Summary: This Ion turn table is cheaply made. I found the tone arm weight hard to calibrate (I think the plastic weight indicator had the numbering reversed). I was also surprised the recommended tone arm weight is 2.5 to 3 grams which is sign of cheap cartridge. I have an old Kenwood turntable that uses 1.5 grams. I also found that albums that did not skip on my turntable skipped on the Ion. I could compensate by increasing the weight to 4 grams.
Summary: Don't expect to use right out of the box. Requires careful assembly and balancing. The USB output will produce severe clipping, even with USB gain knob set at minimum. You will have to hope that your OS mixer control panel allows reduction of input volume. The EZ Vinyl software should not be used if editing is anticipated.The very fine freeware they supply, Audacity, has an input slider but that does NOT cure clipped input!
Summary: seems ok so far...inconvenient on/off switch at back of turntable so one has to reach for it no cue arm software upgrade easy to get, but not clear that all features are available on upgrade as compared to supplied disk
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) Easy to use - software that is provided is very helpful. Would have like it to have some sort of dust cover. My intial recording went well and I look forward to working with it more.
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) Excellent product for saving your music to MP3 format from your old records (33'2, 45's, & even 78's). I Luv It! You just can't beat it! I Highly Recommended it! And the price is right! Brand New! Shipping was very reasonable.
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) I finally found a way to save all my old, and precious albums. There were a few kinks with iTunes, but once those were ironed out, the turntable worked fine. I've recorded 10 of my albums to CD already, and plan to do them all eventually. This was very reasonable and a great value for the investment.
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) It took me about 15 minutes to set everything up and record my first track. After recording the first track, it took me about 3-5 minutes to "edit" the sound quality using Audacity. One of the nice features is the ability to use your own needles. The needle provided is not bad at all, though, I wanted to ensure as best sound quality as possible. My biggest gripe would probably be the editing software provided.
Summary: Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) Years of accumulated vinyl recordings created a nightmare as it relates to storage and useability. Transferring the music to CD or DVD format allows a simpler filing system as well as a more versatile medium. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who wishes to preserve the data contained on vinyl recordings - - - or just LISTEN to the records. It seems to be a fine product at a fine price. Thanks Amazon !
Summary: GREAT VALUE, BEAUTIFUL WORKMANSHIP, AND APPEARANCE, BUT MINOR ANNOYANCES ABOUND, SUCH AS THE COVER IS NOT HINGED SO THAT YOU MUST FIND A PLACE FOR IT WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING RECORDS. THERE IS NO 'CUE' SWITCH SO THAT YOU MUST PHYSICALLY HUNT FOR THE BEGINNING OF A TRACK, AND FINALLY, THE POWER SWITCH IS LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE MACHINE (!?