NEWS: Record your LPs to a PC with NAD's PP-3 digital phono preamp

Hello vinyl lovers. Still cherishing your old LPs? Or maybe you're so concerned about keeping them pristine that they're locked away in a cupboard.

Well, if you'd like to hear your favourite records more often, this natty little gadget from NAD could be just what you need.

The £75 PP-3 USB digital phono-preamplifier combines NAD's PP-2 MM/MC phono preamp with an analogue-to-digital converter with USB interface. Combined with VinylStudio Lite PC software (included on a CD as part of the package), you can easily copy your LPs directly to a PC as either.wav or MP3 files.

Once your analogue LPs have been digitised, the music can be burned on to a CD-R or transferred to an MP3 player.

OK, admittedly hi-fi purists may be tut-tutting already, but the PP-3 also includes the same analogue outputs as the PP-2 for connection to an analogue stereo system if that's your preferred method of listening.

The PP-3 uses a low-noise discrete moving coil preamp and a low-noise opamp-based RIAA moving magnet stage incorporating a 12dB/octave infrasonic filter to minimise turntable 'rumble'.

Distributed in the UK by Armour Home Electronics, the PP-3 is available in NAD's traditional graphite finish.

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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.