ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Front View

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Front View
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Front View. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

The LP2CD is a the latest in analog-to-digital conversion products from ION Audio. The LP2CD combines a vinyl record turntable with a CD-Burner in a single device. To make recording records to CD easy, the LP2CD includes and onboard 700MB flash drive that allows you to review your recording before doing a final burn to CD. In addition, the LP2CD also has audio inputs that allow recording from external sources, such as cassette deck, and also has provisions for more editing options on a PC/MAC via its built-in USB port. After viewing this photo gallery, also read my Product Review.

What better way to start of a product photo gallery than a view of the box the product comes in?

Since the ION LP2CD comes partially disassembled, the box is larger than you would think it would be. Unlike most product boxes, the ION LP2CD box is actually quite informative as to what is inside.

Proceed to the next photo to find out more...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Top View

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Top View
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Box - Top View. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a view of the top of the box which contains the ION LP2CD. As you can see, information about its features and what it actually looks like are very prominently illustrated.

The features of the LP2CD include:

1. Vinyl Record Turntable with 700MB Internal Flash Drive and CD Burner

2. Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM - Belt Drive

3. Vinyl or External source recording to Flash Drive - Burn from Flash Drive to CD, Burns to CD-R only.

4. LED Menu Display, Record level meter, record level adjustment.

5. Onboard track split feature

6. 1 set of analog RCA stereo line inputs, 1 set of analog RCA stereo outputs. Headphone jack.

7. USB port for optional connection to PC or MAC. USB audio interface (44.1kHz, 16-bit). iTunes compatible.

8. EZ Vinyl Converter 2 (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) Software included on CD-ROM.

9. Sound recording/editing software to remove noise, clicks, and pops from recordings.

10. USB and analog RCA stereo cables included.

For a look at the ION Audio LP2CD's features and functions, proceed to through the rest of this gallery...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View with Ac

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View with Accessories
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View with Accessories. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the ION Audio LP2CD (after assembly) and its provided accessories.

The top lid, lid hinges, turtable platter, tonearm cartridge, and tonearm counter weight need to be attached to the main part of the unit. It is not difficult and instructions are provided.

The additional items shown in this photo are the power, USB, and analog stereo cables (sitting on the platter), quick start guide, software disc, and software manual. The provided software disc includes EZ Vinyl Converter for PC (with auto track detection) and EZ Audio Converter for Mac, as well as Audacity.

It must be noted that you do not need to use the USB cable or software if you aren't planning to use the LP2CD with a PC or MAC, but it is a provided option.

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Closed

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Closed
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Closed. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Shown here is the LP2CD with the turntable lid closed. The area under the lid is large enough to allow the playing of vinyl records with the lid closed. Also, you can see the controls outside the lid area, as well as the CD tray door.

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Open

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Open
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View Open. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the ION LP2CD with the turntable lid open.

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Top View Open

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Top View Controls
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Top View Controls. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a view of the LP2CD's controls as seen from above. Here you can get a better view of the controls and other onboard functions of the unit.

For a close-up view and explanation of the controls and other onboard functions of the LP2CD, proceed to the next two photos...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - LED Menu and Contr

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - LED Menu and Controls
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - LED Menu and Controls. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Starting on the top left of this photo is the Start/Stop button for the turntable platter. When you press this button, all you have to do is raise the tonearm and slide it above the turntable platter and it will start rotating. To play a record, you must lower the tonearm manually. The turntable does not have an automatic tonearm raise/lower function.

Below the turntable Start/Stop button is the master power button. to the left of the power button is the LED display, which also functions as record level meter.

To the right of the LED display are other functions, such as CD/Flash Drive playback select and Flashdrive Erase button.

For a look at the CD transport and recording controls, proceed to the next photo...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Transport Controls

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Transport Controls
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Transport Controls. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the CD recorder transport controls and related functions.

To record from the turntable to the flash drive, you must press Record and Play. To burn a CD from the flash drive, you press Burn CD.

To the right of the transport controls are the headphone volume control and output, as well as the record level adjustment dial, phono/line source selector, and turntable speed switch.

For a look at the rear panel and connections of the LP2CD, proceed to the final two photos in this gallery...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Rear View

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Rear View
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Rear View. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the rear panel of the LP2CD. You can see a better view of the lid hinges, and you will also notice that the actual connection panel is slightly recessed into the turntable cabinet.

For a close-up look at, and explanation of, the connections on the LP2CD, proceed to the next photo...

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ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Connections

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Connections
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Connections. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the connections provided on the LP2CD.

Starting on the left are a set of line input and line outputs. The line inputs are provided for recording from external sources, such a cassette deck or another CD player.

The line out connections is how you connect the LP2CD to your Stereo or Home Theater System. Since the LP2CD has its own internal Phono Preamp, you connect the LP2CD to the CD or Aux inputs on your Stereo/Home Theater Receiver. In other words, if your receiver does not have dedicated phono inputs, you can still connect the LP2CD without difficulty using any RCA analog audio connections labeled "CD" or "Aux". On the other hand, do not plug this unit into inputs on a stereo or home theater receiver labeled "Phono".

Moving right, past the "vent" is the USB port. This port is provided to allow the user to connect the LP2CD to a PC or MAC. With the provided software, a user can do additional editing of recordings, as well as importing the recordings into iTunes.

Finally, on the right is the AC receptable where the user plugs in the detachable AC cord.

Final Take

The LP2CD provides an efficient, practical, way to transfer your old vinyl LPs to either CD, using the unit's built-in CD recorder, or to iTunes, using its USB interface and provided software with a PC or MAC.

In addition to transferring your LPs to CD, the LP2CD also has standard audio line outputs that allow you record from an external source, such as an audio cassette deck, a CD player, or other device.

Another trick you can perform with the LP2CD is to transfer an LP or external audio source to the internal flash drive for burning to CD AND transfer your source to your PC via the USB port for adding to your iTunes library at the same time.

I must say the ION Audio LP2CD is one of most fun devices I have used and definitely recommend it to vinyl record fans as an efficient way to do both Vinyl-to-CD and Vinyl-to-iTunes transfer.

Of course, you can use the LP2CD to just play vinyl records or CDs, without using the burning and transfer functions.

I give the ION Audio LP2PC a 4.5 out of 5 Star Raing.

Check out my LP2CD Product Review.

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