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Samples from USB Turntables: Audio-Technica AT-LP2D-USB
Knowzy
post Feb 18 2009, 08:22
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Turntable Details
Audio-Technica AT-LP2D-USB
Street Price: $100 (US)
AT3600L Moving Magnet Cartridge
Belt Drive
Fully Automatic
Wow and Flutter: <0.25% (WRMS)
S/N: 50dB unweighted
Platter: Aluminum
Tracking force: 4.54g (Measured personally)
More in turntable guide


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The Sample Clips
For background on the clips, see the "Preparation" thread.

All samples are FLAC and under 30 seconds.
Music
  • CD LP Peg, Steely Dan, Aja
  • CD LP On the Run, Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  • CD LP Dare, Gorillaz, Demon Days
  • CD LP Dum Diddly, The Black Eyed Peas, Monkey Business
  • CD LP Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac, Self-titled Album (Dusty, scratched and skipping album)

Test Tracks


I eagerly await your opinions and analysis on the samples.


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Knowzy
post Jun 9 2009, 23:07
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Strange- I didn't get a reply notification when tiptoe replied. In any case...

QUOTE (tiptoe @ May 15 2009, 08:54) *
I recently picked up a refurbed AT-LP2D-USB and it works quite well. (I was unable to get the included Cakewalk Pyro to work, but Audacity works fine so I don't care about Cakewalk.)

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It's nice when a product does what it's supposed to and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.


I'm curious where you had trouble getting Cakewalk Audio Creator to work.

I reviewed Cakewalk for the USB turntable guide and it did take some time to learn. Two big stumbling points:

  1. You need to press the button on the bottom left to hear the turntable audio.
  2. After you hit the record button, you need to hit the pause button to start recording.

I produced an illustration (below) showing the steps to recording but never published it (until now).




In this price range (~ $100), I prefer the Ion TTUSB. Here's why:

  1. Both TT's gain is fixed. But the Audio-Technica is fixed at a high level and it caused clipping on one of the LPs I tested. There is nothing you can do about the clipping.
  2. The AT-3600L cartridge tracks very forcefully- 4.54 grams. Compare that to Crosley's ceramic cartridge at 4.62 grams. The TTUSB05 I tested came in at 3.08 grams. Still not ideal but hey, we're talking about a < $100 turntable. BTW, I added a Recommended Tracking Force column to table 4 in the guide.
  3. Unlike the TTUSB, the Audio-Technica has no anti-skate adjustment and no way to upgrade the cartridge.

A good thing about the AT is the aluminum platter. The Ion is plastic.

I also suspect the materials in general are better on the AT (despite the cart) for two reasons: The warranty is a year vs. 90 days for the Ion and, of the three USB TT's I tested, the AT was the only one that didn't arrive defective in some way.
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- Knowzy   Samples from USB Turntables: Audio-Technica AT-LP2D-USB   Feb 18 2009, 08:22
- - donnie   The 1 kHz test sample and Dum Diddly (LP) don...   Feb 18 2009, 10:32
- - Axon   Also the links for the Gorillaz and Black Eyed Pea...   Feb 18 2009, 16:34
- - Axon   Hey: I looked at one of your close-up pics and tha...   Feb 18 2009, 16:47
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 18 2009, 10:47) Hey: I ...   Feb 18 2009, 18:29
|- - tiptoe   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 18 2009, 11:47) Hey: I ...   May 15 2009, 16:54
- - Axon   Bad news, krab... they're already level-matche...   Feb 18 2009, 19:12
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 18 2009, 13:12) Bad new...   Feb 19 2009, 16:49
|- - Axon   QUOTE (krabapple @ Feb 19 2009, 09:49) ED...   Feb 19 2009, 20:37
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (donnie @ Feb 18 2009, 01:32) The 1...   Feb 18 2009, 19:28
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (Knowzy @ Feb 18 2009, 13:28) That ...   Feb 19 2009, 16:59
|- - Axon   QUOTE (krabapple @ Feb 19 2009, 09:59) QU...   Feb 19 2009, 17:54
- - Axon   I only own Aja on LP, not CD. On The Run is a bett...   Feb 18 2009, 19:34
- - Axon   New pics up for Pink Floyd and Steely Dan samples,...   Feb 19 2009, 17:49
- - Axon   I'd also like to point out that even though an...   Feb 19 2009, 20:36
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 18 2009, 10:34) Magic E...   Feb 20 2009, 05:27
|- - Axon   QUOTE (Knowzy @ Feb 19 2009, 22:27) I did...   Feb 20 2009, 05:53
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 19 2009, 20:53) QUOTE (...   Feb 20 2009, 06:28
- - Axon   Don't deal with the server - put up a tracker ...   Feb 20 2009, 08:36
- - Knowzy   The Ultimate Test LP FLACs are up. See the origina...   Feb 20 2009, 21:34
- - Axon   Yeah that was a sucky mastering decision with HFNR...   Feb 20 2009, 21:57
- - Knowzy   I ran the Wow & Flutter test tone through Spec...   Feb 21 2009, 02:14
- - Axon   Those are pretty, but they're not remotely res...   Feb 21 2009, 23:58
- - Knowzy   The Hi-Fi News FLACs are up. QUOTE (Axon @ F...   Feb 22 2009, 04:30
- - Knowzy   The last sample is up: Fleetwood Mac's Rhianno...   Feb 23 2009, 00:34
- - Knowzy   I told you the LP was dusty... After Playing E...   Feb 23 2009, 01:06
- - Axon   Fun times. I told you to get a carbon brush That...   Feb 23 2009, 01:10
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 22 2009, 16:10) That...   Feb 23 2009, 07:29
- - Axon   Just a status update - I got most of the demodulat...   Feb 26 2009, 01:22
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 25 2009, 19:22) Just a ...   Feb 26 2009, 14:18
- - Axon   Thanks for the cheerleading. Demodulating AM is tr...   Feb 26 2009, 21:29
|- - Knowzy   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 26 2009, 12:29) Thanks ...   Feb 27 2009, 06:54
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Axon @ Feb 26 2009, 15:29) Thanks ...   Feb 27 2009, 14:15
- - Axon   Post is up: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/i...   Feb 28 2009, 14:29
- - Knowzy   Strange- I didn't get a reply notification whe...   Jun 9 2009, 23:07


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