The most advanced U-Turn turntable is also a head turner.
U-Turn has been making quality turntables for years, but the new Orbit Theory is their most advanced design yet. And it also looks gorgeous. This next-gen turntable comes with a range of upgraded parts compared to the Orbit series, along with a state-of-the-art tonearm. Named OA3 Pro, the tonearm is adjustable and has a one-piece build. To ensure super low friction while playing vinyl records, the company used magnesium instead of aluminum. Light yet strong and rigid, magnesium has a significantly better damping capacity compared to aluminum to reduce vibrations further. The OA3 Pro also comes with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge and an upgraded gimbal bearing that ensures almost no friction.
The ultra-quiet motor has electronic speed control that allows the user to change the speed from 33 to 45 RPM with a simple turn of a knob. Made with an advanced motor controller, the turntable uses a crystal oscillator to drive the motor with accuracy and minimal fluttering. Plus, the user can easily adjust the tonearm for flawless tracking and optimal cartridge performance. Orbit Theory comes with a frosted acrylic platter that boasts precision machined grooves to keep the belt in place. Additionally, the turntable comes with adjustable aluminum feet finished with a Sorbothane layer for superior vibration isolation and optimal audio clarity.
Designed and hand-assembled in the US, the turntable features a solid wood plinth with beautiful grain textures. Available in U-Turn’s online shop, the Orbit Theory turntable comes in walnut or ebonized oak, at a price of $999. The company also offers a version with a built-in preamp at $1,0069, or a separate preamp. Photographs © U-Turn.