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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: £735.00

-Michell TecnoDec with Rega RB202 £933.00

-Michell TecnoDec with new Tecnoarm a in Silver £1,370.00

-Michell TecnoDec with new Tecnoarm a in Black £1,381.00

 

 

Rega RP40

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-PSU which has been setup by hand to run precisely with the particular motor used on the deck (as is done on the RP8) to guarantee the lowest noise possible. The deck comes with a white bodied Elys40 cartridge fitted - a version of the Elys cartridge which has been made to especially tight tolerances, which should result in particularly fine imaging.  

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.

 

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: £798.00

Rega RP6 turntable with Exact cartridge fitted: £998.00

Rega RP6 turntable with Exact cartridge fitted in Union Flag livery: £1,049.00

 

 

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-chassis is then decoupled from it by compliant rubber supports which are similar in nature to those found on Roksan’s more expensive Xerxes turntable. The motor is also compliantly mounted to reduce any noise entering the platter. In the photograph above, taken with the platter removed,  you can even see the power supply through the acrylic.  

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

 

Rega RP8

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 - an exceptionally lightweight composite which has two phenolic skins sandwiching a polyolefin foam resulting in exceptional lightness - with a decoupled outer frame and dust cover, enabling the sonic benefits of a skeletal turntable design with  the convenience of an easy to use lid. What’s more the frame and lid can be completely removed, allowing you to see the elegant shape of the chassis.

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  - both very light and stiff materials.

 

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-PSU power supply which provides a clean supply with electronic speed control.

 

Rega RP8 turntable excluding cartridge: £1,598

Rega RP8 turntable with Apheta 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 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

 

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