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Turntables from £500 to £999
Edwards Audio TT4
The TT4 use features a three layer acrylic plinth, each level sandwiched by a vibration damping layer. The result is a low resonance and lightweight plinth that also looks great. The tonearm is Edwards Audio own contained uni pivot design with an aluminium arm tube. The powerful AC motor features manual speed change as standard, but an electronic power supply can be added for improved performance and electronic switching between 33.3and 45rpm.
A quality MM cartridge, the Edwards Audio C50, is factory fitted and the result is an excellent sounding turntable that is open, fast and very musical. Quite rightly is has already won a ‘product of the year’ award by the German ‘LP Magazin’.
Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional SC5 power supply)
Cartridge: Edwards Audio C50 MM cartridge pre fitted.
Lid: Clear Z lift off cover
Finishes: Grey, Black, White, Blue and Red gloss acrylic
Edwards Audio TT4 turntable with C50 cartridge: £599.95
Edwards Audio SC5 Power supply (optional upgrade): £299.95
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-
Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional Neo power supply)
Cartridge: See pricing below
Finishes: Black, Red, White gloss or Light Oak effect.
Rega Planar 3 turntable excluding cartridge: £660.00
Rega Planar 3 with Rega Elys 2 cartridge package price: £799
Rega Planar 3 with Exact cartridge, package price £880.00
Rega Neo TT-
The ‘Pro’ is a special 30th Anniversary edition of the iconic Debut turntable. It features various refinements including an electronic speed change power supply, damped aluminium platter and nickel plated brightwork.
Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm/78, electronic change
Cartridge: Pick It Pro cartridge included
Finishs: Satin Black
The Debut Pro S, as the name perhaps suggest, has a new ‘S’ shaped tonearm, made from aluminion and 10” long this has required a slightly larger plinth than those normally seen on previous Debut models. The arm also provide the option to fit a headhsell, as standard it has the concord style Pick-
Speeds: 33.3, 45 & 78rpm*, electronic speed change (78 requires manual change)
Finishes: Satin Black
Project Debut Pro S turntable: £799.00
The X1 offers a great combination of features, style and performance. Based around a thick mdf plinth which is finished in three great finishes, it combines the convenience of electronic speed switching with performance niceties of a thick acrylic platter and carbon fibre wrapped aluminium tonearm tube. It is packaged with the Ortofon made Pick-
Speeds: 33.3, 45 & 78rpm, electronic speed change
Finishes: Gloss Black, gloss white and satin waxed real Walnut veneer
Project X1 turntable: £799.00
This is the top of the range model in the Kestrel line up of three British made turntables. It’s a sister company to Edwards Audio so shares a lot of their expertise with turntable manufacturing and is presented with luxuriously finished plinth in a choice of two finishes. As you’d expect from this, the most highly specified version they offer, it’s a combination of their largest plinth, thickest diameter brass/ceramic bearing and thickest machined acrylic platter. The Talk A5 carbon fibre uni pivot tonearm completes the package. An optional power supply with electronic speed change is coming, but naturally it will also work with the Edwards Audio power supplies too.
The Kestrel has great ingredients for offering very high levels of sound quality, and is combined with a simply stunning looking plinth making it look, and sound, much more expensive than it is. Kestrel are a really exciting and welcome addition to the turntable market.
Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional power supply coming soon)
Cartridge: Not included
Lid: Z lift off cover included
Finishes: Satin Walnut or High Gloss Makassar (as pictured here)
Kestrel Audio KT-
This TT5 is the latest design from Edwards Audio, utilising their latest multi layered plinth design which is made from five constrained layers of acrylic stacked and bonded together to produce a lightweight well damped chassis. A 17mm thick, flywheel effect machined platter sits atop an 18mm brass bearing assembly. The tonearm is a unipivot design with a carbon fibre arm tube, that combines great rigidity and low mass.
The TT5 is a great sounding turntable, a very good all rounder that offers a lot of performance for the price and the cherry on the cake is it looks great too!
Speeds: 33.3 & 45rpm, manual change (or electronic if you purchase the optional electronic power supply)
Cartridge: Not included
Lid: Z shaped lift off cover
Finishes: Gloss Black, Blue, Green, White, Red or Grey
Edwards Audio TT5 turntable & arm combination: £999.95
Edwards Audio SC5 Power supply (optional upgrade): £499.95
Package price of TT5 turntable and SC5 power supply: £1,399.95