Category Archives: turntables

Technics SL-150

The technology arrived in 1970 in the Technics SP-10 broadcast turntable, and made jaws drop. Direct drive did what it said on the tin, moving the platter from its centre and without recourse to idlers, pulleys or belts. It had

Technics SL-150

The technology arrived in 1970 in the Technics SP-10 broadcast turntable, and made jaws drop. Direct drive did what it said on the tin, moving the platter from its centre and without recourse to idlers, pulleys or belts. It had

Booplinth

People are only now waking up to what a turntable plinth really should do. Any deck that has an independently sprung subchassis should not have a heavy plinth that stories mechanical energy like a kind of mechanical capacitor – instead,

Booplinth

People are only now waking up to what a turntable plinth really should do. Any deck that has an independently sprung subchassis should not have a heavy plinth that stories mechanical energy like a kind of mechanical capacitor – instead,

Pioneer PL-600

A fine turntable that seems to have slipped down the back of the sofa, so to speak, Pioneer’s PL-600 was extremely impressive when it came out in 1979. Streamlined and futuristic, it was a generation ahead of the company’s previous record players. It was

Pioneer PL-600

A fine turntable that seems to have slipped down the back of the sofa, so to speak, Pioneer’s PL-600 was extremely impressive when it came out in 1979. Streamlined and futuristic, it was a generation ahead of the company’s previous record players. It was

Ariston RD80

Ariston Audio produced a range of fine turntables for a decade and a half, despite being no darling of the British hi-fi press. The Prestwick company got consistently good reviews, but never quite managed to enthuse hi-fi hacks of the day

Ariston RD80

Ariston Audio produced a range of fine turntables for a decade and a half, despite being no darling of the British hi-fi press. The Prestwick company got consistently good reviews, but never quite managed to enthuse hi-fi hacks of the day

Inspire Monarch

For audiophiles of a certain age, ‘direct-drive’ symbolises an entire generation of cheap, mediocre Japanese turntables that flooded mass market retail outlets like Laskys and Comet in the late nineteen seventies and early eighties. At the time, the British hi-fi press didn’t

Inspire Monarch

For audiophiles of a certain age, ‘direct-drive’ symbolises an entire generation of cheap, mediocre Japanese turntables that flooded mass market retail outlets like Laskys and Comet in the late nineteen seventies and early eighties. At the time, the British hi-fi press didn’t

Rega Planet

Had a fourteen year old Roy Gandy got his way when his mother asked him whether he wanted a record player or a TV, this object may never have existed. Despite pleading for the former, he got the latter, prompting him

Rega Planet

Had a fourteen year old Roy Gandy got his way when his mother asked him whether he wanted a record player or a TV, this object may never have existed. Despite pleading for the former, he got the latter, prompting him

Trio Lo-7D

Surely the most complete Japanese turntable of its time, the design team at Trio/Kenwood was the first to take a fully rounded look at the acoustic properties of materials used in turntable construction. By the standards of its late nineties seventies

Trio Lo-7D

Surely the most complete Japanese turntable of its time, the design team at Trio/Kenwood was the first to take a fully rounded look at the acoustic properties of materials used in turntable construction. By the standards of its late nineties seventies

Garrard SP25

By the time this hugely popular record player was first launched in 1967, Garrard had been a turntable specialist for nearly half a century. The provenance goes way back in 1721, when Garrard and Company was appointed Crown Jewellers of

Garrard SP25

By the time this hugely popular record player was first launched in 1967, Garrard had been a turntable specialist for nearly half a century. The provenance goes way back in 1721, when Garrard and Company was appointed Crown Jewellers of

Michell Orbe SE

Turntables come and go. Many are excellent when launched, but slowly fade away into mediocrity as the years pass. Others endure however, and perhaps that is a measure of their greatness? Into that category, you’d have to put the likes of Linn’s

Michell Orbe SE

Turntables come and go. Many are excellent when launched, but slowly fade away into mediocrity as the years pass. Others endure however, and perhaps that is a measure of their greatness? Into that category, you’d have to put the likes of Linn’s

Bren 1

This is one of the nicest sensibly priced record clamps I’ve come across. Beautifully hewn on a CNC machine, it is just the right profile and weight for most applications, and works extremely well. The latest version has a 79mm diameter base and is 38mm high, and it weighs 391g

Bren 1

This is one of the nicest sensibly priced record clamps I’ve come across. Beautifully hewn on a CNC machine, it is just the right profile and weight for most applications, and works extremely well. The latest version has a 79mm diameter base and is 38mm high, and it weighs 391g

Trio KD-1033B

The Pioneer PL-12D changed everything. It was the point at which established British manufacturers such as BSR and Garrard found themselves denuded of their core market – entry-level turntables. Suddenly in 1973, for a few pounds more than the price of

Trio KD-1033B

The Pioneer PL-12D changed everything. It was the point at which established British manufacturers such as BSR and Garrard found themselves denuded of their core market – entry-level turntables. Suddenly in 1973, for a few pounds more than the price of

IMF Transcription 300

One of the rarest turntables in existence, few have either seen or heard of this piece of Plexiglas perfection which appeared in the mid nineteen seventies. Designed and manufactured by IMF Electronics, it reputedly won several design awards, and a

IMF Transcription 300

One of the rarest turntables in existence, few have either seen or heard of this piece of Plexiglas perfection which appeared in the mid nineteen seventies. Designed and manufactured by IMF Electronics, it reputedly won several design awards, and a

Logic DM101

For much of the nineteen seventies and eighties, Linn’s LP12 was the undisputed vinyl king. New title challengers came and went, but the Sondek remained on top. Ironically, because these aspirant monarchs of vinyl didn’t turn out to be quite as

Logic DM101

For much of the nineteen seventies and eighties, Linn’s LP12 was the undisputed vinyl king. New title challengers came and went, but the Sondek remained on top. Ironically, because these aspirant monarchs of vinyl didn’t turn out to be quite as

SME Model 10A

When launched a decade and a half ago, this was a breath of fresh air in the turntable world, offering genuinely high performance from a compact package. It also offered the handy option of buying it with the excellent SME Series

SME Model 10A

When launched a decade and a half ago, this was a breath of fresh air in the turntable world, offering genuinely high performance from a compact package. It also offered the handy option of buying it with the excellent SME Series

ADC 1700

In November 1979, British company BSR launched a range of budget-to-mid priced turntables under the ADC brand. BSR was a challenged brand, so it made sense to use the name of the American company it owned. The Audio Dynamics Corporation

ADC 1700

In November 1979, British company BSR launched a range of budget-to-mid priced turntables under the ADC brand. BSR was a challenged brand, so it made sense to use the name of the American company it owned. The Audio Dynamics Corporation

JBE Series 3

It’s all forgotten about now, but once upon a time there was an expensive – but certainly not exorbitantly priced – turntable that came along, challenged the best of the best and won. Well, almost. You see, the JBE was

JBE Series 3

It’s all forgotten about now, but once upon a time there was an expensive – but certainly not exorbitantly priced – turntable that came along, challenged the best of the best and won. Well, almost. You see, the JBE was

Sony TT-S8000

As far as the late seventies British hi-fi scene was concerned, many overseas audiophiles must have been praying for us in our darkness. The UK hi-fi press was obsessed with Linn’s Sondek LP12. This deck was (is) without doubt superb,

Sony TT-S8000

As far as the late seventies British hi-fi scene was concerned, many overseas audiophiles must have been praying for us in our darkness. The UK hi-fi press was obsessed with Linn’s Sondek LP12. This deck was (is) without doubt superb,

Brinkmann Bardo

The traditional objection about direct-drive, where the platter is driven from a motor mounted right at its centre, was that you could here it ‘cogging’. This was the issue arising from the fact that the fields of a direct-drive motor’s

Brinkmann Bardo

The traditional objection about direct-drive, where the platter is driven from a motor mounted right at its centre, was that you could here it ‘cogging’. This was the issue arising from the fact that the fields of a direct-drive motor’s

Sony PS-8750

1975, one decade into the widespread use of stereo LP in this country, and vinyl was living through in its harvest years. Sales records were constantly being broken as the likes of Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd and Electric Light Orchestra

Sony PS-8750

1975, one decade into the widespread use of stereo LP in this country, and vinyl was living through in its harvest years. Sales records were constantly being broken as the likes of Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd and Electric Light Orchestra

Goldmund Reference

Hi-fi’s pantheon is packed with products that aspire to be ‘the ultimate’, and turntables are a particularly hotly contested area. Some swear blind that Linn’s LP12 is the best deck ever made, others say it’s a Garrard, Roksan, Oxford Acoustics,

Goldmund Reference

Hi-fi’s pantheon is packed with products that aspire to be ‘the ultimate’, and turntables are a particularly hotly contested area. Some swear blind that Linn’s LP12 is the best deck ever made, others say it’s a Garrard, Roksan, Oxford Acoustics,