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ION Audio’s LP DOCK USB Turntable

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ION Audio’s LP DOCK USB Turntable

ION Audio’s LP DOCK USB Turntable

Summary

  • Product Name: ION Audio LP DOCK USB Turntable
  • Manufacturer: ION Audio
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 15:27
  • MSRP: $299
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

Executive Overview

ION Audio introduced its LP DOCK, an innovative new USB turntable that allows users to convert Vinyl LP records to directly to iTunes and/or iPod. LP DOCK is the first of its kind to deliver direct-to-iPod technology.

ION Audio’s LP DOCK USB Turntable easily transfers old vinyl collections directly to your iTunes library or an iPod. Included software quickly and easily archives records to a computer for transfer to CD or any MP3 player and cleans up noisy pops and clicks inherent on some old vinyl recordings.

Users of earlier iPod models can transfer captured vinyl recordings from LP DOCK to their iPod through iTunes; included software easily transfers vinyl directly to the user’s iTunes Library. Owners of iPod Classic or 5th generation (Video) and 2nd or 3rd generation iPod nano can record directly from vinyl to iPod without a computer.

LP DOCK includes 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds. 78 RPM recording is also possible using the included software. Line level outputs enable easy connection to home AV receivers without a Phono input on the receiver, making LP DOCK a great match for home stereo setups or a home office.

The LP DOCK comes complete with EZ Vinyl Converter 2 (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac); the simplest way to record and convert vinyl directly to iTunes. EZ Vinyl Converter 2 features Gracenote® MusicID technology, which analyzes incoming vinyl recordings and automatically retrieves album, artist and song information from the Internet. EZ Audio Converter lets you easily enter track information. With EZ Vinyl or Audio Recorder software, anyone can now digitally archive their record collection in just a few mouse clicks.

LP DOCK has a suggested retail price of $299 and will be available by the end of January.

For more information contact www.ion-audio.com

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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