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Elipson Alpha 100 RIAA Turntable

Elipson Alpha 100 RIAA

Sleek, Stylish, and Simply Sound Good. Designed and Built in France. 100% European Quality.

Retail Price S$799

Read the in-dept review here at avforums.com

Overview

Entirely designed and developed by Elipson’s designers and engineers, the Alpha 100 RIAA BT turntable is a concentrate of technology and innovation. It’s the world’s first turntable capable of transmitting the Bluetooth wave while keeping the sound quality unmatched.

With Bluetooth, connection to Bluetooth earphone or soundbars are a sleek option. No more messy cables and now you can walk around with wireless headset connected to your turntable.

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It comes with built-in phono preamp and unlike conventional belt drive turntables, no need to switch belt when selecting 33 or 45 rpm. Just flip a simple switch will do. It comes fitted with Ortofon OM 10 cartridge, which is a step up from many entry level cartridges.

It is hard to ignore the sleek design really. It is so simple yet elegant. No matter where you put this turntable, it will not have “old school” spelled all over. For your modern home, this is the perfect choice.

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HK’s Test Report

With all the ultra cool curved edges, minimalist chassis, built-in phono preamp and Bluetooth, one might think that this is a consumer turntable (ie. looks good but sound bad). Look deeper at the design and features, or simply come over to Retrophonic to audition it, you would agree with me that this is a good entry level audiophone turntable.

It took Elipson years to design and develop this turntable from scratch. Apart from the Ortofon catridge, every components are designed from scratch using latest innovation. There are no OEM parts; from motor to bearing, tonearm to chasis, all brand new. By the way, Ortofon is made in Denmark. So, all European heart and passion you see.

First thing I noticed when I unbox it, is that the belt is wrapped around the entire 12 inch platter. Being the skeptical me, I was initially a bit put off really. Long belts usually means high tendency of inconsistency and this has been reported widely in lower end Pro-Ject turntables. Turns out that I was wrong.elipson_a100_riaa_06

The motor is isolated and electronically controlled via a system called DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis). This provides regulation and control of the speed of the motor. So, it does not matter that much if the belt is a bit loose or long. This high levels of speed stabilty makes it almost as good a direct drive, minus the vibration of course. That’s the top reason why this turntable sounds so good.

Also, when you flip the switch to start, the motor takes a few seconds to slow start. This eliminates jerks during start and stop. This is important in: 1) prevent belt from worn out too quickly 2) reduce record wear (if you are the type that like to drop the needle before hitting the start button)

Check out the Bluetooth specification as well. This is audiophile grade – aptX. You don’t get aptX on low end Bluetooth products.

elipson_a100_riaa_09I must highlight about the counter weight and tonearm. It features narrow screw thread comparing to other turntables. The dimension of Elipson Alpha 100 is large comparing to compact turntables like Pro-ject debut carbon. It is as large as the Music Hall mmf 5.2. Large chassis allows for longer tonearm, which means less sonic distortion. Narrow screw thread means you can easily fit any type of cartridges without the need to buy special counter weight or any awkward adjustments. For many counter weights, if you just turn one mm it means 0.1g adjustment. For Elipson Alpha 100, you will need to turn a few rounds to get that 01.g adjustment. It is so precise!

So, how does it sound?

I’ve compared it with NAD C556 (same as the old Rega RP2), fitted with Grado Blue1 cartridge, hooked up to NAD PP4 phone pre-amp and have the turntable sit on Auralex ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform. This setup is more than SGD 1.2k. And the Elipson Alpha 100 out perform the NAD C556 in terms of sound stage, details and transparency. When I played “Jazz at the Pawnshop”, it feels like a totally new music to me because the music is so lively. I am simply blown away.

In comparision, NAD C556 sounds warmer and balanced. Not as exciting, but more laid-back. Grado Blue1 is excellent in high frequencies as well, very crispy and refined.

So, are you convinced yet?

~ HK Loo
Owner of Retrophonic Records.
8 Dec, 2016

Specifications

  • Plate : Pressed steel
  • Chassis : PVC
  • Drive: Belt drive
  • Cartridge : Ortofon OM10
  • Electronic : RIAA preamp (switchable MM & MC)
  • Bluetooth aptX & USB : 24 bits / 48 KHz
  • RCA cable provided : Yes
  • Centraliser : Polyamid Frequency response : 25Hz – 20KHz (-3dB / +1dB)
  • Gain : MM = 40,5 dB / MC = 61 dB
  • Crosstalk : MM = 88 dB / MC = 78 dB
  • THD : MM = 0,006% / MC = 0,05%
  • Signal / noise ratio : MM = 82 dB / MC = 76 dB

More Reviews

  • This review is for the higher end model – Elipson Omega 100. The only difference from Alpha is that Omega uses carbon tonearm.elipson-alpha-review
  • 4-star review by What HiFi Magazine

    Should be 5-star really. This is because the factory preset cartridge weight is set wrongly at 1.78g, it should be 1.5g. We tested this at the shop and after this adjustment, the music is simply wow! Lots of details, clear layer seperations and transparancy, very musical mid-range.And this is coming from Ortofon OM10 cartridge, which is well-known in the industry for being dull and heavy on bass. Elipson Alpha 100 sounds forward and dynamic, so it is not a problem of the cartridge at all.

Photos

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TEAC TN-300 Turntable

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Recommended selling price: SGD 699

The TEAC TN-300 belt-drive analog turntable is housed in a stylish chassis, containing an MM Phono equalizer amplifier with USB output. Both Phono and Line outputs are supplied, which allows you to play vinyl into powered speakers or a stereo without a Phono input. The built-in phono can be switched off from the back.

Transfer music from vinyl records to your Mac or PC using the USB digital output. CD quality digital archiving via USB preserves your vinyl collectionfor use on a smartphone or Digital Audio Player. With the included audio-technica AT95E VM cartridge, the TN-300 sounds great right out of the box. An aluminum, die-cast, High inertia platter is also included. The TN-300 is the perfect turntable for any music lover from first time users to audiophiles, with high-quality sound and sturdy yet stylish design.

We like the fact that it has high quality gross finishing, great suspension legs and it is made in Taiwan.

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Available in piano black and high gross white (more finishing coming soon)

Read the positive reviews here

 

Audio Technica AT-LP5 Turntable

Audio Technica AT-LP5 Turntable

 

Selling price: SGD598

Update on 10 Nov, 2016. This turntable is now back in stock. Yes, it comes with the arcylic cover.

 

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The landmark Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable  is proof positive that an affordable turntable can deliver the  performance, design and reliability expected of high-fidelity models. A perfect balance of technology and design, the sleek contemporary lines of the AT-LP5 turntable grace any room in the home, while delivering performance features born out of Audio-Technica’s rich analog heritage.

The direct-drive turntable with its precision-engineered cast aluminium record platter, fitted with the exclusive high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet cartridge, itself mounted on an AT-HS10 lightweight headshell, proves the LP5 doesn’t compromise when it comes to materials and components.

The LP5’s J-shaped tonearm, which helps minimise tracking errors, is based on original Audio-Technica designs from the 1960s and 70s. 33 1/3rd & 45 RPM speeds, phono or line stereo outputs with separate grounding, a low-resonance damped & weighted chassis structure, the heavy 5mm thick rubber-composite platter mat and sleek matte black paint finish create a comprehensive package.

The AT-LP5 offers a built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier that provides connection to a stereo system equipped with either phono or line-level inputs. The AT-LP5 also includes Audacity recording software for MAC or PC, USB cable and an RCA / RCA stereo adapter cable, allowing direct connection to your computer to transfer your classic LP collection to digital files using its USB output. 

With great attention paid to the complete analog signal path, subtle features such as the gold-plated  u-shaped connections of the HS10 headshell, the choice of using both the internal or an external phono pre-amplifier, and a stable high-rated internal mains power supply with enhanced grounding, the audio reproduction credentials of the LP5 are clear for all to see.

This turntable received 5-star rating by What HiFi magazine. Read about it here – http://www.whathifi.com/audio-technica/lp5/review

 

GPO Ambassador

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Selling price: SGD350

With dapper style, but a very modern touch, the GPO Ambassador is GPO’s first turntable with Bluetooth wireless streaming and a rechargeable battery. It is feature rich and fully portable.

First check out that wardrobe; with either a Green and Black, or Cream and Tan two tone finish, the Ambassador has a classic finish with leatherette binding and brass-styled corner protectors. The briefcase style record player features a three speed turntable, auto stop function, built in speakers and manual pick up arm. The unit has also been built to make it easier to play music wherever you are. With a rechargeable battery the turntable will play on the go while the Bluetooth connectivity works with any Bluetooth speaker.

Features & Specifications

  • Portable briefcase turntable player, enjoy music anywhere anytime!
  • Bluetooth connection with any Bluetooth speaker.
  • Rechargeable battery up to 2.5hours playback
  • Built in twin stereo speaker
  • Analogue output: RCA connectors L/R
  • Digital output: USB port
  • Supports all 3 record speeds: 33/45/78 RPM
  • Record your vinyl to a USB stick (supplied)
  • Included are power supply and USB stick
  • Built in RCA audio out to allow additional speakers to be connected
  • Available in Green and Black and Cream and Tan

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NAD C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

NAD C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

NAD’s New Classic Amplifiers. Intelligent. Powerful. Efficient – Introducing the NAD C 368

  • 80W x 2 Continuous power into 8 or 4 Ohms
  • Bluetooth ADP4 with aptX® supported
  • MM Phono input
  • Analogue line inputs
  • Preamp/Subwoofer out
  • Headphone amplifier
  • MDC Slots for future upgrades

Expansive Power with Unprecedented Flexibility

The C 368 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music sources past, present, and future, in addition to providing a nearly unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.

Getting the Basics Right

It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. Low noise circuits, precise volume control action, accurate channel balance, proper input and output impedance characteristics, high overload margins and stability with difficult speaker loads. NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances from there. This amplifier includes an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs – all without affecting bass response.

The line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components, by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device. Also included is a separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier. These are all details you can hear.

Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers

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Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that continues to set the standard for affordable high-quality audio. Connect your iDevice, computer, TV, or any other audio component for great stereo sound in any room.

The goal of Audioengine is to provide a high-end listening experience at affordable prices with easy to use, high-quality products. The Audioengine 5 powered speaker system was Audioengine’s flagship model and has become a best seller. The new A5+ has the same award-winning signature sound as the original A5 but includes customer-requested upgrades and features.

Available in Satin Black, Hi-Gloss White ($629) and Bamboo ($729)

Reviews

- 5-star rating by What HiFi – http://www.whathifi.com/audioengine/a5/review

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House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable

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Selling price: SGD 428

New stock arriving by 13 December, 2016. Limited set, please call to book a set if you are keen.

One of the stars of CES 2016 is the elegant, trendy and eco-friendly turntable by House of Marley – the “Stir It Up” Turntable. If you’ve not heard of House of Marley before – yes, it is referring to the same Bob Marley you already know about, rolling with the brand to promote “good living and shared experiences”.

 

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This is a compact record player with nice natural bamboo plinth. The aluminum platter is 11-inch, slightly smaller than full-size 12-inch platter. We like the fact that is it less bulky than many turntables in the market. It is space saving and looks good no matter where you put it.

A lot of attention and passion has been poured in to design this turntable. It is not one of those super OEM decks.

House of Marley also utilized Regrind™ and Rewind™, which are composed of hemp, organic cotton and recycled plastic. The base below the bamboo plinth has a fabric-wrapped finish. It is tastefully done, very sleek indeed.

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It includes standard features for model turntables, such as ability to play 33 & 45rpm, USB output, counter weight and anti-skating adjustment, tonearm level, RCA output, built-in switchable phono pre-amp, and MM cartridge. To be specific, the cartridge used is Audio Technica AT91/BL. We estimate it weights around 3.5kg. This weight, together with the anti vibration legs, helps to reduce external vibration. That means better sound than many ultra-light, plasticky enter-level turntables.

Although the headshell is not detachable, it is a standard mount. This make it possible to upgrade the stock cartridge to something better, like the well-known and highly praised Audio Technica AT95e. It has a built-in 3.5mm jack headphone output in front. For those of you who likes to listen to vinyl music on earphones or headphones, you can just plug and play. The built-in headphone amplifier does the job, no additional components needed. It is a bit odd because the volume is not adjustable. Well, we suppose you can enhanced it with external mini amplifier, so not a problem.

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I’ll be damned if I don’t mention how nice is the product packaging. Now wrapping paper needed if you get this as a gift!!