We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Audio Reviews
15,604 Reviews

ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock review

£129 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Ion Audio

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock is a USB vinyl turntable that offers a new function, the ability to record directly to an iPod without the need for a PC.

The ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock is a USB vinyl turntable that offers a new function, the ability to record directly to an iPod without the need for a PC.

Like ION's previous turntable products, the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock can be linked to a PC via USB and allows users to convert 33rpm and 45rpm vinyl music recordings into MP3 format, which can then be burnt to CD or transferred to iPods and other digital music players.

The ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock also offers a new function, the ability to record directly to an iPod without the need for a PC.

Unlike ION's Portable USB turntable, the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock involves some fiddly setting up before its ready to use.

If vinyl is a mystery to you, you'll be grateful for ION's step-by-step instructions. They provide expert help through every aspect, including hooking the rubber belt over the motor spindle and positioning the weight on the Tone arm. Within a few minutes we were ready to record vinyl direct to our iPod.

We found the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock very easy to use. We simply slotted our iPod on to the dock and selected the Record menu button on the righthand side of the turntable – this brought up the Voice Memo menu on our iPod.

After starting the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock up and positioning the needle, we simply pressed Select to start the recording and then used the dial, also on the righthand side of the turntable to select the ‘stop and save' option on the iPod.

To play back the track we selected the Voice Memo menu (located under Extras) and were presented with a decent quality audio file.

The iPod automatically named the track based on the time and number of the recording in that session. As soon as we connected our iPod to iTunes, we were asked if we wanted to transfer the ‘Voice Memos' to our library. Upon connecting the iPod to iTunes, we also found the track was automatically moved to a playlist and couldn't be accessed through the Voice Memo menu anymore.

ION doesn't recommend renaming the tracks in iTunes. It highlights that the iPod may not be able to find the tracks, and instead connect the turntable to a PC via USB and rip the vinyl to MP3 which offers a naming function. When we renamed the track in iTunes, however, the iPod didn't have any problems locating it.

NEXT PAGE: connecting to a hi-fi, bundled software and our expert verdict > >

Visit Digital World for the latest digital audio, games and home-entertainment news and reviews

ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock Expert Verdict »
Works with 2nd generation iPod nano, 5th generation iPod, iPod mini
requires PC with 500Mhz processor or better, Windows XP or Vista, Quicktime 7.1.6 or later, 256MB RAM, 250MB available Hard Disk space USB 1.1 port or higher, CD-Rom drive
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

While we loved the idea of the dock and its ease of use when it came to recording without the need for a PC, the fact it can only be used with some generations of iPods somewhat dampened our enthusiasm for the ION USB Turntable with iPod Dock. It's worth checking you've got a compatible iPod before spending your hard earned cash.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Numark TTi review

    Numark TTi

    The iPod and a vinyl turntable might be from different generations, but Numark brings them together superbly with the TTi.

  • Ion iPTUSB Portable Turntable review

    Ion iPTUSB Portable Turntable

    Archiving your vinyl records has never been easier - the Ion iPTUSB Portable Turntable simply turns them into MP3s.

  • Ion Audio Tape 2 PC USB Cassette Archiver review

    Ion Audio Tape 2 PC USB Cassette Archiver

    The Ion Audio Tape 2 PC USB Cassette Archiver lets you digitise audio stored on analogue cassette tapes.

  • Ion Audio Film 2 SD review

    Ion Audio Film 2 SD

    The Ion Audio Film 2 SD is a transparency and negative scanner that puts your pictures on an SD card without a PC.

  • Bose SoundDock Portable Review

    The Bose SoundDock Portable is in many ways simply a portable version of the original SoundDock; however, it does offer a few unique features.


IDG UK Sites

Windows 9 release date, price, features: 30 September marked for unveiling

IDG UK Sites

Gateway to your kingdom: why everybody should check and update their broadband router

IDG UK Sites

Netflix whips up 3D VR viewing room for Oculus Rift during company hack day

IDG UK Sites

Best Mac? Complete Apple Mac buyers guide for 2014