Pro-ject sells a turntable with a USB Port that will download into a PC. Check out their website.
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If you have a phono preamp; just want to listen; and don't care otherwise; you could just run a pair of cables between the phono preamp and the soundcard line input. The cable (from RatShack) would have a pair of male RCAs on one end and a small headphone jack on the other.
Ratshack might still have those $30 battery powered phono preamps if you need one.
Bongofury, the TT you suggest looks interesting.
Sugarbrie, I actually want to be able to download to the hardrive so that I can make copies either to my iPod or possibly to CD.
I am surprised that you say that my phono pre-amp can connect to the soundcard, my phono preamp has a pretty large voltage output.
No, Stringreen, you are talking about the Ion USB Turntable, which *is* a very lightweight plastic turntable made to look like it's anodized aluminum. And it is indeed $99.95.
But Bongofury is talking about the Sumiko-distributed Project Debut III/Phono USB model which retails at $450. It is a Project Debut III with included Ortofon OM 5E cartridge plus built-in phono preamp, digitizer, and USB output so you can directly digitize LPs to devices that can accept digital audio files via USB port.
Today, I saw a BIG ad in our local paper for the TT with an iPod dock and USB connection to the PC from Hammacher Schlemmer.http://www.hammacher.com/publish/74920.asp?promo=el_audio
Does anyone have any thoughts on this TT... it's priced at $259 incl shipping. It seems like a shame that I have not been able to figure out how to get the signal from my Linn setup to my PC, This would be a far better solution I suspect, but what is needed to do this? ( If it is possible at all).
Daveyf I'm not sure what you mean by your peamp having a pretty large voltage output. It shouldn't be anything a soundcard couldn't handle. An easier solution would be to get a portable firewire/usb powered audio interface that includes phono ins like the Presonus Inspire. Guitar Center will sell you one for $150 or so. It also comes with a "lite" version of Cubase which is a popular audio/midi sequencer and editor.