No, my issue is that one person makes a point and 10 other people answer with a "what-he-said" response that doesn't add much. Science or not, that aspect gets old.
As for AudioKarma, that site is free, and many scientific people (and those with technical knowledge) post there. Perhaps check it out before you write it off. If you wish to enter "barter town", which is their classified section, then you have to pay. It's a way they generate money to pay for their servers, etc. and those who pay have access to a great "hidden" part of the forum. Many people post on the free forums stating their wants and their needs, and many people offer support, advice, services, and "stuff".
Well dodog, thanks again for the recommendation. Your initial post came off a bit ad-ish if you catch me, but you certainly seem sincere.
Well, my father got me a JVC L-A31 for Christmas, with some Shure cartridge that I can't recall the model number of. I got him a copy of Deep Purple - In Rock which I tried ripping (flat-transfer using his Edirol UA-25), and it turned out pretty noisy, but perhaps that is due to the age of the record. I'm going to try it on my copy of Neil Landstrumm - Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast (with my E-MU 0404) when it gets shipped out east here and I will report back.
Turned input sensitivity to max, transferred flat, applied RIAA equalization and loudness normalization in software (Audacity) after that. This is probably the source of the noise. I might buy (or build!) a proper phono pre-amp for this purpose too. I'm still just playing around.
Do you have a good reference I can check out to ensure that I'm doing it right, Axon?
You're using the proper resistive/capacitive loading, right? If you don't, the circuit impedance rises substantially towards 20khz, and this does translate into increased thermal noise at those frequencies.