Originally Posted by Battou62
Thank you for that link. These seem more expensive than I thought. It is possible to run the output of the turntable into a sound card? Could this be a cheaper alternative to getting a usb turntable?
No you can't. You need a phono pre-amp to adjust for the RIAA frequency curve and amplify to line level.
It depends on what you want but vinyl is never cheap if you want quality. And if you have a decent TT what's the use of digitising? Just play the LP like it's supposed to.
If you want the 10 old albums that you know from way back, there's a good chance you can download them somewhere. There are several ppl out there doing it for you with (most of the time) better equipment for the illusive discs. If you own the album that means you already paid the artist, right?
And if you want to do it yourself the best option is to get a decent used turntable and phono-amp (like the Pro-ject, Rega, Music Hall or better), get the job done and then sell it again from where you got it (Audiogon; Ebay etc). This way it will hardly cost you anything and you can enjoy the music while you're at it and not some half baked sorry excuse for music reproduction.
You buy for, say, $750 and sell it when you're done for $700. It is an investment but then you will at least know what vinyl can do.
And don't forget to clean your albums thoroughly before recording anything. Good software handling is vital.