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Here are the 5 turntable systems from the most famous audio brands today. Without them, the success and foothold of these brands in the audio market could be very different.

Rega Planet (1973)

Roy Gandy, founder of Rega, in 1973 once had a very strange thought: The sound quality of a turntable system is secondary, the main design of it. Gandy wants to create a durable turntable system with time and design must be equally unique. And so the idea for Rega Planet was rekindled.

Fortunately, the sound quality aspect soon became a target soon afterward, and Gandy brought the first turntable test versions to potential manufacturers. The official version of Rega Planet was born with aluminum and steel wheels with a unique design, using the Acos Luster tonearm.

Linn LP12 (1973)

LP12 is Linn’s first tuntable designed by founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, who said that “music is the most important thing in any sound system”. The first version of LP12 was designed without a stand, but was later replaced by a more complete version. This is also considered to be the best quality turntable from Scotland.

Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic (1977)

Michell may be better known by users through the turntable signature GyroDec launched in 1982, but its first turntable, Reference Electronic, is also worth mentioning. Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic is inspired by the Transcriptor’s turntable Hydraulic Reference model featured in Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange.

Starting from only processing hardware for the Transcriptor, Michell then opened his own brand and launched the Reference Electronic, which owns a version with a mirror or marble base.

Wilson Benesch Turntable (1989)

In the first year of appearing in the audio market, Wilson Benesch researched and developed his first turntable model, simply called Wilson Benesch Turntable.This turntable possesses two designs never before seen in any other product such as the sub-frame made of composite carbon fiber and tonearm also made of carbon fiber (A.C.T. One). High-strength carbon fiber helps reduce vibration better and is available in all of Wilson Benesch’s most recent product lines.

The success of Turntable also helped Wilson Benesch expand its investment and distribute more other products, including specialized high-end speaker models today.

Pro-Ject 1 (1991)

Pro-Ject 1 was originally developed and modified from the Tesla NC-500 to create a low-cost turntable distributed in the Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Pro-Ject founder Heinz Lichtenegger made several Pro-Ject 1s and sold them in his small shop in Vienna. Having achieved certain successes, Heinz Lichtenegger decided to restart the production line in the Czech Republic and continue to operate until now.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the coal disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in the past year, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

It is worth noting that, of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums, only 3 new albums including Tranquility base hotel and casino (Arctic Monkeys), The greatest showman (many artists) and Staying at Tamara’s (George Ezra), the rest are old albums.

Talking about the attraction of the old values, Jon Tolley, Banquet Records, explains: “The sales of coal discs are constantly growing because people are slowly abandoning modern lifestyles, where things are always in a hurry and nothing makes sense.”

The vinyl record had a period of great development before the advent of the CD and later, both the CD and the CD were in a poor state of consumption when the trend of digital music came to the forefront.

Now that the vinyl disc has been “revived” through impressive growth figures, the CD has remained “at the same level”, although the number of CDs sold is still higher than that of the vinyl disc, due to its lower cost (on average). a single album costs $ 30, while a CD costs only $ 10). Following that momentum, experts predict that, by 2020, sales of coal discs may account for more than half of sales of the physical music market.

The fact that vinyl discs are more popular than CDs is not difficult to understand. Compared to vinyl records, the CD lacks originality, sound superiority and historical value. Compared to digital music, CDs are not convenient in terms of storage and use.

As can be seen, the revival of vinyl disc among music lovers has recently risen up. Hopefully, this hobby can still maintain its great attraction among music lovers.