"The Ripper" LP-to-USB Converter (discontinued)
The Ripper is a complete standalone solution for your phono playback and LP archiving to computer hard drive or CD. It combines a very clean and quiet phono preamp with an ADC/DAC especially designed to digitize audio to CD data rates (16-bit 44.1kHz). The USB output makes attachment to your computer a snap, no drivers to install! Record vinyl directly to disc using one of the many available software programs such as Audacity. Convert to MP3 or save as WAV files. Make your own CDs! Save files for playback via iTunes or download to your iPod. You can even playback the files on The Ripper, as it also works as a USB DAC. The headphone output makes monitoring and playback convenient.
The phono stage is borrowed from the very popular Bugle powered by super regulators and an always-on AC supply. Components are top-notch for superb sonics. The layout is extremely compact with short signal paths. Output can be either taken from the rear panel RCA jacks or the headphone jack on the front.
The DIY half-kit version consists of the blank circuit board with the surface mount PCM2906 and two 100nF capacitors pre-installed, a pre-cut and silkscreened chassis (complete!), and various screws and nuts. Thus, the difficult parts have been done for you, insuring a very professional appearance. The remaining components are all through-hole type.
For help with installation and performance tips, see The Ripper Setup Page
|Output Impedance||320 ohms|
|Bandwidth (-3dB)||16Hz to 32kHz|
|SNR||72dB ref 5mV A-weighted|
|Computer I/O||USB 1.1|
|Data Rates||32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz|
|ADC/DAC Resolution||16 bits|
|Size||5" x 5" x 1.5"|