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(Denmark, '86-'88) $325
This rare Luxman P-100 is a fully automatic, belt-drive beauty...it's in excellent cosmetic and operating condition. The motor is servo-driven.
Like other companies with a reputation for producing "audiophile-level" HiFi gear, Luxman faced stiff competition from Japan during the frenzied 80's. Reluctantly, they decided to figure out a way to keep the "lux" in luxurious without the usual high price associated with Luxman branded components. The P-100 was one of the designs they managed to pull off. Fortunately, it was quite successful in both Europe and North America. The exterior build quality is more mid-fi but the inner working and reliability are pure Luxman.
Essentially, the P-100 is a simple and elegant design with superb tracking and flawless fully automatic operation. It has a switch on the underside to turn off the auto cue function which allows manual operation if so desired.
Extras include a new "Corkey" (cork/rubber composite) anti-resonant platter mat and real mahogany veneer side panels.
The original headshell comes mounted with an excellent *Azden YM-10ve cartridge and gently used stylus tracking at 1.5 grams. Viewed through a jeweler's loupe there's negligible wear on the stylus, the tip is like new actually.
As with all Luxman designed turntables, the P-100 (as mentioned above) is very reliable. At about 12 lbs, it's much heavier than you would expect for a belt-drive unit. It feels solid and operates with the simple touch of a button; you never have to touch the tonearm.
Drive: Belt Drive
Wow and Flutter: 0.06% wrms
Dimensions: 16.3"W x 4.75"H x 15"D
Weight: 12 lbs
This Japanese company was (until recently) one of the biggest OEM suppliers of cartridges. Usually the company made affordable moving coil pickups such as the GM-1E that featured a user replaceable elliptical stylus. Other products from the company include the YM-10 pickups. These were also more affordable MM's with audio specs of 10Hz to 22 KHz. There were 3 models available, all electronically identical but with differing stylii and cantilevers, the C and E version that had aluminium cantilevers, the C version had a spherical stylus, the E version had a elliptical one and the VE version featured tapered cantilever and a "Vital Elliptical" stylus. A few American companies still have some original styli supplies but they are rather expensive. Replacement stylii are still available.
About Luxman...(from Luxman;s home page)
The history of the Luxman audio brand began in 1925, at the birth of radio broadcasting. They paid particular attention to the world of audio and gained a high reputation as a quality brand of high-end audio products both domestically and internationally.
People tend to open their mind to natural things and react negatively to the unnatural. Natural sound, without coloration, develops an intimacy between the music and the listener; naturally and purely reproduced music resonates with the listener’s imagination.
Luxman reflected this effect in their product development; music that features a performer's true passion and which a recording engineer has worked on precisely benefits from the fine nuances in sound which they aimed to reproduce, conveying the spirit of the artist and the enthusiasm of the performance. They strove to bring to the listener the experience of unlimited, pure music because composers, performers and recording engineers have poured their true feelings into our favorite pieces of music. Luxman would only be satisfied if the listener could experience those same passions through their products. They continue to discover new excitement through wonderful music and to continue to share that pleasure with everyone.
In pristine cosmetic and working condition, this Technics SL-B5 is a fully automatic, belt-drive turntable. Features include the very rare stacking spindle, strobe, pitch controls, speed selector and it also comes with a brand new belt and a brand new crystal clear dust cover.
The tonearm headshell will come mounted with a new Ortofon Omega cartridge & stylus (not shown in photos)
The SL-B5 was first introduced in the early 80's at a modest cost for those that wanted the convenience of a full automatic without the higher cost of the direct-drive units. Regardless, The SL-B5 is a classic turntable, built with the expected excellence that Technics is so well known for.
Driven by Technics' proven frequency generator servo control system, the SL-B5 is a trouble-free, easy to use and very reliable workhorse.
A simple touch of the button and the unit flawlessly does the rest. There's no need to ever touch the arm. It will automatically play the record once, or as many times as you want by using the memo-repeat function. That function allows a record to be played multiple times or into infinity.
The stacking capability accepts up to six records but we suggest a maximum of four.
About TECHNICS / MATSUSHITA / PANASONIC...
No doubt best known for their masterful design of high quality turntables, founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies. The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965. Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)
Built entirely in-house by Rotel, this classic vintage RP-1100Q turntable is a real beauty and very hard to find in such absolutely pristine condition!
The gorgeous (proprietary) Rotel "tigerwood" veneer plinth is an immediate eye catcher. The original dust-cover is pristine with the 20% factory tint. The platter comes a new "Corkey" cork / rubber mat.
The Rotel RP-1100Q is a semi-automatic belt drive with a fully sprung floating suspension. At the end of play the arm returns to the rest and the unit shuts off. The cueing lever is used so you never have to lower the arm by hand.
The static-balanced S-shaped tonearm has a new headshell fitted with a new Ortofon Omega cartridge and stylus.
The chrome anti-skate mechanism has a pivoted arm that gently rests on the arm extension to apply just enough weight to keep the stylus centered in the grooves.
As with all our gear, everything is working just as it should. The bearings in the static balanced, 4-pole hysteresis arm are nice and tight. It also has a brand new belt, custom anti-resonant feet and a copy of the owner's manual.
Rotel is a family-owned Japanese manufacturer of high end audio and video equipment. The company was established in 1961. In the early 1980s, Rotel joined the B&W Group forming a strategic alliance with Bowers and Wilkins and later adding Classé Audio. Rotel was one of the few Japanese audio companies to create, design and manufacture their products in-house instead of using sub-contractors. They didn't advertise to the extent of the other big names in Japan, they relied on targeted marketing towards audiophiles and higher end audio related publications.
In excellent cosmetic condition and working perfectly, this unique Dual CS-608 is a semi-automatic that was the only 3-speed turntable that Dual ever made.
The electronically controlled direct-drive motor is one of Dual's finest and most reliable designs.
The turntable is supported by three independent, custom aluminum, anti-resonant padded feet in front and two unobtrusive circular rubber feet in the back.
This turntable comes with a brand new Dual "sled" (with new wiring and new contact points) ordered from a company in Germany that designs and 3D prints exact copies of the Dual sleds. Besides the 608, this narrow sled is specific for certain other Dual models.
(NOTE:If not familiar with Duals, the sled is a separate piece that is easily removed from the headshell in order to install a cartridge. There is a sliding unlocking / locking lever on the headshell.)
However, this Dual CS-608 is a chameleon.
At first glance it appears "plasticky", almost like a lot of other "typical" 80's turntables, but it's not.
The real walnut veneer on all three sides leads you to a closer look. The satin metallic plinth covers its well thought out design that also features a clever and unique set of dustcover hinges unlike any other. It also has an unusually wide 11% pitch control available at 33, 45, or 78 speeds. Lift it up and the 13 lb weight immediately lets you know it's a solid, well built vintage turntable.
The ULM (ultra low mass) tonearm comes with a new Ortofon Omega cartridge and stylus. By the way, this arm is all business and this heritage shows in the Duals still produced to this day. For comparison, there are a couple of direct-drive DJ turntables (bearing the Stanton and Audio Technica names) capable of 78 RPM playback.
Dual was adept at striking an excellent balance between pure performance and desirable features. The CS-608 is a highly capable and highly recommended turntable for the "prosumer archivist" or audiophile whose collection also includes 78's.
Motor: Electronically controlled direct-drive system using the EDS 501
Start Up Time: 2-2.5 sec @ 33 RPM
Platter: 3 lbs, Non-Magnetic, Removable
Pitch Control Range: 11%
Wow & Flutter: DIN: 0.05% WRMS: 0.03%
Rumble: Unweighted: 50dB Weighted: 75dB :
Tracking Force: 0-2g
Dimensions: 5.5"H x 17"W x 15"D.
Weight: 13.1 lbs.
Price (New): $330.00
Instead of our usual back story, here is a wonderful link to the amazing history of Dual:
In perfect cosmetic condition and fully operational this Luxurious Sony PS-X50 turntable is a stunning example of Japanese engineering at its best.
As per our usual servicing, it has been opened up for lube, cleaning and Deoxit where applicable.
Weighing in at 26 lbs, this beautiful Sony PS-X50 is a 2-speed, direct-drive semi-automatic turntable system with aluminium alloy die-cast platter. The static balance "J-shaped" tonearm. uses a long span trunnion and is adjustable for height to adapt to any cartridge. At the end of play the arm returns and the unit shuts off.
The unique and original headshell comes with an excellent Shure 2215 cartridge with a brand new Pfanstiehl stylus (the stylus was designed in Switzerland specifically for the 2215 and others.) We added four circular foam cushions under the original feet for added protection against potential resonance.
Sony's premium X-Tal / Magndisc lock system on the PS-X50 keeps the platter rotating at an accurate nominal speed under voltage fluctuations or temperature variations (or aging) for excellent initial drift and load/speed characteristics.
The direct-drive system uses their proprietary unique linear BSL (brushless and slotless) motor, resulting in extremely smooth torque and start up. The high speed precision monitoring relies on a 5-pole pick-up head and pulse-coated platter rim for electronic speed sensing.
Kudos from "The Vintage Knob" website:
"amazing reliability... and sound quality! The PS-X50 also sported Sony's unmatched mix of shiny & matte textures & assorted colors...like the earlier PS-X7, the PS-X50 turned out to be one of Sony's best selling turntables - and it wasn't cheap. The entire series is part of the most sold Japanese turntables...quality, reliability and convenience all rolled into one!"
Platter: 320mm aluminium alloy diecast
Motor: linear brushless and slotless motor
Control system: crystal lock control
Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS
Signal to noise ratio: 75dB
Automatic system: return, reject
Pivot to stylus length: 235mm
Overall arm length: 330mm
Tracking force adjustment: 0 to 2.5g
Dimensions: 19"W x 6.5"H x 16.5"D
Weight: 26 lbs
In very good condition and fully operational, this Sony PS-T22 is a direct-drive, semi-automatic turntable that features a low-mass straight tubular tonearm and non-resonant base.
Adjustable pitch (speed) control and built-in strobe are extras that sweeten the deal. For a so-called "budget" turntable, the specs actually rival some of Sony's best turntables.
An excellent Audio Technica AT211EP integrated cartridge & stylus is included. A brand new acrylic dust cover and custom anti-resonant feet are also included.
There are few companies as storied as Sony of Japan. It was in 1946 that Mr. Masaru Ibuka and Mr. Akio Morita together with a small team of passionate and committed group of employees started to build “Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyujo” (Totsuko), or “Tokyo Telecommunications Research Institute” into the well-known global conglomerate that it is today. The main objective of the company was to design and create innovative products which would benefit the people.
The company name of Sony was created by combining two words of “sonus” and “sonny”. The word “sonus” in Latin represents words like sound and sonic. The other word “sonny” means little son. Used in combination, Sony is supposed to represent a very small group of young people who have the energy and passion towards unlimited creations and innovative ideas. With the far-sight of expanding worldwide, it was in 1958 that the company formally adopted “Sony Corporation” as its corporate name. Easy to pronounce and read in any language, the name Sony, which has a lively ring to it, fits comfortably with the spirit of freedom and open-mindedness.
At the beginning of 1959, Sony founder (and President at the time) Masaru Ibuka spoke about his New Year's dream for a transistor TV in a magazine interview. Japan's first transistor radio had gone on sale only four years earlier. The next target was a transistor TV.
Ibuka spoke of it as a dream, but in fact things were already taking shape behind the scenes. Steady progress had already been made toward realizing that dream. Transistors with enough display power to be useful for TVs were comparably more difficult to create than transistors for radios, but Sony had perfected these special transistors the year before, in 1958, and work on developing a transistor TV was already underway.
Development accelerated sharply from the beginning of 1959. The first prototype was completed in April and numerous improvements and design studies were carried out. On December 25, Ibuka's New Year's dream came true with the announcement of Sony's first TV---the world's first direct-view TV. When it went on sale in May 1960, the TV8-301 8-inch portable transistor TV launched Sony's TV business.
As it happened, a group of market researchers representing US TV manufacturers visited Japan when the transistor TV was under development. Ibuka asked them whether they thought small TVs would sell or not. To a man, they said they would fail.
Looking back on this later, Ibuka said that it was common practice in the US to plan new products on the basis of market research, but it was also possible to carry out market research for the first time by actually putting something on the market. Since then, he said, he believed new products always involved market creation, too. "I'm now firmly convinced that brand new products must always create new markets."
Two years later in 1962, the TV5-303---which was even smaller than the TV8-301---became a huge hit in the US.
The rest, as they say...is history.
In pristine cosmetic condition and operating perfectly, this U-Turn Orbit is manually operated turntable.
~OA3 one-piece armtube for exceptionally low resonance. Molded in the USA from magnesium, a strong yet lightweight material with superior vibration damping properties. Precision gimbal bearing design allows the stylus to move freely – eliminating distortion and capturing more musical detail. Adjustable stainless steel counterweight and internal anti-skate. Cueing lever for easy arm control.
This Orbit comes with an "audiophile level" Pickering XSV-3000 cartridge and pristine PD07-C Ae10166 nude stylus and a new seamless silicone belt.
~Frosted acrylic platter for minimal unwanted vibrations thanks to its high density and low stiffness. It’s precision machined for flatness and virtually zero runout.
~Inverted main bearing in the motor for stability, low-noise, and maintenance-free.
~Shockproof custom aluminum feet & crystal clear dustcover
~Dimensions: 16.75"W x 12.5"D x 5.25"H
In 2012, they launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Orbit Turntable, “an all-analog turntable for today’s vinyl listener.” The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. They set up shop in Woburn, MA and have been building turntables and taking names ever since.
By doing all of their own design and engineering, keeping their manufacturing in-house, and engaging with customers directly, they are able to provide high-quality turntables at affordable prices. Their values are simple design, quality craftsmanship, and personal customer service.
Every Orbit starts as a blank plinth. They use a CNC router to drill the hole patterns on the plinth, and then drill out the hinge holes by hand. The plinths come cut and powder coated from Minnesota. Once the holes are drilled, they install the Orbit's components (circuit boards, tonearm, main bearing, and feet) onto the plinth. Elsewhere on the floor, sub-assemblies are built and fed to the main assembly line for installation. Altogether, the process consists of 20 assembly stations that work in harmony to produce over 200 unique turntable configurations.
Motors are thoroughly screened for noise before the rubber motor mount and pulley are attached. The motor assembly is then installed on the plinth and connected to the motor PCB. Following the main assembly, they perform an initial inspection (tonearm calibration, rumble, wow & flutter, proper belt tension, etc) before placing the turntable on a burn-in cart. Here, each table will run for at least 2 hours before going through final inspection.