Singapore Vinyl Record Players & Classic Turntables

At Retrophonic, we are committed to supply entry-level turntables at affordable price. Most of our record players are around SGD200 – SGD1500 range. We had to admit, that we are retro maniacs. We simply love the classic, old-fashion design of these vinyl record players. Plus, vinyl just sound way way way better than digital music.

We have both belt-drive & direct drive turntables, and turntables with ceramic & moving magnetic cartridge. There are also turntables with Bluetooth connnectivity for pairing with speakers and headphones.

Record players that we carry at the shop includes multiple brands such as TEAC, Elipson, Audio Technica, NAD (made by Rega), Lenco, House of Marley & GPO. New products are added constantly to cater for different needs. All turntables are hooked up and ready for audition and A/B comparison across various brands and make. With more than 10 types of turntables at various price point, you should be able to find one that is suitable for you.

Not sure what turntable to select? No worries, we are here to help. Just drop us an email and tell what what you have in mind in terms of budget, space constraint, preferences etc. We will see what we can help.

Pro-Ject Primary Turntable (Phono USB)

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Selling price: SGD430

 

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Plug & Play turntable with easiest possible set-up and class-leading sound!

The easiest turntable to get you started on vinyl records collection. Pro-Ject Primary Turntable is a belt drive deck that offers the fastest possible installation process because it comes pre-adjusted out of the box. No further set-up is needed. Tracking force and anti-skating are carefully set for the Ortoton OM 5e cartridge. It comes with built-in phono pre-amplifier and USB output.

The turntable is available in matt black or matt white colour. An acrylic dust cover is included.

Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable

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Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC turntable is the best buy turntable classic with carbon tonearm and DC power supply; one of the absolute best entry level turntable for audiophile. It has won so many awards over the years that it has become the benchmark for turntables at this price point.

Selling price: SGD670 (all colour version)

Selling price: SGD840 (walnut version)

 

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The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.

The new DEBUT Carbon DC was designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance.

This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilising TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.

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The DEBUT CARBON DC is available in high-gloss black (Piano Black) or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, silver or white as no-added-cost option. It is also available in walnut finish with additional cost.

GPO Chesterton Turntable

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Selling price: SGD460

 

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The GPO Chesterton, with its vintage style is a vinyl turntable that isn’t just beautiful to look at, it also sits right at the heart of your music collection.

Underneath the wooden lid is a three speed vinyl turntable with playback. The vintage style grill hides built in speakers and an FM radio with analogue tuning. There are two jacks, one for an Aux In to plug in speakers and an Aux out Phone jack for headphones. The Chesterton also features a CD player with cassette and radio. You can also record all of your music onto a USB stick.

Features

  • Plays 33, 45 and 78 speed records
  • Playback from USB / MP3 Player
  • Record all your Vinyl, CD or Cassettes to a USB stick
  • FM Analogue tuning
  • 3.5mm Aux in jack
  • Headphone jack
  • Complete with built-in CD Player
  • Built in twin stereo speakers with 2 x 2 watt output (4 watts total)
  • Auto Stop
  • Compatible with all external speakers including the GPO Westwood and GPO Westwood Mini
  • Weight: 3.8kg
  • Dimensions: W 40 x D 33 x H 24cm
  • 1 year warranty
  • Available in a high quality nostalgic wooden finis

The Funk Firm – Gett! Turntable

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Made in England, the new Funk Firm GETT! is based on the fundamental principles that Arthur Khoubesserian’s turntables are known for….’music first’!

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The GETT! uses the foundation of the more expensive Flamenca, using a high-density acrylic-platter and Funks proven DC motor design with an O-ring rim drive, and Electronic speed control for accurate 33-1/3 and 45 rpm.

The new F7 pickup arm is a further refinement of the thread-bearing design first introduced in the F6 pickup arm. This unique suspension design works like a hybrid uni-pivot bearing with easy adjustments for VTA, antiskate, and azimuth. Comes with acrylic dust cover.

TEAC TN-400BT Bluetooth Turntable

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Analog turntable with Bluetooth® aptX® transmitter that streams music from LP Records wirelessly

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The TN-400BT is an belt drive analog turntable that also allows users to listen to LP records wirelessly via Bluetooth® headphones & speakers. A die-cast aluminium platter provides accurate rotational speed while an S-shaped static-balanced aluminum tone-arm provides accurate tracking. The built-in Phono EQ amplifier enables the TN-400BT to be connected to a conventional hi-fi amplifier or a micro hi-fi, while a universal-type headshell allows users to change cartridges with ease.

The base of the turntable and the main bearing are the same as the lower end TN-300. The main difference is the S-shaped tone arm and Bluetooth feature.

A built-in Bluetooth® transmitter also lets users listen to LP records wirelessly with high-quality audio (thanks to the the aptX® and AAC codecs). A USB output, meanwhile, enables users to digitally archive their records on a PC at 16-bit/48kHz resolution (equivalent to CD quality).

Only available in walnut natural wood colour. No worries, it does come with dust cover.

Elipson Alpha 100 RIAA Turntable

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

Retail Price S$799*

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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.

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