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    Acoustic Signature
    Makes 4 decks, their main deck is the Analogue One Mk II a high end deck that has been selling well in Germany for the last few years but they have a somewhat cheaper model called The Final Tool that has been getting a lot of interest across the atlantic and great reviews on both continents, you can read a review by Stereotimes of that model. The company recently introduced a "budget" model called Samba that comes with a Rega tonearm as standard, note that the company also has 2 upgrade kit's for that model if you want to improve it at a later date, and finally for those with a love of analogue sound reproduction they have a 3 motor monster called Impact, that model appears to be slightly cheaper than the Analogue One. All those model share the same custom bearing system that is considered to be one of the most succesfull in the business, and are cheaper than most other high mass tables.

    Acoustic Solid
    German maker of high end players, although it has recently been moving in other directions introducing both mid price players and decks that are in or near the reference class (and price range). Their mainstay is the One to One deck it's a heavy platter deck with a freestanding motor, for those that want a deck that can take more than one tonearm there is the Solid One it's their reference class design, similiar im many ways to their other decks but comes in at a whopping 37 kilos. A version of that deck that can only take one arm is the Solid Edition and at "only 30 kg's" probably easier to get into the house, but there is also a slightly cheaper version called Solid Machine that also can accomidate 3 arms, it has all the design features of the more expencive decks but is smaller and lighter.

    The Solid Machine Small is, a high end performance deck at a really good price (relatievly), and as it's made out of polished aluminium damn good looking to boot. The Solid Vintage it the only deck from the company that resembles a normal turntable with a cover etc, its also the only deck from the company that does no not have the motor seperate from the chassis and is Acoustic Solid's entry into the mid range market. Finally there is the Solid Round a deck made out of antiresonant high tech materials rather than the alumuinium that their other decks feature, high end table that can be fitted with 2 tonearms.

    Altmann Industrie Elektronik
    This company has recently introduced a very interesting turntable called the 776 that is like a cross between a lightwheight brodcast turntable and a consumer desk. It's based around a Technics SP10 MKII motor and subsystem and features a SME ltd. arm and an Ortofon pickup, noticably the deck supports 16 and 78 rpm in addition to the usual 33 and 45.


    Well regarded maker of mid to high end turntables.

    American DJ

    Makes a line of DJ turntables.

    Analogue Audio Systems
    Makes the Gabriel reference class turntable.

    Makes a turntable called 208 that is built around the old Empire turntable.

    Makes the high end Konstant turntable, this was one of the first heavy platter turntables on the market and has become something of a classic (it's basic design is close to 20 years old, although it has seen some updates).


    Has the high end J-1 turntable that comes with their SL-5 linear tracking arm and the more rationally priced Romance deck that uses the more conventional Romeo tonearm.

    Audio Note UK Ltd.
    Makes the TT-1, this is an updated version of the old Dunlop Systemdeck IIX, in other words a 3 point suspended sub-chassis deck with an synchronus AC motor in the classic British fashion, this table has been reviewed by Hi-Fi choice, they also have the TT2 wich is an improved variant of of the TT1 with 2 motors for increased speed stability, torque and less interference, the TT2 model also has a much better power supply but appears otherwise to be identical to the 1. Note that unlike the TT1 the TT2 is only available in Black and that there is no information on it on the companies homepage, nor is there any info on their new TT3 Reference model, this is based on the Audio Note UK TT-3 turntable and features the same 3 motor arrangement but eschews the plinth in favour of an open arrangement and the motor subsystem has been improved with the addition of Flywheel and an independent power supply for each motor.

    Audio Technica

    Makes the AT-PL30, it's a keenly priced model intended to integrate with a midi system, apparently features a built in RIAA preamp and comes with an AT-N3600L MM pickup.

    Audio Tekne
    Makes the ACP-8801 high end turntable that sports a seperate motor, this model is only made to order and has seen a lot uf updates recently.

    Avid Hi-Fi

    An English company that has recenlty introduced the Acuts turntable with a seperate powers supply and the Volvere deck.

  • #2
    Directório de marcas de gira-discos ...B a F

    Basis Audio
    This company started out making high end players in the late 80's but is by now making a variety of models that range from the 1400, a deck that is in the upper reaches of the mid end (at sligthly less than 1500 in the USA) to the Debut Gold Vacuum that costs about 10 times that of the 1400.

    Makes the Balance player, high end, if you were wondering and got good reviews when it came out however the newer LaGrange got raving reviews even in the typically xenophobic British hi-fi press and is considered one of the top turntables out there and while expensive not one of the most expensive tables out there.

    BST Sound
    Has a range of 4 DJ turntables all with fairly wide range pitch control etc., the budget belt driven model semi pro models PR 76 and PR 116 in addition to the directly driven models PR 216 and PR 336 that feature high torque motors (Links in French BTW). The 336 is particularily interesting since it has a couple of high tech sync features although at a quick glance these appear to only work with other equipment from the same company.

    Sell the MT-T1, a Midi sized, belt driven, budget automatic turntable with a built in RIAA preamp that retails for only 50 UKP or so and is actually often seen discounted to 40 UKP or less which makes it the cheapest standalone turntable on the market. What makes this model interesting is it's design, in order to drive costs down the MT-T1 has a plinth construction that is similar in quality to a low budget portable radio, has the puniest motor that has ever tried to spin a record and it replaces the aluminium platter usually seen on the midi sizes decks with a smaller than LP sized plastic platter (the turntable is actually smaller than a standard midi table), however it still has the exact same MM pickup as almost all the competing Midi decks (most of whom are all the same design anyway) and the same RIAA correcting preamp to boot. But despite being 25 to 50% cheaper than and having had quite a few corners cut on it's design there is almost nothing between it and the cheapest midi decks soundwise, so this is something of a bargain and has been getting rave reviews in the UK press. Won't replace your Oracle though and if you are looking for a budget deck you might want to spend a bit more but this is ideal for your gran or as a second deck for occasional use. Bush have also recently started making a budget DD "disco" turntable with pitch control for a very reasonable UKP 80 or so.


    Makes good decks

    Makes players with built in amplification intended for use in classrooms etc, all have 78 rpm playback capability.

    Cello See --> Zarathustra Turntables

    Some of you may remember this company as a supplier of cheap and nasty mobile DJ boards based around BSR turndables in the early 80's. Today they supply their own decks, thankfully, the RT-1 is a budget DJ deck that is belt driven and thus only really suitable for amateur use, the PD-1 is their cheapest DD deck followed by the PD-2 and the top of the line PD-Q.

    German manufacturer of high end turntables, including the Champion, Solution Evolution, Revolution and Reference. Their Clearaudio Reference is a class leader amongst high end turntables and fast becoming a point of reference that all audiophile decks are judged by.

    Clearlight Audio
    Has recently introduced the Recovery high end turntable.

    Continuum Labs
    Make a ultra high end deck

    has 2 DJ models on the market in the form of the DJ-3000 and the DJ-3500both have support for 78 rpm and hve a 20% sppeed variation available.

    Makes a small portable record player, this has been selling very well in the USA apparently, you can get more info on it here.

    Their cheapest model and the only one that appears to be distributed universally is the DP-29F, a Midi size budget belt driven automatic player with a built in RIAA preamp, note that the preamp is not perhaps the best in the business so if you amp has a reasonable quality phono input you should switch it out (there is a switch beside the output), there are technically 2 variants of this decks in the form of DP-29F S and DP-29F K but the only difference is the colour (Silver or Black) and there is only one or the other available in most countries, more info here (in German). The company replaced their long running Denon DP-47F in 2004 with the DP-500M which is a direct driven mid priced deck with some audiophile pretensions, what was surprising was that the new model is fully manual while the older model was the last bastion of the fully automatic Japanese quality turntable, the 500M however is geared toward Japanese tastes in that it has an S-shaped tonarm with an replaceable headshell while the European competitors emphasise tonarm rigidity. The deck is also much heavier than comparably priced models at just over 10 kg, the price of the 500M is excellent, the only problem being that the model seems to be distributed only in Asia and North America, read more on the Japanese homepage or read the brochure (PDF, English). The DP-1300M is a more recent development of the 500M that is only marketed in Asia, for the time being is anyway, it is just over twice the price of the 500 and the main improvements are an even more rigid base (weighing in at over 13 kg in total) and a better tonearm, it's still a S-shaped one with a replaceable headshell but with a much more rigid armtube, see the link here but note that since the model is only available in Japan all available info is in Japanese obviously.


    The name simply stands for "Der Platten Spieler" (or The Record Player in English) and this is a new German high end player, it appears that the company does not have a prepense on the web but one of their dealers has more info here.

    Their range of record players is unusual those days in that they are all fully automatic with the exception of the 505-4 which is semi-automatic but are still considered to be in the lower reaches of what can be called audiophile class (at the least their dearer models). The record players are actually made by the Alfred Fehrenbacher company and have been done so since 1993 but production stopped for a short time in 2002 when the mother company had financial problems but was soon restarted, note though that for the last few years the Dual lineup has only been sold in Europe and the current models are only available with 230v power supply, they will however work with both 50 and 60Hz electricity. (The company now owning the rights to the Dual name in the North America having no connection with the European one). The range starts with the CS 410 which is a update of the Dual CS 400, it's a low budget small turntable intended for use with a Midi system and thus comes with built in RIAA preamp so you can connect it directly to the line in of a hi-fi system, but unlike some such Midi style products this has an aluminium platter (rather than the plastic based ones that most such products feature) and a good basic sound with the RRP being under 100 €, more info here, note that there is an older model of a budget turntable from the company that shares the same name, the current model was introduced in 2003 or so and is silver in colour, anything older and black is a compleatly different design and actually a predecessor to the 415 2 model below. The next model up is built on a classic budget Dual design and is named the CS415 2, this is a fully automatic deck with a RRP of slightly under 200 €, more info on that deck from Schneider or A. Fehrenbacher, the CS435 1 you can find more info from Schneider or A. Fehrenbacher. The basic design of the three fully automatic Dual tables is essentially the same, being a plinth of 440 x 119 x 360 mm with a floating subchassis and an aluminium platter driven from a DC motor with a rubber belt. The 435 1 model differing from the 415 2 mostly in better isolation and damping resulting in a better sound but also in that the 435 1 tonarm while being the same basic design has adjustable anti-skating and counterbalance while the 415 2 tonarm is fixed to fit the supplied cartridge, which is more of a marketing divide than a technical one, i.e. the 415 2 is designed for your mum while the 435 1 is for the budget audiophile looking for an automatic, both models feature a Dual DMS 251S pickup. The CS455 1 their top of the line fully automatic model and is in may ways the gem of Dual's lineup, it's the only quality automatic deck currently on the market that supports the playback of 78 rpm records, it's better isolated than the 435 1 and it comes standard with the Ortofon OMB 10 rather than the DMS which allows you to use a large variety of Ortofon stylii including models intended for 78 Rpm., mono LP etc., and also to later upgrade to a better stylus profile such as naked elliptical or a line contact without having to switch pickups. There is a variant of the deck available called the CS 455 1M with the M standing for Massivholz, it's the same deck but with a range of visual improvements available such as a plinth painted with piano lacquer etc. and detailing on the metal parts of the deck, more info on the 455 1 can be had from Schneider or A. Fehrenbacher. Top of the line is the CS 505 4 which is a classic semi automatic turntable with a much copied tonarm and is often underrated as a performer. While it shares some important traits with it's cheaper siblings the better plinth design and improved arm characteristics (due to lack of automation) really make for a better sound while the arm lift retains at the least basic convenience features, it is in fact good enough just as a turntable and arm combination to justify a much better pickup than the supplied Ortofon OMB 10, the arm is well suited to most MM pickups or MC designs with compliance specs close to MM's or you can just upgrade the supplied cart by using a stylus intended for the OM 20 or 30 Super's. More info from Schneider or A. Fehrenbacher, or read an old review of it (deck has changed slightly since that review was written).

    Dunlop -ver --> Audio Note Turntables

    Have not been able to track down the manufacturer of this unit but the DL420 is widely sold in central Europe and is a typical low budget midi sized automatic with a built in RIAA amp, it's extremely cheap typically retailing at under 70&euro: and often closer to 50.

    EnVouge Audio
    Manufactures the Quasar high end turntable, this was one of the new generation of heavy platter decks (30 kg) that showed up in central Europe in the mid 90's, got great reviews then and it is still considered to be one of the better such models on the market, and while it's not exactly cheap it's not as outrageously expensive as some of it's counterparts.

    Make series of record players that utilise lasers to get musical information from the record rather than a needle, thereby eliminating any wear and tear. A must see, and a must hear, a bit expensive but are much more practical and better sounding than most believe. One of the models has been reviewed by Stereotimes and also by Enjoy the Music.


    Makes the Nostalgie Music Center 1237 which is as the name implies a budget CD based music centre that also features a fully automatic turntable, more info here.

    Esoteric Sound
    Started out selling and distributing players modified to be usable with 78 rpm and 16" transcription disks in the mid 80's but have extended their range recently and even have a recently introduced model that is an in house design capable of playing transcription disks of up to 17" in size. Their cheapest model is the Rhondine Jr.. All of their models are sold under the Rec-O-Kut brandname and unusually enough all of their models appear to come with a 78RPM capable stylus in addition to the more usual microgroove one.

    Eurokits - ver --> Scheu Turntables

    American company that makes the AVANTI Revolution Series 1-2 decks, but does more of building custom turntables to order. They also make a range of related accessories.

    Final Labratory

    Manufactures the Parthenon 2052 a heavy platter high end deck with a string drive.

    Makes a reference class turntable that utilises an Air Bering rather than a normal one, this deck turned the audio world on it's head in the 80's and has been even improved since, available in a flywheel version.


    • #3
      Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

      Galibier Design
      Makes 2 high end designs namely the Quattro ALU and the Quattro Supreme. These look to be partly derived from the Teres design but look quite a bit more refined, both feature plinths milled from solid aluminium, utilise battery driven DC motors and can accommodate 2 armboards/arms in addition to allowing you to choose between a vinyl or a Teflon/Aluminium platters. The Supreme is identical to the ALU except that the plinth has machined vibration damped chambers and is stiffer. The company also sell turntable parts for those of you interested in DIY turntable construction.

      Garrard - ver --> Garrard/Lorricraft Turntables

      Makes a large range of DJ Turntables, in fact many more models than are shown on their homepage, I suggest you get a hold of their catalogue either through a dealer or via one of the downloadable PDF files on their homepage. They also have one model that is more a home deck, it's the XL-100 that typically retails for less than USD 100 in the states.

      Gem Sound

      Makes a small range of DJ turntables.

      Manufactures low/mid priced DJ decks.

      Make the GSP 400 turntable with built in RIAA preamp, one of the cheapest models on the market. Also has at the least one model of a midi music system that has a built in turntable.

      Uk manufacturer of pickups, turntables and other vinyl related wares, with a good reputation in all the products.

      Makes 2 turntables, the Prajna is a rather light belt driven design with an acrylic platter, it comes as standard with a Rega RB 300 Tonearm and does support 78rpm playback (by moving the belt), they also make the heavier string driven Tao turntable that features a base made out of Granit or Marble, has a tonearm base made out of Messing and comes standard with the Helius Cyalene tonearm, the Tao also supports 78rpm.


      Makes a high end turntable called RPM.

      Has a range of DJ turntables starting with the budget belt driven DJP-100 that amongst other features has a +-7% pitch control, the slightly more expensive DJP-122 has a stronger motor and a more accurate motor control (meaning a faster start times etc.) and -+10% variable pitch, there is also a variant called DJP-122 SI, The top of the line model is the DJP-202 and the DJP-202 SI variant, these units have a much stronger motor that the 122 and are direct Drive, more info on these models here.

      Jaytech ver --> Reloop DJ Turntables

      JB Systems
      Makes a range of mid priced DJ turntables.

      KAB USA
      Modifies Technics turntables for use for archivists and 78' enthusiasts.

      Make the P-110 a budget automatic turntable with built in RIAA preamp intended to mate with Midi systems and suchlike. They make 2 more conventional models that appear to be made especially for export markets in North America, namely the KD-291RC and the slightly more upmarket KD-492FC. It seems that the company does not supply those turntables to the European market, there was for a short wile a model available similar to the P-110 but it appears to have been discontinued in 2002.

      This company makes one model of a turntable called the DL-2, it more conventional in looks and smaller than most other German tables but is made out of advanced composite materials and is heavier and more solid than it looks.


      This manufacturer has an interesting lineup of high end turntables. Their range starts with the Stabi S a resonably priced deck (for this kind of performance , next in line is the Stabi, a more tradidtional suspended turntable in a heavy wooden box, then comes Stabi Reference a more usual high end heavy platter turntable (40 kg total), but the cream of the crop is the Stabi XL that counts in at a whopping 77 kgs. and has to be seen to be believed, one of the best turntables in the world.

      Lenco (STL)
      This brand is now licenced by the Dutch STL/Supertech group and has no relation to those old Swiss Lenco's but nevertheless they make the L-3081 a very low budget belt driven semiauto turntable and the L-3086 version of it which sports a built in phono preamp. They also make a budget DJ turntable called the L-3807 which sports a direct drive motor, +-8% pitch control and a light built into the tonearm.

      Linn still makes the legendary Sondeck LP12 in at least 3 variants, but is starting to look increasingly dated next to the more modern and innovative designs from central Europe. The main difference between the models in the Linn range lies in the power supply shipped with the models and this means that they are upgradable to a better spec at a later date, and an alternative to the options that Linn offers in the Naim Armageddon power supply.

      London Acoustical Developments

      Make the 501 model, a new design "inspired" by the Garrard 401 in other words the only idler wheel driven model currently on the market, in addition they also rebuild and sell old 301 & 401 models in and provide support and spares for them (but not for other Garrard models). See the section on Older Garrard turntables here further info mods and plinths etc for older models.

      Makes the mid range Othello and the high end Aida turntables.

      Make one deck

      Mel Audio
      Makes a high end table called Go-El.

      Michell Engineering
      Makes the Gyrodec and Orbe, high quality turntables that go for a reasonable (as opposed to bargain) price. Highly recommended. Also has a bunch of upgrades for their older models and an interesting range of accessories. The Orbe is reviwed here, but their cheaper Orbe SE has been getting even better reviews recently.

      A Japanese manufacturer of turntables, used to manufacture mid and high end turntables and electrostatic headphones of almost legendary quality in the seventies and eighties but turned to the manufacture of high end and reference class turntables in the 90's. Company ran into trouble in the late 90's and stopped making turntables and providing spares for their older products in 1999 with the exception of a high end variant of the 8000 turntable that was made to order well into 2001, the company still exists as a precision engineering workshop (much like competitors Avid Hi-Fi and SME ltd. funnily enough, but smaller) but no longer seems to be willing or able to supply turntable products.

      Makes reference class turntables to order.

      Music Hall Audio
      This company has for some time sold Pro-Ject Turntables under their own name, initially they were mostly just rebadging jobs and thus were not listed separately from the Pro-Ject designs but later models have varied from the original designs, some just a bit but others quite considerably, apparently in order to suit American tastes so it's prudent to list them separately. The cheapest models from the company is the MMF-2.1 which appears to be the Pro-Ject Debut base with the tonearm from the Pro-Ject 0.5 i.e. a simple but effective plinth with a quite reasonable arm, the table is supplied with a choice of 2 Music Hall branded cartridges called the Tracker and the Magic but these appear to be rebadged versions of Goldring Elan and Goldring Electra. The next deck up is the MMF-5 and but that deck is were things start to differ from their Project counterparts, while the basic deck is really Pro-Ject 2.9 the isolation is not only provided by feet as with the 2.9 but by adding a base of similar dimensions as the plinth which is decoupled from the plinth via the use of 6 rubber springs/cones, the motor and power switch are mounted in this base thus isolating them from the plinth. Other features of the deck are the same as the 2.9 model from Project except that a Goldring 1012GX cartridge is fitted as standard, there is a variant available called MMF-5SE that in addition to the above has a reel wood veneer, adjustable conical feet, isolation uses Sorbothane rather than rubber and a Goldring 1022GX cartridge is fitted as standard. There is a review of the MMF-5 to be found here. The MMF-7 has same basic plinth construction as the MMF-5 with the spiked feet and Sorbothane isolation used in the SE version, the tonearm is the Pro-Ject 9 Tonearm and the motor and the acrylic platter are connected via a perimeter belt, unlike the cheaper models the MMF-7 usually comes with no cartridge fitted as standard but the Goldring Eroica H can be had fitted at a discount price. The MMF-9 is a curious design, it blends the plinth design from the MMF-5/7 with the guts of a Project RPM-9, in this case the deck has a plinth and base and an intermediate base all being decoupled from each other by 4 Sorbothane springs, otherwise the technical features are the same as with the RPM-9, the deck is supplied without a cartridge although you can get it with a Music Hall Maestro high output MC cartridge at a discounted price.

      Musical Fidelity
      Makes a deck high end

      Nad Electronics
      Makes the 533 turntable, a unit that is well regarded but not as much of a bargain as it used to be.

      Japanese manufacter

      Nottingham Analogue

      Has a well regarded lineup or record players in the dearer end of the spectrum, including the Spacedeck, Hyperspace and Interspace. Since the company does not have an Internet presence it's perhaps best for you to go to their distributor for further info on their range, but resources available there include high resolution pictures and setup booklets in pdf format etc.

      Makes a range of specialised DJ turntables and associated products, perhaps their most interesting product is the PT-01 which is a portable record player, while it is in most way's similiar to all other portables with a somewhat less than audiophile sound not the least due to the cheap built in speaker it has a couple of uniqe features that can be traced back to the fact that the basic turntable and arm combintaion has it's origin in a budget DJ deck rather than a record player for dirt cheap music systems like most of it's competitiors. This menas that the deck supports the playback of 78 RPM records (you will have to procure the appropriate stylus though), it has a 20% variable speed (10% either way) and a built in stereo RIAA preamplifier that is not only connected to the internal amp/speaker but to a stereo line out and headphone output, the preamp is not defeatable so some 78's may sound a bit odd when played on this device although the simple tone control provided will go some way towards correcting that. The tonearm compensatin is static though so while you can repalce the pickup it can only accomidate MM designs with the excat same or very similar compilance specifications. There is one further oddity with the PT-01 however and that is that the line out level is controlled by the onboard volume knob, by all reports that the sound is avove average for such a product.

      Has a large range of quartz controlled direct drive DJ decks that have high torque motors including the D3120 that supports 78 rpm in addition to the usual, has an electronic braking system and a +/-20% variable pitch control..

      Optimus ver --> Radio Shack Turntables

      Opera Audio
      Manufactures the suspended Reference LP-1.0, a high end string driven model that is usually supplied with one armboard but can actually accommodate 3, the motor and electronics are in a separate housing from the table itself to minimise vibrational and electronic interference, they have recently introduced an upgraded model called the Reference LP-2.0 but will continue to supply the older version at slightly .

      Still make an updated version of the Oracle turntable that made waves in the early 80's.

      Origin Live
      Manufacture turntables, turntable kits & accessories in the mid to high price range.

      Makes 2 audiophile decks, the better known is the Phonosophie No 3 OT a high end model that can be delivered without an arm or with their own Phonosophie One Point or Naim Aro arms. The company has more recently introduced a mid priced model called the No 1 mid end deck that is supplied with an Thorens arm.

      Still sells one model world-wide, the budget PL-990 that comes with a built in RIAA preamp, there seems to be available for the Asian or Japanese market only a limited edition (1000 units) model from Pioneer that goes by the strange name of Pure Malt more info on that one here, it's made out of oak from barrels that have been used by the Suntory Whiskey manufacturer, no I kid you not see this link here.

      Makes 3 mid/high end decks, the 10A, the 11A and the 12A, more info can be had here, the German magazine Höererlebnis has reviewed the 12A.

      Polyconcept USA
      Manufactures "Nostalgic" music systems under a variety of licensed trademarks such as RCA, there are better quality units of this ilk available from companies such as Teac Turntables but the Polyconcept units are much easier to get hold of. Models include the RCA Chaplin which is typical of the genre, its a music system based around a three speed semiautomatic turntable that also features a FM/AM tuner and has loudspeakers integrated into the unit, it's also available with an integrated stand as Chaplin Wodden Stand. They also have a slightly more unconventional looking range in the RCA Newport and RCA Lawton music systems, these are configured and specified the same or similar as the Chaplin but look like a 1910's acoustic gramophone complete with horn and they also have the RCA Magnolia Cathedral which is styled like a 30's cathedral tabletop radio.

      Please note that not all of their turntable products are distributed universally, i.e. some distributors may only carry a subset of the range, also normally only the Debut and the 1.2 Comfort come as standard with pickups installed, however in some markets the tables are either supplied with pickups from an associated company or in the case of the more upmarket models you can have a pickup professionally fitted and at a discount price. The range starts with the Debut Mk III (which in some markets is sold as just plain Debut), this is by far the cheapest turntable out there with any sort of audiophile pretensions, has an enormous bang for the buck. The basic design is the same as with the Pro-Ject Debut except that the MkIII features a much better tonearm in the form of the Pro-Ject 9 Tonearm and now features the same motor as is to be found in the more expensive models from the company. The Debut is available in a range of colours, nine all in all although if you want anything other than matt black you will have to pay a small surcharge and there is also a version available called Debut Phono/SB that has a built in phono preamplifier and an electronic speed change but as with all other budget audiophile decks the basic Debut table has no speed control but rather you have to move the belt on the pulley from one notch to the other to change speeds, another advantage the Phono/SB has is in that it allows the use of 78rpm disks but the pulley on the normal Debut only accommodates 33 and 45 rpm, but it should be noted that the price difference between the phono version and a normal one is in some markets a bit high, so getting the separate phono preamp and speedbox models is often a better deal since they can be used on other Pro-Ject models if you decide to upgrade. Newer models include the unusual Perspective that was the flagship model from the company until the introduction of the RPM line and looks absolutely stunning with it's clear acrylic plinth and sounds not bad either although it's not as striking a value as the cheaper decks. One unusual feature of the perspective is the single speed motor, you get 2 with the deck one for each speed and optionally can get an 78RPM capable motor as well ... that model has been reviwed by Hi-Fi Plus in the UK. Another recent model is the RPM 4 that comes in at the same price point as the 2 model but is much better, an audiophile bargain in fact, it has been getting rave reviews and awards left, right and centre, to bad it looks like an overgrown blender with it's cover on (all promotional and magazine pictures have it cover less, take note), the second model in that new line is the recently introduced RPM-9 that is the most expensive model the company has made and includes a new carbon fibre tonearm that has inverted bearings with ceramic balls (erm..), haven't seen it yet but it's getting good reviews as well. See also : Music Hall Turntables.


      • #4
        Directório de marcas de gira-discos.... de R - Z

        Radio Shack
        The US arm of the company sells the Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable w/Pre-Amp which has to be one of the catchier names that has been given to a turntable, the Canadian branches however sell their own branded Optimus Lab 1100 budget auto with a built in phono preamp.

        Makes the Continuo and Continuo Reference Granite decks, those are mid/high end suspended tables that use the company's own Cantus tangential tonearm, .

        Bui Borges Turntable

        Portuguese specialist, makes one high-end deck by order

        Makes one of those budget players with a built in preamp intended for use with a Mini sytem, no info on the RCA site but Radio Shack lists it in their catalogue.

        RCA (Music systems) - ver --> Polyconcept USA Turntables

        One of the offshots of the Teres project (see below), intend (or are, this is a bit unclear) an improved version of the Teres for commercial release.

        Makes the well known and generally well regarded P line of turntables (formerly known as Planar), including the new P1, the budget P2 in a recently upgraded version called P2/2000,now dissaperar, it comes with the company's RB 250 tonearm as standard. The P3 is also in an upgraded version called P3 MkII, wich represents an very good price/performance ratio especially in the UK and comes with the RB 300 tonearm. The P5, P7, The P 9 is their top of the line turntable and was updated in 2002 with structural enhancements and sports a new look more in line with the rest of the Rega hi-fi range, it also has an upgraded arm in the form of the new RB 1000 arm. Finally the company makes the Planar 78 for the vintage enthuaist, it's a (it only plays 78's). Unusually for modern british decks none of players from Rega are suspended designs.

        Rek-O-Kut - ver--> Esosteric Sound's Rek-o-Kut Turntables

        Has a wide range of DJ turntables, mid to high end under their own name and budget versions under the Jaytec brand.

        Rockport Technologies
        US based maker of ultra high end tables such as Sirius System 3, that deck has been reviewed by Stereophile.

        Manufactures the high end Touraj Moghaddam Signature turntable and the slighly more afforable Xerex X (10).

        Sanibel Sound
        Manufacture a high end turntable called Ameca 2.

        Japanese brand, makes tables in 70, 80years

        Makes the ultra high end Ultimate Transference deck.

        This company pioneered the idea of a high end turnable sold as kit, this meant great savings, the possibility to compleatly customised deck and also to start out with relatively cheap components and then upgrade the deck to a better specification at a later date. VBut have more strated to sell their decks as finished products, namely the Quadrant an deck with a string driven heavy acrylic platter and is usually shipped with the company's own arm, the Black Beauty is a cheaper deck that has a slightly thinner platter and is usually shipped armless, the White Beauty is a variant of that deck that has a platter made out of clear acrylic rathar then black. The company offers 3 full kits called Beton, Holz and Granite but you can also buy any of the components seperatly and add to your own design or mix'n'match a table from a blend of those 3 variations, they have a page showing some examples of just that. And the prices are cery resonable. Note that these are sold in the US as Eurokits.


        The company has a couple of automatic home decks for sale in Europe but no info on their homepage.

        Simon Yorke Design
        Makes a archival turntable that is designed more like an EMT or Telefunken broadcast turntable than an archival one. Expencive. Apparently also has a more conventional ones available, more info on his homepage.

        Simply Black

        Manufactures two mid/high end turntables, the Model 330 and the Classic.

        SME ltd.
        Manufacture a series of high end turntables, the Model 10 is their "budget" turntable at around £ 3000 with a simplified version of the Series V arm (only available with this turntable), this is a suspended design like their more expencive models and indeed it uses many of the parts that the 20 uses but it does not have the massive (and visually attractive) suspension structure, hence the much lower price. The model 10 has been getting rave reviews, here is Stereophile's take on the turntable. The Model 20/2 is a suspended design with 32 O-rings and a heavy platter, it's construction is much more complicated than the 10 and thus much more costly. The top of the line turntable from SME ltd. is the Model 30, it built similarly to the 20 but with "more of everything", 48 O-rings, a heavy platter and even the motor wheighs in at 2.5 kilos (The turntable in total is 42 kilos). At the time of it's introduction the 30/2 was considered by many to be the best turntable of all time, although lately it has been facing stiff competition from new "massive platter" designs like the Clearaudio Turntables, Gabriel and Stabi XL Kuzma Turntables.

        This US based manufacturer has a bit of an odd reputation in the business, while no-one questions the capabilites of the decks they make, they do look a bit "rough" or unfinished (as in "did you build this yourself ?"), this has hampered their reputation somwhat esp. in Europe and furthermore getting information from the company can be a bit difficult while their service can be quite good, esp when it comes to upgrades. Newertheless SOTA has no fewer that 10 models to choose from, their top of the range model is the Millenia, a fairly heavy system with an independent motor and a vacum system, the Star Shappire is a more traditional sping suspended system that also features a vacum system, and the Shappire is the same deck without an vacum.

        Sound By Design
        Makes a high end 4 point suspended design called Quasar that sports an external motor, base and suspension made out of solid brass and an acrylic platter, it's made in 4 variations, the first is the Quasar 2T a variaton that has 2 sliders so It can accept 2 tonearms, the Chrome Gold that has crome plated base, the Limited Edition which sits on a coloured glass plate for a pleasing apperance and then there is the Signature Gold. Interestingly the plinth is a sliding acrylic board so the Quasar will accept any size of arm.

        Still has a few turntables in it's catalogue even if it is not the force it was in turntable manufacturing that it was a cople of decades back. The PS-LX250H is an budget midi automatic belt driven model and is absoluetly typical for such a model with a built in RIAA preamp and so on, more info here (USA) or here (UK), the company also sells an even cheaper Midi deck in Europe called the PS-J20, this appears to be basically the same unit as the Bush MT-T1 and as such is an exellent buy at a low enough price, info here. The PS-LX350H is a bit odd however, it's essentially a low budget belt driven DJ turntable that is sold as a home deck, as with other DJ decks it is a fully manual unit that sports a pitch control and comes with an S-shaped arm with a detachable headshell in addition to the usual, the price of the LX350H has also been lowered during the last couple of years making the unit more competirive, more info if you want it.

        Special Audio Components (SAC)

        Makes the Girati Grande a huge high end deck that can support 2 tonearms.

        Makes the La Luce and Centoventi turntables, these are reference class decks designed by Judith Spotheim-Koreneef, one of the few female high end designers. The clear acrylic platter has steel wheights inserted into it to make it heavier, not only does this work well on the sound of the table it also makes it look like a space age sculpture.

        Stanton Magnetics
        Make the Stingray DJ turntable.

        Symphonic Line

        Has one high end turntable.

        Systemdeck - ver --> Audio Note Turntables

        While this company is not traditionally a turntable manufacturer it is a long standing manufacturer of high en analogue audio and decided to celebrate their 25th annaversary in November 2004 by introducing a new turntable that they call G 10. This is in some respects an unortodox design but very successful as such, while technically a fairly ordinary design with a suspended chassis and a synchronus AC motor the company has used a couple of uniqe technical solutions to solve some of the problems inherent in such a design as for instance to condition the AC electricity in real time using DSP's which is a novel solution to say the least. There are 2 basic variations of the player available, the G 10 R is supplied with a Rega sourced tonearm (this appers to be a model somwhere in between the 300 and the 600) and a Benz Micro C5 high output moving coil pickup while the more upmarket G 10 S is suplyed with a Benz C10 low output moving coil and a SME ltd. arm, additionally the player can be had with a built in RIAA preamplifier.

        Makes 2 tables, both belt driven and fully automatic P-A688 a deck that is intended to mate with their Mini and Midi system and has a built in RIAA preamp, and the P-988 a more traditional Japanese budget deck. Apart from those 2 TEAC is one of the last company that makes integrated systems that feature turntables, their Nostaglia line is designed to look like an old time radio sets, visually some of them are not a sucess, but 2 of those models have interestingly enough a triple speed turntable built in that supports the playback of 78'rpm records.


        Makes some of the best selling turntables in the world, their 2 budget automatic belt diven turntables, the SL-BD20D and the upgraded SL-BD22 are probably the most widely available decks on the market, those 2 tables also have an excellent reputation for reliability and are for that reason popular amongst small manufacturers that modify decks for use with 16 & 78 rpm shellac, they do not have as glowing reputation for sound quality however. The company also manufacturers the ever popular SP-1200 deck in 3 version the standard Mk II, the Mk II PK and the 1200 M3D variant, while this is a rock solid deck ideally suited for it's purpose it's not reccommended for home use. Nevertherless the model is wildly popular in it's market sector and there are 2 mailing lists dedicated to the model, the 1200s list and the Backspin List.

        Has produced a DIY high end turntable design and is working on a kit version of it.


        German brand


        Makes high end decks, ususually broad range for a maker of this type, sadly their homepage is undeveloped but one of their dealers has a good page outlineing their models. If your German is not all that hot I'll give a short description here. The Leonardo 25 is the cheapest model from the company and has a clear acrylic platter, it's normally shipped with a modified Rega RB 250 arm that the company calls RB 2.5 but you can get it without an arm. Next up is the Super Seven also available in a version with a heavy acrylic platter called simply Super Seven High End the sevens are not usually sold with a arm but come with a base plate drilled for SME, next is the Nero S and the Galileo 40 that are normally also shipped with the RB 2.5 arm they have a black platter made out of a a composite of carbon fibre and acrylic, the Rhondo II is next in line and is usually shipped without an arm and features a more convetional acrylic platter. The Sirius is a nice looking compact turntable with a chassi and platter made out of polished aluminium. The Pianta S 60 can accomedate 2 tonearms and you can get a higher (and heavier) platter for that model along with a extra motor and a longer tonarm board that will allow you to have a 9" and a 12" tonearm, you can also buy the deck with the longer board as the Pianta SL80. Fat Bob is a model witha a base and platter made out of polished aluminium that can take upto 3 tonearms and can be bought with 1 or 2 motors.

        Thorens Services Ltd.

        A manufacturer of turntables and hi-fi seperates with headquarters in Switzerland and production in Germany. Founded in 2002 after a managment buyout of Thorens Export.

        J. C. Verdier

        French maker that makes a stunning magnetically levitated high end turntable.


        This manufacturer makes a line of DJ turntables that are known for their superior tracking ability rather than out and out sound quality, this quality means that they are often seen in a brodcast enviroment. They also have a model or 2 of turntables intended for home use, best selling of those is the BDT-2000 a good looking deck with a built in RIAA preamp and the tracking ability of a DJ deck. Those of you that work on the archival of 78rpm's shuld note that Vestax has a model available with the unusually high variable speed ratio of 50% that gives you the ability to go upto 98 rpm's and is ideal for those pre 1920's shellacs. But the most stunning product from the company is the VRX-2000 an instant record CUTTER! So you can make your own LP's at long last and thumb your nose at those Compact Disk Recordable owners while you are at it.

        VPI Industries

        Makes a range of mid to high end turntables, their lowest priced model is the HW19 MkIV ..

        Italian manufacturer of high end turntables, their "Indian Signature" model is reviewed here.

        Walker Audio
        Makes the Proscenium turntable, one of those high end tables that is based around an air bearing like the Forsell, also sells a precision replacement motor for other turntables.

        Well Tempered Labs
        Makes a high end turntable called simply The Record Player and even more expencive variants of it called Classic and the Reference, if I understand this correctly the tables are usually shipped with arms from the company bearing the same name as the decks.

        Wilson Benesch

        Makes 2 well regarded turntables, the upmarket ultralight Circle and the more traditional Wilson.

        This company still makes a couple of jukeboxes that can play 45 rpm 7" records, don't look at me like this ... they are technically record players even if a bit spesialised.

        Make the S4 and S5 models, these are somewhat massive tables milled out of stainless steel and the S4 has become something of a reference by which other record players are judged by in central Europe. The S5 version is the same as the S4 except that it has an enclosure made out of stone and glass. These turntables have also been sold under the Cello brand.


        • #5
          Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos.... de R - Z

          Aqui falta uma das mais conhecidas ...

          Vincent SV-226 MK II + Vincent CD S1.1 + Thorens TD 240 + Vincent PHO 111 + JMLab Chorus 716S + Chord Silver Siren + Kimber Tonik + Chord Silver Plus + Panasonic TX-P50V20 + Panasonic DMP-BD85


          • #6
            Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

            Esqueceste-te da Goldring.
            Network Stereo Transports for Hi-Fi systems.
            Visite-nos em
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            • #7
              Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

              E da micro seiki
              1º- JP Tube Viriatus, Pioneer PL1000/AT33E JP Brutos pré phno MC, Colunas NL - Thor, Meridian 500/Theta DSProbasicII, Pionner Pd 509,Sansui TU 719, Revox Pr 99MkII, Revox B21. cabos DIY e DNM


              • #8
                Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos.... de R - Z

                E a Sanyo?!?!
                Sony HW-10, Panasonic 42PV600E, TAG McLaren AV32Rbp192 Dual Processor , TAG MCLaren 5X100R, PS3, B&W HTM4s, B&W 805S on B&W stands, JPW ML310, REL QUAKE, Dali silver wave four, kimber, audiquest G-snake, Klotz+neutrik, belden+canare...


                • #9
                  Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

                  London Acoustical Developments.

                  Sei que é uma marca relativamente desconhecida. O meu Avô deu-me este gira-discos há uns tempos. É um direct drive. Modelo GAJ 942 SP. Não toca mal. Já enviei alguns emails a meio mundo para tentar saber mais sobre esta marca. Não tive grande sorte.
                  Advance Acoustic MAP 305 DA II, Advance Acoustic MCD 203 Mk II, PS3, B&W 603/S3


                  • #10
                    Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

                    London Acoustical Developments.
                    Também não conhecia, ja esta no directório.


                    • #11
                      Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos.... de R - Z

                      A Sanyo já está no directório também.


                      • #12
                        Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

                        Algumas fotos do TT LAD para quem tiver paciência...
                        Advance Acoustic MAP 305 DA II, Advance Acoustic MCD 203 Mk II, PS3, B&W 603/S3


                        • #13
                          Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos ...B a F

                          Se a intenção é incluir todas as marcas de giradiscos, falta por exemplo a Diatone.


                          • #14
                            Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

                            Pode-se incluir este:


                            • #15
                              Re: Directório de marcas de gira-discos..... de G - Q

                              E então este, é bem merecedor de vir na lista.