Thank you for bringing this service to our attention. I am currently considering modifications to my computer station (relocated to Byron, CA, USA as of January 2013) to give me the capability of digitizing audio tracks off vinyl at any of four speeds (16-2/3, 33-1/3, or 45 rpm with a hi-fi stylus, or 78 rpm with a broad stylus) using probably a piezoceramic cartridge, as magnetic cartridges are not available with flip styli to my knowledge; this means an offboard mixer (e.g., the Mackie®/LOUD Technologies® 1642VLZ-PRO or 1642VLZ3) and some turntable-mounted RIAA preamplifier engineered for the eventual winning cartridge in the selection process. (Very few PCI and PCI-Express audio products have multiple-line-level-input capabilities; I have yet to run across the supported-in-ALSA E-MU®/Creative® EM3961, or the supported-in-Win6+ Creative® SB055A. And I still need more info on IEEE 1394 host microadapters for PCI 2.2, as the vast majority of multiple-line-in audio devices are offboards requiring IEEE 1394.) I already anticipate being limited to one turntable due to space constraints.
Where at Head-Fi® can I find recommendations on RIAA preamps for piezo cartridges? moving-iron magnetic? moving-coil magnetic? I plan on mounting the preamp as close to the turntable as practicable due to known noise issues with most audio installations; balanced outputs for SMPTE sinks (either XLR or 1/4" TRS) will be a plus for an offboard mixer.
Edited by bcschmerker4 - 1/6/13 at 4:31am