Vinyl Data- Classic Computers / Indie music tricks crossover
bear at typewritten.org
Wed Oct 1 03:47:02 CDT 2008
On Sep 30, 2008, at 3:55 PM, Mr Ian Primus wrote:
> I forget what their rationale was for not connecting the computer to
> the hi-fi directly, but there was a warning that you could damage
> the computer. (Probably, they were afraid of people hooking the
> _speaker_ outputs into the poor little computer, instead of the line
The primary reason is that it will only work in a handful of specific
configurations, and assuming that everybody with a turntable at their
disposal is able to comply is not really a sound business decision.
There are only a small number of standalone turntables I am aware of
which had (have) normal line outputs. The vast majority of them
require preamplification (and equalization) if they are to be used on
a line input. The "phono" input on many amplifiers provides this
preamplification; in this case the amplifier's line out or tape
monitor output may be connected to the computer without consternation.
It's possible that some all-in-one style units may have had line
outputs to connect, for example, cassette tape recorders; I don't
know. Perhaps most at the time had a cassette deck built in and thus
only speaker outputs.
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