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Dual CS 518

Manual belt-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp

Item # 349CS518BK

A carefully-designed, well-constructed turntable with an audiophile-quality cartridge pre-installed at the factory.

A carefully-designed, well-constructed turntable with an audiophile-quality cartridge pre-installed at the factory.

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Item # 349CS518BK

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About the Dual CS 518

An attractive, well-built turntable

I like the Dual CS 518's clean lines and I appreciate the attention to detail that informs its audiophile-friendly design. It features a solid MDF plinth, heavy die-cast aluminum platter, and stabilizing feet that reduce unwanted resonance, so you hear only the music. An ingenious twin-gimbal design with pivot ball-bearings allows the lightweight aluminum tonearm to read a record groove with extreme precision.

An attractive, well-built turntable

I like the Dual CS 518's clean lines and I appreciate the attention to detail that informs its audiophile-friendly design. It features a solid MDF plinth, heavy die-cast aluminum platter, and stabilizing feet that reduce unwanted resonance, so you hear only the music. An ingenious twin-gimbal design with pivot ball-bearings allows the lightweight aluminum tonearm to read a record groove with extreme precision.

That tonearm features a factory-mounted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge that's a real gem — the 2M line is known for balanced performance and sonic accuracy. The 'table plays 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm records, and a switchable built-in phono preamp lets you connect to a standard RCA input on your receiver, amp, or powered speakers.

About Dual turntables

Dual is a legendary name in consumer electronics. The company started in Germany in 1907, and they introduced their signature "dual-motor" for powering gramophones in 1927. The dual-motor was so popular, it just made sense to call the company Dual from then on. They've been through some changes in the century-plus since the company was founded, but they're still headquartered in Germany, and they've continued to build on their reputation as a first-rate turntable manufacturer.

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Product highlights:

  • straight aluminum tonearm with precision pivot ball-bearing and twin-gimbal design
    • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red moving magnet cartridge
    • adjustable tracking force and anti-skating
  • switchable built-in phono preamplifier
  • die-cast aluminum platter with resonance-damping rubber mat
  • solid MDF plinth construction dampens vibration for quieter performance
  • stabilizing feet with integrated elastomer vibration absorber
  • low-vibration DC motor
  • rotary speed selector (33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm)
  • stereo RCA audio output (cable included)
  • removable plastic dust cover
Performance specs:
  • wow and flutter: 0.1%
  • channel separation (with included cartridge): 22dB (at 1kHz)
  • frequency response (with included cartridge): 20-20,000 Hz (+3/-1dB)
Dimensions and warranty:

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds ---
Drive Type Belt
Pitch Control ---
Phono Preamp ---
USB Output ---
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter ---
Audio Cable ---
Detachable Power Cable ---
Materials and Construction
Plinth MDF
Platter Aluminum
Tone Arm Shape Straight
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift ---
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge Ortofon 2M Red
Cartridge Type ---
Tracking Weight ---
Frequency Response 20-20,000
Output Voltage ---
Load Impedance ---
Load Capacitance ---
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio ---
Wow and Flutter ---
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.12
Height (Inches) 5.7
Depth (Inches) 14.44
Weight 13 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 1 Year
Turntable Labor Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Parts Warranty ---
Cartridge Labor Warranty ---

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Direct-drive motor and semi-automatic operation

The Dual CS 618Q offers these features:
  • quartz-stabilized brushless direct drive motor
  • motor stops and tonearm lifts automatically at the end of a record
  • pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge
  • wow and flutter: 0.07%
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