Dual Turntables return to the UK
MTR-75 leads the charge
German turntable company, Dual, has relaunched in the UK no doubt in response to burgeoning the sales in the product category.
Once the largest manufacturer of turntables in Europe, the brand enjoyed success in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. For 2017 the brand is back in the UK with an initial offering of three new well-featured budget models. The name Dual is a reference to the dual-mode power supplies the company pioneered in the early 1930’s for its gramophones. These could be powered by either mains electricity or wind-up mechanism.
Prices range from the entry-level, fully automatic MTR-15 at £124.99 to the budget audiophile MTR-75 with enhanced chassis, belt drive, USB output and Audio Technica cartridge at £249.99. The £229.99 MTR-40 is a direct-drive model with variable speed control, styled as a traditional prosumer DJ deck.
The MTR-75 features a sleek satin-black finished chassis on large vibration damping feet. The MTR-75 is belt driven to an aluminium platter via a DC servo motor with selectable speed. It’s built-in RIAA phono stage has been developed to get the best from a wide range of Moving Magnet cartridges.
The MTR-75’s straight aluminium tonearm has a damped lift mechanism and comes pre-fitted with an Audio Technica MM cartridge. Fine tuning stylus tracking force is possible thanks to an adjustable counterweight marked with 0.1g gauge. Convenience touches include USB output with software for Mac and PC, automatic stop and lift feature and an acrylic dust cover lid as standard.
The brand’s relaunch in the UK comes on the back of the dramatic vinyl revival, with UK LP sales hitting more than 3.2million records through 2016. Dual’s more upmarket CS series turntables, along with a Bluetooth loudspeaker, DAB radio and an AV Soundbase will launch in the UK later this year.
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