Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Ahh, so I assume some software ran on the PC then Dave?

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Yes Jim it comes with a driver CD which is for Windows but I got it set up on Linux with a bit of fiddling.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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All my albums are recorded LossLess on a 1TB hard drive, crackles and all !

I then re-save/re-sample them at a lower rate for my phone to use in the car.
I play my albums at home from a hard disk Player (Creative Zen) via my amp from the LossLess recordings.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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These USB turntables have been around for a while, as have USB tape decks. They work well, and allow you to record (to MP3 or other formats) EXACTLY how the original media sounds. That way you can then safely store the original media while playing it back from your PC (and the data takes up less physical useful space).

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Just avoid the Ion things in Maplin... They're horrible things with a crap crystal cartridge and a tracking force measured probably in 10s of grams. Let's not even mention the likes of the offerings from Crosley.

The Audio Technika AT-LP60 is a decent basic deck with USB connectivity built in. I haven't really used mine much yet, but it will be useful for archiving a few albums I don't have digitally. They use a standard cartridge type shared with ATs far more expensive models, so you can mix and match them if you want to upgrade things.

Meant to tell you Jim, I checked the tracking force on that Pioneer deck before I brought it over and it's right in the middle of the recommended range for that stylus, so your records should be safe and it should sound as decent as it should.

Really need to find somewhere for my old B&O system somewhere...Just wish it wasn't so vast!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Stickyfinger wrote:All my albums are recorded LossLess on a 1TB hard drive, crackles and all !

I then re-save/re-sample them at a lower rate for my phone to use in the car.
I play my albums at home from a hard disk Player (Creative Zen) via my amp from the LossLess recordings.
I really REALLY wish I had the time and patience to do that :( I reckon it'd take me somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks of non-stop work to get all mine digitized :cry:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I use my Duel, into the NAD amp and that into my sound card....the sound processing of the USB decks can be iffy from some reports on them.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I've digitised selected CDs I have for my car player and iPod but mostly I listen to music from the original media - I have no PC connected to my stereo system and besides, I find faffing about with MP3 players on a PC or the like is more hassle and buggeration than listening to a CD or vinyl. I don't do computers any more. Internet and email is all I do now. Hate the bloody things...

The only exceptions are in Gabriel where I can cut a CD of many hundreds of MP3 tracks and just chuck the CD in the player and let it play and on my (very vintage) iPod where I can set up a playlist of favourites to keep me company when running or cycling...

Zel, I must say that deck works supremely and sounds great. Had a lovely result in a charity shop yesterday - I found a copy of the Eagles Hotel California on vinyl :D

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I select by Album, track name Jim, the album shows as an Image of the cover......or Alphabetical or Artist name etc...
Players have moved on from a list of track numbers....

Little Mp3 players are a pain.
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http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/zenvisionm.html
(note, I have a 128gb ssd drive in mine now)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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That's a nice looking little MP3 player Alasdair but whilst I still have a fully functional early iPod Nano that slips very comfortably into my running tights then that will do.. I'll only replace it when it dies...

I also have a little baby DAB/FM wireless oft about the same size but that eats batteries alarmingly...

One big advantage of the Zen for me is that it's both an MP3 player and a wireless. When either my current iPod or wireless dies that aspect of it will make it very attractive to me... Surprised it does not have DAB too now...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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For my bike, I've got a waterproof small top-tube bag (looks like a small saddlebag) with a clear pouch for my phone. Music goes on this - or internet radio via data, via Bluetooth headphones. No cables, easy to control, and Strava and TomTom Sat Nav there too, if I like.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Mickey, your arrangement sounds perfect... I do like the idea of no wires...

What earphones are you using?

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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At work I use a very cheap (£2.60) Chinese clip player - it is adequate for the circumstances and gets me into trouble frequently - H&S don'tcha know.
I have recently been eyeing a Sandisc clip player of much greater capacity and battery life, mainly as it will handle ogg-vorbis compression.
Downside is it has a radio :(. Really don't like radios. I know I don't have to use it but would prefer that it wasn't there in the first place.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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I had to look up what a clip player was Steve!

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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iPod shuffle-alike.
Most I have paid was £8 a few years back.
I destroy them fairly quickly so stick to cheap ones.
Had a nice iRiver ogg-vorbis player a few years back that was around £100. Bust it in four months :(