"Good package, solid sound capture"
This accurately captures the LP sound given the inherent limitations of vinyl and analog to digital converters. You won't hear any significant differences from source under normal listening conditions.
The only reason to buy this thing is the USB outlet. It works very well and seems to produce a lot less added noise than the old RCA/preamp methods.
Other than that, its functional but bare bones. Fully manual turntable and open source software, Audacity, which has lots of online support.
Ease of Use:
The turntable is fully manual. There isn't even a cue for the tonearm. That might be OK for pro DJ's...but its tough if you have clumsy fingers.
The manuals are good and get you going quick.
The quality was good for the price range of the deck. Its basically a NuMark turntable so its real stereo gear.
I was bummed out there wasn't more technical specs. There aren't any specs for the pre-amp or converter, like signal to noise or distortion. What kind of cartridge does it have?
Good value, does exactly what its supposed to for an affordable price. You would have to spend A LOT more money to get much improvement on sound quality.
The Wow Factor:
Its bare bones but the solid USB output makes you want it, and it delivers it.
I am a musician and an audio hobbyist and I really like the thing. I wanted a reliable method of capturing LPs and this did it. The sound quality was better than expected and the recording was much more reliable than other things I have tried. You can drop just drop the arm on and go without worrying about line levels, device buffers etc. The Audacity software is very good at editing and noise reduction.
Any time you are dealing with recording vinyl, you have inherent physical limitations. This package got you really close to the best sound you are going to get under those conditions.