A Fine Turntable
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Great looking turntable: sleek/minimalist, with solid, rugged construction--and you cant beat that glass platter. From what I understand, these are actually made by Planar, hence the glass. Set-up is fairly easy, providing you pay close attention to the directions. In my case, tone-arm balance/'counterweight' tweaks were necessary, as was fiddling with the set screws for optimal tone-arm levelling. You'll note (on the quick reference guide--the only set of directions included in the shipping box) that you're referred to the NAD 'site for details re: advanced set-up. Not sure why NAD doesn't just throw those into the box, but hey. The sound is superb, although I wasn't able to do a true 'apples-to-apples' comparison, since I'd replaced my old amp with an NAD 3020 AND my old speakers with new Wharfedales. Suffice it to say that I am hearing details in my records that I'd never really noticed before. The only possible drawback: missing the convenience of an automatic turntable. When the album side is finished, you will have to walk over, lift up the tone-arm, and return it to its cradle. Not a big deal at all, though, and should not deter anyone from buying this thing. Who is into vinyl strictly for convenience, after all?
Pros: Minimalist aesthetic; great sound
Cons: Fully manual operation may dissuade some