Analog recording is still very alive. Quality turntables are still in demand. Digital discs simply set new performance standards that turntables must meet. Many cherished records may never be issued on digital formats. Good turntables are now more important than ever. Marantz embraces an audiophile quality turntable with AC servo belt-drive and low-coloration tone arm to answer the need for a high performance source component for the analog record.
For analog lovers who treasure the vinyl experience the Marantz TT-15S1 Vinyl Disc Player, turntable/arm/cartridge combination. Designed Germany’s Clearaudio, the Marantz TT-15S1 answers the need for an LP playback system that is both an economical alternative to the growing number of “cost-no-object” turntables and a significant performance improvement over so-called “affordable” models. Whichever way you view this Reference product, you’ll be thrilled with its clarity, resolution, and easy set-up. The turntable itself consists of a high-density and low-resonance acrylic platter and plinth (or base) supported by three large aluminum feet. The motor, an oversized AC asynchronous design, uses a rotating magnetic field to guard against the sudden “pulses” common to DC motors. The motor is thoroughly isolated from the turntable’s body by silicone “O” rings and a machined polymer pulley that turns the silicone belt. The platter shaft itself is hardened steel and rides on a ceramic bearing for long-term accuracy and reliability. The anodized aluminum straight-line tone arm features a tight-tolerance set-screw mount and a magnetic anti-skating adjustment for precise groove tracking. Adjusting VTA (vertical tracking angle), often a difficult task with arm/cartridge combinations, is easy and straightforward. The cartridge shell is customized for the supplied phono cartridge for no-fuss alignment. The cartridge itself, a moving magnet design based on Clearaudio’s critically acclaimed Ebony Virtuoso, provides even, non-fatiguing frequency response across the audio spectrum as well as a convincing stereo image. Optimal tracking weight is 2 grams but the fully adjustable counterweight makes for easy variation when needed. As a final touch, Souther Engineering’s “Clever Clamp” keeps your LPs firmly in contact with the platter for better damping and more open sound. In short, the Marantz TT-15S1 Vinyl Disc Player is an ideal source component for unreformed – and unashamed – vinylholics. More info.
Don’t forget to pick up an Audioquest record brush.