If you’re not of the old guard of turntable enthusiasts and enjoy the atrocities of USB-powered turntables then ION has what you’re looking for. After all, vinyl has superior sound quality (if you’re into old and scratchy) and with these two, new models you can rip your favorites to MP3, so you can tote them around town. The iTTUSB05 and iTTUSB10 each come with EZ Vinyl Converter software that quickly converts vinyl tracks directly to iTunes. Classic features like dust covers, a stylus, and slip mats are included. Built-in pre-amps eliminate the need for an audio receiver with phono-in jack. And there are integrated RCA cables and 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM playback speeds. Both include a USB cable and 45 adaptor.
Both products are currently available at nationwide retailers. The iTTUSB05 retails for $149.99 and is sold at Urban Outfitters, Costco and other retailers. The iTTUSB10, goes for $249.99 and is available through Sharper Image, Hammacher Schlemmer, Frontgate.com, The 7th Avenue catalog and Restoration Hardware. Oh joy!