Still have some old records and cassettes lying around? Turn them into CDs with the uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper. Connect the device to your PC by USB then use the RCA inputs to attach to tape deck, turntable or other musical device. The built-in preamp eliminates having to use a stereo system. The EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software automatically places your tracks in your iTunes library. Say goodbye to the pops, clicks and hiss for $49.99.
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At last someone has understood that we love our old VHS tapes and are reticent to give them up. Hitachi has three new 3-in-1 recorders that play both VHS tapes and HDD/DVDs. The DV-DH250VH has a digital and analog tuner, HDMI, and holds 250GB. There are also two models which hold 500GB, the DV-DH500VH and the DV-DH500H. Expect a late October or early November release. We think this is a fine idea if we can just figure out how to use the multi-button remotes.