NEW EAT Prelude Turntable with 2M Red Ortofon Cartridge
Now at True Audiophile
"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
Soon Available for In-Home Demo if you Live in Portland, Oregon
What do you mean its not what you're thinking?
From the initial looks of this turntable you might think, Pro-ject or Rega. Then you'd be wrong. People only have to touch this table to realize how substantial it is, and how well built for the money which includes and isolated motor and special tonearm.
Just having set one up we were impressed by the special spike leveling feet (with metal dimple feet to save your surface). The motor is superbly made and is completely isolation from the plinth. The belt is higher quality than we've ever seen at this price.
The arm is high quality carbon fiber with full Azimuth and VTA adjustments. The platter is extremely heavy, extremely for this price. Nice inverted bearing. The piano black plinth is beautifully finished. Sound? Pretty impressive at this price. Put on a different cart and it will go to another level at a bargain price.
The EAT Prelude is an affordable high-end turntable! EAT is acclaimed for their real high-end turntables and driving physics to the theoretical maximum. Especially with the use of mass, EAT designs reduce extraneous vibrations, resonances, and coloration of the sound. Now EAT offers for the first time, their most affordable turntable, yet still neutral sounding.
Their basic design principle stays the same. Only a heavyweight aluminum platter can give you the correct speed and precision. EAT use's a low tolerance (0.01) polished stainless steel spindle in a soft bronze bushing, to ensure a super silent and smooth movement. This is the same base material as in their high-end designs.
The plinth is made out of very dense MDF, which has eight layers of lacquer on it, to give a luxury look and finish.
Often what is seen in this price category is a particle board chassis with glued laminate.
EAT uses a free-standing 100% isolated motor with no connection to the plinth, which is the only way to ensure no motor vibrations are passed on.
The Prelude also includes a precision diamond-cut pulley, a high damping, precision cut drive belt, and high purity balanced copper cable. Most of EAT's customers in this price range will use an MM cartridge. So they designed the new 9" A-Note tonearm that is a lightweight, ultra stiff and resonance-free carbon tonearm tube, which is fabricated as a single piece.
EAT decided against a heavier metal headshell, as the lightweight design simply creates more ideal tonearm/cartridge resonance frequencies with a Moving Magnet cartridge.
Very unusual for a turntable at this price is the bearing block for the tonearm and the counterweight. The mass bearing block acts as an energy sink for all resonances from the cartridge as well as low frequencies from the plinth.
The counterweight implements an anti-resonator damper to reduce the amplitude of the natural tonearm/cartridge resonance. In addition, the counterweight is marked to easily allow for setting the cartridge downforce, and the anti-skate.
EAT have chose one of the best buy cartridges available today, a perfect partner for Prelude. The discerned listener will admit that the Prelude tonearm will elevate the pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge to a completely new level. A hinged acrylic dustcover also is included, and the elegant piano lacquer finish fits into every home.
EAT know that in general, all low mass turntables tend to sound boomy because of the stored energy and vibrations. With the careful application of mass and stiffness, the Prelude will surprise you with an astonishing lack of coloration and great dynamics. It is the perfect start for a True Audiophile hi-fi system!
High end turntable with timeless design. A genuinely affordable deck with neutral sound.
- Rigid MDF chassis
- Heavy weight aluminium platter
- Precision diamond-cut pulley
- Belt drive principle
- 2M Red cartridge
- Carbon tonearm
- DC power supply for ultimate speed stability
- Dust cover included
Rave reviews being written now
|NOMINAL SPEED||33/45 RPM, manual speed change|
|SPEED VARIANCE||33 RPM: <0.15%; 45 RPM: <0.13%|
|WOW AND FLUTTER||33 RPM: <0.1%; 45 RPM: <0.09%|
|SNR||- 67 dB|
|DOWNFORCE RANGE||0 – 30 mN, 0 – 3 g|
|COUNTERWEIGHT FOR MASSES||6 – 12 g|
|EFFECTIVE TONEARM MASS||8 g|
|EFFECTIVE TONEARM LENGTH||230 mm|
|POWER CONSUMPTION||5W max; 0.3W standby|
|VOLTAGE||15V DC, 1.6A|
|DIMENSIONS W × H × D||415 × 130 × 335 mm|