Treat your records like royalty
Treat your records like royalty
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It’s a medical fact that your ears become more discerning when you’re filthy rich. Okay, it isn’t but you’ll feel as if they have once you’ve listened to the incredible ONEDOF Turntable. People, prepare for sonic nirvana.
Noise cancelling vertical drive motor
Short for One Degree of Freedom, the ONEDOF is the ultimate precision turntable for vinyl loving audiophiles with bulging wallets. The brainchild of NASA award-winning engineer Aleks Bakman, it’s a gilded masterpiece of retro-modern design. Moreover it sounds awesome, even if you’re listening to H from Steps comeback album – which is unlikely ‘cos it’s unavailable on vinyl. Or anything else.
So what’s all the hoohaa? Well this true heavyweight (literally – it weighs 110lbs!!) is the first turntable in the history of the phonograph to feature a self-centering aluminum alloy sound-dampening platter with non-resonant liquid suspension. Which in non-technobabble means it wipes out virtually all acoustic distortion, making vinyl records sound amazingly crisp and clear. Cylindrical bearings? Pah!
The inventor: Aleks Bakman
Extraordinarily precise, the ONEDOF’s microprocessor-controlled noise-cancelling brushless drive adjusts its vertical motor position on the fly to cancel out resonances in its three drive belts. Using similar technology to noise-cancelling headphones it generates a counterphase signal to block out unwelcome sonic impurities. What’s more its tonearm tower works with any tonearm/cartridge combination and provides continuous vertical tracking angle adjustment over three inches, and can support up to three tonearms.
Whatever. All we know is that Led Zeppelin II sounds flippin’ awesome on this baby. Plus it looks like something from H.G. Wells’ study. Of course the major bummer here is that the ONEDOF costs $150,000. And that’s a lot of dosh to fork out if you’re gonna play ‘Now That’s What I call Westlife 6’ till the needle falls off. But you’re not are you? No, if you’re thinking about forking out on this stunning beauty you’ve probably got a vinyl collection worth shouting about. ‘Yay, put on the 12” of Never Gonna Give You Up!’
Tonearm provides continuous tracking angle adjustment
- Designed by a NASA-award winning aerospace engineer Aleks Bakman
- The first turntable in history with self-centering platter bearing in a non-resonant liquid suspension
- Noise cancelling vertical belt drive is a product of most advanced Swiss craftsmanship and innovative American engineering
- 22.6kg aluminium high quality alloy platter with internal liquid damping
- Synchronous motor with coreless skewed winding that eliminates cogging and provides torque ripple free operation
- Tonearm tower with continuous, smooth yet solid on-the-fly Vertical Tracking Angle adjustment of over three inches
- Enough space to accommodate three tonearm towers
Far more useful than this beast would be a genuinely self-centring turntable (one which centres the RECORD and not the BEARING). Sadly, Nakamichi's turntables (CT and Dragon 1000) are very rare, being made only for a few years in the 1980s; and even most professional transfer houses don't own one (and neither do I!). And as others have said, direct-drive is useful only for DJ types, NOT for audiophiles: direct-drive turntables invariably have poorer signal-to-noise ratios than belt driven models.
Cad Delworth, Edinburgh - 8th January 2012