It's about time someone made a product like this. Though there have long been similar products on the market from manufacturers like Ion, Numark and TEAC, the Pro-Ject Debut III USB Turntable (with pre-mounted Ortofon cartridge, a built in phono preamp, analog to digital converter and USB output) is the first all-in-one LP-to-computer transfer product that approaches audiophile quality.
Without going into too much detail on this, trust me when I tell you that it is not possible to construct a decent sounding turntable out of highly resonant, lightweight materials like plastic. Unlike competing products on the market, the Debut USB is constructed of high-quality materials like MDF and stainless steel. While the Pro-Ject table costs between 2 to 4 times as much as some of the cheap plastic wonders on the market, I'm willing to bet it sounds 20 to 40 times better.
Pro-Ject has long been known for manufacturing some of the best entry-level audiophile turntables on the market. The Pro-Ject Debut (upon which this model is based) is one of the easiest to recommend turntables in its price range, and a great choice for someone looking to dip their toes into the world of high-quality vinyl playback. The addition of a good quality built in phono preamp, plus A-to-D converter and USB output, makes the Debut III USB Turntable a compelling choice for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive and hassle free way to transfer their LP collection to digital files.
If you are considering purchase of another (cheaper) USB turntable, stop and buy this instead. Certainly there are far more expensive routes you could take if you crave the ultimate in fidelity, but the Pro-Ject Debut III USB is the cheapest all-in-one product on the market that will deliver good sound quality. If I hadn't already set myself up with a more expensive solution, this would be on top of my Christmas wish list.