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Preserving Vinyl On CD

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Technics SL-QD33 (k) Turntable

Technics SL-QD33 (k) Turntable

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THE DILEMMA

I love my Vinyl Record collection. I love my 15 year old Technics SL-QD33(k) Direct Drive Turntable. Its Audio Technica PT-600 Cartridge has served me very well in the listening of my favorite record albums.

I also love to listen to music while working on this site. I usually load my workhorse Technics 5-Disc SL-PD888 CD changer in my office and listen to several hours of music while working. However, I would also like to listen to my vinyl recordings while working as well. I could move my turntable into the office; however, since I would have to turn the records over every 40 minutes or so, this would interrupt my work flow.

The answer to this dilemma: why not make copies of my vinyl record collection onto CD? I have a CD-burner in one of my PCs; however, the process of downloading the music from my vinyl records into the hard drive, then burning them on CDs, then deleting the files off the hard drive afterwards and repeating this process just takes to too long. I would also have to remove the turntable from my main system. In addition, I would need an additional phono preamp to connect the turntable to my PC's sound card line input. For more information on this method, check out an interesting "How-To" for the About Site to Home Recording.

THE SOLUTION

The solution: a standalone audio CD recorder. Not only could I make CD copies of my vinyl records, but I could just integrate the CD recorder to my existing main system. In addition, the CD recorder not only will generate copies of my records, but since choice records in my collection are no longer in print or on CD, I can use this method to preserve my recordings in case my turntable malfunctions or the records themselves become damaged, warped, or otherwise unplayable.

Guide Confession: I have never personally owned an audio cassette deck. I have owned a couple of reel-to-reel audio tape decks in my life, including the classic AMPEX PR-10. However, I have never been totally satisfied with the audio quality of audio cassette technology, with its limited frequency response, dynamic range, and inherent tape hiss (even though improvements such as Dolby HX-Pro and S have made the audio cassette sound more palatable).

The idea of making audio cassette copies of my vinyl records, or buying audio cassette versions of my favorite recordings, never really excited me too much. Now, with CD recorders becoming a much more reasonable option, there is finally an affordable format for me to copy my older vinyl recordings, that maintains the quality of the original recording, and allows me to play the CDs on any of my several CD players.

Having decided on this approach, which CD recorder to choose? CD recorders come in several varieties, single well, dual well, and multi-well (for more info on various types of CD recorders, check out my current CD Recorder Top Picks.

Since I already have a dual-CD drive (CD/DVD player and CD writer) in my PC, capable of duplicating audio files at 8X normal speed, I didn't need a dual-well deck. Also, since I am not planning to mix-and-match cuts from several CDs at once, I didn't need a multi-well deck. All I needed was a good single-well CD recorder that was up to the task and easy to use.

So, I set out to a local retailer to pick up an audio CD recorder. My choice: The new Pioneer PDR-609 CD-R/CD-RW recorder. The price was a very reasonable $299, on sale. I also picked up a ten-pack of audio CD-R disks to get me started.

Proceed to Page 2 SETUP AND USE OF THE PIONEER PDR-609

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