The Orbit Turntable by U-Turn Audio

The Orbit Turntable by U-Turn Audio

Posted December 12, 2013 at 6:38pm
by Yoav Levytam
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It’s up to your turntable to unlock vinyl’s potential, and not all turntables are built equal. The Orbit’s has been designed to deliver sound that does justice to your records. To make this possible at an attainable price, U-Turn Audio re-engineered essential audiophile components, simplified wherever possible, and used only high-quality materials. The result is turntable engineering and playback quality never before seen at the entry-level. Don’t be surprised if you start listening to music more than ever before.

The tonearm is the crucial link between your record and your speakers. U-Turn Audio features a unipivot-style bearing, which is known to produce a more natural sound than standard gimbal bearings. Up until now, this technology was found exclusively on audiophile turntables; but through smart engineering, U-Turn Audio radically reduced manufacturing costs without compromising performance. This innovative bearing works in harmony with the arm’s low center of mass to ensure accurate tracking of your record’s grooves.



Performance Priced Right
A turntable should be reliable and easy to use, but most importantly it should sound great. High-performance tables can be prohibitively expensive, and low end tables too often sacrifice quality for unnecessary features. So U-Turn Audio set out to build a turntable that outperforms its price. By redesigning classic audiophile components and leaving out nonessentials, they created a simple, all-analog table that provides warm and detailed sound. Easy to setup and use, the Orbit delivers a pure vinyl experience.

A Perfectly Balanced Tonearm
The tonearm is the crucial link between record and speakers. To do its job well, it must achieve harmony between tracking force, mass distribution, and rigidity. But not all tonearms are built equal. The Orbit’s innovative unipivot arm turns effortlessly on an inverted pyramid of precision ball bearings, and works with the arm’s low center of mass to provide accurate tracking.

Every Orbit comes pre-fitted with a moving magnet (MM) cartridge, which is balanced by an adjustable stainless steel counterweight. The Orbit's silver-plated wiring is housed within an aluminum armtube, ensuring faithful signal transfer from the cartridge.

A Quiet Revolution
The Orbit’s low-voltage AC synchronous motor provides excellent speed consistency and minimizes pitch variation (wow & flutter). To prevent unwanted motor vibrations from seeping into the sound, the motor is decoupled from the plinth by a unique rubber suspension.

An exposed silicone belt drive turns on the Orbit's CNC machined pulley, which plays both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. The platter rides upon an inverted main bearing that provides superior stability and reduces bearing noise (rumble). In other words, all you hear is the music on your record.

Take it For a Spin
Great playback alone is not enough. A turntable should be something anyone can use. That's why each Orbit comes ready to play out of the box and has simple manual operation. A turntable should be built to last, so U-Turn Audio used durable, low resonance materials like MDF and high-performance plastics.

A turntable should fit your needs, so they offer the Basic (MDF platter, standard cart) and the Plus (acrylic platter, premium cart). Want to use your own RCA cables? U-Turn Audio's are detachable. Feeling adventurous? Install your own cartridge - the counterweight is adjustable. Bought a Basic and want to upgrade? Pick up an acrylic platter.

Every Orbit is assembled by hand in U-Turn Audio's Woburn, Massachusetts workshop. Prior to shipping, each turntable goes through comprehensive listening, wow & flutter, and rumble tests, as well as a 15-point performance evaluation.

The majority of their parts are sourced within the US. Their acrylic platters are turned in Ohio. Plinths come from Minnesota, and their dustcovers from Maine. So when you buy an Orbit, you are supporting American manufacturing.


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