What made you purchase both the SC1 and the SC2? I was under the impression that one of those two is like the other except for being deficient in some of its capabilities.
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I have an SC1 and like it a lot. It does an amazing job on many, but not all records. It depends on the nature of the damage. On some records it takes a noisy surface and cleans it up completely. Other records, it takes all but the worst noise out, still making the record quite listenable. But some records are beyond redemption. Another thing I like is that the company is constantly working to improve it and the upgrades are free, which is nice. Also, Music Direct gives you their 60 money back guarantee. It is a great product. Very easy to use too. I wrote a more complete review at the VPI forum if anybody is interested.
I have an SC-2. I am impressed with the real time click and pop removal function. It is hard to tell the difference so I I leave it on for all my listening now, at a 2 or 3 setting.
Still waiting for SugarCube to introduce the automatic track splitting function. That would be icing on the cake.
For now, I record with the SC-2 connected to an Alesis Masterlink. The recordings sound very good. It has already saved me a lot of time to not have to use Click Remover anymore. Also, it seems that the SugarCube is better than Click Remover in terms of the resulting sound quality.
The SugarCubes are brilliant pieces of equipment. I have had my SC2 up and running for a few days, and already I am able to make vinyl rips that are amazing. I have even been able to get high quality rips from 60 year old records that were previously unlistenable.
If you are serious about your vinyl, you need to consider one.
I am one of the first 50 beta testers for the SC-2. You can find my thread for the SC-2 here on the forums. I love this thing. Why not audacity? Because I wanted a turn-key solution to listening and ripping vinyl that would not involve a separate computer. Also, to my ears, there is almost no sonic penalty with the click processing. Perhaps a slight narrowing of the soundstage, but it is subtle. I am making incredible 96/24 needle drops of my vinyl and putting them on my server. The software is getting much better, and an annoying transient between digitized tracks has been fixed and eliminated. Just a few more things to do before the SC-2 software comes out of beta, especially allowing the rips to be sent to a networked server instead of the attached USB drive.
Also, being a part of the collaborative beta process with Sweetvinyl has been a fun and interesting experience. I get to see how the sausage is made, and it is fascinating.
I finally found a SC2 model about six months ago. Really an impressive unit that removes the surface noise from scratches. Can take a VG to M! I can't hear any loss at all (and neither could Michael Fremer who reviewed it for Stereophile) but there are some who claim to hear some very slight effect. If so, still a very fair tradeoff for what is gained.