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Major Bargain For An Audiophile Turntable!
on January 23, 2016
As mentioned by other reviewers, this turntable has the Marantz name on it, but is actually made by ClearAudio, a very well respected, German audio company. As with many ClearAudio products, this unit's motor is freestanding, meaning that it is completely independent, and has no contact with the plinth (base), of the unit, at all. This is done to further minimize vibration. The on/off switch to the motor is located on the side of the motor's housing. So as not to constantly be turning this switch on and off, and therefore possibly move the motor to where it contacts the plinth, all one needs to do is buy a power/surge protector strip, that has an on/off switch. That way you can leave the motor switch in the "on" position all the time, and use the power strip to turn the motor on/off. This turntable does indeed have the ClearAudio Satisfy tonearm ($1,200), and the Virtuoso cartridge ($900). Add that up, and that is $2,100 already, for a turntable you are paying $1,500 for. That is a major bargain in my book. I just set the unit up a few days ago, so I really don't have any appreciable hours of use on it, but it is a simple design, with little to go wrong. This might indeed be the biggest bargain in a turntable in this price range. Enjoy the music, every note...