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A made-in-the-U.S., audiophile-grade turntable for $150?

That's what a group of talented twentysomethings are promising on their recently launched Kickstarter project, we'll see.

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December 22, 2012 7:36 AM PST
 
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The U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable

(Credit: Jon Hyatt)

Great audio can be expensive, but Ben Carter's ambitious Kickstarter project aims to make a serious dent in the price of quality turntables. A $150 pledge secures an Orbit belt-drive turntable, fitted with an Ortofon phono cartridge. As I write this blog, and just a few days after the Kickstarter project was launched, Carter has already passed the halfway mark to reaching his $60,000 goal!

I spoke with Carter on Thursday; he has a background in marketing and consulting, and Bob Hertig is handling the engineering for the project. Orbits will be manufactured by U-Turn Audio in the Boston area. Pledges of $150 buy the turntable finished in black, but Carter can't for certain guarantee that price for production turntables. They may sell for a little more.

Rather than going with a conventional tonearm, the Orbit features a Hertig-designed, ultra-low-friction uni-pivot arm (similar to the type of arm on my $2,700 VPI Classic turntable). I don't know of another turntable anywhere near the price of the Orbit with a uni-pivot tonearm. The Orbit's plinth/base is CNC machined out of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and the base rests on specially designed styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) feet, to prevent external vibrations from affecting the sound.

Since Carter is already over halfway toward meeting the Kickstarter goal, turntable deliveries should start in May 2013. I hope to get an Orbit in for review around that time.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57560453-47/a-made-in-the-u.s-audiophile-grade-turntable-for-$150/

 

If they can deliver at this price they will have no problem is sales, I would suggest that people would pay that for a Chinese made half decent turntable let alone a USA made unit. Hope he makes it.

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User reviews should be interesting, and will no doubt tell us the story ;)

 

Edit:They should defiantly be better than the record wreckers that are priced similar.

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