Onkyo are a Japanese company that have been involved in the audio business since 1946 and they have ultimately ended up leaders in the premium home cinema and audio market since the 1980's. Onkyo (translates to 'sound harmony') recently purchased Pioneer's home electronics arm in 2015. Like many Japanese Hi-Fi companies that were around in the 70's and 80's - Onkyo know a thing or two about turntables. Now that vinyl is making a comeback, they have bestowed that knowledge into their latest model turntable - the CP1050.
The CP1050 is housed in a thick, vibration resistant MDF cabinet, and also features a brushed aluminium control panel that gives this deck a high quality and substantial look with more than a hint of yesteryear's classic retro coolness. This unit also features a low-torque, direct-drive motor that , according to Onkyo Engineers, reduces low-frequency cogging noise as well as the high-frequency noise produced by some belt-driven designs. The high quality build continues through with a Die-cast aluminum platter and a rubber slipmat to provide stability and protection for your vinyl.
Two gold-plated pin-type RCA phono terminals output left and right channel signals to your external phono preamp (which you will need, as this turntable only outputs at phono level). It has an aluminum tonearm with a collar lock detachable headshell that supports a range of aftermarket cartridges and makes it easy to set up and swap between them.
The Onkyo CP1050 comes with a cartridge pre-installed and clear instructions to get the turntable up and running in about 5 minutes from unpacking it. Being such a solid deck, you will find that the Onkyo is very bump and feedback resistant compared to many other turntables at a similar price.
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