Posted 28 December 2008 - 12:30 AM
For years I have recorded LPs, CDs, etc., to a CD recorder (a Lite-on 5005, although I never used it for DVDs). I would record both sides of an LP to a CD-RW, bring the CD-RW to my computer, run filters, etc., and burn a good CD. Well, the Lite-on is finally on its way out. I've looked around and I'm not happy about the CD recorders out there -- too expensive, and music CD-RWs seem to be in short supply.
Anyway, it looks like the best option is to get a small, refurbished PC -- typically running Windows XP with a 40 GB hard drive -- in the $200 price range, and use it for recording. This would probably be less expensive, easier to use, and (far) more flexible than a dedicated CD recorder.
I'm wondering if anyone else has taken this approach. I don't think I need internet connectivity, but I assume I would still need some antivirus program to protect against infections that might come in on CD-ROMs, flash drives, etc. -- how would the antivirus get updated without an internet connection?
Has anyone gone this route?