- SL-1000R Turntable with Audio Technica AT-ART1000 Cart
- Technics SU-R1 Pre-Amp
- Technics SE-R1 Power Amp
- Technics Floorstanding Speakers
The UK launch of the new SP1000R turntable and arm. A further refinement of the SP-10 / SL-1000 of the past but with new materials, motors and electronics. The SP will spin its 7kg platter up to speed in under a quarter of a second - that's some torquey motor.
A Luxman phono stage was in use today along with a Quadraspire X-Rack and Audioquest cables. We only heard one track on this system, but its a long one at around 15 minutes and has lots of variety of music, including electronic, orchestral sounding sweeps and is very well produced. Have a listen to Nils Frahm's 'Sunson' on the album "All Melody" - its something I've been listening to at home recently and is quite some piece of music, building gradually but demonstrating the artist's imagination and maturity.
What of the turntable? Well, as a digital source user, this is probably the least turntable sounding turntable I can recall hearing. Its timing stability is absolutely stunning. Perhaps this is something that puts me off vinyl but I've never really identified it as an issue, perhaps timing problems associated with a mechanical device attempting to produce stable timing is something I'm sensitive too, but in a subconcious way. Anyway, this was a very enjoyable and accomplished performance from this turntable. Impressively musical, something I must admit to not really expecting from Technics.