Vinyl may be the format of choice for discerning audio connoisseurs, but those harboring love for both digital and analog options may have their interest piqued by Ion's latest lineup of turntables. The iLP Lightning takes a traditional turntable, replete with RCA outputs, and adds a 30-pin dock connector that's compatible with Cupertino's Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Leveraging a free app, the table converts a record's audio to MP3 files, separates it into tracks and saves it to docked iOS devices. If you'd rather not have songs sent to your iDevice of choice, the rig also includes a USB cable for routing tunes to a Mac or PC with a gratis desktop app. Ion is also serving up the Pure LP, which removes the 30-pin dock from the equation. As for availability, the iOS-compatible tables are expected this summer for $99.99 in white, red, blue, black and a woodgrain finish. Analog diehards can have some fun too with the Live LP table, which packs stereo speakers, standard RCA outputs, a natural wood finish and nothing in the way of digital conversion. Click on to the break for photos and the full press release.
Update: We've just given Ion's record player a test drive, and we've posted the footage after the break. Initially, we had some concern about how anything larger than an iPad Mini might dock to the hardware, but it handled one of Apple's miniature tablets well enough. Audio quality from the turntable -- at least from what this editor could hear over the din of other journalists -- passed the ear test. Though we weren't able to try out the desktop experience for converting audio from vinyl records to MP3 files, the conversion experience on the iPad itself was a breeze.
Ion digital conversion turntables
iLP Lightning hands-on
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Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.
ION TO UNVEIL FOUR NEW VERSIONS OF THE iLP TURNTABLE for iPad, iPhone, and iPod
iLP works with Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and comes with a free app to transfer vinyl records easily to iPad, iPhone, and iPod
Cumberland, R.I. (January 8, 2013) – ION, a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology, announces iLP, a digital conversion turntable for iPad, iPhone, and iPod, which includes a free app for converting vinyl records into digital music. ION will exhibit iLP in four colors, red, white, blue, and natural, at Central Hall Booth 11604 at the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas from January 8-11.
The USB conversion turntable, a concept pioneered and expanded upon by ION, has given vinyl enthusiasts all over the world an easy way to update and enjoy their vinyl library. Now, with iLP, vinyl lovers have the easiest way to transfer music directly from their records to iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
With iLP's built-in dock and included EZ Vinyl and Tape Converter app the conversion process is simpler than ever. The app even automatically separates the tracks, and for iOS devices with Apple's new Lightning Connecter, iLP works with Apple's Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (sold separately).
iLP is the perfect centerpiece for a home music system. It has a contemporary low-profile design, making it ideal for those who want a turntable that looks as good as it sounds. Connection to a home stereo system is easy using iLP's standard RCA outputs. Music can be transferred to iPad, iPhone, or iPod while you listen. For those who want to store music on a laptop or desktop computer, iLP can do that, too, by simply connecting it to a Mac or PC with the included USB cable.
At CES, ION will also unveil Pure LP, a USB conversion turntable identical to iLP, but without the iOS dock. Pure LP will also be available in a range of vibrant colors. "We're proud to be at the front of the vinyl revolution," said Wendy Fortin, ION Product Manager. "Our goal with our conversion turntables has always been to help our customers embrace the past and the future and to empower them with the flexibility to enjoy their music in a variety of formats."