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Turntables from £700 to £1,999
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.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Rega have introduced a limited edition turntable which is based around the RP3 with a few key refinements. These start with the aluminium brace and metal trimmed feet from the RP6, and are topped off with a red felt mat.
It is packaged with a custom version of the TT-
A new silicone drive belt is included which is claimed to improve speed stability and reduce flutter. As an interesting aside this is the results of development work from the next reference deck (called the Naiad) that Rega will launch later this year.
The RP40 is only available in their titanium silver finish and will only be on the market during 2013.
Rega RP40 turntable package: £798 including cartridge.
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-
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
Rega RP6 turntable with Exact cartridge fitted in Union Flag livery: £1,149.00
The TT3 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 high gloss white or black, 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.
At the rear there are phono sockets, allowing the use of any suitable interconnect cable, all you need to do is add a cartridge and cable and it’s ready to go.
A full write up will follow as soon as my own TT3 arrives, but what I’ve heard of it so far suggests that this is a seriously good deck -
Speed change: Manual 33.3 & 45rpm
Finishes: Gloss White or Gloss Black
Edwards Audio TT3 turntable with tonearm, excluding cartridge: £899.95
Audio Note TT1 & TT2
Audio Note purchased the rights to continue making the Systemdex IIX when the original manufacturer ceased production several years ago. The TT1 (shown above) and the TT2 are evolutions of that basic design. Both decks use acrylic platters and motor pulleys with aluminium arm boards supported upon 3 springs and come complete with acrylic dust covers.
The TT2 has the addition of a second motor, positioned opposite the other to double the power available and also equalise the force on the bearing. Both decks sound neutral and fast without being lightweight and dynamics, which are still very good on the TT1 become outstanding on the TT2.
The TT1 and TT2 are available in the following finishes: Black, Cherry, Rosewood and Light Ash and arm boards can be supplied blank or cut for Rega and SME mountings.
Audio Note TT1 excluding tonearm: £POA at manufacturers request
Audio Note TT2 excluding tonearm: £POA at manufacturers request
New for 2011 are the Deluxe versions of both TT1 and TT2, please see below and the next page for more details.
Nottingham Analogue Space Deck
The Nottingham Analogue Space deck has been around for a few years now (with over 10,000 sold) although you’d never know it, as it looks as fresh today as it did when it was launched.
The deck rests on a square wooden platform which is finished in gloss black (the marble effect blue plinth in the pictures is no longer offered as standard). The deck can be used with or without this platform, as the deck and motor are both free standing.
It features a high mass platter and low torque motor, the idea being that the motor effectively tops up the energy to keep the platter rotating but without any excess that would result in a cogging effect as it rotates. This has a useful side effect in that the deck does away with a power switch, to use the deck you simply start the platter spinning by hand and stop it by slowing it, simple and wonderfully effective.
Almost any arm can be accommodated on the deck including Rega’s, SME’s and of course Nottingham Analogue’s own models. It’s also possible to fit two tonearms when required.
The deck is also easily upgradeable, with a wide range of modifications available from the factory, it also responds very well to the addition of a good power supply including the likes of the Project Speedbox SE or the Wave mechanic power supply (see our turntable power supplies page for more details).
Nottingham Analogue Space Deck: £1,250.00 excluding tonearm
Nottingham Analogue Interspace Junior
The Interspace junior is a package of turntable and tonearm from Nottingham Analogue. The deck is based around a very solid plinth, with which houses the motor and bearing, and like the Space Deck it features a high mass platter. The tonearm is the Interspace unipivot tonearm with carbon fibre arm tube. We feel this is an excellent combination, which offers fantastic value for money and build quality.
Nottingham Analogue Interspace Junior: £1,380.00 including tonearm
Nottingham Analogue ACE Spacedeck
This is an evolved version of the standard Spacedeck mentioned above, and can be differentiated by either its black (instead of ‘marble’ blue) plinth. It features a bearing with more lead bronze in it as well as a thrust pump at the bottom (like their more expensive decks). This gives a quieter bearing, lowering the noise floor allowing low level detail to be retrieved more readily. The armbase and motor housing are made from Steel with 10% lead content instead of the Aluminium used on the standard deck, again giving (much) higher mass and more damping.
Despite only a relatively small price jump and near identical appearance, the Ace Spacedeck really builds upon all of the strengths of the Spacedeck, the sound has even more authority and stability (which was hardly a failing of the original) without losing any speed or openness. For me, this deck is an absolute bargain for the performance it offers and is very highly recommended.
Nottingham Analogue Ace Spacedeck: £1,480.00 excluding tonearm
Michell Gyro SE
The Gyro SE (short for Spider Edition) is a suspended turntable which combines high suspended mass (11kg) with a low mass acrylic chassis. A free standing DC motor reduces noise transfer and is powered from an external power supply which is upgradeable with the HR power supply that uses the Never Connected technology.
The Gyro is a very neutral sounding deck that lets the character of the arm and cartridge dictate the tonality of sound, although it always has good solidity with well defined imaging. Speed and resolution are exceptional making this a highly entertaining deck that is as much fun to look at as to listen to.
Most commonly it is fitted with either a Rega tonearm, Michell’s own Tecnoarm or an SME (as pictured above), but armboards for almost all tonearms are available to order.
Michell Gyro SE: £1,356.00 excluding tonearm
Michell Gyro SE in black: £1,527.00 excluding tonearm
Roksan Radius 5
The Roksan Radius 5 is quite an unusual turntable and a welcome return to more affordable turntables from this mould breaking company. The price includes the Nima tonearm but excludes a cartridge and is available in Acrylic finish (as pictured here) or with Walnut or Maple veneer.
The chassis is supported on 3 spikes and the sub-
The Nima tonearm is quite radical in both appearance and construction. Its a unipivot design which gives certain benefits due to the simplicity of its construction.
The sound of the Radius is one of openness, space and flow, the latter characteristic which is a particular attribute of the Unipivot arm used.
Roksan Radius 5.2 in clear or black acrylic: £1,550
The RP8 is quite possibly the most radical turntable ever produced by Rega and one I’ve been looking forward to ever since the rumours started a few months ago. What makes this deck particularly exciting is its unusual plinth, which combines a high tech material -
The tonearm is the new RB808 which is the latest in the new models from Rega and features improvements to the bearings and wiring over the cheaper models. The arm is coupled to the bearing rigidly thanks to the dual braces, the top one made from Magnesium and the one on the underside of the deck from a phenolic resin -
Finishing the deck off is a triple layer glass platter with very strong flywheel effect thanks to the concentration of weight at the perimeter, and the TT-
Rega RP8 turntable excluding cartridge: £1,598
Rega RP8 turntable with Exact MM cartridge package price: £1,798
Rega RP8 turntable with Apheta MC cartridge package price: £2,198
Michell Gyrodek mkV
This is the classic turntable that spawned the Gyro SE (featured above). It differs from the SE by having a full size plinth and a hinged dust cover. The SE arguably has a slight edge in terms of performance due to its lower mass and smaller surface area which reduces its susceptibility to acoustic borne feedback, however from a convenience point of view the full version easily wins for most people because of its convenient hinged dust cover. The standard version is available with clear or tinted acrylic. The Bronze version features all black chassis, black acrylic and bronze coloured metal work and costs £130 extra.
Michell GyroDec: £1,770.00
Michell GyroDec with Rega RB202 arm: £1,968.00
Michell GyroDec with Tecnoarm a: £2,405.00
Michehll Gryodec Bronze finish option, add £121.00 onto prices above
Please note the record clamp is not included, but is available separately
Nottingham Analogue Space 294
This is the third and top Space deck derivative, it has the same refinements seen in the ACE Space deck shown elsewhere but with a large 14” (355mm) platter which gives much more rotational stability due to its increased inertia. It can only be used with a 12” tonearm for obvious reasons, and unlike the other models in the range it will not take two tonearms.
Nottingham Analogue Space 294 turntable excluding tonearm £1,810.00
Audio Note TT1 Deluxe
New for 2011 is the Deluxe version of the TT1 turntable. This deck is an evolved version of the TT1 and features a plinth made from plywood for its superior sonic properties. More details to follow. It is available in a variety of finishes: Gloss black or White as well real wood veneers of Black Ash, Cherry and Rosewood. Arm boards can be supplied blank or cut for Rega and SME mountings.
Audio Note TT1 Deluxe excluding tonearm: £POA at manufacturers request