EAT C-Major Turntable 9"Tonearm, Dust Cover, Optional Ortofon Quintet Blue Cartridge
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"In our unending quest (yes really) to find turntables that break the mold of fitting every price point at the expense of value and quality, we happily present the EAT line. These tables with all their tech and cosmetic beauty really should be more than twice their price. But given the access to a large factory, they are able to keep the prices down allowing music lovers an amazing value. This is a lot of table for the money." -- TA
EAT C Major Turntable Hits All the Right Notes - I was continually blown away. The C Major’s overall smoothness, rich dynamics and detail simply crushed my Thorens. It was the first time that I’ve had a turn- table in my home that wasn’t dramatically more expensive than the value of my Thorens but against which I felt my setup wasn’t competitive...delivered the spaciousness...With more organic content like the Ronstadt record, I thought the C Major demonstrated the essence of the “vinyl sound"...I was really impressed with the C Major. It’s well built, easy to put together and it sounds fantastic...With all of that said, the C Major is an excellent way to put discerning music fans into a vinyl solution without the audiophile pricing normally associated with some turntables" -- EDITORS PICK CE Products.
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And the folks at EAT have done a smashing job on the C-Major turntable and tonearm – it looks much more expensive than the $2,495 retail price, with an Ortofon Quintet Blue MC cartridge, that would typically set you back another $550. Preinstalled no less. The EAT C-Major got a lot of attention in the photo studio as we were setting it up for the first time...The EAT C-Major is a cool, yet compact turntable that offers a significant step up in the amount of music it reveals from tables a few clicks down the food chain. It looks stunning in an understated, techy kind of way, and is easy to set up. Best of all it sounds fantastic. You rarely get all of this at just over two grand. I look forward to investigating more of what this company’s turntable range has to offer. Highly recommended. -- Tone Audio
I’ve had years of experience with Pro-Ject ’tables, but it was immediately apparent that the EAT C-Major is cut from entirely different cloth. There are many ways to build turntables, and in its line EAT uses two of the more common methods: a massive platter and plinth, or a slimmer, more elegant design. But unless you knew that the two companies are linked by marriage, you’d never guess that there was any relationship between the two brands.
The C-Major is a member of the slim, elegant class, and there’s much to admire in its construction. The plinth is immaculately turned-out carbon fiber laminated to MDF, a nearly ideal material for this purpose. According to EAT, the layer of carbon fiber adds another layer of stiffness.
The plinth is isolated from the main MDF chassis -- which is finished in a beautiful gloss-black lacquer -- by bumpers of thermo-plastic elastomer (TPE). When I pushed down on the main plinth, I could feel the suspension give just a little...The 9” C-Note is a stunning tonearm, with a carbon-fiber armtube, a machined-aluminum headshell, and a well-finished bearing housing. EAT describes the C-Note as a “hybrid Cardan/Unipivot design.” But the C-Note’s bearing didn’t feel remotely like a unipivot -- there’s no wobble or slop, and in use it felt like any other dual-pivot bearing. What utterly endeared me to the C-Note arm was the rare-earth magnet embedded in its armrest...Low in profile, and all gloss black and brushed silver, the C-Major fairly screams sophistication, and while it’s EAT’s least expensive turntable, it’s still obviously a luxury product...But the C-Major is far from an entry-level ’table. The whole shebang just oozed sophistication. I couldn’t help feeling it deserved a better cartridge than the admittedly over-achieving Quintet Blue...Through the C-Major I heard a tendency toward drive and rhythm, and a slightly deeper, bouncier, fuller low end. This was an extremely pleasing tendency. Up through the upper midrange and into the treble, the C-Major presented a noticeably more incisive picture. The trumpet’s brass bell, the overtones in the highest notes, gained a bit more prominence in comparison to the Pro-Ject’s nuts-on neutrality. The C-Major’s imaging was superb, with the sounds and shapes and positions of instruments portrayed with crisp delineation, featuring great lateral placement and wonderful depth...This new turntable from EAT is a wonderful component and a lovely little turntable -- and I use little in its most complimentary sense. Highly recommended! -- SoundStage HiFi
This is a prime example that E.A.T. will satisfy seasoned music lovers who require a high-value-for-money turntable.
The C-Major is one of their most important turntable to date: Why “important”? Because it represents a completely new price point, and entry level yet with serious table compliments by E.A.T. that will satisfy all seasoned music lovers who require a high-value-for-money turntable, and a perfect solution for those new to the delights of the vinyl LP.
E.A.T. knows a serious segment of the hi-fi market would like to purchase turntables with greater performance and sophistication than available in the budget tables. The widely-acclaimed C-Sharp – E.A.T. most successful turntable to date, has the technology of C-Sharp that enabled them to develop the C-Major.
Pun intended, the differences between the C-Sharp and the C-Major are minor. All were incorporated to reduce costs and features, without compromising the performance. To achieve the lower price, the following changes were applied:
- The C-Note tonearm on the C-Major is 9” in length instead of 10”
- There is no separate speed control
- The main chassis has a more compact footprint
- The platter clamp is smaller
- The platter is smaller
Shipped complete with fitted dust cover, and offered in a specially-priced package with the (optional) Ortofon Quintet Blue cartridge, the C-Major will extract the best from the vinyl LP.
- Nominal speed: 33/45 rpm, manual speed change
- Speed Variance: 33rpm: ± < 0.09%, 45rpm: ± < 0.10%
- Wow and flutter:33rpm: ± < 0.05%, 45rpm: ± < 0.05%
- Signal to noise: S/N Ratio ( mechanical noise): – 40 dB, Signal to noise (electrical noise): -68 dB
- Downforce range: 0 – 30 mN ; 0 - 3.0 grams
- Supplied counterweight system: Counterweight 110 g without additional insert → for cartridges 5 – 9 g; Counterweight with additional insert 148 g →for cartridges 9 – 17g
- Effective tonearm mass: 14.5 g
- Effective tonearm length: 9"
- Overhang: 18mm
- Power consumption: 5 W max / 0.5W standby
- Voltage: Universal switch mode power supply: 15 V DC/1.6 A, 90-264 V AC, 47 - 63 Hz
- Dimensions: (W × H × D): 18.1" × 13.9" × 4.9" (without dustcover) , 18.1" × 13.9" × 5.6" (closed dustcover) , 18.1" × 15" × 17.1" (opened dustcover)
- Weight: (Turntable) 19.8 lbs.
- Weight: (Boxed) 26.5 lbs.