The record was a popular format for music in its day, but that time is long past. Now it's all about computers, but there doesn't have to be a gap between the two forms of technology. Turntables with USB interfaces are a way to close the distance between the old and new. These products can convert your records into mp3s or other audio files and then upload them to your hard drive.

A turntable uses certain programs that specialize in restoring sound quality and recording records. These are often intended to work with Windows and Macs, and may have difficulty running on non-standard systems. They are, however, usually included for free with the actual turntable, so you needn't buy them separately.

A good turntable will be able to prevent needle slips, also known as skating. Many models will include things that are specifically meant to stop this. The result is better sound for you and a more accurate recording to archive. Models lacking this may produce inconsistent results by comparison, especially in less stable environments.

Both 33-1/3 RPM and 45 RPM are supported by almost all models of turntables with USB interfaces. If you need 78 RPM, you should know that this is sadly rarely supported with the same thoroughness. Some models may imitate it through converting formats with software, however.

Unfortunately you can't buy your turntables from the same brand as your **Sennheiser headphones**, but there are nonetheless many other well-known audio electronic brands with USB turntable products. Sony's inclusion is, of course, obvious. But even more specialized companies such as Numark and Audio Technica are getting into the field. There are numerous names and individual models to make your selection from, so take your time and get the very best turntable for your purposes.

The type of file your record gets turned into is critical. It would be hard to find any **USB turntables** that can't at least give you an mp3 or a wav file, and most will also output standard cd formats. Some higher-end models can support more formats than that, though. Remember that the format will determine whether your computer can play it or not with the programs installed!

Since, as you'd expect, a USB style turntable needs USB ports, you'll need those and in the right version to make the machine work. Even computers that are a few years old will have few problems, since the turntables tend to require only a very basic minimum. This is only a real problem for computers that are exceptionally outdated.

The market for the most part is content to sit at a hundred and ten or a hundred and twenty dollars for basic models. That's not to say that you can't find better or just plain better-looking models that can cost up to twice as much, of course. Similarly, you can also buy a turntable for under a hundred dollars... sometimes even as low as sixty... if you don't need higher-end features.