Maybe you are the lucky owner of a vintage turntable inherited from a family member – or maybe you found a steal at a local garage sale before the ‘vinyl revival’? If not, this is a great place to find inspiration for high-end turntables with excellent sound-quality as well as great design with wooden details. After all, the turntable along with the cool-looking retro vinyl records should not be stowed away anymore! Check out our top-6 of high-end turntables in wooden design below.
1: Top-quality from Music Hall with walnut finish
Music Hall Audio is an American company founded in 1985 that designs their own range of turntables which are then manufactured in the Czech Republic. The MMF9.3 is a two speed, belt-driven audiophile turntable with a triple plinth construction. The design is constructed to isolate the critical sound reproducing components and the motor and speed controls are mounted on their own vibration damping base. The model has a long feature list including a one-piece full carbon-fiber tonearm and Goldring Eroica LX cartridge. The great-looking design is both classic and modern with a finish in real walnut wood veneer.
2: Levitating platter by MAG-LEV Audio
MAG-LEV Audio is a Slovenian company founded by music lovers, technicians, engineers and designers. The ML1 is the world’s first turntable designed with a levitating platter to play records in an elevated position. No moving parts inside the turntable and no motors to spin the platter makes the design quite revolutionary and improves the listening experience. Design inspiration is from the 70s and 80s with a raw minimalistic look and wood-styling.
3: Award-winning technology by Clearaudio
German Clearaudio has existed since 1978 and is famous for their pioneering design and functionality which was earned them numerous awards. The Concept turntable is their most ‘basic’ model, but the turntable has components from more expensive designs – one of them is the magnetic and friction-free bearing which has extremely low distortion. The Concept Wood has a constrained-layer plinth made of Baltic Birch which gives a great look and improves the sound.
4: Re-design of the legendary Perpetuum Ebner in rosewood
WE AUDIO SYSTEMS from Germany has re-introduced the renowned Perpetuum Ebner (PE) – one of the world’s oldest and biggest manufacturers of turntables established in 1911. The PE4040 is the successor to the once legendary PE2020 (from 1967) and is the top-product from PE. The beltdriven turntable has a manually operated sub-chassis, synchronous motor, Thorens tonearm and an electronically controlled 2-speed selector. The PE 4040 pays tribute to a 1960s legend complimented with a beautiful rosewood finish.
5: Classic Evolution turntable with wooden base by Scheu
The design philosophy for Scheu Analogue was made by German founder Thomas Scheu. Following his early death, his wife has carried forward the company and Scheu continues to produce a variety of turntables, tonearms, cartridges and accessories. The Cello Classic Line Evolution features a Rega RB 202 arm and an AT 100E Audiotechnica cartridge. It has a complex shell structure and a resonance-optimised chassis. The ‘cutting board’-look base is made from multiple layers of wood and special absorption materials which are glued together and veneered with real wood. A modern and minimalistic look with a classic design and tineo wood.
6: Great value-for-money with Orbit Special by U-turn Audio
American U-turn Audio is an independent turntable manufacturer focused on making good value-for-money products. In 2012, they launched a Kickstarter campaign for the first Orbit Turntable with overwhelming feedback! Since then, they have expanded their product offering to four different models and still keep all design, engineering and manufacturing in-house. The Orbit Special features the award-winning Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, includes a cue lever for easy tonearm operation and has an acrylic platter that all provide a clear and detailed playback. The external belt drive eliminates motor noise and ensures speed consistency. The U-turn Orbit Special has a solid hardwood plinth which is available in stylish flat cut maple or rift walnut for a timeless look.
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