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.