This item is just too good to pass up. I have a couple hundred vinyl albums that I still listen to occassionally. I have made several disappointing attempts to transfer vinyls to CD in the past, but it always turned out to be too much work to get too poor of a transfer. I kept hoping to find a better way to preserve my collection, and this is it.The turntable is so very simple to set up, and the weight and materials are so different from those high end turntables of years past, that you might think you just wasted your money dont worry, the best is yet to come. mackie cr4 reviews offers excellent info on this.
It took me all of 15 minutes to set up the turntable and plug it into my computer. Due to a couple of reviews that I read I took 3 precautions while setting up the turntable: 1) I used some of the foam wrapping material from the box and wrapped the RCA plugs to eliminate any extraneous noise that might be introduced into the system, 2) I put small felt pads under the legs of the table that the turntable will sit on, and 3) I used a stylus pressure gauge to get exactly 4 grams of weight (with the plastic cover still on the stylus which should give me approx 3.75 – 4 grams with the plastic cover off).
Again it is totally a no-brainer. Just follow the meager instructions that are included with the turntable – they are spot-on. When I plugged in the USB cable (I set it up on 2 different machines, a Dell and a home-made running XP Home Edition and XP Professional respectively).
On both machines Windows ran me through several set-up wizards that installed the following drivers (its all automatic, just click when it tells you to): USB Compliant Device, USB Audio Device, USB Human Interface Device, and HID Compliant Device. Thats it… maybe 5 minutes of watching the computer do its part.I was pretty sceptical from the reviews I had read. Again, follow the meager software instuctions – again they are spot-on. It probably took all of 15 minutes to get everything done.