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.