ION Audio LP2CD USB Turntable/CD Recorder Review

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to

The LP2CD is an analog-to-digital conversion product from ION Audio. The LP2CD combines a vinyl record turntable with a CD-Burner in a single device. To make recording to CD easy, the LP2CD includes an 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.

ION Audio LP2CD Features and Specifications

  • Vinyl Record Turntable with 700MB Internal Flash Drive and CD Burner.
  • Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) - Belt Drive.
  • Vinyl or External source recording to Flash Drive - Burn from Flash Drive to CD, Burns to CD-R only.
  • LED Menu Display, Record level meter, record level adjustment.
  • Onboard track split feature
  • 1 set of analog RCA stereo line inputs, 1 set of analog RCA stereo outputs. Headphone jack.
  • USB port for optional connection to PC or MAC. USB audio interface (44.1kHz, 16-bit). iTunes compatible.
  • EZ Vinyl Converter 2 (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) Software included on CD-ROM.
  • Sound recording/editing software to remove noise, clicks, and pops from recordings.
  • USB and analog RCA stereo cables included.

Setup and Performance

Setting up the LP2CD to make CDs is easy. You place your LP on the turntable and while you play it, the contents are transferred to the LP2CD's 700MB flash drive. As you play your LP the flash drive not only records the LP, but detects, marks, numbers, and separates the tracks automatically. I found that LP2CD rarely missed a track break, and actually performed the task better than my current Pioneer PDR-609 CD Recorder.

After recording onto the flash drive, you can check it and delete any unwanted tracks, or change or add track breaks before burning the recording to CD. To burn the recording to CD, all you have to is place a black CD into the CD tray that pops out the front of unit and press "Burn CD". The LP2CD then initializes the CD, burns your content, and then finalizes the CD all in one automatic process. The burning process for a typcial 45 minute LP recording takes about 5 minutes.

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.

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.

What I Liked About The LP 2 CD

  • Solid construction.
  • Intermediate Flash drive recording allows recording check before burning to CD.
  • Built-in phono preamp - can connect to any standard RCA audio inputs on a receiver or amplifier.
  • USB port and PC audio editing option.
  • Built-in Headphone jack.

What I Didn't Like About The LP 2 CD

  • No real-time recording from vinyl direct to CD. Record to flash drive first - then burn to CD
  • Small internal flash memory capacity.
  • Quick start guide and Software manuals hard to read - small print.
  • Some assembly required.
  • No digital optical/coaxial audio output.

The Bottom Line

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.

More Info

For a close-up look at the LP2CD, also check out my Photo Gallery.

For additional, similar products, also check out the ION Audio Audio Conversion Products Page.