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Onkyo CP-1050 Direct-Drive Turntable
- Smooth Low-torque direct-drive motor
- Die-cast 12-inch aluminum platter with quartz-lock control for precise and stable rotation
- Solid anti-vibration MDF cabinet construction with black wood grain finish
- Signal-to-noise ratio over 60 dB
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Discover the Magic of Analog Sound
CP-1050 Direct Drive Turntable
Engineered for Classic Analog
Aimed at music lovers looking to discover or rediscover the magic of analog sound, the CP-1050 features a super-smooth low-torque direct-drive motor that reduces low-frequency cogging noise as well as the high-frequency noise produced by some belt-driven designs which use a fast-spinning electric motor. The CP-1050 can play both 33s and 45s, and comes with an adapter for 7-inch records.
Stable, Solid Build
The body is constructed from thick, vibration-damping MDF and the platter is die-cast aluminum for smooth, precise, and stable rotation. Together with the low-noise motor and rubber slip-mat, the precision craftsmanship and weight of the deck combine to effectively reduce vibration for clear and open analog sound.
Put The Needle On The Record
Innovative Direct Drive Plays Records Clean and Clear
Combined with a precision quartz-lock control system and quality bearings, this liquid-smooth drive provides a clearer window on the soul of your music. Die-cast aluminum platter and rubber slipmat provide stability and protection for your vinyl.
Two gold-plated pin-type RCA phono terminals output clean and clear left and right channel signals to your external phono preamp, stereo amplifier, or A/V receiver.
At the business end of the aluminum tonearm is a detachable headshell that (together with an adjustable counterweight system) supports a range of aftermarket cartridges between 11/64 ounce and 11/32 ounce (5–10 grams).
As you would expect from a company that created its first crystal turntable pickup for the CP-1000 back in 1946, every aspect of the design has been engineered to deliver audio performance well beyond its suggested price.
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|Item Dimensions||14.50 x 17.50 x 6.25 inches||13.86 x 17.80 x 5.57 inches||13.75 x 16.50 x 5.50 inches||13.75 x 16.50 x 5.50 inches||21.00 x 9.00 x 16.00 inches|
Rekindle your passion for collecting and listening to vinyl records. The CP-1050 features a smooth and stable direct drive controlled by a quartz-lock system to ensure the aluminum platter rotates with utmost precision. The aluminum tone arm ships with a quality MM cartridge, and thanks to an innovative counterweight system and detachable head shell, can also accept most popular aftermarket cartridges. Together with solid MDF deck construction, these elements combine to deliver exceedingly beautiful sound that's both clear and detailed while celebrating the lushness, depth, and warmth so beloved of the analog format.
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Follow up: The weakest link in this well assembled, fine looking/operating and good sounding turntable is the tonearm bearing gimbal/base assembly. Except for the thin aluminum tonearm, the non-adjustable base, including cueing lift/lever and bearing gimbal, is highly resonant plastic. Doesn't seem to affect playback in any way BUT the simple action of cueing the tonearm up/down causes the tonearm rest and base assembly to "chatter and rattle!" The bearings themselves are fine in my table. However, Onkyo/Hanpin's choice of using plastic in the critical tonearm base/gimbal/cueing assembly tells me, like a few other reviewers noted, the corporate "bean counters" made that decision. Bottom line, IMHO, is that the CP-1050 is not worth any more than the current $200-$250 market price range. I still consider it a good casual listening turntable.
But back to the CP-1050. Onkyo did something almost unheard of today. They made a product based on the specifications of a proper turntable. First of all, it is a direct drive table, not belt drive. There is a common myth going around these days that belt drive tables are better. This is not true as a rule! The reason for this myth, I’m guessing, is because of the price. It’s cheaper to build a good belt drive table than it is to build a good direct drive one. The reason for this is in a belt drive table, the motor is not attached directly to the platter. Rather, it is set off to the side and spins the platter via an advanced rubber band. This does tend to eliminate noise and vibration of the platter itself; and it does so on the cheap. A direct drive table like this one is a much more sophisticated machine. They are always more expensive to build properly in the effort to eliminate noise and vibration — but it can be done. And, it was done back in the glory days of vinyl. The rule was — and is —given two tables, one a belt drive and the other a direct drive — with equally good specs on this matter, the direct drive will cost much more.
A word on the cartridge. For sales purposes nowadays, I can sort of understand why this turntable comes with a crap cartridge. Again, this goes to cost. Back in the day, a table this good wouldn’t even come with a cartridge at all. I would suggest to anyone purchasing this table: simply assume it doesn’t come with a cartridge at all. In fact, as soon as you unpack it, the first thing you should do is remove the cartridge, keep the headshell, and toss the cartridge in the trash. Attach a proper cartridge and you’re good. If this table came with a decent cartridge it would cost $599 or more.
In short, this is a “real” turntable. It isn’t a trendy minimalist piece of junk so prevalent these days. I am very impressed with what Onkyo has pulled off here. I can not recommend it highly enough.