Originally Posted by dmadsen
I've been researching new laptops for about a month now and finaly decided on the Sager 4060 as it fit my price range with the most options. My question concerns the general lack of a Line-in port on most laptops. I plan on using my new laptop to digitally archive my old vinyl albums using CoolEdit Pro. Will the mic-in port function the same as the Line-in port on my old desktop PC, or will I need some other type of connection such as a FireWire line? I've used my old PII 450 quite successfully to re-master my old albums, but it can be quite slow using some of teh filters and effects.
I'd check and see if there is some software control for the input port. It's common practice to use multifunction ports for I/O in laptops, (for obvious reasons). If not then just make an experimental copy and give it a listen. If your satisfied with the fidelity, great. If not, another option may be an external soundcard. There are some good USB soundcards out there that are designed specifically for what you're trying to do. Maudio Transit comes to mind as well as the Echo Indigo IO if you want to go with a PCMCIA card. Both have wonderful ratings. I own the Indigo IO and know it would handle your recordings with ease.
Shop around and you should find something that can fulfill your needs. I only mention this solution last because of the added cost of the card, but would recommend it first if quality is your highest priority.