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I purchased the Pro-Ject Phono Box II USB preamp to aid in digitizing my extensive LP collection to add to my SqueezeBox Touch network music player. It is the perfect product for this use since it has a USB output port that connects directly to my computer. While my audio receiver (a Harman Kardon 3490) has a phono input, I noticed immediate and much improved sound production when running my Harman Kardon turntable through the preamp. For digitizing purposes, the quality of sound is very robust and clear and, thus far, I haven't been able to discern any real degradation of sound quality. I am recording the files on my PC as .wav files and use a nifty software program called "Vinyl Studio" which was designed for this type of project. I am very pleased with the results overall and highly recommend this product - particularly if you are wanting to digitize beloved LPs that have been gathering dust. The Pro-Ject Phono Box II USB preamp is connected to my receiver using AudioQuest G-snake RCA cables. The supplied USB cable was a little too short for my purposes, but I purchased a Belkin USB extension cable that solved the problem and with no loss of sound quality. The Pro-Ject Phono Box II USB preamp is yet another high quality product from an always reliable Crutchfield.
Pros: 1. USB output to PC 2. Solid construction 3. Simple to connect 4. Improved sound from turntable
Cons: 1. Supplied USB cable is very short - but that was easy to solve by purchasing a USB extension cable.