Music enthusiasts looking for a way to convert their vinyl record collections to digital audio may want to look at new offerings from
Ion Audio, the iTTUSB05 and iTTUSB10. The turntables feature direct USB connections and cost $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.
Both devices sport integrated USB interfaces and are compatible with Macs and Windows PCs. They also incorporate dust covers to protect the record, stylus and slip mat, built-in pre-amps to eliminate the need for a phono-in jack and receiver; integrated RCA cables, and 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM speeds.
The iTTUSB05 is aimed at users who have a traditional home stereo rack, who want to play albums while also digitizing albums. Ion Audio explained that the iTTUSB10 uses a more “evolved” design that features a round edge and additional mechanical features like an S-shaped tone arm and tone arm lift lever; it also has an enhanced output to more easily switch between phono and line output.