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June 2017 Giveaway

Behringer U-Phono UFO202 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Redding CT January 2, 2015Music Background:
    Ex Veteran of CBGBs

    Works Like A Charm

    Works like a charm for anyone who wants to convert stereo audio from a source like a cassette deck to digital. Simply plug the RCA outs from the deck into this unit, then plug the USB end into your computer. I brought the audio in via GarageBand but you could use other programs, too.
    Sounds great, and there's even a headphone jack with it's own volume.
    Highly recommended.

  • from Fowlerville, MI USA June 20, 2014Music Background:
    Freelance Video Editor & Music Hobbyist

    Great Addition To My Kit

    The UFO202 is easy to set up and use and is a great value. As a freelance video editor I am always looking for ways to increase services that I can offer clients, the UFO202 is a great addition to my kit.

  • from Northern Virginia August 17, 2016Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    A great no-frills USB audio adapter

    I recently (finally) got around to start transferring my old music from cassette into my Mac. As such, I was looking for an inexpensive USB audio interface that can also support phono input (since after I do the cassettes, I'll be doing my vinyl.) After a bit of web searching, I discovered that there aren't many inexpensive units, and I really did not want to spend a lot of money.

    On the recommendation of a my sales engineer, I bought the UFO202. The USB port is attached to a 2012 Mac Mini server running Mac OS X 10.11. The audio port is currently attached to a Technics RS-TR343 cassette deck. When I finish ripping my tapes I plan on attaching it to my turntable in order to rip my vinyl.

    No software is included with the UFO202 (even though the manual claims otherwise,) but Mac OS X auto-detects it as a USB audio I/O device. It is visible and configurable via the Audio/MIDI utility. I had no problem using the free Audacity application (which I downloaded) to record from it. Since buying it last week, I've transferred (cleaned up, imported to iTunes and converted to AAC) about 6 hours worth of content without any problems.

    Transfers from factory-recorded cassettes (via a good deck with Dolby noise reduction) aren't up to CD quality (that would probably not be possible), but they're close enough that after I finish my migration, the resulting 128K VBR AAC files are pretty much equivalent to the 128K VBR AAC files I've ripped from CDs. Transfers from lower-quality tapes (e.g. second generation recordings of stuff captured from the radio) clearly sound worse, but the transfers don't seem to have any losses compared to playing the tape directly (and to me, sound a bit better after using Audacity to remove noise and normalize levels.)

    In short, it's a great no-frills USB audio adapter and one I would definitely recommend to others.

    I would have liked the ability to record at 24-bit, but the least expensive 24-bit capture device I could find here (the Lexicon Alpha) costs more, does not include a phono preamp and would require cable adapters. (It's really intended for microphone/instrument use, not recording from stereo equipment.) On the other hand, Audacity can be configured to work with 24-bit integer or 32-bit floating point samples, so this really isn't a major issue. Although I get 16-bit coming from the interface, it gets padded to 24-bit internally, so the round-off error during processing will end up in those last 8 bits that get truncated when I export to 16-bit AIFF (at the end of all the processing), which is really the only reason I might need more than 16-bit depth.

  • from New Bern, NC June 17, 2016Music Background:
    home studio owner, pro musician, guitar teacher

    GOOD Device for the Money!

    I used this device to convert 177 LP albums to 128 KBPS MP3s. I skipped converting around 100 albums simply because I knew I'd never listen to them again (like The Monkeys, The Jackson 5, etc.) I highly recommend you take a serious look at what you have and weed out the "weaker material" before undergoing the conversion process, especially if you have a lot of LPs or cassettes.
    My only real complaint is I could find no way to increase the KBPS rate from 128 KBPS to a higher setting. But, these were quite old records, most with scratches and pops, and many had already been duplicated in my CD collection, which of course were quiet, fast to convert to MP3, and labeled themselves via my computer as for title, artist, song titles, etc. You'll have to label the Artist and Album Title, as I did, or go to much more trouble to label that PLUS each song. Decide before you start the project. It will slow down the work!
    You will have to convert all records and cassettes in REAL TIME. This could take weeks to do if you have a large collection. To make good progress on the project I highly recommend you use a timer, usually found on most phones, but a simple kitchen timer will do. Learn to set the timer EVERY TIME YOU HIT RECORD! If you forget and come back an hour later you'll find the computer usually quit recording around 20 minutes after the last song and you'll have to delete the silence. No big deal, but get used to doing it often, trust me.
    When I finished those 177 albums, I did around 250 cassettes, again in real time. Then, without using the Behringer UFO202, I also converted around 250 CDs using my computer's Windows Media Player and had no trouble setting the MP3 conversion rate up to 240 KBPS. I heard no difference comparing that rate to the higher ones using earbuds. Your mileage may vary here if you have a $5,000 stereo or a pro audio engineer's ears. I don't.

    Good luck!

  • from Detroit, MI December 8, 2011Music Background:
    Former Pro DJ

    Worth Every Penny

    I had been looking for a longtime to find a USB interface that would allow me to transfer my favorite records to my computer music library. I was hopping to find something in the <$100 range that had 24-bit sampling. SInce I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for I decided to try the Behringer U-Phono UFO202 since the cost was only $34. I have used it to transfer about a dozen records so far and I'm impressed with the sound quality. I use Logic Express Pro software to record the tracks then save them into my iTunes library. After that I just do a google search for the album art and copy the image into my iTunes library as well. It's a bit of a tedious process but it has also been a great way to get reaquainted with some of my favorite music. Not to mention, in the end I'll be able to take songs with me on the go now that I was only able to listen to at home on my turntables before.

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