of them.
#20
andywedge;4914558
Just for the record. I have around 2000 vinyl and will always prefer vinyl.
Yeah - those scratches and pops add a certain something don't they?
#21
OneGuysLife;4914025
Clearly vinyl isn't a thing of the past, with more and more bands and record labels releasing onto vinyl.
It's called "fashion". If people are dumb enough to buy it, you can't really expect people not to make it for them.
#22
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;4911424
Balderdash! I still buy about 50% of my music on vinyl because it’s the best playback format we have after FLACs.
Que? :? FLAC is a lossless compression system. The quality it gives depends entirely on the quality of the source material. And that source material is usually CDs - which sound exactly the same, but result in bigger files.
#23
The reason Maplin have slowly reduced the price is simply for the same reasons tv's, hard drives and most other technology gets cheaper over time! Nothing to do with being low quality.

This turntable is one of Maplin's most sucessful products and the demand is phenominal

And as Mystic Eddy says, returns on mail order is no different to stuff brought in store. I guess the only time you'd have difficulty is maybe catching an advisor in a bad mood. :-)
[mod]#24
pibpob
Yeah - those scratches and pops add a certain something don't they?


Yes it does; especially as the majority of my collection is rare 60's psychedelia, garage and grunge that can't be bought anywhere anymore.
#25
Chocadooby
I bought the Cassette USB converter from the same company a couple of years ago and thought the build was very cheap - metal-looking plastic. Does the job, though.


Ahh .. but does it drag what appears to be 50 foot of your favorite album around the pinch roller, and int o the very innards of it's mechanism ?
If the answer is no, then it isnt doing its job properly ;-)
#26
andywedge;4915527
Yes it does; especially as the majority of my collection is rare 60's psychedelia, garage and grunge that can't be bought anywhere anymore.
Um yes, if you can't get hold of the material any other way then of course you'd buy it on records.
#27
TALON1973;4914518
but seeign as vinyl sounds better than cd ( which i can make a comparison to as i have both )
You can make a comparison, but you can't draw a valid conclusion from it unless it's a double-blind test. The power of suggestion is far too strong. Same reason that medical trials have placebos.

And this is all academic anyway - this turntable will be the cheapest possible design, with a ceramic pickup etc.
#28
Duckman
This may be a silly question, but would this work as a standalone deck? My old one died, and I would love the option of transferring music over - but really want to use it to hook up to my amp/play records traditionally in the first instance.


Yes you can, it has an Integrated Line Level RCA Output Cable.

I bought one of these so that I could get rid of all my LP's, I was quite impressed. The included PC software detects the gaps, so you get individual song mp3's and gets album info of the net so that it can try and name the songs automatically. OK, it wasn't always right but did save a lot of time. Job done pretty painlessly and then sold it on eBay!
#29
Chocadooby
I bought the Cassette USB converter from the same company a couple of years ago and thought the build was very cheap - metal-looking plastic. Does the job, though. Wonder if this model feels a bit more professional?

And it's a belt-drive tt as well. Since owning a pair of Technics SL1200's I haven't used belt-drives since I bought my first ones at my local Tandy store:thumbsup:


This sort of thing is only really worth considering if you have a few LPs you want to convert to digital. Otherwise, it would be worth spending a bit more on a decent budget turntable and a small pre-amp with USB output (Maplin does one for about £40). You could eBay the turntable after use and recoup a decent amount back and have better quality rips of your vinyl.

The problem with some of the cheaper USB turntables is that they also have RCA leads permanently attached, which can cause an interference hum during recording. Others will only have fixed cartridges with mediocre to substandard styli attached or no cueing lever so you run the risk of damaging the stylus head by dropping it onto the vinyl.

This model looks like it has both replaceable heads and a cueing lever so it seems absolutely fine for what it is. I wouldn't pay much more than £60 for it, though.
#30
Ozzie
Maplin have been trying to shift these for ages , gradually reducing the price.

... because there comes a point where everyone that wants one has one already

Ozzie
Beware of Maplin tat. I would only buy from them if the brand is identified and well known.
.


Identified as what? Ion is a well known and the market leader in these type of turntables.
#31
Just wondering if sticking a DAC (digital to analogue convertor) between the turntable and pc would improve the capture quality or is that nonsense and the DAC would be better utilised between the pc and your amp/speakers after conversion.

I have a Dacmagic 2 lying around and wondered if it could be put to good use in this type of scenario meaning the quality of the cheap turntable isn't so important.
#32
pibpob
You can make a comparison, but you can't draw a valid conclusion from it unless it's a double-blind test. The power of suggestion is far too strong. Same reason that medical trials have placebos.

And this is all academic anyway - this turntable will be the cheapest possible design, with a ceramic pickup etc.


It has a magnetic cartridge
#33
pibpob
Que? :? FLAC is a lossless compression system. The quality it gives depends entirely on the quality of the source material. And that source material is usually CDs - which sound exactly the same, but result in bigger files.


I am of course talking about FLACs taken direct from 24bit (or better) studio masters. There is no point at all 'upscaleing’ cds to FLACs in the same way all these new ‘upscaling’ DVD players that change SD recordings to 1080p somehow…

The best Record dec in the world sounds better than the best CD player in the world but the best FLAC version taken from the masters would be better than both.

Most music isn’t that HiFi worthy anyway, which is fine by me because personally I think what your recording is more important that how you do it.
#34
Cheap nasty tat, as is most stuff from Maplin these days, as well as being over priced, I have stopped buying from them.
#35
Bad Actor
Just wondering if sticking a DAC (digital to analogue convertor) between the turntable and pc would improve the capture quality or is that nonsense and the DAC would be better utilised between the pc and your amp/speakers after conversion.

I have a Dacmagic 2 lying around and wondered if it could be put to good use in this type of scenario meaning the quality of the cheap turntable isn't so important.


Is your Dacmagic 2 also an ADC as well? I know some Cambridge DACs can have this function, if not it’s a non starter isn’t it. tbh your pc could prob crunch the numbers better than any older DAC (or ADC) so not really worth it. One of the best reasons to use an external DAC with a pc is it will probably have much better analogue pre amp stage than what you find in most internal soundcards. I use a midiman sound card with a TEAC D-T1 which makes a big difference.
#36
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
Is your Dacmagic 2 also an ADC as well? I know some Cambridge DACs can have this function, if not it’s a non starter isn’t it. tbh your pc could prob crunch the numbers better than any older DAC (or ADC) so not really worth it. One of the best reasons to use an external DAC with a pc is it will probably have much better analogue pre amp stage than what you find in most internal soundcards. I use a midiman sound card with a TEAC D-T1 which makes a big difference.


By ADC I assume you mean Analogue Digital Convertor?
Don't think it is so that kills that one. TBH, without getting too techy I was just wondering where my DAC could fit in the loop and make a difference. From what you are saying, and as I suspected it would be from the pc to the amp after conversion from this turntable.
#37
DubDriver;4915833
It has a magnetic cartridge
Blimey!
#38
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;4916055
I am of course talking about FLACs taken direct from 24bit (or better) studio masters.
Ah - well there's plenty of marketing about to persuade you that you will hear a difference... see the power of suggestion, mentioned earlier.
There is no point at all 'upscaleing’ cds to FLACs
You don't "upscale" to FLAC - FLAC will losslessly code whatever you throw at it. It doesn't "change" the format in any way at all.
#39
DubDriver;4915755
Ion is a well known and the market leader in these type of turntables.
Well if you're the only one in the market you're bound to be the market leader. :)
#40
spraint;4915726
The problem with some of the cheaper USB turntables is that they also have RCA leads permanently attached, which can cause an interference hum during recording.
Only if you happen to share your living room with a substation transformer. Someone's been spraying pseudo-science about again it seems.

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