HRT LineStreamer+ transfers vinyl to computer

This nifty-looking gadget has just popped into our email box – the £299 LineStreamer+ from High Resolution Technologies (HRT).

Essentially it's an external USB powered sound card that connects between a computer and any line level analogue source. So you can turn your computer into a digital recorder – ideal for those with lots of vinyl who want to transfer the music to a PC.

Using native Audio Class 1.0 drivers (as present in most modern PC, Mac and Linux computers), there are no drivers to install. Just connect the LineStreamer+ to you computer using a USB cable, and away you go.

LED indicators show the sample rate (32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k and 96k) as well as the state of the mute circuit. A pair of peak indicators on the input side allow you to monitor the recording level.

HRT's UpStream utility means the LineStreamer+ firmware to be updated from the computer's desktop in just a few seconds.

The HRT LineStreamer+ will be dsitributed in the UK by Audiofreaks and is available this month.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.