Updated 6 Oct 2015
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No obvious bad points.
Overall score includes:
Ease of use (20%)
To test sound quality we used three experts. They assessed each turntable using two records: Pixies’ Best of, and ABC’s The Lexicon of Love, which is an older worn LP also used to check for skipping.
The reference speakers are Mordaunt-Short Aviano 1 bookshelf speakers. They are positioned about two metres away from the listeners, with the panel judging overall sound quality.
For ease of use, one tester assessed setting up the turntable out of the box, including attaching the platter, belt, and any adjustments that were needed before operation. He also evaluated the instruction manual. Operational aspects judged include speed selection and cueing a track.
Technical score was a bit more, well, technical – if you don’t know the following terms, don’t worry. Our tester assessed the difference between claimed and measured figures for wow and flutter, tracking force, and frequency response using calibrated reference LPs. He also measured rotational speed accuracy.
16 Jul 2018, Chris H.
Product use: 1 month or less
The upgrade to the Ortofon 2MRed, or better still, the 2MBlue, lifts this turntable hugely. There's no noticeable rumble, the separation is great, and the sound stage is really well defined. With the upgrade to the Blue the definition and clarity of the upper frequencies is amazing, and the bass is really tight. It sounds as good as a turntable at three times the price. Five minutes from unpacking to having it fully set up and running.
The need to lift the platter to change the speed is a pain if you play a lot of 45s, but if that's not an issue, there's nothing else against it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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