Akai A60008 USB Turntable - Black Reduced even more from £99.99 to £17.99 with Free UK delivery @ IWOOT
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Akai A60008 USB Turntable - Black Reduced even more from £99.99 to £17.99 with Free UK delivery @ IWOOT

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Edited by:"mikepaterson"Found 29th Jul 2017
Convert your favourite vinyl records to mp3 via USB, simply attach the included USB cable into your laptop and computer and let the EZ vinyl converter software guide you through with step by step instructions, providing you with no limits when listening to your music on the go. Whether you are storing music on your computer, an MP3 device or on a CD, you can be sure that this turntable has all that you are looking for.










With high quality performance and simplistic, sleek design, this turntable provides high quality and easy functionality whilst displaying a modern take on the classic turntable design. The USB port and auxiliary output included within the turntable enables conversion to other media outlets, giving you further opportunities to play your favourite music on other devices.










ts black exterior allows the device to fit amongst any household décor as well as being easily portable for use in a variety of locations. Experience rich, quality sound and surround yourself with all of your favourite music with the turntables built-in speaker, volume and RCA output, allowing you to plug the device into any set of speakers for optimum listening potential.
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_taurus_

Good brand and deal



This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.
uni

when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the … when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the groove the vinly heats up to the degree that the stylus can melt the vinly like a hot knife through butter. so if the turntable isn't properly calibrated and running, it can permanently damage the vinly. the pops and clicks people hear on vinly are partly due to dirt and dust being permanently melted into the grooves. the plastic platter on this, if the plastic alone wasn't a problem, doesn't even support the a full 12" record, instead it hangs over the sides. it doesn't have a turntable mat partly because of this, and the tonearm has no calibration settings. not that anyone purchasing such an item would probably have the slightest clue how to properly calibrate a turntable, as if you knew how to do that you would know enough about turntables to know to avoid this. if you have a bunch of beaten up scratched 7"s or albums and want it for novelty effect fair enough, but ripping vinly to digital is a waste of time. you are better off just getting the cd or downloading it. if you have something so rare and obsure you can't find even a fan made needle drop, you are just going to end up with a crap quality rip and the record in a worse state than you started. if thats what you want to do you are better getting a decent deck, ripping your essential stuff, then selling the deck



You will have this problem if your record is spinning 60 times faster than it should be.
Edited by: "topss" 30th Jul 2017
What's not to like? sure it'll be cheap and nasty and probably ruin your vinyl if heavily used but £20 all in for a USB record player.

Someone should be along soon to advise us to buy a second hand deck and an amplifier instead.
Chasloyal15 m ago

Weren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal …Weren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal stereos was the Gola Gang who used to sell their week's supply of local authority issued free dinner tickets for 10 Benson and a box of Swan Vestas on the Monday morning break time.Was all about the Walkmans and Aiwa, everything else was pants

​That's not true. Akai were present in recording studios and TV companies across the world ... that's how cheap and nasty they were.
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What's not to like? sure it'll be cheap and nasty and probably ruin your vinyl if heavily used but £20 all in for a USB record player.

Someone should be along soon to advise us to buy a second hand deck and an amplifier instead.
It looks very cheap and the reviews on Amazon are very poor
I wouldn't let this touch my vinyl. Hell no.... too precious to go cheap cheap oO oO
Edited by: "TheDiscountSeeker" 31st Jul 2017
Better off with the deal of the day on amazon today for an extra £11.
Just no. If you invest in vinyl, get a decent turntable or just don't bother.

If you wish to get an MP3 of your existing records, just buy the CD secondhand off Amazon - usally for around 3 quid each inc postage. Rip it and you're done.
Looks like a toilet seat.
Good brand and deal
an iron nail is cheaper
Plumbboy5527 m ago

Just no. If you invest in vinyl, get a decent turntable or just don't …Just no. If you invest in vinyl, get a decent turntable or just don't bother. If you wish to get an MP3 of your existing records, just buy the CD secondhand off Amazon - usally for around 3 quid each inc postage. Rip it and you're done.

This device is for archiving vinyls to the eg mobile device we now this...
Is this better than my 1978 technics 1210 mk2 ??
Edited by: "shootomanUK" 29th Jul 2017
_taurus_

Good brand and deal



This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.
I advise you to buy a second hand deck and an amplifier instead - gumtree is full of decent quality hi-fi separates for a pittance
hgthompson

This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went … This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.



Agree! I bought one of the Akai bluetooth speakers from Morrisons recently and am pretty impressed at quite how bad they managed to make it. Absolute crap.
shootomanUK

Is this better than my 1978 technics 1210 mk2 ??



You already know the answer. But thanks for making it easy to spot the ****.
hgthompson2 h, 12 m ago

This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went …This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.

You're definitely right! Didn't know this...
hgthompson

This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went … This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.



Weren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal stereos was the Gola Gang who used to sell their week's supply of local authority issued free dinner tickets for 10 Benson and a box of Swan Vestas on the Monday morning break time.

Was all about the Walkmans and Aiwa, everything else was pants
_taurus_3 h, 10 m ago

Good brand and deal

It used to be a good brand, many years ago, not so much now.
Chasloyal15 m ago

Weren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal …Weren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal stereos was the Gola Gang who used to sell their week's supply of local authority issued free dinner tickets for 10 Benson and a box of Swan Vestas on the Monday morning break time.Was all about the Walkmans and Aiwa, everything else was pants

​That's not true. Akai were present in recording studios and TV companies across the world ... that's how cheap and nasty they were.
Aiwa went the same way too, as have others.
don't buy this, it will destroy your records...
Same price on Zavvi
does anyone know of a good quality affordable turntable with preamp built in to use with powered speakers, looking to upgrade son who has something similar to this now. Looking for something like a Project Elemental
VERY NICE!. :-)
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luis.vc7 h, 45 m ago

don't buy this, it will destroy your records...

It is hardly likely t destroy your vinyl. The stylus is the only part that comes into contact and all stylus will of course over time damage the vinyl. As the purpose of this is to convert vinyl to MP3 it could actually protect your vinyl by ensuring that you no longer need to play the vinyl records.
shootomanUK

Is this better than my 1978 technics 1210 mk2 ??



how did you get a 1210mk2 the year before it was released? sounds like someone may have ripped you off because you didn't know any better
uni29 m ago

how did you get a 1210mk2 the year before it was released? sounds like …how did you get a 1210mk2 the year before it was released? sounds like someone may have ripped you off because you didn't know any better


I knew it was around that time...1978 was just a guess
mikepaterson

It is hardly likely t destroy your vinyl. The stylus is the only part … It is hardly likely t destroy your vinyl. The stylus is the only part that comes into contact and all stylus will of course over time damage the vinyl. As the purpose of this is to convert vinyl to MP3 it could actually protect your vinyl by ensuring that you no longer need to play the vinyl records.



when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a minute with a stylus in the groove the vinly heats up to the degree that the stylus can melt the vinly like a hot knife through butter. so if the turntable isn't properly calibrated and running, it can permanently damage the vinly. the pops and clicks people hear on vinly are partly due to dirt and dust being permanently melted into the grooves. the plastic platter on this, if the plastic alone wasn't a problem, doesn't even support the a full 12" record, instead it hangs over the sides. it doesn't have a turntable mat partly because of this, and the tonearm has no calibration settings. not that anyone purchasing such an item would probably have the slightest clue how to properly calibrate a turntable, as if you knew how to do that you would know enough about turntables to know to avoid this. if you have a bunch of beaten up scratched 7"s or albums and want it for novelty effect fair enough, but ripping vinly to digital is a waste of time. you are better off just getting the cd or downloading it. if you have something so rare and obsure you can't find even a fan made needle drop, you are just going to end up with a crap quality rip and the record in a worse state than you started. if thats what you want to do you are better getting a decent deck, ripping your essential stuff, then selling the deck
Edited by: "uni" 30th Jul 2017
uni

when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the … when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the groove the vinly heats up to the degree that the stylus can melt the vinly like a hot knife through butter. so if the turntable isn't properly calibrated and running, it can permanently damage the vinly. the pops and clicks people hear on vinly are partly due to dirt and dust being permanently melted into the grooves. the plastic platter on this, if the plastic alone wasn't a problem, doesn't even support the a full 12" record, instead it hangs over the sides. it doesn't have a turntable mat partly because of this, and the tonearm has no calibration settings. not that anyone purchasing such an item would probably have the slightest clue how to properly calibrate a turntable, as if you knew how to do that you would know enough about turntables to know to avoid this. if you have a bunch of beaten up scratched 7"s or albums and want it for novelty effect fair enough, but ripping vinly to digital is a waste of time. you are better off just getting the cd or downloading it. if you have something so rare and obsure you can't find even a fan made needle drop, you are just going to end up with a crap quality rip and the record in a worse state than you started. if thats what you want to do you are better getting a decent deck, ripping your essential stuff, then selling the deck



In your opinion is the quality of vinyl today superior or worse than old? All I can really deduce doing my own research is that it can be, but more often than not it isn't.
uni

when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the … when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the groove the vinly heats up to the degree that the stylus can melt the vinly like a hot knife through butter. so if the turntable isn't properly calibrated and running, it can permanently damage the vinly. the pops and clicks people hear on vinly are partly due to dirt and dust being permanently melted into the grooves. the plastic platter on this, if the plastic alone wasn't a problem, doesn't even support the a full 12" record, instead it hangs over the sides. it doesn't have a turntable mat partly because of this, and the tonearm has no calibration settings. not that anyone purchasing such an item would probably have the slightest clue how to properly calibrate a turntable, as if you knew how to do that you would know enough about turntables to know to avoid this. if you have a bunch of beaten up scratched 7"s or albums and want it for novelty effect fair enough, but ripping vinly to digital is a waste of time. you are better off just getting the cd or downloading it. if you have something so rare and obsure you can't find even a fan made needle drop, you are just going to end up with a crap quality rip and the record in a worse state than you started. if thats what you want to do you are better getting a decent deck, ripping your essential stuff, then selling the deck



You will have this problem if your record is spinning 60 times faster than it should be.
Edited by: "topss" 30th Jul 2017
drewsup9 h, 1 m ago

does anyone know of a good quality affordable turntable with preamp built …does anyone know of a good quality affordable turntable with preamp built in to use with powered speakers, looking to upgrade son who has something similar to this now. Looking for something like a Project Elemental

I bought one of these the other day: amazon.co.uk/Aud…FPQ
shootomanUK

Is this better than my 1978 technics 1210 mk2 ??


I’d wager your drive went years ago.
[quote=Chasloyal][quote=hgthompson][quote=_taurus_] Good brand and deal[/quote]This is not the 'Akai' of old. Akai (which were a very decent brand) went out of business in the 90's... some Chinese company bought the brand name, and now use it to re-brand generic Chinese crap.[/quote]\x0d\x0aWeren't at all decent, the only kids in school that had Akai personal stereos was the Gola Gang who used to sell their week's supply of local authority issued free dinner tickets for 10 Benson and a box of Swan Vestas on the Monday morning break time.\x0d\x0aWas all about the Walkmans and Aiwa, everything else was pants[/quote]\x0d\x0a\x0d\x0aWith the price of B&H now it would seem they we’re on to a winner.
uni1 h, 49 m ago

when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the …when the record rotates at 45 or 33 times a second with a stylus in the groove the vinly heats up to the degree that the stylus can melt the vinly like a hot knife through butter. so if the turntable isn't properly calibrated and running, it can permanently damage the vinly. the pops and clicks people hear on vinly are partly due to dirt and dust being permanently melted into the grooves. the plastic platter on this, if the plastic alone wasn't a problem, doesn't even support the a full 12" record, instead it hangs over the sides. it doesn't have a turntable mat partly because of this, and the tonearm has no calibration settings. not that anyone purchasing such an item would probably have the slightest clue how to properly calibrate a turntable, as if you knew how to do that you would know enough about turntables to know to avoid this. if you have a bunch of beaten up scratched 7"s or albums and want it for novelty effect fair enough, but ripping vinly to digital is a waste of time. you are better off just getting the cd or downloading it. if you have something so rare and obsure you can't find even a fan made needle drop, you are just going to end up with a crap quality rip and the record in a worse state than you started. if thats what you want to do you are better getting a decent deck, ripping your essential stuff, then selling the deck



It's a £20 record player, anyone buying this likely has no real concept of tone arms, calibaration, skating, belt drive, direct drive, slip mats, ceramic cartridges and such like.

Anyone that appreciates the complexities and subtleties of record decks has had a chuckle at this and swiftly moved on elsewhere.
OllieSt

In your opinion is the quality of vinyl today superior or worse than old? … In your opinion is the quality of vinyl today superior or worse than old? All I can really deduce doing my own research is that it can be, but more often than not it isn't.


It really depends on the record. Older records were pressed in such large numbers that there's often far less weight to them compared to modern records, and quality control suffered due to the size of the pressing runs too. However, a lot of modern records are mastered from digital sources whereas the older ones were from analogue tapes, meaning a lot of modern records are actually no better quality than the equivalent CD.
topss

You will have this problem if your record is spinning 60 times faster … You will have this problem if your record is spinning 60 times faster than it should be.



you wouldn't really worry about it as the pain in your knees and hips from dancing that fast will supercede anything else
jasejames

That's not true. Akai were present in recording studios and TV companies … That's not true. Akai were present in recording studios and TV companies across the world ... that's how cheap and nasty they were.



I wasn't knocking around recording studios when I was 12 years old but that said I didn't know there was a rule that states less successful studios are not allowed to buy cheaper equipment.

Feel free to declare your deep, tender and passionate love for the Akai brand in public as much as you want but it won't stop remembering only the Jeremy Kyle contestant type scratchers had their personal stereos back in the day
spannerzone

It's a £20 record player, anyone buying this likely has no real concept … It's a £20 record player, anyone buying this likely has no real concept of tone arms, calibaration, skating, belt drive, direct drive, slip mats, ceramic cartridges and such like.Anyone that appreciates the complexities and subtleties of record decks has had a chuckle at this and swiftly moved on elsewhere.



your right. that's one of the reasons why people who understand these things point them out to others so they don't buy stuff like this. some may think what's the harm done, it's their money, but over time when the current craze wears off, the vinly bought and permanently damaged on cheap players or badly calibrated ones will end up on the second hand market, so enthusiasts buying on discogs or ebay will end up getting knackered copies of stuff. as the damage is often invisiable to the naked eye, a record may look fine on the surface so it's hard to tell from pictures. so all those £20 reissues that get knackered on those clothes shop dansette knockoffs will make the second hand market a right pain in the future. the craze isn't really great for anyone other than those making money from it. fans are getting ripped off with overpriced reissues, poor quality mastering, artwork flaws, pressing plants full to the brim with reissues of classic albums so indie acts can't get stuff pressed at a reasonable price and time, and investment going towards vinly rather than other areas such as technological advancements in better quality sound
mark900030 m ago

I’d wager your drive went years ago.

No both still with me and work fine
Chasloyal

I wasn't knocking around recording studios when I was 12 years old but … I wasn't knocking around recording studios when I was 12 years old but that said I didn't know there was a rule that states less successful studios are not allowed to buy cheaper equipment.Feel free to declare your deep, tender and passionate love for the Akai brand in public as much as you want but it won't stop remembering only the Jeremy Kyle contestant type scratchers had their personal stereos back in the day



Are you sure you're not confusing Akai with Aiwa. I'm pretty sure Akai always made reasonable reel to reel equipment and if my memory serves me Aiwa was always lower grade. I may be wrong though as it's a good few years ago
Edited by: "OllieSt" 30th Jul 2017
OllieSt

In your opinion is the quality of vinyl today superior or worse than old? … In your opinion is the quality of vinyl today superior or worse than old? All I can really deduce doing my own research is that it can be, but more often than not it isn't.



i suppose i fit the definition of an audiophile, but also a collector. i was one of the first to get a cd player when they first came out, and i personally preferred the sound as there were no pops and clicks or hissing and rumble, and the speed and pitch was more accurate. so i rebought most of my favourite music as cds over time, sold off some but very few records, as i wanted to keep them for collector reasons. apart from djing in the days before decent cd decks, i would mainly buy cds unless there was a collectors item like picture disc. now i'll often buy cds or records or dvds and blu rays and keep them sealed and download or stream etc. so i've not really compared new vinly to old much, but having worked in record stores as well as djing in the vinly hey days, i can say that you had good and bad pressings of stuff going back over the last few decades. forums for certain artists may have geeky threads where fans compare the quality of various pressings, and the long and short of it is you can get good and bad pressings today. in addition to issues with the pressings you can get issues with the mastering. some new remasters are taken from digital sources, sometimes repressings are mastered from the original cd. whilst some may throw arms up and waffle on about digital and analogue and ones and zeros, they will usually forget about the digital guitar effects, digital reverb and delay etc on vocals, digital synths, drum machines etc, that no one notices as not being analogue when they hear it. even with a live concert you can have most of the audio going through a digital process before it comes out of the speakers. so the whole analogue digital thing to me isn't a big deal. what's more important is the flaws and issues inherent with vinly. a properly mastered cd can sound better than a properly mastered record, as a cd has a wider dynamic range and better stereo seperation, particularly on the lower frequencies. so records will usually have a rolled off top end and muddier bass, and those are the traits that will lead some to having a personal preferance of vinly over cd or other format. typically i'd said to someone get the cd if you want the best sound quality, and faff around with an old copy of the record if you want to go for the ritual and larger artwork. as the people playing the music usually had little to nothing to do with the artwork apart from appearing in the photos, i seperate the two things and concentrate on the music (says the guy who just got a hipgnosis album art book yesterda).

one thing to watch out for when buying "new" vinly is there are cheap(er) european pressings that are basically pirate copies (as opposed to bootlegs being unofficial/unreleased music). the matrix details on those pressings is the tell, so you can refer to pics on discogs for comparison. these are more likely to be sold in smaller stores and perhaps online, rather than hmv or amazon direct (tho resellers on amazon could sell them). it's not something i've personally experienced but i was discussing it with a friend yesterday who got a few recently

reading reviews on the likes of the superdeluxe website may be useful if the quality of reissues is important. usually it's a take it or leave it situation, if you want the release with the bonus material you take it as you get it
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