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JA Michell Orbe SE Turntable

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$5,995.00
SKU: JA-ORBESE
The task of a turntable seems to be simple. At audio frequencies, the arm should be kept locked above the groove, without any extraneous motion relative to the cartridge. And the groove should be dragged at a constant angular speed underneath the stylus. This means that over the whole frequency band of 10Hz up to 20kHz and beyond, the whole loop made by record, platter, bearing, (sub)chassis, arm board, tone arm, and cartridge body should behave in an utterly rigid and non-resonant fashion. Any flexing of the same dimensions as the microscopic undulations in the groove detracts from sonic fidelity. At lower-than-audio frequencies, the arm should be made able to freely follow the groove’s warps and excentricities, so as not to damage LP or cartridge, and this without inducing any spurious signals into the cartridge’s generator. Only when these demands are fulfilled can the stylus trace the actual information embedded in the record’s groove walls. Orbe SE Details By eliminating much of the expensive acrylic, the Michell Orbe SE offers most of the Orbe's qualities in a cheaper, smaller, and to some people aesthetically more pleasing package. An Orbe SE can always be upgraded to a full Orbe by purchasing the double plinth and dustcover. When teamed with an RB250 or RB300 tonearm, the Orbe SE is a surprisingly affordable entry to the Orbe-class of performance. Michell Orbe SE and VC power supply -By Andrew Harrison, Hi-Fi News, March 2003 "...Stereo stability was also first-class, perhaps better than the older version, letting images lock into space convincingly." J.A. Michell Reviews
Features:
  • Spider double chassis, suspended pendulum subchassis
  • Damped subchassis
  • 60 mm thick massive acrylic/vinyl platter of high inertia
  • Screw-down record clamp
  • Inverted bearing
  • Custom arm boards available for most tonearms
  • High-quality standalone DC motor with tacho feedback speed control
  • Orbe Controller NC supply with Never-Connected circuit
  • Optional dust cover
  • Finished in black or clear acrylic with black metal parts
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    G Sherlock

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    The Orbe has an amazing blend of virtues. Powerful bass and dynamics, detailed midrange and treble as well rhythmic ability on par with the LP12 and unsurpassed soundstaging. It easily betters the Gyrodec and you'd have to drop a serious amount of money to better it, easily a final destination for vinyl.