Audio cassette to PC convertor

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by Gav, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Gav

    Gav Guest

    AIUI there are two main methds to convert an audio cassette to a PC:

    (1) line out on cassette player ---->
    (perhaps isolating transformer) --->
    line in on PC

    (2) line out on cassette player --->
    analog to digital convertor --->
    USB port on PC

    Does the USB way in method (2) inherently produce a higher (or lower)
    quality result?

    Are there any basic convertors for method (2) you would recommend? Price
    is important.
     
    Gav, Jan 17, 2010
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  2. Gav

    Steve Walker Guest

    Gav wrote:
    > AIUI there are two main methds to convert an audio cassette to a PC:
    >
    > (1) line out on cassette player ---->
    > (perhaps isolating transformer) --->
    > line in on PC
    >
    > (2) line out on cassette player --->
    > analog to digital convertor --->
    > USB port on PC
    >
    > Does the USB way in method (2) inherently produce a higher (or lower)
    > quality result?
    >
    > Are there any basic convertors for method (2) you would recommend? Price
    > is important.


    If price is important, use method 1 - a 3.5mm to 3.5mm mini-phono cable will
    cost about a quid, and the quality won't be any worse given that the source
    is a cassette.
     
    Steve Walker, Jan 17, 2010
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  3. Gav

    Nil Guest

    On 17 Jan 2010, Grinder <> wrote in
    alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt:

    > It seems unreasonable to me that one method would /inherently/ be
    > better than the other. It all should depend on the quality of the
    > A2D converter -- either in a sound card or standalone.


    This is the correct answer.
     
    Nil, Jan 18, 2010
    #3
  4. Gav

    Rob Morley Guest

    On Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:39:07 -0000
    "Steve Walker" <> wrote:

    > If price is important, use method 1 - a 3.5mm to 3.5mm mini-phono
    > cable


    3.5mm is mini jack - phono is altogether different.
     
    Rob Morley, Jan 18, 2010
    #4
  5. Gav

    Bernard Peek Guest

    On 17/01/10 21:15, Gav wrote:
    > AIUI there are two main methds to convert an audio cassette to a PC:
    >
    > (1) line out on cassette player ---->
    > (perhaps isolating transformer) --->
    > line in on PC
    >
    > (2) line out on cassette player --->
    > analog to digital convertor --->
    > USB port on PC
    >
    > Does the USB way in method (2) inherently produce a higher (or lower)
    > quality result?


    No, because the limiting factor will be the quality of the recording on
    the tape. Any additional errors are likely to be negligible in comparison.



    --
    Bernard Peek
     
    Bernard Peek, Jan 18, 2010
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