An audiophile product on sexy Kickstarter.

by Audiophilia on June 5, 2013 · 8 comments

in Analogue

The Orbit Renaissance Edition for a $500 pledge. Less colourful models available for as low as a $150 pledge.

The Orbit Renaissance Edition for a $500 pledge. Less colourful models available for as low as a $150 pledge.

In Social Media terms and values, product incubator and pledge funding site Kickstarter is sexy. We did a post on it here.

It’s nice to see an audiophile analogue product up for grabs. The Orbit Turntable by U-Turn Audio looks little more than a Rega/Project clone, but it’s inexpensive, it promotes vinyl and encourages manufacturing. No losers there. But, be warned, some fully funded Kickstarter projects do not end up at your door via UPS. Like many pledge funded projects, you’re taking a bit of a gamble. But, much like the Pebble Watch excitement (they expected $100K and ended up with over 10 million dollars in pledges!), you may be in on the ground floor of a truly ground breaking product.

U-Turn calls the Orbit ‘an all-analog turntable for today’s vinyl listener. High-performance playback, attainably priced.’ The Orbit includes: a unipivot tonearm, Ortofon MM cartridge, manual belt-drive (33/45 RPM), inverted main bearing, a 24V synchronous motor, machined MDF plinth and vibration damping feet. Dustcover, too.

I’ve thrown in on a few projects. It’s fun and makes you feel good. Nice to see that audiophiles are getting in on the action. Now, what we need is a $500 phono stage that sounds like $5K and an exquisite moving coil cartridge that never needs a retip and sells for $999. Okay, designers, what are you waiting for? Your funding public awaits.

Kickstarter website

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

admin 06.05.13 at 9:32 am

I’ve asked them for a review copy. If none available, I’ll see if Audiophilia can get one of the $150 Orbits. Though, the Renaissance model does look very cool :)

Cheers, a

nyamada 06.05.13 at 9:46 am

There was already a kickstarter project for a phono preamp that looks like a good pair with the Orbit turntable

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1907446723/bugle2-a-diy-phono-preamp

The maker has a very good reputation in the audiophile community.

admin 06.05.13 at 9:50 am

Thx nyamada.

‘The Bugle2 is a DIY kit for those of you who know how to solder and build electronic projects.’

The DIY, though, is not what this ham fisted musician is looking for :)

But, thx again for the great link.

Cheers, a

nyamada 06.05.13 at 10:04 am

It’s good to solder! — But if you’re ham-fisted, the maker is selling them assembled on his web site for $189 — http://hagtech.com/bugle2.html

I sponsored both the Orbital and the Bugle2 on kickstarter; still haven’t made the Bugle2, so don’t know if it’s as good as promised. Others report it’s good, though…

admin 06.05.13 at 10:05 am

Great stuff! Please follow up your thoughts with the Orbit with our readers.

Cheers, a

marvin fox 06.06.13 at 6:43 pm

That is great to see you can get into high end audio for this low price and especially vinyl.

Jamie 06.07.13 at 12:52 am

Very interesting. I’ve never used an all analog wheel before. I think i’ll give it a shot. If nothing else, I’ll be helping those guys out, and it should look interesting next to my Vestax pdx-2000’s.

admin 06.14.13 at 10:32 am

I’ve heard from the company and will be getting a review sample. Stay tuned. Cheers, a

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