ripping vinyl, usb turntable 2008-12-20 16:03:39 First off, I don't know a huge amount about this and I know there are quite a lot of threads on vinyl to digital conversion. However, I'm looking for advice about USB turntables, specifically an ION TTUSB05XL. A family member bought this for themselves as an early Christmas present - we have hundreds, possibly thousands of old vinyls in the house and it would be nice to have the less damaged ones on playable again. However, is this actually going to be much use? The manual talks about recording directly to mp3 via iTunes, so it's aimed at a pretty low tech market and the whole thing probably costs less the £50.The install CD also comes with audacity for "Expert Users" so I'm assuming getting the audio in a decent format shouldn't be a problem and it should work ok in Linux too. But is it going to be worth archiving several hundred vinyls to FLAC with this level of hardware? I always assumed the best way to do this would be to use a decent turntable setup with a line in to a decent soundcard. If I'm going to be doing it I'd rather get it right first time as it's going to take a lot of effort.