If you're like us, you've probably got a few friends that collect old vinyls and who absolutely refuse to go digital, with claims of huge quality degradation with "new" compressed music files being widely distributed today. We're pretty sure he's got a point and all, but we prefer to not carry around a box of vinyls unless we have to. In comes Denon's new DP-200USB turntable, a hybrid vinyl ripper and player, that may just be the answer audiophiles and mainstream consumers can finally agree on...
We're definitely digging the old-school look on this one. The conveniently placed USB port on the front makes it a breeze to digitally transfer over your favorite vinyls to MP3 format with a simple click of a button.
Full description on the encoding tech below:
The included PC software features Audio Waveform Recognition, which checks the first 15 seconds of each track and searches the extensive Gracenote Internet music tracks database to capture the track's meta-deta (artist, title, etc.). The software also features Auto Track Divide, which notes silent breaks between tracks and automatically inserts a new track tag for each track (you also have the option of doing this manually). The front panel USB port allows connection to a USB flash drive or an external hard disk drive. In addition to the USB connection, the DP-200USB features conventional stereo outputs, which can be configured with or without RIAA equalization, for full compatibility with the widest range of audio components.
You can grab the Denon DP-200USB fully automatic record player with MP3 encoder for $250. Bundled software that takes care of organizing the ripped tracks only works with Windows XP and Vista, unfortunately. Mac users will need to hound Denon for some extra support love.