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Dual CS 618Q

Semi-automatic direct-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp (Black Vinyl Finish)

Item # 349CS618BK

This elegant direct-drive turntable offers solid construction and convenient features for vinyl lovers.

This elegant direct-drive turntable offers solid construction and convenient features for vinyl lovers.

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About the Dual CS 618Q

A well-built turntable...

The Dual CS 618Q strikes a nice balance between high performance and crowd-pleasing convenience. It's built around a quartz-stabilized brushless direct-drive motor that offers reliable speed stability and very low vibration. 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.

A well-built turntable...

The Dual CS 618Q strikes a nice balance between high performance and crowd-pleasing convenience. It's built around a quartz-stabilized brushless direct-drive motor that offers reliable speed stability and very low vibration. 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.

...with very convenient features

That tonearm features a factory-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge that's a real gem — the audiophile-quality 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.

I love the semi-automatic function, which stops the motor and lifts the tonearm automatically at the end of a record. Now, I'm aware that many audiophiles don't like this feature, so here's the good news: there's a switch on the back of the 'table that lets you defeat it if you prefer to operate your turntable manually. 

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:

  • quartz-stabilized brushless direct-drive motor for reduced vibration and greater speed stability
  • straight aluminum tonearm with precision pivot ball-bearing and twin-gimbal design
    • includes pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge
    • adjustable tracking force and anti-skating
  • semi-automatic operation — motor stops and tonearm lifts at the end of a record (defeatable)
  • switchable built-in phono preamplifier
  • die-cast aluminum platter with vibration-damping rubber mat
  • solid MDF plinth construction dampens vibration for quieter performance
  • stabilizing feet with integrated elastomer vibration absorber
  • 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: 0.07%
  • channel separation (with included cartridge): 25dB (at 1kHz)
  • frequency response (with included cartridge): 20-20,000 Hz (+2/-1dB)
Dimensions and warranty:

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Semi Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Drive Type ---
Pitch Control No
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output N/A
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter ---
Audio Cable Detachable
Detachable Power Cable ---
Materials and Construction
Plinth MDF
Platter ---
Tone Arm Shape Straight
Tone Arm Material ---
Tone Arm Lift ---
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge Ortofon 2M Blue
Cartridge Type MM
Tracking Weight ---
Frequency Response 20-20,000
Output Voltage ---
Load Impedance ---
Load Capacitance ---
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio ---
Wow and Flutter 0.07
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.12
Height (Inches) 5.7
Depth (Inches) 14.44
Weight 15.43 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 1 Year
Turntable Labor Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Parts Warranty ---
Cartridge Labor Warranty ---

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