JA Michell TecnoDec Turntable
OverviewOur entry-level turntable, taking the low-noise DC motor and the impedance-matched platter of the GyroDec, along with an advanced bearing on an elegant solid-plinth design with damped feet. The Michell TecnoDec requires little user-setup or maintenance.
DesignThe 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.
Ratings & Reviews
Simple but amazingly sound turntable built to last. Using it with Tecnoarm which is a perfect match. If you are looking for a turntable in this price range, don't waste time checking of anything else. I had a Clearaudio Concept before and the difference is day and night.
by Garry Miller
Great Deck ...Very open and involving...great with all types of music and well worth a good listen...
by Timothy J.Ameche
I have had this turntable for a number of years, Thanks to the help of the Needle Doctor staff. I had purchase a Music Hall 7 and was not at all happy. I talkto the Needle Doctor people and they told me about this Michell TecnoDec. It is quite a wonderful turntable. It stills works as well if not better than the day I unpacked the unit. Needle Doctor people have also help me with the cartridge as well. I am very please with the turntable and the wonderful people at Needle Doctor.