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Turntables from £500 to £999


Edwards Audio TT1 mk2 SE

The Special Edition TT1 turntable from Edwards Audio is a substantial evolution from the original, and highly reviewed, original TT1. The SE features various changes to raise performance and cosmetics to an even higher level. To start with the 18mm thick plinth is beautifully finished with high gloss paint. The platter is made from turned frosted acrylic that’s 18mm thick, with a label recess and flywheel lip to concentrate the mass towards it’s outside edge. The Blue Little Belter drive belt is included which spins the platter upon a the ceramic ball bearing. The EA202 tonearm is included, which is a rigid one piece Rega derived design of very high performance. It is available without cartridge or with a choice of cartridges, please see pricing below.


Sonically the TT1SE is incredibly impressive. It has a clean, taut and purposeful sound, with good bass weight and excellent timing. Colouration is also impressively low for a deck at this price level, evidently thanks to the carefully chosen materials used in its construction.


There’s a great sense of fun to the sound of the TT1SE, the music really drives along when required, yet is subtle and delicate when it needs to be. We can highly recommend it, for the price it offers superb performance and the sharp looks are the icing on the cake.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: High Gloss Black, White or Red


Edwards Audio TT1SE  excluding cartridge: £549.95

Edwards Audio TT1SE  with Edwards Audio C100 cartridge: £589.95


Rega Planar 3

The Iconic Planar 3 name is back for 2016 as the replacement for the very popular RP3. The changes over its predecessor are numerous and include a high gloss acrylic laminated plinth with improved bracing, an upgraded bearing assembly, new sub and glass glass platters, even newly designed feet.


Arguably the most important ingredient has also changed, the tonearm, always the stand out feature on Rega decks and this time it is no exception. The RB330 tonearm features a new bearing housing which allows lower friction in both horizontal and vertical movements, and it’s naturally combined with their trademark excellent one piece cast arm tube.

       

As with the previous model the turntable can easily be upgraded with the external TT-PSU power supply.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: Black, Red or White.


Rega Planar 3 turntable excluding cartridge: £550.00

Rega Planar 3 with Rega Elys 2 cartridge package price: £625.00

Project 1 Xpression Carbon UKX

The 1 Expression Carbon is the latest in a long line of Expression turntables. The high gloss plinth (which is finished in a rather lovely dark red called Bordeaux, dark blue or black) houses a suspended AC motor and quality bearing assembly. On top there’s a an acrylic platter (the pictures will be updated shortly) and a cork mat is included, although it doesn’t have to be used. The tonearm is the latest generation of the Carbon tonearm, which they claim is their stiffest yet and features an oversized support for the bearing assembly.


Speed change (33 and 45rpm) is performed in the time honoured fashion of lifting off the platter and moving the belt. The turntable can also be used with 78 rpm records by buying an optional pulley kit and stylus.


The cartridge is a new model, which for the time being at least, is exclusively available on the 1 Expression Carbon. It is based upon the Ortofon 2M red and features silver wound coils and a translucent grey housing.

You need to be a bit patient with this deck, straight out of the box the sound is rather too bright, but once the cartridge has a dozen on more sides on it then it calms down considerably. The result is a colourful and entertaining performance that doesn’t fail to make your foot tap, with plenty of bite and attack when required, along with decent warmth and weight to underpin the fast top end.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (can also play 33.3 & 78rpm with the addition of the 78rpm pulley kit)

Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Red

Lid: Included

Finishes:  Bordeaux (as pictured here), Midnight Blue and Gloss Black


Project 1 Expression Carbon turntable: £599.00


Edwards Audio TT2SE

The TT2SE fits neatly in the Edwards Audio turntable range, bridging the gap between TT1SE and TT3SE. It features a 22mm plinth - in essence a single layer version of the plinth on the TT3SE, which is finished with a high gloss paint finish. An 18mm acrylic platter (as also seen on the TT1SE) sits upon an a unique aluminium hub which runs upon a ruby ball bearing, lubricated by a special high performance oil.


Like all elements of the deck, even the drive belt material was chosen through extended listening. To top it off a rigid under-hung brass counter is used on the tonearm, as well as output phono sockets on the back of the plinth, so you can use the interconnect cables of your choice.


The TT2SE takes the already excellent performance of the TT1SE to a new level. There are improvements across the board, but most obvious is the even more extended and substantial low frequencies. There are also good gains in definition, particularly to the leading edges of notes that simply makes them sound faster and more lifelike. Like the whole Edwards Audio family of turntables, this deck really gets your foot tapping, with excellent timing and rhythmicality.


This deck is highly recommended, as it is an incredibly well rounded package sonically, and punches well above its price level.


Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change

Cartridge: See pricing below

Lid: Included

Finishes: High Gloss Black, High Gloss White, High Gloss Red


Edwards Audio TT2SE turntable without cartridge: £749.95



Michell TecnoDec

The TecnoDec is the entry level Michell Turntable. It shares a lot of design elements with the more expensive Gyro SE, including a free standing DC motor (pictured below left), an acrylic/vinyl composite platter and oil pumping inverted bearing making it something of a bargain. As you’d expect from Michell it is beautifully engineered and very easy to setup and use thanks to its lack of suspension. The deck can be upgraded by the use of the Michell HR power supply (please see the power supply page for more details). The armboard (pictured below right) is a Rega cut and will accept both the original single point and newer 3 point fixings, and can be supplied with or without a range of tonearms, as priced below.


          

-Michell TecnoDec excluding tonearm: £775.00

-Michell TecnoDec with Rega RB202 £973.00

-Michell TecnoDec with new Tecnoarm a in Silver £1,440.00

-Michell TecnoDec with new Tecnoarm a in Black £1,452.00



Project The Classic

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Pro-Ject have introduced The Classic, a modern take on the classic turntables of the past - the sort that inspired the founder, Heinz Lichtenegger, to get into turntable manufacturing in the first place.

As can be seen in the picture above, the plinth is made from two pieces, the lower contains the motor and 6 Thermoplastic Elastomer TPE) balls that the ‘suspended’ chassis sit upon.


The platter is machined from an Aluminium Alloy and is internally damped with more TPE. The sub platter runs on a low noise/friction Teflon lined bearing.


The 9” tonearm is an all new model, featuring an aluminium tapered tube clad in Carbon Fibre, resulting in a very stiff, low resonance and low mass design. The bearings are made from Zircon, a gemstone which should provide a very low friction. To top it all off is a factory fitted Ortofon 2M silver MM cartridge as standard.


A SuperPack version is also available, this features an Ortofon Quintet Red MC cartridge, Clamp-It record clamp and Leather-It mat, see pricing below.


Dimensions (W x H x D): 460 x 131 x 351mm (lid closed)

Weight: 10.2kg (net)

Speed change: Manual 33.3 & 45rpm

Lid: included

Finishes: Eucalyptus, Rosenut or Walnut (as pictured) finishes


Project The Classic turntable package with 2M Silver cartridge: £899.00

Project The Classic turntable SuperPack with Quintet Red, mat upgrade and clamp: £1,350.00

Rega RP6

The RP6 is the latest turntable from Rega, and is replacing the long standing P5 in their range. As you’d expect it shares a lot of the improvements already seen on the RP3 turntable, including the RB303 tonearm and double chassis brace. Further improvements are bought by an improved plinth which is is finished in a variety of high gloss paint finishes including White, Black, Green, and Red.


The platter is a new laminated design, made from two pieces of glass bonded together, and to mate with this is an aluminium cap on top of the sub platter. The latest version of the TT-PSU is used to provide an external power supply and easy speed switching, and is pictured below.

The turntable can be ordered as a package with the Rega Exact cartridge already fitted, please see below for the pricing options:


Rega RP6 turntable: £898.00

Rega RP6 turntable with Exact cartridge fitted: £1,098.00


Edwards Audio TT3SE

The TT3SE is a completely new turntable design from Edwards Audio, and I feel it features an unusually high specification for a turntable at this price point. Finished in a choice of white or black high gloss paint, the plinth is a double layer design which helps separate the motor and power supply from the tonearm and main bearing, which serves to reduce physically transmitted noise. A thick 22mm acrylic platter is supported by an aluminium hub, which itself runs on a low friction sapphire bearing. A custom made AC motor is used and the power supply features DC blocking to further reduce noise.


The Rega derived tonearm features a rigid brass counterweight and no external arm wire - instead there are phono sockets on the rear of the plinth, allowing the use of any suitable interconnect cable. So all you need to do is add a cartridge and cable and it’s ready to go.

The TT3SE is a seriously good sounding turntable, it has a sound that is clean and open, with great focus and separation - almost certainly a result of the work done to control vibration within the plinth and platter. There are impressive dynamics on display too, with transients having excellent speed of attack and a natural decay. Tonally it’s very well balanced, the lack of obvious colouration shows itself across the board.

Speed change: Manual 33.3 & 45rpm

Lid: included

Finishes: Gloss White, Red or  Black

Edwards Audio TT3SE turntable with tonearm, excluding cartridge: £899.95



Rega Planar 6

The Planar 6 (also called PL6) is the replacement for the very successful RP6 turntable. The most obvious change from its predecessor is the plinth, which is now made from a very lightweight foam cored laminate and finished in a matt black on top with gloss black edging.

Mechanically there’s a new single piece aluminium sub platter, motor pulley and patent pending brass hub.


The turntable is powered by the Neo psu, a precision supply that offers both 33.3 and 45 rpm speed switching as well as user settable fine speed adjustment. A Rega white belt is included as standard, as well as a new smoked dust cover.


The Planar 6 will be available from August 2017, more details will follow shortly.


Rega Planar 6 turntable: £998.00

Rega Planar 6 turntable with Ania MC cartridge fitted: £1,398.00



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