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B&O Beogram 4000 - Vintage

B&O Beogram 4000 - Vintage

This stunning example of a tangential-tracking turntable shows just what the system is capable of when implemented with care

Sony TTS-8000 - Vintage

Sony TTS-8000 - Vintage

The Sony TTS-8000 direct-drive offers an authoritative and dynamic, yet fluid and musical, sound

Inspire Hi-Fi  Black Magic Si Belt-driven turntable (£560 with Rega RB202 tonearm)

Inspire Hi-Fi Black Magic Si Belt-driven turntable (£560 with Rega RB202 tonearm)

Inspire has created a vinyl spinner that sounds superb for the money, with a neutral tone that delivers bags of musical detail

Luxman PD-171 Belt-driven turntable (£4950)

Luxman PD-171 Belt-driven turntable (£4950)

With stunning engineering and intelligent digital control electronics the PD-171 is a delight to use

McIntosh MT5 Belt-driven turntable system (£7495)

McIntosh MT5 Belt-driven turntable system (£7495)

Although intended as an addition to an existing McIntosh system, the MT5 stands up well in out-and-out performance terms

Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Super Pack Belt-driven turntable system (£2200 inc. arm and cartridge)

Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Super Pack Belt-driven turntable system (£2200 inc. arm and cartridge)

The careful downsizing of the original Xtension design, plus the addition of an updated and improved tonearm results in a turntable combination with few vices

Rega RP8/RB808 Belt-driven turntable with electronic speed control  (£1598 inc arm)

Rega RP8/RB808 Belt-driven turntable with electronic speed control (£1598 inc arm)

The RP8 rewards with a sound that has depth, purity and realism that belies its moderate price

STST Motus II/Vertex Direct-drive, suspended-subchassis turntable with tonearm (£4995 turntable; £2795 tonearm)

STST Motus II/Vertex Direct-drive, suspended-subchassis turntable with tonearm (£4995 turntable; £2795 tonearm)

STST has quite successfully reinterpreted the idea of direct-drive from an audiophile perspective

VPI Scout 1.1 Belt-driven turntable with manual speed control  (£1975 inc arm)

VPI Scout 1.1 Belt-driven turntable with manual speed control (£1975 inc arm)

The original Scout offered a more user-friendly approach to high-end vinyl replay, and this new model promises even greater long-term enjoyment

Dual CS505 - Vintage

Dual CS505 - Vintage

Dual's evergreen budget turntable remains an excellent way to get into the gentle pastime of playing records

Brinkmann Balance 2 (£17,495 (deck), £2895 (tube PSU), £4195 (12.1 tonearm))

Brinkmann Balance 2 (£17,495 (deck), £2895 (tube PSU), £4195 (12.1 tonearm))

The Balance 2 offers both intelligent engineering and superb sound

Clearaudio Master Innovation (£14,500 (black, £15,400); tonearm £3350; stand £8000 (black, £8500))

Clearaudio Master Innovation (£14,500 (black, £15,400); tonearm £3350; stand £8000 (black, £8500))

This model embodies most of Clearaudio's signature technical advances and a sound with exceptional detail retrieval

van den Hul The Crimson (£3850)

van den Hul The Crimson (£3850)

Van den Hul's The Crimson is a dazzling performer no matter what music you play

Lyra Delos (£900)

Lyra Delos (£900)

Technically brilliant and musically accomplished, the Lyra Delos does everything you could reasonably expect of it, and more

Linn Kandid (£2960)

Linn Kandid (£2960)

The new Kandid betters Linn's Akiva across the board, bringing greater insight and grip while improving still further on its musicality

Euro Audio Team E-Go (£6300)

Euro Audio Team E-Go (£6300)

EAT's version of the Graham tonearm is as genuinely a 'high-end' purchase as one could make, bristling with clever details and sounding gorgeous

TechDAS Air Force One (£75,000)

TechDAS Air Force One (£75,000)

Irrespective of arm or cartridge used, the Air Force One is a peerless platform for vinyl

Clearaudio Ovation/Clarify (£4360-£4610 depending on finish)

Clearaudio Ovation/Clarify (£4360-£4610 depending on finish)

The Ovation's even-handed neutrality will undoubtedly win it many new friends. Together with the Clarify arm they form an impressive package

Acoustic Solid Wood MPX (£2075)

Acoustic Solid Wood MPX (£2075)

Easy to set up and a joy to listen to, this deck simply lets its precision engineering take you to the core of the vinyl

Inspire Hi-Fi Enigma (£2500)

Inspire Hi-Fi Enigma (£2500)

Inspire Hi-Fi's Enigma modifications strike an admirable balance between subtle updating and maintaining the performance and quirkiness of the Lenco original

Top 5 Turntables / Arms / Cartridges

Avid Acutus Reference SP turntable (£12,000)

Now in 'SP' guise featuring an improved bearing and twin drive belts, Avid's Acutus turntable with Reference power supply is a worthy flagship for the marque

Amazon 2/Morch DP-6 (£3700)

Elegantly armed by a Danish ally, this German turntable has a classy look. But with current exchange rates, can the Amazon find a competitive place in today's TT jungle?

Clearaudio Innovation (£11,770)

Massively engineered and exquisitely finished, this Innovation/Universal/da Vinci turntable/arm/cartridge combination embodies a host of Clearaudio technologies

Benz Micro MC LP-S (£2490)

With its ebony body and boron cantilever, this latest moving-coil from Switzerland's Benz Micro is a highly polished transducer

Acoustic Signature Barzetti (£1750)

One of Germany's heavyweight turntable makers lightens up, giving its stylish new baby an Italian-sounding name. So is the Barzetti more than just a fashion item?

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