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How can I rip an album with a Mac?

Vinyl Album

Episode 1620

Art from Thousand Oaks, CA

Art is trying to rip a vinyl album to his computer. He uses a USB turntable and it's not capturing. Leo says that using a USB turntable is the best way to do it, but since Art is using a Mac, it's likely that the software he's using doesn't support Mac. But it also means he may not need that software. Leo advises opening the sound preference pane in the Mac, and see if you can see the turntable. If you do, then you can probably use Garage Band or Amadeus to capture with it.

How can I connect my turntable to my Bluetooth headphones?

Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Episode 1349

Billy from Oxnard, CA

Billy is getting Beats Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. What peripheral can he connect to his vinyl record player in order to use them? Leo says most modern amps have Bluetooth support built-in. If his existing receiver doesn't, there are plenty of third party Bluetooth transmitters that will do it. Amazon is filled with them for around $15. He should be warned that the audio quality won't be all that great, though. Bluetooth audio simply isn't all that great, no matter how good the headphones are, because the dynamic range of the music is highly compressed to make the bandwidth.

What speakers should I get to play vinyl records?

Audio Engine Powered Speakers

Episode 1348

Clay from Missouri

Clay got a new Audio Technica LP record player, and he's wondering what speakers should he get with it. Leo says that Clay has to figure out if the record player has its own preamp or not, and if it's balance or unbalanced. If it doesn't have a preamp, then he'll need an amp as well. Leo advises the Audio Engine powered speakers. They're excellent and come with a subwoofer. JBLs are also good. He'll want line level balanced.