[MPA] converting vinyl to CD

David Crandon tdc at attbi.com
Sun Feb 16 11:00:29 PST 2003


Your post was interesting and informative.

While I don't come from a pro-audio background, I do come from an
audiophile background.

Performace from audio equipment is extremely important to me, but I am
not a "golden ear", nor do I subscribe to esoteric ideas like tubes are
better or you have to spend $5000 on a system to get good sound.

In the world of home audio equipment, I have come the conclusion after
20 years of CD players and 15 years of home theater that the digital end
of the equipment is not extremely important. But, I guess the digital
encoding process is more variable in the proaudio and computer world. I
guess this makes sense because the internal circuitry on the Mac is so poor.

AFAIK, the Onkyo works fine with OSX and does not require any type of
driver. It has been discontinued by Onkyo. My assumption is that at
least it's a better quality product that Griffin's iMic?

David Crandon

Scott Baldwin wrote:
> First of all I want to point out where I'm coming from. I'm a pro audio
> guy with a lot invested in equipment time and training.  I have 20
> years experience in recording and engineering.  For many years I taught
> these topics at the community college level,  and from students I have
> fielded every type of question imaginable.
> I am however not an audio snob.  If a job can be done with simple tools
> I'm all for it.
> With that said, I have to point that I don't have much faith in an
> interface like the Onkyo MSE-U33HB.   It does not support ASIO, which
> means that there is a lot of software it won't work with.   I do not
> think Onkyo will support this device with upgraded drivers in the
> future.   A tool that is so crippled can be extremely frustrating to
> use.      I doubt that it will ever work well under OS X, but I could
> be wrong.   I also think that if your interest is to capture well
> recorded vinyl performances, than you will be VERY disappointed will
> the quality of the digital results from this interface.  There is most
> definitely a difference in the quality of A/D and D/A converters.
> If anybody is using this interface successfully I would like to hear
> how you are doing, and what software you are using.
> I really don't believe there is any USB interface that gives a decent
> sound quality and reliable performance for under $200.00
> Very basic USB interfaces such as the UA-3D from Edirol or the
> Waveterminal U-24 from ESI are in the $200.00 - $250.00 range.   Pro
> interfaces tend to be PCI or firewire, and are considerably more
> expensive.
> There is one new box coming out this month that I don't know anything
> about, but is of interest to this conversation.  It is from TerraTec
> and has a built in turntable preamp inputs, as well as standard audio
> inputs.  It is called the Phono Preamp Studio USB.
> http://www.terratec.net/ttus/
> Cheers,
> Scott
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