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MP3 is the new format for most music enthusiasts, but I would like to go back to the days of the vinyl LP.

I like vinyl records and I have a computer and my wife gave me a turntable for Christmas with a USB port. It is apparently able to connect to a computer via USB cable and convert music on that vinyl LP to MP3 format.

The player is belt driven and runs off regular electric power from a wall outlet in the home. It has a pre-amp that can play on it's built in speakers or be connected via an RCA cord from an MP3 device like a Sony Walkman MP3 player. It also comes with AM-FM radio.

I can't believe how much of a toy this gadget is. I mean, compared to what I once owned, a Radio Shack turntable that I once bought back in the 70s. The new LP turntables that are sold at such stores as Target and others, are priced at under a hundred dollars and are easy to use.

But the comments on a recent tutorial on YouTube I watched today, were bad about that turntable. They all said the thing was a toy and would destroy the record over time. I hate the idea of destroying a perfectly good vintage record by playing it on a toy record turntable. The price for a better turntable is 200 plus dollars. The one I have has a mono speaker built in, not stereo and for that matter, has an output jack for a pair of headphones.

The thing that bothered me most about this toy turntable was that after I read the setup and instructional manual I have to purchase 3rd party software to convert the music from the vinyl disc to MP3 on my PC. Why didn't they supply a basic MP3 player program with that record player in the first place? Whatever you do, if you are a vinyl record enthusiast, do not buy a basic turntable like that one. Get online and look for a better turntable for at around 200 dollars or more and be sure it has USB connectivity so you can burn CDs with your records and play them while on the go.

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MegL wrote on January 19, 2019, 5:47 PM

You certainly don't want to ruin your LPs! I don't think you need to PURCHASE an MP3 converter. There is a free, very useful music editing piece of software called Audacity. You can download it from It may be able to take the output from the turntable and convert it to MP3s.

VinceSummers wrote on January 19, 2019, 5:56 PM

Electronic is cool, if spares are kept. As to technology... digital photography is cool, but I wish I had a digital camera with a set of the kind of lenses that came with film cameras. Not that peep hole.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 20, 2019, 10:14 AM

I have heard of a Canon digital camera that has all the bells and whistles but it is costly. Very expensive.

VinceSummers wrote on January 20, 2019, 2:25 PM

Cheap technology throws quality optics out the door. Too bad it costs a lot to combine the two.

MegL wrote on January 28, 2019, 8:35 AM

Try second hand. A lot of photography enthusiasts like to get the latest but finance it by selling an earlier camera. I have a canon digital SLR. I am not getting rid of it but someone near you might do so. A friend has a camera that makes mine look like an old brownie box! It was able to show me a lighthouse in the distance, that I could just see with the naked eye and get at the same size with my digital SLR but with his, I could see the color of the rings painted on it and read details! He is a keen bird photographer.

VinceSummers wrote on January 28, 2019, 9:18 AM

Trouble with a camera that good is shaky hands. I could never photograph birds that way. I'd have to have a device on a hat or something. Yes, a digital SLR would be right up my alley.

MegL wrote on January 28, 2019, 11:05 AM

Ah, that's why I do not use the telephoto lens on my camera, I would have to carry the tripod with me at all times, not because my hands are normally shaky but because the lens is heavy and the slightest movement puts it out of focus. BUT my friend's VERY EXPENSIVE camera has technology that corrects for shaky hands and keeps the lens centered on the object. I have that to some extent on my video camera, which is newer than the SLR. When videoing, the lens tries to stay fixed on one face.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 28, 2019, 12:29 PM

I still own a Canon Photura 35 mm camera that uses, film. Imagine that. Here is a link that describes that camera.

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MegL wrote on January 28, 2019, 5:24 PM

That certainly is very different from any other camera I have seen.